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The Cricut Scoring Wheel is a fabulous tool for making perfect score lines on card stock and other materials. Take hand made cards and more to the next level with the Cricut Scoring Wheel. This post is sponsored by Cricut. This post contains affiliate links which, when purchased through, add no extra cost to the consumer but help support this site to bring more Cricut related tips and tutorials.
Did a Cricut Maker find its way under your tree recently? Congratulations! Welcome to the world of unlimited creating! With any new machine comes a learning curve, and you may be feeling overwhelmed or confused right about now. Never fear; there are many Cricut crafters and bloggers who are here to help! One of the common questions that new Cricut Maker users have is often about the needed Cricut machine tools and accessories. If paper crafting and card making is on your creative agenda, a Cricut Scoring Wheel should definitely be on the list.
What is the Cricut Scoring Wheel?
The Cricut Scoring Wheel is part of the Adaptive Tool System that Cricut introduced with the Cricut Maker machine. The system allows the machine to offer 10x the pressure in comparison to the previous machine models in addition to allowing the user to switch out a variety of tools (enter the Rotary Blade, the Knife Blade, and the Scoring Wheels!).
With past machines, such as the Explore Air series, the Scoring Stylus was the preferred method to make score lines in cards and other paper crafting projects. However, the amount of pressure supplied by the machine was often not quite enough to allow users to fold heavy card stock without faint cracking in the material. It also provided only difficult-to-visualize, faint score lines on some heavy or patterned card stock. The pressure from the Adaptive Tool System with the Cricut Maker machine solves these problems with the Cricut Scoring Wheels. Crease-and-fold projects have a whole new level of precision for professional-looking projects every time!
Note: the Scoring Stylus is still compatible with the Cricut Maker, but for the best score lines the Cricut Scoring Wheel is now the preferred method for usage with the Cricut Maker machine.
What is the Difference between the Single Scoring Wheel and the Double Scoring Wheel?
The Single Scoring Wheel creates a single score line, similar to the one made with the Scoring Stylus but with much more pressure to create a cleaner folding line. When looking at the two scoring wheels, the Single Scoring Wheel has an “01” engraved on the side of the tool.
The Double Scoring Wheel creates two parallel lines. The Double Scoring Wheel is perfect for those heavier card stock materials that would crack with the previous Scoring Stylus. The two parallel lines allow for the material to fold in between the lines and prevent cracking. Genius, right?!?! When looking at the two scoring wheels, the Double Scoring Wheel has an “02” engraved on the side of the tool.
See the “01” and “02” engraved on the sides of the tools in the photo below.
How Do I Use the Scoring Wheel?
The Scoring Wheel is only compatible with the Cricut Maker machine. To use, switch out the Scoring Wheel housing with the Knife Blade or other housing. To swap out the Single Scoring Wheel and the Double Scoring Wheel, push the plunger on the top of the Scoring Wheel housing change between the two.
Tips for Using the Scoring Wheel
If crafting with “pretty” paper, such as glitter card stock or other coated card stock materials, Cricut recommends placing the paper “pretty” side down and mirroring the project. This makes sure that the scoring line is inside the project and that it folds the correct way.
Cricut Design Space will score the project first before cutting it. It will prompt you to swap out the housings from scoring to cutting.
The Scoring Wheel does not need to be calibrated.
Cricut Design Space will actually prompt you on which Scoring Wheel to use (Single or Double), but if you’re like me and like to be prepared ahead of time, I’ve compiled the materials from this list into a handy dandy cheat sheet!