I recently acquired some Cri-Kits and after trying some other gel pens I was quite skeptical but thought I would give them a shot. I kept thinking about what to do and I thought I would also try out my 3 Birds on Parade cartridge so I came up with a design in Design Studio and then it was off to try the Cri-Kits.
I have to tell you I was quite impressed with how easy the pens were to load and unload in the holder. There is a magnet that holds them so they are able to slide in and out very easily *okie is all about easy*. Loading and unloading the holder was a breeze and if you have ever used Cricut Markers it is the same principle.
Cri-Kits are offered in Regular/Neon, Metallic, Glitter and Pastel. They also have a Swirl set of two pens available. If you order all 4 sets you will get the holder and the Swirl pens for $59.96. Oh and the shipping will be free since they offer free shipping on orders over $29.00! If you just want to order one set of pens and a holder the price is $29.99 and the shipping is still free. If you order just the pen set it is $9.99.
The card design is definitely a simple one but I like how the Cri-Kit pen was able to draw the bird stand making the bird stand out more but still yet showing the stand clearly.
I didn't have any problems with the pens skipping and I think they gave a very sharp and clear image.
I added some brads to the round areas on the stand for a little extra embellishment.
Here is a close up so you can see how sharp the drawing is with the Cri-Kits. I used a blue metallic pen for the stand. I think these and the glitter will be my favorites. You can click on the picture if you would like to see the results more clearly.
I also used the pens to do the inside sentiment which I think turned out quite nicely! I like being able to have the thinner lines than the Cricut markers make because the detail is more clear. I thought the pens worked especially nice for the font on 3 Birds on Parade that I chose to use. I think with the markers the little feet pattern would have been lost a little due to thickness.
Come back tomorrow to see how the Cri-Kits were able to save my hiney on a very special project!
Darn it Okie, now I have to add this to my wish list! TFS, I love it!ReplyDelete
Wow...I love this card!! What a cute design! Oh and thanks for the enabling...I think I need Cri-kitsReplyDelete
This is adorable! I'm loving those Cri-Kits also. I haven't used them yet but I've seen a few tutorials on it and OMG they are great.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
Oh I love this!! I haven't been brave enough to get these and use them yet.ReplyDelete
Adorable! I'm loving your Cri-Kits too!ReplyDelete
I love the Cri-Kits pens also - they don't skip and I love the colors. There is somewhere you can download a font just for using the pens - it's only a single line since it's not doing any cutting - great for sentiments - I'll find it and email you the link! TFS!ReplyDelete
Well now that you've enabled me to buy these!!! I wanted to say I LOVE how your card turned out! and you're right about the PC markers.... sometimes they are to thick that it takes away from the little designs.... TFS! :o)ReplyDelete
That my dear is .........SWEETReplyDelete
Okay Okie - I found it. If you go to cri-kits.com you can purchase a single line font (serif or sans-serif) for 3.99 each or both for 6.98. They are downloadable so you can get them right away. I do use them when I'm printing sentiments and even Titles or Journaling on my scrapbook pages. Hope this is of use!ReplyDelete
The way you put the brads on there makes that card!ReplyDelete
Are these pens long enough to use by hand? Cuz I'm way too lazy to change out my blade housing and put them into my E! LOL!
Wow Okie!! Your card is beautiful!! ...I've been thinking of buying those pens ...now I will 4-sure!!ReplyDelete
Well, I just ordered all four sets .... thanks for enabling!!!! LOL. Love how your card turned out.ReplyDelete
OH, and btw, I mentioned that I heard about Cri-Kits from you.
Oh crap, I was looking at these last week and didn't buy it. Now looking at your card, I have to get it. Thanks for the enabling.ReplyDelete
awesome card Shirley i love my cri-kits. vickyReplyDelete
I have some Cri-kits too and love them. They write so nice and smooth, the others I had didn't work nearly as well and compared to the markers, well there is no comparison, the Cri-kits pens win hands down!ReplyDelete
Awesome card!! :)ReplyDelete
OH GOOD GRIEF! just when I thought my craft shopping was under control....Okie enables AGAIN!!!! LOL....ReplyDelete
Hey, I have a B-day coming up..I'll keep my spending under control and let someone else get this for me!!!!! he he he....TFS
Cute card Okie ans thanks for the enabling :) I had seen these before but thought I could get by without them..............then here come Okie with this fabulous card. LOLReplyDelete
Great idea. Love it. Someone gave me a couple of these but I don't have the holder to use them. Guess I'm going to have to get it. I will have to tell DH, Okie made me spend the money. LOL.ReplyDelete
I love this ... I don't have any Cru-Kits ... I've been resistant to get them ... but what am I waiting for? This looks fabulous!ReplyDelete
Really cute card!ReplyDelete
Really cute Okie. Love the look of the pens. Now I'm gonna have to buy some of these. Thanks. LOLReplyDelete
Wow! It's going to kill my craft budget this month but.....hmmmmReplyDelete
hugs, MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom
I have used my cri kits some, and used a whole pen on one card placemat prosject. I made placemats for my parents 40 wedding aneversary dinner and on the last 2 I had to write twice because the pen was at the last legg, but I did it and my parents were very pleased. I used the Hanna Montana jewelery font and it's great with cri kit penns!ReplyDelete
Never thought I'd be a fan of these until I saw your project(s)! Cute, cute, cute! TFS!ReplyDelete
I was looking for an opinion about these and the Cricut MB sent me here. Your projects are great - thanks for posting this! I've been totally enabled!!! I'm off to buy now :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks Okie! I ordered all the sets & got the 2 swirls & free shipping. :) Hope to have them soon. I really like how they look on your projects. :)ReplyDelete