How to Fill in Cricut Fonts
If you like working with fonts in Cricut Design Space, you have probably noticed that for some bubble fonts, you can only achieve an outline and not filled-in letters. Depending on the project you are creating, this can be frustrating. Today, we are going to show you how to fill in Cricut fonts to get those solid fonts you’ve been wanting.
This is a great technique to learn for all you paper crafters or really, any crafter, who wants to be able to add some drawn and filled-in fonts to their Cricut projects. Are you ready to see how easy it is to do this? Let’s get started!
How to Fill in Cricut Fonts
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- Crayola Super Tips Marker: https://amzn.to/3qA20m5
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- Cricut LightGrip Mat: https://amzn.to/2JPKSWX
Description of the image above (where it says Asher):
- If you are using a Makers Gonna Learn (or other font that isn’t from Cricut Access), the top result is what you’re going to get. The letters will be outlined and not filled in.
- The second line pf text was filled in with vertical lines using our Makers Gonna Learn lines cut file and Cricut pens.
- For the third line, we used Cricut pens but this time, we filled in with both vertical and horizontal lines.
- The last line of text was created using Crayola markers and both vertical and horizontal lines.
Description of the image above (where it says “you are loved”)
- The top line of text was created using a Crayola marker.
- For the second line, we used a Crayola marker and horizontal lines.
- The third line of text was made with a Cricut pen and both vertical and horizontal lines.
- The final line of text was made with a Cricut pen, both vertical and horizontal lines, and a black outline.
Working in Design Space:
1 – Let’s get started. Add a text box in Cricut Design Space and type in your text. We are using the font Rally from here on Makers Gonna Learn.
2 – Change the Operation from Basic Cut to Pen.
3 – Duplicate the text 4 times. Weld each one of the words individually. You might want to change the color of the text to make it easier to see.
Adding the vertical lines:
4 – Upload the lines cut file into Design Space. Resize as needed. Duplicate 3 times.
Pro Tip: We have found that the smaller you can make the lines and the larger you can make the text, the better your results will be.
5 – Place your text over the square with the lines in it and using Arrange, bring the text to the front. With both of them selected, choose Slice.
6 – Delete the slice results that you don’t need. You want the text with the pen function left behind.
7 – You can see that it is somewhat filled in but the vertical lines still show up quite a bit. To fill this in even more, we’re going to add horizontal lines as well.
Adding the horizontal lines:
8 – Use the arrow in the top right corner to rotate the square 90 degrees.
9 – Bring one of the duplicate texts down and place over the square with the horizontal lines in it. Using Arrange, bring the text to the front. With both of them selected, choose Slice. Delete the unnecessary slice results.
10 – You should now have one text with vertical lines in it and one with horizontal lines in it. Select both of them and go to Align, Center.This should place one right on top of the other. With them both selected, choose Attach. Size your design as you’d like. Weld does NOT work in this situation so it’s very important for you to choose Attach.
Pro Tip: This will take some time (at least 30 minutes) for your Cricut machine to create. There are many lines in it and it has to draw each and every one.
Adding the black outline:
11 – For the method with the black outline, you would follow the same instructions as above, except that you want to make one more duplicate of the name and leave that one black. When you have your text ready to go with both vertical and horizontal lines and you’ve attached them, you want to select the colored text and the black outline text. Once again, choose Align, Center, making sure to arrange the black outline layer on top.
12- Click Make It and On the Mat. You can move different parts of your design to different mats right there in Design Space if you want to, but it’s not necessary. Design Space will alert you when it’s time to change pens.
13 – Connect to your machine and select your materials.
14 – Design Space will show you which pen to insert first and where and then which pens are coming up next.
15 – To use a Crayola marker, you will need to open the clamp to insert it. Load your mat and allow your Cricut to draw the text. Once that is complete, Design Space will alert you to remove the current pen and insert the next one. Repeat as many times as needed until your project is complete.
And that’s all there is to it! This is a simple Design Space technique, but remember that it will take longer for your machine to draw it for you. Give it a try and let us know what you think! Tag us on social media using hashtag #MakersGonnaLearn so we can see your beautiful projects!
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