Cricut Design Space – Using Solid Score Lines

As of November 2018, we’ve started including solid score line versions of each project. These special versions are made especially for cutting machines that have scoring abilities such as the Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore and Sizzix eclips2. We’re sure that more machines with this capability will follow suit in the future. 

In the video below, we’ll cover:

  • Identifying and locating Solid Score Line versions of our projects
  • Importing SVG files
  • Working with layers
  • Selecting score line layers
  • Changing Line Type to Score
  • Attaching Files

Video Tutorial

21 thoughts on “Cricut Design Space – Using Solid Score Lines

  1. Dorothy says:

    Can you please add the solid score lines to the butterfly box, i can’t see where you added them in the file. i have the Maker. The file does not have a extra group listed

    • Leo Kowal says:

      Make sure you have a score tool installed in your machine and set the score layer to score per the video. If you need additional help, please email us using the contact form and we’ll get you taken care of!

  2. robin.charlesbina says:

    I just downloaded the orchid gift card box and the score lines are on the mats by themselves. How do I fix that? I have the Cricut Maker. On other projects that I have had score lines, they were not on separate mats and the machine prompted when it was time to put my score tool in.

    • Leo Kowal says:

      Based on your description, it sounds to me like you didn’t “attach” the files before cutting. Check out the FAQ item labeled “My score lines don’t match up or appear on a separate mat. Why is this happening”. You’ll find it on the left side of this page:

      Let me know if that doesn’t answer your question.

  3. Laura says:

    Y’all are the best. Beautiful, intricate designs, detailed instruction, available help & support. I love your artwork, website, customer service, and business model. I always feel inspired after browsing your site. Thanks!

  4. Tara says:

    Possibly a dumb question—but the score lines are still scoring dashed (using the single score line file, Maker with the scoring wheel). WHAT am I doing wrong? Thank you!

    • Mike says:

      Hi Tara! Not all of our files have the solid score line options. We started offering this in November of 2018. It sounds like you are using the files in the main SVG folder which are dashed score lines. If the file contains a solid score line option it would be in the Extras Folder and then in the Solid Score Line folder and the files would start with ss_. Hope this helps!

  5. silvia.elmer says:

    Hello. How can I change to solid score lines if the file is older than November 2018 and does not have the SS_file in an extra folder. Is it even possible? I am trying to make the wonderland castle and it feels like the dashes for over 20 mats are taking forever!
    Thank you for answering dumb questions 😉

    • Mike says:

      Hi Silvia. There is not an easy way to just convert the dashed score lines into a solid score line. The file would need to be re-designed. With that being said, we recommend using the dashed score lines (even if solid is available) on all 3D objects as you will have more accurate results. Hope this helps!

    • Leo Kowal says:

      You can, but I personally don’t recommend using it on our 3D projects. I’d recommend letting your machine cut the standard non ss files. I’d reserve the score tool for envelopes and card centers only.

        • Mike Fernholz says:

          Hi Judy! In our opinion the score tool used in conjunction with the Explore machine doesn’t produce enough pressure to make a quality score line, often resulting in hard to fold scores. The Maker is a little better but we prefer the cut lines when making 3D items as you get a much more crisp score line, making 3D items easier to assemble.

  6. Tahlya Cox says:

    Hello! I often slice up my SVG files so I can move the pieces around freely to make paper usage more efficient. Is there a way to slice up the score/cut layer? I have a Cricut Maker.

    • Mike Fernholz says:

      Hi Tahlya! Unfortunately if you are using Design Space, Contour or Slice would be your only options to separate or to isolate elements. We do have tutorials on our site showing how to isolate elements here:

      It’s located on the right hand side of the page if on a computer or on the left side of the page if on a mobile device, under Advanced FAQ’s and is titled How do I isolate specific parts of an SVG file.

      However, we do recommend people use Sure Cuts A Lot if they are wanting to edit or alter files as it gives you many more options and allows you to break apart, and or use the eraser tool with ease. This is compatible with a Cricut, you would just need to export your edited design as a Design Space Compatible SVG and upload to Design Space for cutting.

      We do have that available on our sister site and have tutorials on our site on how to isolate elements using Sure Cuts A Lot.

      Hope this helps!

  7. Bev Torkington says:

    Can you help.. I see the score lines on a separate mat and my air 2 makes dashed lines on the card stock. What happens next it asked for new mat with next card stock Which cuts out shapes. I don’t get it, I have card with dashed lines but not on the cut outline I would expect to be folding. I’m clearly missing something. Love construction craft but this is really bugging me.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Hello – I’ve been following the FAQs and your facebook page. I’ve seen several comments about leaving the ‘dotted lines’ as cut lines and it makes it easier to bend where needed. Is this true? Is this true for all dreaming tree files? Before I cut my first file (the hot air balloon) just wanted to clarify. THANKS.

    • Mike Fernholz says:

      Hi Rebecca! We prefer to use the perforated or cut dashed score lines in the main SVG folder for all 3D projects. We just think you will get a much crisper score while using these especially for 3D items with many curves like the Balloon. You would just need to ‘attach’ your score lines if using Design Space. Hope this helps and can’t wait to see your finished balloon. If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly. ~Mike

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