PLEASE NOTE – THIS KIT WILL NOT WORK ON THE CM SERIES MACHINES AND I DO *NOT* RECOMMEND YOU BUY FROM CREATE AND CRAFT – READ MORE HERE:
DX Users: I highly recommend boycotting Create and Craft in light of the way they deliberately mislead their customers over the ScanNCut and it’s accessories, and buying through an honest retailer, such as CRAFTELIER – http://www.craftelier.co.uk (they are based in Spain but ship to the UK). I have no affiliation at all with Craftelier but am a very happy customer of theirs.
The kit and other accessories is also available from a brand new supplier here in the UK called MAKERS SUPERSTORE who so far have given EXCELLENT customer service and seem to be genuinely taking crafters concerns on board and want to make things better. The company is run by the former Ideal Shopping Direct director and ex-CEO of Create and Craft Tony Sheridan.
Before I go into details, please watch Mel Heaton’s video from Create and Craft dated Saturday 11th May 2019
Sat 11 May 2019, 13:00 “Brother SDX 1200 Blockbuster”
Segment 0:16:18 to 0:16:35
“So I can guarantee you, that accessories that are coming this year, and going forward, are going to fit in ALL machines… All the things that are coming up, are going to work in ALL machines”
MEL HEATON LIED TO BROTHER USERS (AGAIN….REMEMBER THE “THERE IS NO NEW MACHINE BEING RELEASED, IT IS A RUMOUR SPREAD BY CRAFTERS?” ETC ETC)
IF YOU HAVE A CM SERIES MACHINE, ***DO NOT BUY THIS KIT WHEN IT IS RELEASED*** – IT WILL NOT WORK ON CM SERIES MACHINES. IT ONLY WORKS ON THE MOST RECENT SDX SERIES.
This kit has not been released in the UK as yet…but I have no doubt that it will fairly soon.
I imported my kits from Europe – I bought online from a Brother dealership in Italy called Cecilia Cardano.
As I am in the UK and imported from Europe, there were no custom duties, taxes etc – I just paid the cost of the kit and shipping which cost 9 Euros.
Here is a direct link to the Cecilia Cardano website for the Calligraphy pen starter kit:
I had NO problems with this retailer and am very happy with my purchase.
My normal retailer Craftelier based in Spain does not have these in stock at time of recording – but they will have all items in stock in the very near future. http://www.craftelier.com
I’m very much looking forward to trying out this new kit, and already have a stash of pens to try…will post more about that when I get round to it!
OK so let’s talk about the Calligraphy Starter Kit, what’s in it the kit, how it works and where to get access to extra calligraphy fonts and pens.
The kit contains:
- Calligraphy pen holder and stand (works in a similar way to the universal pen holder but please be aware although it looks very similar, it is a completely different holder:
- *Please note – You will NOT be able to use the Universal Pen Holder to draw the Calligraphy fonts. The Calligraphy Pen Holder, has a different pattern on the back to the Universal Pen Holder, so when you select ‘Draw’, it checks if the Calligraphy Pen Holder is installed.*
- 2 x pen adjusters that fit into the calligraphy pen holder, one for the 2mm nib, and one for the 3.5mm nib.
- 3 x double ended calligraphy pens – one end has a 2mm chisel nib, the other end has a 3.5mm chisel nib. The colours in the kit are BLUE, BLACK AND CARMINE RED. The ink in the pens is permanent – so be careful of getting on your clothes etc. Also please note the ink is *not* lightfast.
- Activation card which gives you access to one font – ITALIC CALLIGRAPHY FONT and 30 calligraphy patterns.
- Sample card and envelope.
*Please note – You will NOT be able to use the Universal Pen Holder to draw the Calligraphy fonts. The Calligraphy Pen Holder, has a different pattern on the back to the Universal Pen Holder, so when you select ‘Draw’, it checks if the Calligraphy Pen Holder is installed.*
One font (Italic) is supplied with the Starter Kit. There will be two other fonts available to buy from Brother: but it’s my guess many of the *free* calligraphy fonts from sites such as http://www.dafont.com will work just as well, so I highly recommend experimenting!
Brother have two calligraphy fonts available at the moment as optional, additional purchases: Gothic and Uncial:
And pictured are the 30 extra font patterns that you’ll get access to through Canvas Workspace
The calligraphy pens supplied in the kit are Brother branded, however the Brother pens are manufactured by Kuretake (another Japanese company): so the Brother branded pens are the one and the same as the Kuretake Calligraphy pens.
Compare the Brother branded pen:
to the Kuretake Calligraphy pen:
You’ll see that apart from the branding, and colour of the pen shell, the pens are *identical* – same shape nib, and that both the Brother and Kuretake Calligraphy pens have a grip at the 2mm end but no grip at the 3.5mm end.
Here is are a couple of close ups of the Kuretake Calligraphy pen ends:
The Brother pens are manufactured on the same line as the Kuretake pens, in the Sakura factory in Japan.
If Jo Foster from Create and Craft (or anyone else from there for that matter) tries to suggest anything like:
“I’ve tried these Kuetake pens and no, they ripped the card and were very patchy, and not good at all”. (As she did with the Quickie Glue pens – which hilariously are made on the exact same production line as the Brother glue pens she was selling that were quadruple the price of the Quickie Glue pens) then remember she is only interested in selling the pens from Create and Craft as she works there and obviously has an agenda.
Of course the Kuretake pens will rip the card and be patchy…. if you replace the nibs with 6″ nails, and dip the nail points in some liquid ink……. Or take the pen caps off, and let the ink dry out……….
I don’t work for any craft channel or company, and am an independant ScanNcut user. so I don’t have any hidden agenda. I don’t get paid for my blog, nor receive any free products to promote. I pay for all my own equipment and accessories.
SHOPPING FOR PENS
There is a wider range of colours in the Kuretake Calligraphy pens, and you can also purchase metallic silver, and metallic gold. The Kuretake pens will work out cheaper than the identical Brother branded ones but..
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SHOP AROUND FIRST TO MAKE SURE YOU GET THE BEST PRICES!
These are the Kuretake branded pens I mentioned above that will fit and work the same as the Brother branded pens in the Calligraphy Pen Holder.
Kuretake Zig Calligraphy 12 color set – TC-3100 – very colourful as you can see…in fact there is almost every single colour there identical to the Brother branded packs – with the exception of “blue gray”
I bought my set from Amazon UK for £14.99 with free shipping here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00777SH7C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
ZIG Kuretake Memory System Calligraphy Metallic marker pen: the metallic gold and silver pens are extremely versatile and are my favourite ones to use on my projects. I’ve had mine a while and can’t remember where I purchased them from, but shop around for the best prices from the likes of Amazon, and Ebay. They are pigment based, acid free, archival quality, and a dream to work with.
ZIG MEMORY SYSTEM CALLIGRAPHY PENS (also manufactured by Kuretake) – pigment based, acid free, archival quality, come in a range of colours. I bought mine for £2.72 from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003M5B2T8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
And last, but by no means least, the Kuretake Zig Dual Tip Calligraphy Emboss pen:
I bought mine for £3.19 with free p&p from Amazon, hopefully should be great for heat embossing – again these have the 2.0mm and the 3.5mm nibs.
Hopefully we will be able to get results like this very easily!
There will also be Brother branded replacement pens available in various colour sets:
There will be replacement packs of 5 pens available:
Calligraphy pen set 1 “ESSENTIAL” (CADXCLGPEN1) – 2 x black, 1, x blue, 1 x carmine red, and one grey.
And two other colour sets
Calligraphy pen set 2 – “BASIC” (CADXCLGPEN2) – 1 x black, 1 x wine red, 1 x green, 1 x blue gray, 1 x violet
Calligraphy pen set 3 – “TROPICAL” (CADXCLGPEN3) – 1 x colbalt blue, 1 x light green, 1 x yellow, 1 x orange, 1 x pink
How to use the Calligraphy Starter Kit Brother official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5f_Yri5LPs
Calligraphy Starter Kit User Manual: