If you’re a Cricut newbie or a Procreate first-timer, you may not realize all that’s possible when you combine the two. In Procreate you can doodle, trace, or design images or text. When you import these designs into Cricut Design Space you can cut, engrave, draw, deboss, or print these images. If you have access to a sublimation printer, almost anything is possible. I know it’s hard to imagine exactly what’s possible though. So in this post, I want to give you an idea of what you can make with Procreate and Cricut!
What is Procreate and Cricut?
First, Procreate is a drawing app for the iPad, and with it creating original designs for your craft projects is easy for anyone to do. No graphic design experience is necessary! Cricut is the scrappy little hobby cutting machine that will transform your designs into crafts. Whether you want to create on fabric, wood, leather, or metal, you can use your digital art to create handmade products simply and easily.
A Short List of Crafts You Can Make wtih Procreate and Cricut
Here are just a FEW of the things you can make with Procreate and Cricut. Many of these can be done without anything other then Procreate, your home printer, and your Cricut machine.
Some do require extras such as the Cricut Engraving Tool, Debossing Tool, Heat Presses, or a Sublimation Printer.
- Sublimated Water Bottles
- Cards- For Christmas or Just Because!
- Leather Cuffs (cut the cuff shape and then deboss the design)
- Debossed Leather Hair Accessories (this took me 10 minutes!)
- DIY Tear-Off Notepads or Stationary
- Engraved Cards or Invitations (yup, that’s a thing!)
- Custom Gift Tags for Christmas
- Layered Stickers
- HTV Tea Towels with Grandma’s favorite bars recipe
- Engraved Ornaments on acrylic or metal
- Sticker Cards
- Wall Art
- Embroidery Designs (draw on fabric with fabric marker)
- Woodburned Tags (Cricut will draw on wood with chemical markers)
- Nail Art (print then cut on printable vinyl for fun nail art!)
- Stencils for Bleached Shirts (my friend Jen has a GREAT tutorial on this!)
- Labels or Decals
- Silkscreens for Bags, Shirts, even Pottery!
- Engraved Cheese or Jam Spreaders (I drew the cheesey sayings in Procreate!)
Next Steps to Make Projects with Procreate and Cricut
So to make any of these cool projects you’ll need to take a few basic steps. I give them below and then break them out and give you more details and resources in the sections beneath!
- The first is to actually move your Procreate design out of Procreate and into Cricut Design Space.
- Then you’ll need to save it as either a Cut file or a Print then Cut image.
- Next, you choose the operation you’d like to have your Cricut execute. This means, basic cut, engrave, deboss, draw etc.
- Make it!
#1) Moving Procreate Designs INTO Cricut Design Space
To make anything with Procreate and a Cricut you need to know how to Export your designs out of Procreate and into Cricut Design Space. You can do that in a couple of ways.
- The easiest is to go directly from Procreate into Cricut. I have a post and video on how to do that this!
- The other way to do that is to use an image converter or other graphic design software to turn your Procreate designs into SVG files.
Quick Tutorial: How to Upload Procreate Designs into Cricut Design Space
I have a blog post on this, but if you’re someone who likes to see the steps, this video is for you!
#2) Cut File vs. Print then Cut in Cricut Design Space
When you use a Procreate design and bring it into Cricut Design Space, you can either save it as a Cut File or as a Print then Cut.
Save as a Cut File: You would save it as a cut file when you just want to cut the outline, deboss, engrave, or draw the design.
Save as a Print then Cut: If you wanted to print the image, as well as cut it out, you would use Print then Cut.
#3) How to Use Cricut’s Print then Cut for Beginners
To use Print then Cut you need a printer, laptop or tablet, and your Cricut machine. You can use Print then cut with the Cricut Explore 3, Cricut Explore Air2, Cricut Maker, and Cricut Maker 3. You can NOT use Print then Cut with the Cricut Joy.
I do have a How to Print then Cut for Beginner’s post that you’ll find super helpful if you haven’t tried this before. I know it took me forever because it intimidated me, but it’s really not hard. This post will answer all your questions and help you troubleshoot if you’ve had issues in the past.
Sublimation, Procreate, and Cricut Oh My!
So that’s a little tricky, because for most sublimation projects you don’t need a Cricut machine at all. But I do use the Cricut Easy Presses and the Cricut Mug Press. But you can do sublimation right in a convection oven or air fryer. Of course, don’t use those for anything else, but you get the idea.
To sublimate with your Procreate art you will need to have a sublimation printer. I use an Eco-Tank printer that I picked up from Costco and added sublimation ink to.
For more info on sublimation, I do have a beginner’s post, Sublimation Made Simple for Cricut Crafters. This gives you answers to the basic questions in a way that’s easy for people who are coming from the Cricut world to understand.
Join the NEW Facebook Group!
This is just a basic post, designed to answer the question, what can I make with Procreate and Cricut. It’s to give you some idea of what’s possible. If you’d really like to know more, you can join my new Procreate for Cricut and Silhouette Creators Facebook Group.
In it, I’m going to do Facebook Lives that will walk you through the basics of creating with Procreate and Cricut from the very first time you open the app.
I hope you’ll join below and meet up with us for our Procreate Playdates on Tuesday nights @ 7 pm ET!
Thanks for Reading!
This post is Merry Maker-mas Day 24- with Free Procreate Stamps + Activity Printables Made in Procreate
Merry Christmas Makers! Today’s featured holiday project is two-fold. A set of printables designed in Procreate. And the set of Procreate stamps I used to create the printables. You’ll find both freebies in my Free Library. Which is a password-protected collection of all my freebies. You can get the password by subscribing in the sidebar of this blog post. You’ll get the password in an email, and you can unsubscribe at any time. The password won’t change.
1) Christmas Activity Printables
I designed these to be either printed and colored traditionally, or you can open them in Procreate to color. To do that just use the Import button at the top of the Gallery Page in Procreate. Either way, these will entertain and be a fun way to spend time while you wait for dinner, church, or present opening.
2) Procreate Scandi Winter BONUS Stamp Set
This is really the second set in my Scandi Procreate Stamp series. I demo the Scandi Christmas Procreate Stamp Set in the mandala design I made for Day 19 of Merry Maker-mas. This bonus set of Scandi Procreate Stamps was used to create this set of Christmas Activity Printables.