How to Make Glitter Stickers with the Cricut Mobile App
Have you seen the new printable Glitter Sticker Paper from Silhouette? It’s a white sticker paper that well… glitters. I was curious what this paper looked like once we printed on it so I brewed up some fun and spooky gnome stickers on Procreate to test with it. Then I used my iPad and Cricut Design Space Mobile to print and cut them with my Cricut machine. If you read below you’ll find out how to make our own custom material setting in Cricut Design Space and how to upload, print and cut these stickers on an iPad. So read on and figure out how to make glitter stickers with an iPad and a Cricut!
Making Stickers with Procreate and the Cricut Mobile App
Stickers are my jam so I have both a tutorial on drawing the stickers in Procreate, and a tutorial on using a Cricut to print and cut them. Both tutorials have YouTube videos that I created for them and that really help you see how easy the process is.
Using Silhouette Studios Printable Glitter Sticker Paper
First, sourcing the Silhouette Glitter Sheets.
This paper is not available on Amazon at this time in the white, I found it at my local Michael’s along with an iridescent sticker paper that I’m super excited to try. The printable sticker paper has triangular registration marks in each corner that are a matte white. They essentially create a box that is 7.5” w x 9.5” h.
This works easily for Cricut desktop users as you can position your design on the mat where you’d like it to be.
For Design Space Mobile users you can’t move the image around on the mat preview page.
The work around to avoid the glitter-less registration triangle is to create a cut box around your design. This added design element will give you a shoulder area for your printed design.
How to Make a Custom Material Setting in Design Space Mobile
Creating your own custom material setting is handy when you have a material that isn’t already listed. Because the glitter sticker paper we’re using is from Silhouette, and we don’t have a comparable product in Cricut materials I created a custom material setting for what I found works best.
To create a custom setting in DS for Desktop you would simple click on the material setting when you get to the “Make It” page in your project. In the lower left corner you’ll see a custom option. Click on that and you’ll be able to see the list of materials and their individual settings. Cricut will allow you to change the settings, or create your own.
In DS Mobile you’ll find the customize material settings in the drop down menu under your photo. Click on it.
It’s handy to know what the settings are for other materials. Using that info I tested different settings to see what would work best for the glitter sticker paper. To create a custom setting, click the plus sign.
Title it “Glitter Printable Sticker Paper” and keep the fine point blade as the default, and leave the pressure at 175. Then change the number of passes to 2x.
Save it and you’ll never forget what your settings for this material are again!
How to Make Glitter Stickers with the Cricut Mobile App
Supplies and Materials
- Spooky Halloween Gnome Digital Design.PNG file from my Creative Resource Library
- Sticker Paper: I use this printable glitter 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 Tools and Materials Resource page.
- A home inkjet printer ( I use the Canon Crafter’s Printer)
- 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 DS Mobile version, but the desktop version is similar. You can get the DS for Mobile App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
- Cutting machine like a Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air 2
- Light Grip or Standard Mat
Step One- Download the Spooky Halloween Sticker File and Upload it into Cricut Design Space
I won’t get into this too much. You can see how to do it in the YouTube video for my post, How to Print then Cut Stickers with a Cricut.
Step Two- Upload the Sticker File into Cricut Design Space
When you upload the Halloween Gnomes.PNG file into Design Space for Desktop you’ll be prompted to process it as an Image Upload. Choose Complex.
IF you’re using the Design Space Mobile app you’ll go right to the clean up of your image.
The Halloween Stickers image is a .png that has a transparent background already (that’s what the checkered background symbolizes). So you can just hit Continue.
Next, click on the Save as a Print then Cut image. The square around the box will highlight green and you’ll be prompted to name the image. Click continue.
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 Image Three Ways
You now have some choices to make. Either make one full-sized sticker sheet or make two smaller sheets on the same page. OR you can choose to create 4 per sticker sheet. I like this size to give away to the neighbor kids.
Important to know: Cricut will not let you use an image bigger than 6.75″ w. x 9.25″ h. as a Print then Cut image.
Option A) Make One Full-Size Sticker Sheet (6.75″ x 11″)
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. Go to step 4 if you’re in DS Mobile.
Option B) Make Two Smaller Sticker Sheets on a Single Piece of Paper
To start, make the image smaller so you can more easily work with it. Then, with the image selected, duplicate it once.
Select both and rotate the sheets 90 degrees in the top toolbar. and then, with both selected, choose the Align function in the top toolbar. From the drop-down menu, choose Align left. This will move your sheets up against the ruler on the left-hand side of your screen. Then in the top toolbar change the width to 6.16″ and then move the bottom sheet down just a bit until its’ bottom edge is even with the 9″ line on the left side ruler. Select both and Attach. Go to Step 4 in Mobile.
Option C) Make Four Bite-Sized Sticker Sheets on One Sheet
Similar to the other two options, except you’re going to Duplicate once more so that you have a total of 4 designs. Select All and Attach. Then use the anchors to size to fit within the 6.75” x 9.25” printable area. Go to Step 4 in DS Mobile.
Step Four: Create a Cut Box for Positioning in Mobile
Because of the triangle registration marks on the Glitter Sticker Paper we want to move our sticker image lower on the sheet so it doesn’t print in the matte triangle..
In DS Desktop you can simply move your design once it’s on the Mat Preview Page to where you want it to print and cut.
In DS Mobile, you can’t move your image.
SO the workaround for this is to insert a square. Unlock the constraints, and then under the Edit button change the size of the square to 6.75” x 9.25”.
Arrange your designs on top of this square as desired, and then Select All and Attach. The shape will cut, but I don’t think that’s a huge deal and it solves the problem of avoiding the registration marks.
Using your own designs? Keep in mind that depending on how your designs are positioned you may have to move them lower on the shape to avoid the glitter-less area.
Note: You may have to turn off the Snapping Tool to position the designs as you want within the shape. You can toggle it on and off under the settings icon in the lower right corner of your canvas.
Step Five: Print your Image
On the next screen you’ll see the Mat Preview Page. Make sure you toggle off the bleed! Click continue.
If you leave the bleed toggled on then you will get a grey border around your individual stickers. I don’t like this look, but it’s not the end of the world. Cricut cuts around the inside of the line so you won’t have it on your sticker.
On the next page, we’ll print your stickers.
Make SURE you have your sticker paper in your printer correctly (most printers have you load it upside down into the paper cassettes) and then click Print. This will send it to your printer.
Step Six: Cut Your Stickers
On the next page touch “select your materials.”
–For the glitter sticker paper choose your new custom setting.
-If you’re using a regular sticker paper choose the Premium Vinyl material setting and change the default to More.
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? If you made the 4 to a sheet then cut between them and try to make the margins even. These are the cutest mini sticker sheets!
Me too!!! If you love these Glittery Halloween Gnome Stickers because- GNOMES. Then you would maybe LOVE all the other gnome stickers and projects I have. Like Valentine Gnomes, Leprechaun Gnomes, Christmas Gnomes, and more. In fact, you will also probably want to just go ahead and join my email subscriber list so that you can get many of these for free.
And you’ll be in the know when my next gnome projects drop. ❤️
A Quick Comparison on Glitter vs. Glossy Sticker Papers
In the photo above you can see the difference between the glossy and the glitter. I think that the glitter makes the images seem as little less crisp and saturated. I’m sure that’s because of the glitter. However, I really really love the glitter look, especially with these magical and spooky Halloween Gnomes. In my post, How to Make Valentine’s Gnome Stickers I share a comparison of a few different types of sticker paper and which is my favorite. You can find a little more about this on the Resources Page.
For MORE Sticker Inspirations
Want to draw your OWN gnomish people? I have tutorials on how to draw stickers in Procreate. The one below on using photos to trace and then make stickers is a great introduction for the person who considers themselves a non-artist.
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