How to Print & Cut Stickers with Cricut
It’s almost time for back-to-school. Love it or hate it, there are some things about it that make my heart happy. To mark the occasion I thought I would create some back-to-school-themed stickers and share them with you. Print and Cut seems tricky, but I walk you through the material settings, what sticker papers I like best, and show you step-by-step how easy it is to make your own print and cut stickers with a Cricut. 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.
Also, be sure to check out the YouTube video tutorial at the end of this post.
How to Print and Cut Stickers with a Cricut
Supplies and Tools
- Create with Purpose – Art Supplies Sticker Set from my Creative Resource Library. There are two files.
- Sticker Paper: I use this matte sticker paper and this glossy sticker paper for inkjet printers.
- A home inkjet printer I love my Canon Crafter’s Printer
- Computer, smartphone, or tablet (I have a mobile-specific sticker tutorial here)
- Small paper trimmer or scissors
- 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. You can also use a Silhouette Machine but I don’t demo that.
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Remember: You can just print and then cut out your stickers with a scissor. You can also use a Silhouette Cameo with the Silhouette Studio software. Here’s a YouTube tutorial for the Cameo. And if you have a laser printer make sure you purchase sticker paper that is compatible!
Step One: Download and save the free stickers files
Open up the Creative Resource Library. For access to the library, you’ll need the password. You’ll get that instantly when you sign up through one of the opt-in’s on this page. Scroll down until you reach 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 website, not the Cricut app.
Step Two: Upload the .png files in Cricut Design Space
First, go to Cricut’s website, and if you haven’t used it before you’ll need to create a login. If you’ve already done that, open up Cricut Design Space and choose new canvas. Click the upload option from the toolbar on the left side of the web page. Choose “browse.” This should open up your files. I check recent, and both files are there as .png files titled “Art Supplies Stickers 1.png” and “Art Supplies Stickers 2.png.”
A .png file is an image file that can have a transparent background. This is important because we want to have Design Space cut around the white border and not just around the drawn image, so it needs to be able to see where that white border is. Choose “Art Supplies 1.png” and upload it to Cricut Design Space.
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, it will ask you how detailed the image is. Choose Complex.
Then it will take you to a screen where you can clean up the image. If we were not using a .png file with a transparent background then this would be the time to erase the background. EVEN if you are using a .png file I would still click on the magic wand tool to select it and then click once on the checkered background. This just gets any stray little spots that may be there.
Click Continue, and then you will be able to choose between a “print then cut” option or a “cut” option. Choose the print then cut. And your image is ready to be saved in your uploads. Save. This process may take a few seconds.
Step Four: Repeat for the second .png stickers file
Now select Upload again and choose the file “Art Supplies Stickers 2.” Repeat the process of preparing the image as a Print then Cut and complete the upload as before.
Step Five: Insert the files onto a canvas, rotate, and size the images.
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 page, choose to Rotate by 90 degrees. Then, in the Size box, adjust the width to 6.16″. Because the proportion is locked it will automagically adjust to the correct length.
Step Six: Align the images and attach them
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 by clicking and dragging again, and then click on Attach at the bottom right side of the screen.
Step Seven: Save as a 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. Remember to load it upside down if that’s how your printer works. I’m using sticker paper for an inkjet printer. 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 mat sticker papers. I prefer glossy, but many of my friends have said they prefer matte. So I included links in the supplies for my recommendations for both.
Step Nine: Click “Make it”
In Design Space click Make it in the bottom 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. Select Next.
Step Ten: Print your design
At this point, Cricut will give you a numbered step-by-step. It will tell you to connect your machine if you haven’t done so yet. Then it will prompt you 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 OFF. Choose a single sheet and color, then print. This sends it to your home printer.
Be aware that the glossy paper will still be wet and so when you retrieve it from your printer, don’t touch the ink. Let it sit for a few minutes and let it dry.
*I do have a post on how to make stickers in the mobile Design Space.
Next, we’ll take our printed sticker paper and cut it with the Cricut.
Step Eleven: Align and load your printed sticker paper
To cut my sticker paper I’m using a Cricut Maker and a light blue mat. This is a low tack mat. That means it is less sticky than the standard green mats. I’ve found that for paper projects 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 and pressure setting
Continue to follow the prompts on the screen. 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 “sticker paper” as the material it was cutting through the paper and I was getting a die-cut instead. After playing around, choosing the “premium vinyl” setting and changing the default pressure to “less” seemed to do the trick.
Note: Many people also recommend the Sticky Note setting.
Step Thirteen: Make the cut
When prompted press the flashing green “go” button on your Cricut. This will start the machine. First, it will find 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” and unload the mat. Press the load/unload button. Flip the mat over and peel up the mat off the paper. This is a little backward seeming, but the paper curls less this way.
Step Fourteen: Trim into two sheets
Using a small trimmer, cut off the black lines and then cut your image in half. They should fit nicely into an envelope to store or gift. AND they make killer additions to your planner, notebook cover, or even on your computer or Cricut. Each time I create a new sticker, I place it on my machine. It’s a super fun way to personalize.
Want to See It? Check out the YouTube Tutorial for this post on How to Make Stickers with a Cricut too!
It walks you through step-by-step through the same tutorial BUT you get to see it happen. ❤️
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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. Love to have you check them out!
More How to Make Stickers with a Cricut Tutorials AND How to Draw Stickers in Procreate Too!
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 the whole process of drawing stickers using the Procreate app.
I even have a free Procreate Sticker Border Brush that I created to help me make better borders around my stickers and you can get for free in my Creative Resource Library.
I also have a tutorial on how to make DIY tear-off memo pads that I designed with some of these same stickers. This may be the easiest craft ever!
AND for more sticker posts check out my Holiday Gnome Stickers, my Valentine Gnomes and more!
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