How to Print and Cut Stickers with Cricut Made Easy!
Did you use to love stickers in elementary school? They’re making a comeback! In this post, I’ll show you step-by-step how easy it is to make your own print and cut stickers with a Cricut. If you’ve been frustrated because your paper didn’t cut through, or the cut was off then I promise this post will help. Print then Cut seems tricky, but I walk you through the material settings, and what sticker papers I like best. I promise after this lesson you’re sure to get an “A++”.
Free Stickers for Back-to-School
Usually, it’s my husband that does the back-to-school shopping with our son. He gets the biggest kick out of deliberating between different notebooks, pencil brands, and pen types. I always just want to know if they’ve brought back Trapper Keepers yet. I LOVED Trapper Keepers when I was in elementary school, but stickers were my second favorite thing about Back-to-School.
Do you need to be headed back to school to enjoy these stickers? No! I actually have them in my planner, as well as stuck all over my Cricut Maker. They’re just so fun! And once you learn how easy it is to print and cut your own stickers you might go a little crazy for stickers too.
Love Video Tutorials?
I do a step-by-step photo tutorial below but if you’re someone who prefers video I’ve gotcha covered! Be sure to check out the YouTube video tutorial at the bottom of this post. It makes it SUPER simple to see what’s going on.
How to Print and Cut Stickers with Cricut Made EASY!
Supplies and Tools
- Create with Purpose – Art Supplies Sticker Set* from my Free Resource Library
- Inkjet Printer I love my Canon Crafter’s Printer (if your home printer is a laser printer that works too- just make sure you get sticker paper that says “for laser printer”.
- Sticker Paper: I use this matte sticker paper and this glossy sticker paper for inkjet printers
- Computer, Smartphone, or Tablet (I have a mobile-specific sticker tutorial here)
- Small Paper Trimmer or Scissors
- Cricut Design Space- I’m demonstrating using Cricut Design for Desktop
- Cutting Machine like a Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air 2. (The Cricut Joy now has sticker paper available but I haven’t tried it yet).
- Light Grip Cricut Cutting Mat (You can use the Standard Grip as well)
- Fine Point Blade (comes with the Cricut machine)
*This download is optional! You can use your own design images- these free designs are here to make this easy if it’s your first time making stickers with a Cricut. If you have Cricut Access that’s a great place to source images (I saw some great diy planner stickers) for Print then Cut as well!
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Step One: Download and Save the Free Sticker Design
For access to my Free Library, you’ll need the password. It’s easy- you can get it instantly when you sign up through one of the email opt-in’s on this page.
Scroll down until you each Printable Art and Stickers. We want Create with Purpose Art Supplies Stickers 1 and Create with Purpose Art Supplies Stickers 2. Click on the links to open. Double click or click and hold for options and choose save to downloads.
NOTE: These are directions for a Mac desktop and using the Cricut Design Space for Desktop, not the Cricut mobile app.
Step Two: Upload the png files in Cricut Design Space
First thing, create an account if you haven’t done so. Then, open up Cricut Design Space and on the Home page choose New Project. This will open up a new canvas.
Click the upload button from the left side toolbar of this new canvas. This opens up the Uploaded Images page.
Select Upload Image. Then, on the next page choose Browse. This should open up your files. Check Downloads, and you’ll find the zip files for Create with Purpose Art Supplies Stickers 1 and 2.
Cutting an Outline Border- A .png file is an image file that may have a transparent background. This is important because we want to have Design Space cut an outline from your white background and it needs to be able to see where to cut around the shape.
Choose “Art Supplies 1.png” and upload it to Cricut Design Space.
Note: IF you are using your own design you can now add a white border in Design Space with Cricut’s new Offset feature. However, you do have to remember to flatten the offset and design layers to a single layer before you send to printer. For more on this print then cut feature check out my post, How to Use Cricut’s Print then Cut for Beginners.
Step Three: Process the .png Image File
Design Space will open the file and a screen will appear that will start the image upload process for a printed image file. First thing, it will ask you how detailed the image is. Choose Complex.
Next is the Clean-Up Page (optional)- If you have the transparent background (checkered) then you do not need to do anything on this page. IF you have a background to your custom design that you want to remove then click on the background with the magic wand tool and watch it disappear.
Click Continue, and then on the next page click on Save as Print then Cut Image, not as a cut file. And your image is ready to be saved in your uploads! Save. This process may take a few seconds.
Note: If you are using an SVG file for your print then cut design you will not see the same Image Processing page or the Clean- Up page.
Step Four: Repeat to Upload the Art Supplies Sticker_2
Now select Upload again and choose the file Art Supplies Stickers 2 .png design. Repeat the process of preparing the image as a Print then Cut and complete the upload as before.
Step Five: Insert Both Uploaded Images into a Canvas> Rotate>Size
Next, Select both sticker files and then click Insert Images at the bottom right of the page. That will open up the images on your canvas. Your images will load onto your canvas larger than we need them to be. Drag your cursor to select both images.
In the toolbar at the top of your canvas, Rotate both by 90 degrees. Then, in the Size box in the top toolbar, adjust the width to 6.16″. Because the proportion is locked it will automagically adjust to the correct length.
Note: The maximum image size of Cricut’s Print then Cut is 6.75″ x 9.25″.
Step Six: Align the Images and Attach
Click and drag one of the sticker sheets to the top right corner and then select the second sheet and align it at 9” on the left side ruler and make sure it is snug up against the left side of the page. It will be beneath the first sticker sheet but there will be a space between the two.
Select both images with the Select All at the top of the canvas, and then click on Attach at the bottom right side of the screen. With the latest updates to Cricut Design Space you’ll see that Line type is now Operation and Print then Cut is one of the options in the drop-down menu.
Step Seven: Save Project
Before you click Make it, go ahead and save your project by choosing the word Save at the top right side of your screen. This will now be stored under My Projects and if you were to look for this a second time, you’ll find it on the home page under categories and My Projects on the web.
Step Eight: Load Your Sticker Paper in Your Printer
Make sure you have sticker paper loaded into your printer in the correct cassette. And remember to load it upside down if that’s how your printer works. I’m using sticker paper for an inkjet printer.
Remember- If you have a laser printer then you’ll need to make sure your sticker paper is laser compatible.
As far as options go, you can choose glossy or matte sticker paper. I prefer glossy, but many of my friends have said they prefer matte. So I included links in the supplies section of this post for both of my recommendation. A word of warning- Cricut Sticker Paper is card stock weight. Just because you have a Cricut does NOT mean you need to use their sticker paper. In fact, unless you want thick stickers I would NOT use the Cricut brand sticker paper.
Note: Wondering what other kinds of sticker paper you can use for your print then cut stickers? Or just want to know more about the options? I do have a post that will help you choose what the best sticker paper is for you. Spoiler- Sometimes it’s not sticker paper at all but printable vinyl!
Step Nine: Make it and the Mat Preview Page
Once everytihing looks good on your canvas click the make it button in the top right corner of the screen. This will take you to the Mat Preview Page, which will show you your images positioned on a mat. There is a black line around your piece that wasn’t there before. This is the registration box. (It helps the machine sensors know where the boundaries of the design are on your page). Select Continue.
Step Ten: Print Your Sticker Design
Connect your machine if you haven’t done so yet. Select Print to print your design. When the print window pops up it may give you the option of printing with the bleed on or off. I noticed the app didn’t have this feature.*
You want the Bleed toggled OFF.
Optional- If you have a rear-feed printer then you will want to use System Dialog so that you can choose the rear-feed tray. You have to hit Print in this first box and that will bring up the system dialog BEHIND your browser so you’ll need to minimize the screen to see the System Dialog.
Say what??? Once you’ve printed you’ll notice that the sticker design prints with a black box around it that wasn’t in your design. This is the registration box that the sensor on your Cricut will use to align the cuts and will be trimmed off in the last step.
*Using Cricut Design Space App for Mobile? I do have a post on How to Make Stickers with an iPad that will walk you step-by-step through how to use Print then Cut on your tablet or smartphone.
Step Eleven: Align and Load your Printed Sticker Paper
I’m using a Cricut Maker and a light grip mat that is less sticky than the standard green mats. I’ve found that for paper projects and stickers the light blue mats are the way to go.
Place your printed sticker paper on your mat, aligning it as shown on the screen. Then load your mat by pressing the load/unload button on the Cricut.
Step Twelve: Select your Material Setting
Continue to follow the prompts on the next screen.
For a Material Setting I usually select Premium Vinyl and change the pressure setting to Less.
I like a “kiss cut,” meaning the stickers are cut, but still on the backing paper. That’s how you get sticker sheets. I found when I chose Printable Sticker Paper as the material setting it was cutting through the backing sheet of paper so I was getting a die-cut sticker instead. This is because the Cricut Printable Sticker paper is a card stock weight and takes more pressure to cut the paper.
Note: Many people also recommend the Sticky Note or Washi Tape material settings.
Step Thirteen: Make the Cut with Your Cricut
When prompted press the flashing green “go” button on your Cricut. This will start the machine. First, it will find the black rectangle (the registration lines). Then it will check the tool and begin the cut.
When the cut is over, the screen will read 100% and then prompt you to click Finish.
BEFORE YOU UNLOAD THE MAT CHECK THE CUT. If it hasn’t cut all the way through your sticker paper you can still press the Cricut “C or Go” button on your machine to repeat the cut.
Once done, press the Load/Unload button to Unload the mat. One of my favorite tips is to flip the mat over and peel up the mat away from the paper. This is a little backward seeming, but the paper curls less this way.
Step Fourteen: Trim Into Two Sticker Sheets
Using a small trimmer, cut off the black lines and then cut your image in half. They should fit nicely into an envelope. AND they make killer additions to your happy planner, notebook cover, or even as decoration on your computer or Cricut!
Want to See It? Check out the YouTube Tutorial for this Post on How to Make Stickers with a Cricut!
It walks you through step-by-step through the same tutorial BUT you get to see it happen. ❤️
Woo Hoo!!! You’ve Successfully Earned an “A” in How to Print and Cut Stickers With Cricut
I hope you LOVE these stickers as much as I (and my friends) do. And if you have any questions about how to make stickers with a Cricut, or anything else, I’d love to have you ask!
About the Trapper Keeper
(and more back-to-school inspiration…)
Missed the ’80’s? Have no idea how awesome the Trapper Keeper was? Check out the History of the Trapper Keeper by Mental Floss.
I also have a DIY Printables Pinterest Board that you can check out for more ideas about printable organizational tools, plus a couple of boards with Cricut Projects and Tips. I’d love to have you check them out!
For More Inspiration…
AND, if you would like MORE awesome stickers tutorials I’d love to have you check out my post, How to Use Photos to Draw Stickers in Procreate(this shows you how to trace images to draw). As well as How to Draw Stickers in Procreate, which takes you through step-by-step how to draw stickers using the Procreate app.
Looking for more Cricut tutorials for beginners? I’d love to have you check out my YouTube playlist!
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