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Cricut Design Space Help: How to Write and Cut in One Step!

Need Cricut Design Space help?? In this 5th video of the Cricut Design Space 101 series, you will learn how to use the write and cut function.

We are moving right along to part 5 in our How to Use Cricut Design Space series.  Today we will be learning about the write and cut function.  This is a great way to make gift tags or invitations.

However, one of the downsides of using the write function in CDS, is that it only will write the outline of letters as it does with the engraving tool and foil transfer kit

You can use the Cricut draw and cut function on all of the Cricut machines, including the Cricut Explore Air 2, the Cricut Maker, and the Cricut Joy!

So let’s talk about how to draw and cut on Cricut, plus I have a great tip for you on how to get it to write thick letters and have also added how to change from cut to draw on the Cricut app!

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Last year I made some snowy mason jar centerpieces with bible verses on the paper holly for a church event.  This was one of the first times I used the write and cut function and I loved how they came out.

Christmas mason jar decor

Cricut design space has changed some things since then so I wanted to make a new video on how to write with the Cricut (plus the recording was horrible on the first video!! Sorry!)

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Cricut Design Space Help

If you need further instruction with Cricut’s software, you might find the previous Cricut design space help tutorials useful:


All of these videos and more tutorials are available on my YouTube channel.  Make sure to hop over there and subscribe so you don’t miss any of the upcoming CDS tutorials.

Tips for Using Write and Cut Cricut Function

I will go over all of this in the video but wanted to give you a few screenshots of where things are first.

As I mentioned, Cricut came out with a new update in 2019 that does not allow you to click on the button in your layers and change to write.  If this doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, because you can’t do it anymore!

Now, you have to access the DRAW function, not write on the top left of center.

Under LINETYPE, there is a dropdown.  This is where you’ll see CUT, DRAW, FOIL, and SCORE.  We will obviously be working with DRAW in this post.  DRAW=WRITE

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How to Draw and Cut on Cricut

For this example of how to write with Cricut design space, I will be showing you how to add two different types of text to a tag.

I found this dove tags under Images in CDS and inserted it onto a canvas.

You can find Cricut fonts to use for writing if you filter the fonts when you are in the Fonts drop-down menu. When you click on Filter, select Writing.

writing filter cricut

Then after you type text into a text box click on the Style drop down and select Writing or click on Linetype and select Draw. You can do either to change Cricut from cut to draw.

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Once you do either of those actions, you’ll notice the text changes to a skinny writing font and the word under Linetype is now Draw.

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Now you can click on the Square next to the word Draw and change the type of pen and color you want to use.

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This is just so the Cricut can tell you exactly which color to insert when. (You can always change your mind on the pen, the Cricut can’t actually tell which one you insert!)

I decreased the line space and aligned the text to fit over the tag how I wanted it.

Now that we have the font how we want it, you’ll need to attach it to whatever you want it to draw on.  Use your cursor to put a box around the tag and font, and click the attach button.

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Then you’ll see in your layers panel, an attached group that has a draw and a cut.

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How to Draw a Thick Font with a Cricut

As I mentioned before, a Cricut will only draw or write the outlines of letters unless they are a single line type.

But there is a way to get around that and that is to use fonts that are colored in or sketch fonts.

I used and typed “sketch” in the search bar.

You’ll notice a bunch of different font styles come up that look like they are hand-drawn and colored in. This is what we need! We want the Cricut to draw all of those small lines.

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I chose Sketch Block and clicked on Download. Make sure to check out my tutorial on uploading fonts to use in Cricut if you need more help with this step.

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Make sure to refresh CDS if you just installed the font and had the app open so it will show up.

I always use the search box. I typed in sketch to find the sketch block font and selected it.

sketch font cricut

Then make sure to turn the words from Cut to Draw by selecting Draw under the Linetype drop-down menu.

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So now when I select that font in CDS and attach it to the tag, my Cricut will color the letters in with the write function.

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How to Change from Cut to Draw on Cricut App

Changing from cut to write or draw on the Cricut app is a little bit different but still easy!

When you click on Text in the lower left hand corner you will find the filter icon on the top right of the pop up window.

cricut font writing on cricut app ipad

Then choose Has Writing Style.

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Select a font and type whatever you want in the text box. Then while the text is selected (click on it so a rectangle appears around it) click on Edit.

Then another tool bar will pop up. Now to change the font from cut to draw on the Cricut mobile app, Click on Style then Writing.

how to change from cut to write on app

The text will change from cut to draw and turn skinny. Now you can click on the Draw circle in the lower right of the Cricut app to change the pen/marker style and color.

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how to change from cut to draw on cricut app

That’s all there is to using write and cut on the Cricut app. If you are using a tablet or iPad, make sure to check out my tutorials on how to curve text and how to download fonts on the iPad.

How to Write with Cricut

Now that you have everything changed to write and attached it’s time for your machine to do the rest!

When you click Make It, and set your material, the Cricut will prompt you to insert a pen.  Simply open the clasp, insert the pen until you hear it click and close the clamp.

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write and cut cricut

You also do not have to only use the Cricut pens.  There are a ton of other pens that work with the Cricut.  Check out Fields of Heather post on alternative markers for Cricut. 

The Cricut will first draw with the inserted pen and then will cut out the tag.

You can use the draw function on so many materials, I even used it on a leather journal using a Sharpie.

Write and Cut Cricut Video Tutorial

So these are the two different tags I will be showing you how I made in the video tutorial.

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how to write and cut with cricut

Please let me know if you have any questions after you watch the video at the top or side of the post (it moves around!). Make sure to turn on your volume to listen to the explanations.

If you’d like to save this tutorial on how to write with a Cricut for later, hover over the top left of the image below and PIN IT.  Thanks!

Cricut Design Space tutorial for beginners. Watch a video tutorial on how to use the write and cut function in the updated version of Cricut Design Space. Watch how to make cute DIY gift tags. #cricutdesignspace #gifttags

Have a creative day!

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Nicole Worner

Sunday 25th of October 2020

Wonderful tutorial ! Thank you so much.


Tuesday 11th of February 2020

Hi Amy! Thank you for sharing how to navigate through the world of circuit. I’m a newbie and I’m making tags for our banquet this Saturday :) watching your video helped me save sooo much time praise the Lord ! Which font did you use on your beautiful holly tags? Thank you again for your help!

DonnaLyn Pellet

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

How do you get it to say cut and draw. Mine only says draw when I attach it.

Heather O.

Saturday 3rd of August 2019

Thanks so much for sharing! We actually watched soley to get it to write, then cut. We were missing the attach step, we were hitting group instead. You saved our project!

Leap of Faith Crafting

Saturday 3rd of August 2019

Oh yay!! So glad it helped!


Friday 2nd of August 2019

This was a wonderful instructional video. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong though! I am trying to make a card stock pocket with writing on it. It keeps separating the pocket and the writing on 2 different mats. I have tried numerous times...I believe that they are attached, but it still does not work. Any help or suggestion is appreciated! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to