ok, most of you know I am a pretty frugal crafter. If I can make it for cheap, I will. I know, cheap isn't always better, but in this economy I guess I don't need the best. Yesterday I showed you my inkpad holder for $2. Today I am going to show you my homemade cricut markers. I did purchase a pack of the black and brown ones a long time ago. I must have had some extra money cuz I can't even use my michaels or hobby lobby coupon on cricut products. Anyway, I did like them, but $15 plus for 4 markers is a bit steep for me. Then came along the Cri-kits. I think they are also very awesome. Still way too expensive for me at $30. Well as I blog hopped, I saw someone taking those ittie bittie markers and putting those soft pencils grips around them and claiming they fit in the housing for your cutter. Another site I saw she took fat short markers and took a lighter to them and melted down the plastic so they fit into the housing also. All very cool ideas. I read you could buy those markers at Staples and also Walmart, but I have had no luck finding them. I was at the Dollar Tree buying the foam core for the previous project the other day, and found some tiny gel pens. They looked cute and I got 6 of them for $1. I had these in mind for another project I am doing so I picked them up. Then I stopped at Michaels on the way home and found these little, skinny markers. Wow, really? They were $2.99 for a package of 10. They are made by Creatology Art Supplies and come in red, green, baby blue, dark blue, orange, purple, pink, rust, yellow and black. As I am writing this and looking at the package I see that they are double sided. Fine tip and wide. LOL I was kinda wondering why they were double sided, but didn't really read the package. Too funny. Guess I gotta make another tutorial on the wide side and see how that works. Anyway, back to my tutorial. I brought them home and I didn't have any of these pencil grips. Really? With school age kids there were none to be found. So, I adjusted again. I had bought a roll of painters tape a long time ago because I read that you could use it like transfer paper for your vinyl. Well, guess what? Either I bought the wrong stuff or it just really doesn't work. So I cut off a few strips and measured against my blade housing and taped around the markers until I thought they were fat enough. Now came the hard part. How far do the markers go into the blade housing? I took a plain white piece of paper and layed it on my mat and using SCAL I wrote out a word and then proceeded to cut. When I figured out the right depth, I took a sharpie and marked the painter's tape above the housing and viola. My homemade cricut markers. Now, I must say, they aren't as crisp as the cricut markers but maybe after I try the wide line that might be a different story. I will let you know once I've tried it. I truly am happy with the outcome though. Not everything always needs to be so clean and crisp. I then took one of those gels pens and tried the same thing and that worked soooo much better. A very clean line. I love it. Here are a few pictures to kinda show you how they look. I didn't write out the entire word in every color. I just wanted to make sure that they depth was correct. I will make a project and show you the results then. I will also try the wide line and see if there is a difference.
Here is a picture showing some of the wording. See how a line is drawn from one sections to another? That got fixed after adjusting the blade depth.
Here is a closeup of the gel pen. LOVE IT.
Well another frugal idea I got from blog hopping. All in all 9 markers (cuz the 10th one was black and I already own black and brown cricut markers) 1 gel pen plus some painters tape cost me around .33 cents a piece. Not bad huh?
Hope you enjoyed todays post and see you next time.
As always, have a great day and god bless.
Hi there! Actually the cri-kit pens are only 10.00 for an entire set!lolReplyDelete
But this is super cool that you found such a frugal way with the markers--only thing I found with the gel pens--is the regular ones will skip sometimes--whereas the cri-kit ones do you not.
I too have the cricut markers and was like you--bought them on clearance--and they are still sitting in the box. I keep saying I will get them out--but I haven't found a project yet that i need a thick line for!
This is an awesome tutorial--you go girl!
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