How to Use Scoring Stylus With Cricut Explore Air 2

Using the Scoring Stylus with the Cricut Explore Air 2 can be a stumbling block for many crafters.

If you’re looking for a way to add some extra dimension to your Cricut Explore Air 2 projects, then you might want to consider using a Scoring Stylus.

Let’s dive in and check out more about how to use a scoring stylus with Cricut Explore Air 2.

Tips for Using a scoring stylus

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Using a Scoring Stylus can help you make more precise and advanced projects.

Using a Scoring Stylus is easy, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to get the best results.

Keep Mat Secured

First, make sure that your cutting mat is properly secured to your work surface.

You don’t want it moving around while you’re working on delicate score lines.

Read More: Cricut Maker Won’t Load Mat. Problems with your mat? We help you solve them!

Consider Your Material

Next, take a look at your material.

If it’s something that can be easily bent or folded, like paper or cardstock, then you shouldn’t have any problems scoring it.

However, if you’re working with something a bit more sturdy, like vinyl or leather, you’ll need to be a bit more careful.

You don’t want to crack or break your material while you’re working on it.

Use The Score Setting

When you’re ready to start scoring, the first thing is to load your material onto the cutting mat.

Choose the “Score” setting on your Cricut Explore Air 2.

Then, simply follow the score lines that you’ve created.

How to Load Your Scoring Stylus in Your Cricut Explore Air 2

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Making sure to load your scoring stylus into your machine properly can ensure an accurate scoring line.

Your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine can score fold lines for you so that your cardstock will be perfectly folded when you’re done cutting.

But in order to do that, you need to load your Cricut scoring stylus into the machine.

Here’s how to load the scoring stylus into your machine:

  1. Make sure that your scoring stylus is compatible with your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. If it isn’t, you won’t be able to use it with your machine.
  2. Load it into the machine. To do this, first, remove the cutting blade. Then, insert the scoring stylus in its place.
  3. Re-attach the housing and tighten the thumbscrew until it is securely in place.
  4. That’s it! You’re now ready to use your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine to score fold lines on your cardstock projects.

Here’s a quick video giving a little more information about the scoring stylus:

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How to Attach Score Lines in Cricut Explore Air 2 

Things you need: 

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Blue painters tape 
  • Yellow Scor-Tape (or other strong adhesive tapes) 
  • Pen or pencil 
  • Ruler or straight edge 

1. First, make sure that your cutting mat is properly attached to the bed of the machine. If it’s not, the sheets may move during the scoring process and create inaccuracies. 

2. Next, determine where you want the scoreline to be placed on your project.

Use a pen or pencil to lightly mark the location of the line, then use a ruler or straight edge to draw a straight line. 

3. Now it’s time to attach the Scor-Tape. Start at one end of the line and slowly adhere the tape to the paper, making sure that it sticks well.

Once you reach the other end of the line, gently remove any excess tape.

How to Adjust Score Lines

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Learning to adjust your score lines makes for the perfect outcome every single time you go to make a Cricut project with them.

You should start by adjusting and calibrating your machine so that your score lines are exactly where you need them to be.

Our guide on How to Calibrate Cricut Explore Air 2 can help with that.

Being able to adjust your score lines can ensure that your Cricut Machine is perfect for making the best score lines for your projects.


All of these tips should help you to figure out how to use a scoring stylus with Cricut Explore Air 2!

So next time you’re starting a scoring project, refer back here for tips!

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