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Cricut Explore: Scoring Stylus

Cricut Explore: Scoring Stylus


The Scoring Stylus lets you use your
Cricut Explore machine to cut a shape and then score the fold lines in one step, perfect for making cards and 3D projects. Installing the Scoring Stylus is just like installing the pen. Start by opening
accessory clamp A. Holding the clamp in the up position, insert your Scoring
Stylus into the accessory adapter, tip side down, until you feel it click and
the arrow disappears. Then, close the clamp. Be sure the project you’re making requires the scoring tool. Generally, 3D objects or
cards that contain a fold line are a safe bet. How can you tell? Look for the
score marks on the image indicated by the solid gray lines. Once you’ve found
and edited your image, click Go and follow the on-screen prompts. Some
projects may include both drawing and scoring. If this is the case, Cricut
Design Space will prompt you when to install and use each accessory. Just
follow the instructions on-screen. Once your project is complete, press the Finish
button in the bottom right and unload your mat.
To remove the Scoring Stylus, open accessory clamp A, pull the Scoring Stylus straight up to remove it from the housing. Then, close the clamp. And that’s how to use the Scoring Stylus
with your Cricut Explore machine.

Comments (29)

  1. looking forward to receiving my cricut explore in April yeah!!

  2. Thanks for another tutorial.  I have my Explore and am having fun Exploring everything and am having lots of fun while doing it.

    Joan Smith

  3. should I have receive this stylus in my box? I don't have one

  4. I have enjoyed warching each of the tutorials that Cricut has created…thanks! They have proven to be very informative and provided good step by step processes. Plus your Cricut phone support has been phenomenal (I purchased my first Cricut EX2 in February and the Explore a few weeks later).
    I love em!

  5. Are there different depths at which the scoring stylus can be set? My score lines are very faint. It's no biggie to trace over them with a regular scoring tool, but I would like for this to be a one-step procedure if possible.

  6. Can you use the same deep cut blades and cutting blades for the explore that you use for the other cricut cutting machines?

  7. is that be able to create a letterpress effect by using this tool?

  8. I have thousands of svg files that I will be trying to use on my Explore when it arrives in a few days (I previously had the Sizzix Eclips) … My question is, will the scoring tool work on the svg files? I have hundreds of boxes, some have perforation marks and some have solid lines. Would I have to maybe edit the file and replace the perforation and score lines with one that the Explore can recognise as a score line? If so how do we do this? .. sorry for all of the questions. I thought it better to get them all asked at one time.. thanks in advance.

  9. Could you please post a video that shows how to use the scoring tip with housing? I have a Cricut Explore and cannot for the life of me figure out how to use it. Which is a shame, since the scoring styles barely makes a dent in the paper (not well enough to make a good crisp fold)

  10. Does the scoring stylus work with the Explore One as well? My machine has only one carriage that holds the cutting blade. Im assuming i can replacw the blade with the scoring stylus at the appropriate time, but i have to opem the package to try it, and then i worry i cannot return it if that is incorrect. Msybw the Explore One does not have the scoring capability? Thanks !

  11. The score line is so faint its useless! Can I adjust the pressure or anyone know how to fix this?

  12. I was very excited to get this and I can barely see any score line. No pressure there at all. there has to be away to make it even a little more depth to it. How?! Help really wanted to be able to use this.

  13. I was very excited to get this and I can barely see any score line. No pressure there at all. there has to be away to make it even a little more depth to it. How?! Help really wanted to be able to use this.

  14. I can't get any pressure on the scoring stylus. It doesn't make a line. Help!

  15. I am using my Explore Air 2, and I am not getting sufficient pressure for a good score line. We need a solution for this issue. Please let me know what the conversation is at Provo Craft. Otherwise… I am still so in love with this machine!

  16. I've just started to use my explore air, so far so good. However yesterday I had to hunt down a score tool, all of the local stores were out. Now I'm learning the scoring tool stinks? 🙁 I was really hoping to do some embossing/letter pressing. Could part of the issue be the type/thickness of paper? Maybe scoring would work better with something like water color paper?

    At any rate I'm afraid Cricut is now going to release Explore Air 3 with embossing capabilities and it will take me another three years to allocate funds for the non coupon excepting product. Yay, me!

  17. I see many customers are having a problem with cricut explore air 2 scoring stylus as i am also you can barely see it, it is frustrating when i offered to make many invitations and now have to score each one again, very time consuming i dont know what the answer is but customers should receive a stylus with a solution maybe a longer tip, looking forward to a solution from Cricut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. uggh I got the Air 2 for xmas and was wondering why I couldn't see the score lines, seems I am not the only having this problem. I hope Cricut will give us some advice on what to do.

  19. Cricut.com you better fix this tool b/c it's just making everyone angry! IT DOES NOT WORK!

  20. I called cricket today and they told me there was an update for this issue of not enough pressure in the scoring tool….I had the current update but had me do a hardset update and they walked me through it. Well it did not work. I'm still having the same problem, ugh. But i tried adding a an extra scoring line to my cards on design space. It helps a little but still not as good as my other explore (wish i hadn't given it away!). So i will be calling them again to tell them it didn't help. 🙁

  21. You can do actual raised paper embossing – just using the Cricut Explore stylus tool normally. Lay a craft foam sheet on the mat. Lay cardstock on top of the craft foam, taping the corners of the cardstock to the mat to hold it in place.  For a heavier embossed look lightly dab the cardstock with a VERY LIGHTLY dampened cloth after taping it to the craft foam. Change image of choice to score. Set the dial to CUSTOM choose Corkboard, Adhesive backed 1.6mm or for softer cardstock use Craft Foam/change material setting to 2x. There..you are all set to go!! (for now the image can be 2.45" wide due to the white plastic gripper rings – height is not affected – enough space for many creative raised paper embossing tags, border, embellishments) Have FUN

  22. Just spoke with a lovely girl, Rachel, at ProvoCraft. She said that they are still working on the issue but instructed me to add a couple more SCORE lines over the original lines, attach them to the project then cut. The Cricut went over the score lines 3 times instead of 1 and I now have lovely score lines!
    Hope this is helpful! I had the issue with the Explore 2 that I ordered from HSN and returned it to exchange. Just got the new one and it wouldn't score either. I called HSN and they issued a $40.00 credit to my purchase since I decided to keep the Cricut Explore Air 2. Maybe HSN will pressure ProvoCraft to work harder on a solution. I can't believe they release the machine with this kind of bug but I'm sure they will correct it. LOVE the machine so far except for the score issue.

  23. As an old drafter, I'm a bit of a McGyver when it comes to finding answers to mechanical problems. As it turns out the solution costs about 4 cents….I simply taped four pennies to the stylus and the added weight worked beautifully. Scores like a dream!!!!

  24. WORST TOOL EVER… you'll have better luck scoring with a piece of butter!

  25. Cricut …you really need to help us with his score problem. Most of us have been faithful customers from the beginning! You advised met o return my machine which I did only to have the same score problem. We shouldn't have to score it 3 times or put extra weight on the blades or put it in the cut carriage…. that's nonsense! …. we should be able to use this product as it was advertised!!! All that said …I still love my Cricut Air 2, my Air original , my expression 2, my expression original , my Imagine (yes, let's not forget that one), my Gypsy and my Cricut original Baby Bug!
    #fix

  26. Cricut – scoring problems. Score lines not deep enough.

    I've cracked it – score problem solved…

    The score line just wasn't deep enough on my pillow boxes. Before I fiddled with the score tool I bought a replacement. Low and behold, the new score tool was very slightly longer (only by .5mm) from ridge where the tool is held in place by the adapter. I tried a pillow box and yes it worked.

    BUT I now took my old scoring tool and VERY carefully with a blade, trimmed the plastic on the ridge of the tool to make it sit lower and nearer the cutting mat. The old one now works even better the the new tool – result!

  27. I've cracked it – score problem solved…
    The score line just wasn't deep enough on my pillow boxes. Before I fiddled with the score tool I bought a replacement. Low and behold, the new score tool was very slightly longer (only by .5mm) from ridge where the tool is held in place by the adapter. I tried a pillow box and yes it worked.

    BUT I now took my old scoring tool and VERY carefully with a blade, trimmed the plastic on the ridge of the tool to make it sit lower and nearer the cutting mat. The old one now works even better the the new tool – result!

    Hope this helps!

  28. I seem to have the opposite problem. My scoring stylus is so deep that it tears the paper I am using — even though it’s set on the right setting. I want to make envelopes that are scored! Not torn!

  29. It is sad how Cricut so completely ignored every sincere comment from loyal customers especially given how much time has lapsed. Makes me a bit sorry that I just bought one 😒

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