How to Make Gnome Sticker Gift Tags with a Cricut
Oh yes, I did! For the second year in a row (that makes it annual now!) I invited some crafty little gnome friends back to the blog to do a takeover craft party here at Well Crafted Studio. So for the next week, there will be Gnomes, Gnomes, and MORE Gnome projects. And to make it even MORE awesome, I have 5 other blogging friends that are going to be doing the same thing at their blog this week. Each of us contributed one project to feature and the projects they sent legitimately made my jaw drop- every.single.one. So I hope you’ll click on the links below and check each of these 5 projects out. And then I hope you’ll come back here for more Gnomish fun! But first, let’s make some Christmas Gnome Gift Tag Stickers!
It’s a Gnome Explosion of Crafty Project Options
I love my crafty BFF buddies. We came together last year for the FIRST Gnome Week collaboration and just kept meeting afterward. It’s been a year now that we’ve been each other’s biggest cheerleaders, and I feel so blessed to have them in my corner. After this Christmas Gnome Gift Tag Stickers tutorial, I have the links to each of their projects. You are absolutely going to love all of them.
No Cricut? No Problem!
You can just print these designs on sticker paper using your home printer and use a scissor to cut them out by hand. It gets the job done.
How to Print and Cut Stickers with a Cricut Video
I love using my Cricut to cut my stickers though. It’s easy to get a kiss-cut with a Cricut so you can create a sticker sheet. If you’d like to learn how to print then cut stickers with a Cricut you can check out my YouTube video on How to Make Stickers with a Cricut below. This video shows how to upload .png files like my Gnome Gift Tag Sticker files into Cricut Design Space and then cut them with a Cricut. Or you can skip the video and go straight to the tutorial below. The DIY Gnome sticker files are linked in the supplies list below along with my favorite sticker papers.
How to Make Christmas Gnome Gift Tag Stickers with a Cricut
Supplies and Materials
- Gnome Gift Tag Stickers– .PNG file from my Free Creative Resources Library
- Sticker Paper: I use this matte sticker paper and this glossy sticker paper for inkjet printers. I have a comparison of a couple of different types of glossy sticker paper on my Resource page.
- A home inkjet printer or laser printer (just make sure your sticker paper matches the type of printer you have)
- Computer, smartphone, or tablet
- Small paper trimmer or scissors if you’re going to fussy cut them
- Cricut Design Space – I’m demonstrating using the desktop version, but the app is extremely similar
- Cutting machine like a Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air 2
Step One- Download the Christmas Gnome Gift Tag Stickers File and Upload into Cricut Design Space
I won’t get into this too much. You can see how to do it in the video above or in the post, How to Print then Cut Stickers with a Cricut.
Step Two- Upload the Christmas Gnome Gift Tag Stickers into Cricut Design Space
When you upload the Gnome Gift Tags.PNG file into Design Space, you’ll be prompted to process it as an Image Upload. Choose Complex.
IF you’re using the mobile app it may just skip this part and go right to the clean up of your image. The general goal here is to make sure you have a clean transparent background for your images.
Next, you’ll be given the option of cleaning up your design/creating a transparent background. The Christmas Gnomes Tags image is a .png that has a transparent background already (that’s what the checkered background symbolizes). So you can just hit Continue and be done.
Optional- I do still tend to select the magic wand tool and click once on the background. This just cleans up any stray dots that may be floating in the background. It’s a habit.
Next, click on the Save as a Print then Cut image. The square around the box will highlight green then choose hit Save in the lower right corner.
This takes you back to your Uploaded Images page, where you can select the file and Insert Image into your canvas. Ta Da!
Step Three- Size the Christmas Gnomes Gift Tags Stickers Image
To Make One Full-Size Sticker Sheet (6.75″ x 9.25″)
First, select the design, then in the top toolbar change the height of the design to 9.25″. Because the constraints are locked, changing the height will automatically change the width in proper proportion. And that’s all you need to do for this sheet. SO go ahead and choose Make it in the upper right of the screen.
*Optional- you can save your project before you click “make it.”
Step Four: Print your Image
On the next screen, you’ll be prompted to print your image. When you say you want to, Cricut will bring up a box with your printer selected. Toggle off the “add bleed”. If we did not have the white border then having the bleed turned on is a great idea. But, because we have our white border on white paper we don’t need the bleed. I like to click on the Use System Dialog because my Canon printer has a rear feed tray that I use for my sticker papers and cardstock.
Make SURE you have your sticker paper in your printer (most printers have you load it upside down into the paper cassettes) and then click Print. This will send it to your printer.
A word of warning- the glossy sticker papers don’t always dry immediately. I’ve had them smear on me when I handled them too soon. So as a glossy sheet finishes printing I will carefully set it aside and then let it dry just a bit before I gather the sheets up and stack them.
Step Five: Cut Your Stickers
Once you’ve printed, you’ll want to click Continue and progress to the next image. This will show you how to position your printed sticker sheet on a mat. I like to use the light blue (less sticky) mats.
Once it’s positioned correctly you can go back to your screen and ‘select your materials.” I usually like to do a kiss-cut with my stickers so that the stickers are cut but still on the backing paper. This is opposed to die-cut where each sticker is completely cut out from the sheet of paper.
To get a nice and clean kiss-cut I use the “Premium Vinyl” setting. For some sticker papers, I also change the default pressure to “Less”. I’ve found the Vinyl setting works really well with most of the sticker papers I use (see supplies links above).
Place your printed sticker paper on the mat so that it aligns with your image on the screen. Then, upload your mat and when prompted, press the blinking “Go.” Your Cricut will find the printed black registration box around your images, and then it will cut your sticker images. Once it’s done, unload the mat, flip it over, and then pull the mat away from the sticker paper.
Step Six: Trim the Sticker Sheets
I use my small guillotine paper trimmer to cut off the black lines. But any paper trimmer will work. Once you’ve done that and if you made the single larger images then you’re done!
If you’ve made the two smaller size sheets you’ll want to cut the sheet again in half. That is usually at 4.75″. This creates two sheets that will fit neatly into a standard-sized card envelope. Perfect for gifting. Pretty sweet, right?
And Done- Enjoy your Print then Cut Cricut Christmas Gnome Gift Tag Stickers!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I would love to have you grab the Sticker Design out of my Free Creative Resource Library. And while you’re there you MAY want to check out my other Gnome projects! Also, watch for a Gnome Round-Up post soon!
Here are the links to each fabulous Gnome Craft Project:
- Lucy Foxworth’s Gnome Home Pop up Card (paperglitterglue.com)
- Amy Romeu’s Faux Leather Christmas Gnome Earrings (amyromeu.com)
- Jennifer Stahr’s Naughty Gnome Pull Tab Tag (myscrapmenagerie.com)
- Emily Minor’s Gnome Explosion Box (minordiy.com)
- Jen Swift’s Christmas Gnome Gift Tag Stickers (this post)
- Maggie Klaasen’s 3d Christmas Gnome Snow Globe (maggierosedesignco.com)
Learn to Draw Your OWN Print then Cut Stickers in Procreate!
Interested in drawing your own stickers? I hand draw mine in Procreate, an iPad drawing app, and then save them as a digital file to cut with my Cricut. The two together are kind of amazing. I have a step-by-step tutorial and YouTube video that demos how to use Procreate to make stickers in my post, How to Draw Stickers in Procreate to Cut with Your Cricut.
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