Using the scoring tool is arguably one of the best ways to draw a single and solid line in Cricut Design Space. It’s also one of the easiest ways to do it. Simply use the canvas area to drop a scoring line and then change the linetype to CUT. This option is available in the Editing Menu.
How to Add a Single Line?
Step 1 – Add a Scoring Line
Start by navigating to the Design Space Canvas area. Once there, use the left panel of the interface to add a Score Line. This option is located in the Shapes section.
Once you have selected the “Score Line”, you will see the dotted line on the canvas. Initially, this dotted line represents a fold or score that you can use to either make the Scoring Wheel or Scoring Stylus. Keep in mind that making a Scoring Wheel will require you to have Cricut Maker.
Step 2 – Go to the Editing Menu and Change the Linetype
Once you have dropped the Score-line on the canvas area, navigate to the editing menu or the top panel of the interface to find and click on Linetype. Then choose the desired option, e.g. deboss, cut, draw, etc.
Depending on the machine you are using, you can choose from up to seven different options. The solid line options for a Cricut Maker include:
- Cut: Fine Point Blade, Rotary and Knife blade (Maker Only), Bonded Fabric Blade, and Deep Point Blade.
- Draw: You can use the Cricut Pens to take advantage of this option.
- Score: This requires the use of Scoring Stylus or Scoring Wheel (maker only).
- Engrave: This can be used with Engraving Tip.
- Deboss: You can use the Debossing tip with this option.
- Wave: This allows you to use the Wavy blade.
- Perf: This gives access to Perforation blade.
Even though there are lots of options available, you can only choose Cut, Score, or Draw if you have a Cricut Explore machine.
Your Cricut will perform the following actions with each Linetype:
- Cut: With this option, you can create a solid cutting line from the scoring line. This is ideal for cutting straight lines.
- Draw: This option allows you to use your Cricut Pens to draw a solid line.
- Score: This initial option is very useful particularly if you wish to return to scoring.
- Engrave: This Linetype is helpful when it comes to engraving a solid line on a material.
- Deboss: This option is made for drawing solid lines in debossing projects.
- Wave: This option allows you to draw solid lines with curvy effects.
- Perf: When you draw with this Linetype, the resulting solid lines feature a tear finish.
Note: If you wish to use the “Print then Cut” function, you will need to use the Cut Linetype and then select fill > Print.
While you can add the color or pattern of your choice, your line will remain unaffected. At the end of the project, it will appear transparent on the canvas. The reason behind this is that when you cut a single line, the option to pattern or color it becomes meaningless as you are going to cut right through it.
If you do wish to have colored lines, then it is recommended that you use Cricut Pens.
Step 3 – Attach Solid Lines
Solid lines are essential for many parts of a project. So, it is likely that you will be using them quite a lot on your projects. If that’s the case, then it is recommended that you assign your solid line (cut, score, draw, etc.) to the layer you want it to be.
Let’s take a look at this screenshot and see what’s going on.
It’s a square featuring a cut (solid line) on each of its corners that you can use to insert and hold in a note, place card, etc.
If you want Cricut to identify these solid lines so that they go on top of the square, you will need to select all these solid cuts, as well as the square, and then click on the Attach button. This option is available in the Layers panel.
If you didn’t use the “Attach” option before clicking on Make, the squares and the lines will be in separate mats.
Things You Can’t Do with a Single Line
Solid lines have several advantages. In fact, most projects aren’t simply complete without them. However, they do have certain drawbacks. For instance, you cannot slice or weld them against other shapes.
How to Add a Thick Line in Cricut Design Space
Single solid lines and thick lines have various key differences. The primary difference is that solid (thin) lines are used to mark a path where the pen, blade, or tool will pass through.
Creating a thick line effect with a square is possible. Follow these instructions:
Step 1 – Add a Square
Use the Cricut Design Space to add a square to the canvas area. Once it is added, select the square and then click on the lower-left corner of the selection to unlock its proportions.
Step 2 – Resize
The next step is to resize the square. You can do this via the drag method. Simply shorten the width and lengthen the height until you are satisfied with the desired thickness.
Step 3 – Choose the Linetype You Need
Here’s how the thick line would appear with each Linetype.
As you can see in the screenshot, all the “thick lines” are basically rectangles that have been elongated.