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How to Draw Stickers on Procreate to Cut with Your Cricut

Making stickers is seriously THE BEST. A few weeks ago I posted on How to Make Stickers on the Cricut. It was all about how I print and then cut my stickers. It got a great response, but I started to get questions on how I draw my stickers. So I made this step-by-step post, as well as a YouTube video. In them, I’ll show you how to draw the stickers, add the white border around the stickers, and save them as a download that you can upload into Cricut Design Space (or a Silhouette Cameo) to cut. I also give you a free copy of the file I make in the video so that you can download it and see what the stickers look like as a file. As an extra freebie, I have the Procreate brush I made for creating the white borders around my images, so make sure you grab that!

Why Procreate?

I waited a long time for a user experience that would work for the way I like to sketch and I’m kind of crazy about everything Procreate can do. It’s not the same as drawing in life, but it’s similar enough that it feels natural. The Apple pencil is weighted like a pencil and I use a screen protector with a paper-like surface ( I link to that in the Materials list below). In the video below you’ll see all the additional features that make drawing on the iPad well worth exploring. Plus, did I mention it was fun?

How to Draw Stickers on Procreate to Cut with Your Cutting Machine

What You’ll Need

  • Procreate App (available from the Apple App Store for iPad)
  • iPad– I use the 12.9 iPad Pro but Procreate works with other models of iPads as well.
  • Stylus like the Apple Pencil (optional- you can just use your finger or you can use a third-party stylus as well.)
  • Paperlike Screen Protector for your iPad (optional- but I really like mine. This is less of a screen protector and more like a textured sticker for the screen of your iPad that has a slight tooth. This adds a little friction so that your pencil doesn’t fly across the screen. This also makes it feel more like using a real pencil. As a bonus, I feel like it lets me hold my pencil more loosely and because of this my hand fatigues less, AND my strokes are looser and more natural. )
  • MY Custom Sticker Border Procreate Brush- totally optional but it’s the one I created for my own sticker making.
  • FREE PROCREATE STAMP SET– To help you get started making stickers, I created a free stamp set with a seamless brush as a free download for email subscribers. Subscribing is free and you get the password to my Resource Library where all my freebies are!

Note: People ask me what sticker papers I recommend all the time. So I created a post with ALL my Sticker Paper recommendations, How to Choose the Sticker Paper that’s Right for Your Project.


Directions

Step One: Create a Canvas

Create a Custom Canvas in Procreate for Stickers

Open the Procreate app in your iPad and tap on the plus sign in the upper right corner of the gallery page. This drops down a menu that has the canvas sizes. Create a custom canvas size at the bottom of the menu. Mine is sized at 1571 pixels by 2367 pixels at 300 dpi. You can do 6.75″ x 9.25″ if you know that you’ll be cutting your stickers with a Cricut (this is the max size for Cricut’s Print then Cut feature. Rename it Stickers and touch done. This will immediately open up a new canvas on your screen.

Sketch out Flowers for Stickers in Procreate
Sketch your Stickers out one at a time

Step Two: Sketch your Sticker

The first step is drawing your stickers. To select a brush tap on the brush symbol near the center of the screen. Personally, I like using a 6B pencil to start the sketch. However, you can choose any pencil or pen that you would like to use. To adjust the size of your marks you can play around with the sliding size adjustment on the left-hand side of the screen. I sketch pretty large then size it down after it’s complete. In the video, I give more info on the sketching process, including how to select and move parts of your sketch. I also have each individual sticker sketch on its own layer.

Note: I have the slider interface on the left because I like it there, BUT you can totally customize that. There are a ton of modifications you can make to optimize your Procreate experience!

Use a watercolor Procreate Brush to Color Stickers
Add a wash of color on a new layer.

Step Three: Add Color

Open up a new layer by touching the layers icon and then the plus sign in the corner. This will create “Layer 2.” You can rename your layers something like “sketch” and “color” or leave them as is. For each sticker design I usually work with multiple layers, and then merge them when I have the result I want. Touch and drag “Layer 2,” so that it is under “Layer 1.”

Under brushes, select a painterly style brush. Usually, I will do a soft wash of color (using the watercolor or gouache brush) behind my sketch and then build up other layers with the colored pencil or crayon brushes.

use a color palette in Procreate
Select a color and add colored pencil to your sketch on a new layer.

To choose a color, tap the round circle in the corner of your screen. This will allow you to play with palettes and to choose the colors you’d like for your sticker sheets. I get more in-depth about the color palettes in the video as well! Continue to add layers as you add different media to your sketch. And play with their position in your panel. I tend to keep the pencil sketch on top but then stack everything else on top of the first wash of color.

Pro- Tip: You can get highlights and lowlights for each of your main color choices by moving the center dot around in the center of the circle palette. Save those shades in the color palette you create for these stickers.

Step Four: Combine the Layers

When you feel like you’re satisfied with the colored layers of the sketch, you may choose to merge down the layers by tapping on the top layer and selecting “merge down.” Repeat this until you have a single layer for your sticker design. Rename the layer to clue you in what is on that layer later. You do not have to do this step until you’re done, but you can do it now. I find it helps me to keep track of everything and not get overwhelmed by as many layers. Plus, depending on the amount of memory on your iPad, you may find yourself limited by the number of layers you can have.

how to select an image in Procreate

Step Five: Select the Sticker and Move It

Next, use the “select” icon at the top of your screen. It looks like a ribbon to me. Select Freehand in the selection panel that pops up. This lets you draw around your drawing with a dotted line, select it, and move it around on the screen. It is only moving within this layer. The other layers are not affected. Usually, I will just move it down to one of the corners so that I have space in the center of the screen to draw my next design.

Step Six: Create Your Next Sticker!

Repeat with other designs until you have the sheet filled. Make lots and lots of stickers. And have fun with it!

After you Select tap on the arrow tool to move or size your selection.

Step Seven: Arrange the Sticke Sheet

The placement of your images on the sheet is a little like a puzzle. Doing this will also help you see if you have empty spots to fill. How you compose your stickers on the sheet is part of the visual appeal of the final product, so give it some thought as well.

Procreate brush to make sticker borders easier

Step Eight: Add the White Sticker Borders

EDITED TO ADD- In the video and tutorial below I show you how to trace a photo to draw the stickers. But the second part of the video is showing you how to add the white border around the stickers. BUT I have a new post on how to add the borders- How to Make Borders for Stickers Super Fast on Procreate 5x. This updates the process and makes it a lot quicker to add the borders to your stickers. So make sure you check it out!

Open up a new final layer and move it beneath all the other layers. In the layers panel, uncheck the box labeled background.

By doing this you’ll have a transparent background, and you’ll really be able to see where your edges are on the images. Select white from your color palette. Use the Sticker Border Brush (a freebie in my Creative Resource Library) or a hard airbrush, lay a nice smooth line around the sketched images.

color drop white into the outlined border of stickers
Color drop the white into the center of the outline to fill.

Because this is the bottom layer, it will show up as if it’s underneath your sketched and colored images. Fill the white shapes you just drew (the area behind the drawings) in completely. I usually color drop white into my outline.

BUT, if you see any kind of a line still, this may mean that your color threshold isn’t high enough. To adjust this drop the white into the shape and keep your pencil tip on the screen, and then slide it to the left or right to adjust the threshold.

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Uncheck the top layer to check that the bottom is clean.
Uncheck the image layer so that you can make sure that all the white borders are clean and filled in. Clean up background if needed.

Step Nine: Clean Up Your File

Now you want to take the time to clean up the sheet. Look for marks that don’t have the white background behind it, and do some erasing, or enlarge your white background in that area. Look for areas and edges that aren’t clean or crisp. Use the eraser tool (set to the same sticker border brush or an airbrush) to smooth or erase as needed. I have a couple of tricks for doing this part of the process in the video!

export your stickers as a .png with a transparent background.
Share your entire canvas as a PNG to your photos or files.

Step Ten: Export Your File

With the background still unchecked in the Layers panel (so it’s transparent), go to the “wrench” symbol at the top left of the page. Select the “share” button and choose “.png” from the drop-down menu. Choose the “save image” or “save to files.” “Save image” will send it to your photo gallery. You could also choose to airdrop it to your desktop and save it to your hard drive there. And DONE! Whoo-hoo!!! We drew STICKERS!!!

Step Eleven: See My Post on How to Open Your File in Cricut Design Space!

This is the end of this tutorial, but I continue with how to make the stickers in my post, How to Print and Cut Stickers on the Cricut.

This post walks you through the next steps of uploading the image into Cricut’s Design Space, cleaning up the image background or smoothing the edges if you want to. It will also show you how to size it in your canvas on Design Space, and then printing and cutting your stickers.

I hope you really do give this a go. It’s just so awesome when you get to hold stickers you drew in your hands. I LOVE playing with mine in my planner or sketchbook. They’re pretty fun to gift too!

How to draw stickers and cut them on a Cricut | How to make my own stickers | Free Flower Sticker Downloads
Download these Sunflower Bouquet Stickers from my Free Creative Resource Library!

And DOWNLOAD MY FREE Sunflower Market STICKERS! Yup! The stickers I draw in this tutorial are a free download you can get from my Creative Resource Library. Feel free to grab them and you’ll see what the .png file looks like when it’s all done. You can also follow the instructions in my How to Print and Cut Stickers with a Cricut tutorial to cut these on a Cricut!

For more inspiration…

If you love the idea of drawing, but you’d like some direction, I recommend a couple of great beginner sketching books, in my post- How-to-Draw Books Adults Love. You really will love them. I showed one to my mom and she loved it so much I let her keep it. There are also some other really great tutorials about using Procreate on YouTube. I just watched this 18 Hacks for Procreate and loved it! AND I have another tutorial, How to Use Photos to Draw Stickers on Procreate. I’d love to have you check out that one as well!

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Thanks for reading this post, and if you have questions, be sure to leave a comment below or contact me. AND again, I would LOVE to know if you think you will draw some stickers and what kind you’d like to make. The sky really is the limit! And if you found this tutorial helpful I’d be grateful if you would share it either by posting it to social media or by pinning the image below! Have a great day,

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20 thoughts on “How to Draw Stickers on Procreate to Cut with Your Cricut”

  1. Just want to thank you ! Fantastic tutorials! So kind if you to share. I just bought a travelers journal and want to make my own stickers.

    1. Yay!!! It is SO FUN!!! I’m just sorry I waited so long to try it. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! It really encourages me. I’d love to see your stickers when you make them too!

  2. Thank you SOOO MUCH for this tutorial! I have been banging my head trying to figure this stuff out, one question, how do I create a digital sticker sheet for Goodnotes use that contains individual images on the sheet, so they don’t have to be cropped, copied and pasted?

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      I’m so glad you liked the tutorial. I had a horrible time finding info at first too. Honestly I’m not sure about the GoodNotes thing. But I know I have seen people importing multiples at once. Liz Koehler Brown has a Skillshare video on creating a digital planner for GoodNotes and I know she talks about stickers in it. I’ll see if I can find the info. ❤️

  3. Thank you for this video! I am going to try this right away.Can’t wait to look around your site for more videos. I love learning how to use Procreate and Cricut. Thanks again for taking the time to share your expertise.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this, it is extremely helpful! I just got into Procreate this past year and I absolutely LOVE it… I opened an Etsy shop and it has been doing so well! I have really wanted to get into making stickers and more Printables. I just have one burning question…. what color profiles do you use for printing?? Like in Procreate, do you select CMYK for a new canvas or just their regular RGB? I’m not sure what difference it makes in printing, but I do notice it changes the look of the colors in procreate. Would love to hear your thoughts/experience with this! Trying to figure out what to do before I launch a ton of products!
    I am SO happy I found your site, I can’t wait to dig more and look into all the resources! You are a gem, thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Monica,
      I use the RGB primarily (I thought CYMK was for professional commercial printing) but I just did a little research on the Canon Pixma printer I have and it automatically converts from RGB to CYMK. RGB seems to be the norm for art that will remain digital-only.But maybe I should be doing the CYMK profiles for the stickers since I know they’ll be printed.

      Here’s what it says in the Procreate handbook-

      RGB vs CMYK
      Digital art is usually created to suit either screens or printers.

      RGB is best for artwork created to be viewed on screens, as it manages color the same way screens do: by seeing each color as a unique combination of red, green, and blue.

      CMYK is the best option for artwork destined for print. This sees each color as a mix of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, matching the four ink colors used by most commercial printers.

      By choosing the color space best suited to your artwork destination, you will get the most vivid and accurate colors possible.
      Pro Tip
      If you’re not sure, leave your Color Profiles on their default settings.

      I hope this helps! And thanks for prompting me to look into this! ❤️ Jen

  5. Hi ..awesome tutorial by any chance do you happen to have a video of how to transfer a procreate drawing as a draw and cut file on a cricut…..I am totally new to procreate want to draw doodles and draw and cut on cricut so I can color it and make cards….thanks

    1. Hi Bhavani-
      It’s pretty easy as long as you’re doing line drawings.Just export your Procreate drawings as PNG’s with a transparent background (click off the background color layer). Save it to your photos, and then upload as an image into Cricut Design Space. Save it as a cut file and then once you’ve uploaded it into a canvas you want change the Line Type in the top right of the toolbar to Draw. That’s it!

  6. Hello!
    I have a question. I added the white back ground and merged all my layers. Saved the image and it looks correct in my gallery. When I upload to DS the white layer is not there. What am I doing wrong. Please help!

    1. Hi Krystal! Hmmm… so Cricut is removing the white? Are you saving it as a PNG with a transparent background? Not a JPEG? And when you export it you’re clicking off the background first correct?

  7. Hi
    Is a white border necessary if the image is all coloured (no white spaces) to be able to cut on the cricut?

    Thanks for the info!

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