What are the cheapest yet the prettiest decorations to brighten up your things?
You guessed that right – stickers!
When in need to add some fun colors or a personal touch to bland-looking belongings, stickers are the way to go; they are easy to paste on and can be removed, when necessary, without leaving a trace. Lots of stickers are available in stationary stores these days although printing out your customized stickers is a better idea as they are unique and can be based on whatever theme you wish them to have. Hence, our today’s article will focus on teaching you how to print stickers on Cricut. Stick with us to get to know this straightforward process!
What Is A Cricut Machine And What Does It Do?
A Cricut machine is an electronic device used to make designed cuts on materials like paper, softwood, vinyl, fabric, leather, etc.; if your computer is connected to your Cricut machine (both wired and wireless connections are supported), you can use it to send commands regarding the cutting shapes and measurements. It is overall user-friendly and thus, can function with straightforward commands.
When you are a crafter or a digital artist, your business includes selling stickers, paintings, posters, labels, bookmarks, and other similar materials; hand-cutting these materials will not give the precision that your customers desire. This is where cutting machines like the Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Joy, and Cricut Maker come in handy.
How To Print Stickers On Cricut
Things you will need:
- Sticker paper or glossy paper
- Cricut machine
- Cutting mat
Step 1: Selecting The Sticker Paper
Cricut brand has its own sticker paper that you should check out. However, before purchasing a sticker paper of your choice do make sure that it is compatible with your printer. You can also buy sticker papers from different brands and do test prints on them to decide which is works best with your computer; this will also allow you to check how the colors look on them.
Step 2: Downloading Required Pictures And Fonts
Before starting the process, it is always best to have everything ready. Download all the pictures and fonts you intend to use to be prepared. Some bloggers have layouts and pictures uploaded for use which you can purchase too. Besides that, the Cricut Library also has a wide range of pictures and layouts to offer for your creative journey.
Step 3: Getting Your Work Area Ready
Cricut has a cutting range that has a length of 9.25 inches and a breadth of 6.75 inches. It is best to create an outline of this space before working to make sure you are not letting your creative juices flow out of space.
You can add guidelines on your Cricut Stickers canvas by using the shape option; draw a rectangle and then while it is still selected, go to the edit menu and click on the midst of the little square on the left of the rotate option. Your proportions are now unlocked and you can easily type in the width (breadth) and height (length).
Step 4: Make A Layout
If you haven’t downloaded a layout and wish to make your design, now is the time. Using the shapes option draw circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, etc. to get the desired shape for your sticker. You can use the align, flip and rotate options present on the edit menu to make alterations until they fit the image you have in mind.
Step 5: Design
Now is the time to get creative with your shapes; fill them up with colors, patterns, or images – whichever helps you achieve the outcome you are striving for.
- You can add color using the “Operation” option present in your edit menu. The advanced color settings will let you easily choose the shade you desire.
- Patterns can be added by using the “Operation” option too. Change the print type to pattern and scroll down the massive library of patterns to seek a background for your stickers. Remember that when using patterns, you have to change the operation to the “Print then Cut” option. Using the edit pattern option, you can increase the size of your pattern, rotate it, incline it horizontally or vertically, and flip it.
- You can add text using the text icon that is represented using a T. You can easily edit the text using all the options available such as font type, font size, style, alignment, spacing, etc.
- Using the Circuit library or your downloaded file, you can insert pictures into the shapes. These pictures can be easily adjusted to suit your preference using the resize, rotate, and other similar options.
Step 6: Deleting Guideline
Once you are done designing your stickers, delete the guidelines. This can be done by removing it from the Layers slot present on the right-hand side of the page.
Step 7: Flatten
You will notice the “Flatten” option present at the bottom right corner of the page below the layers. This will show a preview of how your stickers will look. When sure that you are satisfied with the look, select the “Make it” option present on the top right corner of your screen.
Step 8: Print
You will now be presented with a print preview. Select continue if the review suits your taste.
Change the printer setting to allow printing on sticker paper. Put your paper on the tray in the direction that the printer will print on. Click on “Send to Printer” to get printed copies of your printer.
Step 9: Cut
On your Cricut cutting machine, change the paper type to “Sticker” and then install the fine point blade which will be mainly assisting with the cuts.
Take the printed copy of your sticker and paste it onto your cutting mat. Afterward, load the mat onto your Cricut machine and select the blinking “Go” button present on it. Your machine will now cut onto the shapes forming your sticker.
Step 10: Get your stickers
Once your machine is done cutting out your stickers, you can unload them from the mat. You now have your personalized stickers which are bound to ad some of the most amazing touches to your belongings.
We sincerely hope our article was able to make your sticker-making journey fun and easy process!