Making your own stickers is a lot of fun and a really creative process. As you will end up with unique stickers that have your own designs on.
This is a really simple process, and you will end up with personal stickers that you can use yourself or hand out to friends and family.
There are various ways in which you can make stickers, yet today we are talking about how to make stickers using a Cricut cutting machine.
In this guide, we have given you a step by step to create your own stickers using this machine and loads of helpful tips to help you along the way.
Can You Make Custom Stickers Using Cricut?
It is a common question that is often asked as whether the Cricut cutting machine can be used to create custom stickers.
The simple answer is yes, and it is a really simple process. You can import practically any image of your choosing and create homemade stickers.
In addition to importing any image, you can even create your own image on any software like Procreate or Canva, and then import your final image into Cricut.
There are many websites and software programs that you can use to create your own custom stickers.
Although, it is important to note that you make sure that the image you are using has either personal use or commercial license to use them.
If you are struggling for designs, then you may want to purchase Cricut Access. It can offer you some inspiration, by searching for images.
The Different Types Of Stickers
There are many types of stickers that you can create yourself using a Cricut cutting machine. When we talk about different types of stickers, it is all to do with how they have been cut.
Below, we have put together a quick list of some of the most popular types of stickers that you can create.
- Kiss Cut Stickers – An extra backing is around the sticker, as the sticker is only cut through the vinyl layer.
- Die Cut Stickers – Similar to kiss cuts, but they are cut right through to the backing of the sticker.
- Border Cut Stickers – On the edge of the sticker, an edge is produced which is similar to kiss cut stickers.
- Border-less Stickers – These are similar to die cut stickers, and board stickers but no border.
- Decals – A sticker that has a cut-out in the middle, like the letters A and D.
You can use stickers in various ways, like as bumper stickers, lunch box or water bottle decals. Also, it has become really popular to offer promotional stickers or offer stickers as a free gift for a lot of small businesses. Stickers are actually a really popular thing.
Equipment That You Will Need
The following is a list of equipment that you will need to be able to create custom stickers using Cricut. Collect the following before you begin.
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Sticker Paper – It is up to you whether you use glossy or matte sticker paper.
- Cricut Mat
- Desktop, Tablet or Mobile
- Sticker Design or Image in a JPEG or PNG format.
Step On How To Make Stickers Using Cricut
Step 1: Save Or Download Your Sticker Design
To begin with, you need to have an image to make your sticker with. This could be you downloading the image you are wanting to use from somewhere else.
Or you can create your own sticker on sites like Canvas or Procreate and remember to save the sticker design.
As mentioned above, if you are struggling with a design if you have access to Cricut Access they have a library full of stickers designs that you can use or alter.
It is important to note, that if you are using your own design, you may want to add a white border to the sticker. You can now do this in the Design Space in Cricut’s new offset feature.
Although, you will have to remember that you flatten the design and offset layers to just a single layer before you send the sticker to the printer.
Step 2: Upload Image To The Cricut Design Space
If this is your first time using Cricut, then this is the time when you need to make an account, if you haven’t already.
Then, once your account has been created, you need to open the Cricut Design Space up.
On the homepage, you then need to create a New Project. When you do this, a new canvas will open up.
On the toolbar on the left-hand side, you now need to click the Upload button. This will open your uploaded images.
Click the Browse button and find the image that you want to upload that you have saved or downloaded in your files.
Once you have found the image, then select it and click Upload Image.
Step 3: Processing The Uploaded Image
Once you click the Uploaded button, the Cricut Design Space will open a screen that will be the beginning of the uploading process.
The first thing the Design Space will ask you is how detailed you want the image to be. We would recommend you choose the ‘complex’ option, as this will give you a really high resolution sticker image.
This next part is optional, but you may want to clean up the page. For example, if your sticker has a transparent background, the background will be checkered, then you don’t need to do anything.
Although, if you do have a background on your image then you want it removed, you need to use the magic wand tool.
With the magic wand, click the background you want to remove, and the background will just disappear.
After you have done all of this and are happy, you can click Continue. Then you can click Save as Print, and after that Cut Image. Now your sticker design is ready, and it should only take you a couple of seconds to complete.
Step 4: Add Your Sticker Into The New Canvas
Now you want to select the sticker file and click on Insert Images. This can be found in the bottom right corner of your page. By doing this, this will open up your images. Then these images will be uploaded to your canvas.
Typically, they will upload much larger than you want them to actually be. Therefore, you need to drag your mouse to be able to select both images.
Step 5: Adjusting The Size Of Your Stickers
For this guide, we are focusing on making two sticker sheets. However, it is important to resize your stickers to the sizes that you want.
For our two sticker sheets, we are going to select a layer and then in the height, we are going to change it to 6.75 inches. Then on the second layer, do the same thing.
You want the heights to be matching. Alongside that, if your constraints are locked, then the width length will automatically be adjusted. If not, you will need to adjust this size as well.
For these sticker sheets, place both sheets next to one another near the top of the canvas. You want them as near the top of the canvas as you can get them.
It is also important to remember that Cricut has a maximum print and cut size, which is 6.75 inches by 9.25 inches.
Step 6: Attach, Rotate And Align The Stickers
As we said, we are focusing on sticker sheets in this guide, therefore now you need to select both of the layers and move them.
Ideally the stickers should be in the top left corner of the canvas, and you want to move and drag the sticks so that the right side of the stickers reaches 9.25” on the ruler found at the top of the canvas.
Then you can attach the layers together, and in the rotate box, which is found at the top of your screen in the toolbar, type in it 90.
Step 7: Save Your Project
Now that we have done all that hard work, we should save what we have done before we do anything else.
Otherwise, if the software crashes, you will have to start all over again. You will find the Save button in the right-hand corner of your page.
Once you click save, the image and perfect will be saved in the Projects folder.
Hence, if you wanted to find this project again, you would be able to locate it on the homepage under the Projects tab.
Step 8: Put Your Sticker Paper Into The Printer
Now that your sticker is complete, you need to turn your attention to the printer. You want to make sure that you have loaded your sticker paper into your printer.
Also, it is important that you load the sticker paper into the printer upside down (if that is how your printer works)
There are various different types of sticker paper you can use, or you could even use printable vinyl. The choice is up to you and the finish you want to achieve at the end.
This is because some sticker paper has a matte finish, while others have a much more glossy finish.
Step 9: Click Make It And Preview The Stickers
If you are happy with how everything is looking on the canvas, then it is time to select the Make It button.
You will locate this button in the top right-hand corner of your canvas. Once you have selected this, you will be taken to the Mat Preview Page.
The Mat Preview Page shows you what images and stickers look like on the mat. You will notice in this preview that there is a thick black line surrounding your designs or stickers.
This is known as the registration block. What this means is that the lines tell your machine where the boundaries of your design are.
Once you are happy with how the preview looks, then you can click Continue.
Step 10: Print Your Stickers
Make sure your printer is connected and click the Print button, so that you can print your stickers.
After you click the Print button, a window will pop up. This window gives you the option of whether you want to print with the bleed on or off. You want to make sure that the bleed is switched off.
If you are using a rear-feed printer, then you will need to use the system dialog. This is so you can select the rear feed tray.
Then, when you press the Print button, you will bring up the system dialog behind your browser. You will then need to minimize the browser so that you can view the system dialog.
In the preview, you will have seen the black lines surrounding your design. Yet, once you have printed your stickers, those lines will have been printed as well.
This is for the Cricut cutting machine, so that they cut your design correctly. In the last step, these lines will be trimmed away, so you don’t need to worry about these lines at all. You want to see them in the end.
Step 11: Load And Align The Printed Stickers
It’s time to get using your Cricut machine, and you need a light grip mat as well.
With your printed sticker paper, place them onto your mat, and follow the instructions on the screen. Then to load your mat, press the load button on your Cricut machine.
Step 12: Choose Your Material Settings
Be sure to follow the instructions on the screen. You will need to choose your material settings.
We would recommend using the premium vinyl setting and then alter the pressure settings to much less when creating kiss cut stickers.
If you want to create die cut stickers, then the .04 stencil material setting may be a better option.
A lot of people have also recommended the Washi Tape and Sticky Note material settings as well.
Step 13: Begin Cutting Your Stickers With Cricut
Once you have chosen your settings, and followed all the instructions, then you can click the flashing go button on the Cricut machine.
This button will be flashing green when it is ready for use. By clicking the go button, the machine will start to work.
The first thing the machine will do is locate the registration lines, which is the black lines sandbox that was printed onto your design.
After that, the machine will check everything is in order and begin to cut the sticker paper.
On your Cricut machine, once the cutting process has been completed, the screen will say 100%. This means that everything has been completed, and you need to click Finish.
However, before you unload the mat from the machine, make sure that the machine has cut your stickers properly.
If the machine has cut the paper all the way through, then you can click on your Cricut machine. Either click C or Go, and the machine will repeat the cutting process it just did.
Then after that, as long as you are happy, you can click the unload button to unload your mat from the machine.
Step 14: Cut The Black Lines Away
Now that your stickers have been cut and you no longer need to use your Cricut machine, you can get rid of those black lines.
Either using scissors, or a small trimmer, cut off all the black lines from around your stickers. You can also cut the stick page in half or into the size that you wish.
You have now created your own custom stickers using a Cricut cutting machine.
Troubleshooting Issues With Your Cricut Machine
Even though your Cricut machine should normally work perfectly, sometimes not everything goes as planned.
It can be annoying when something isn’t working, but normally there is a simple reason for this. Below are a few of the most common problems and solutions when using a Cricut machine.
The Cutting Is Wonky Or Off
You may notice that the cut from the machine is wonky or a tad off. Sometimes this can be due to your Cricut machine needing to be calibrated.
It really calibrates your Cricut machine, you need to go to your profile and look under the drop-down menu. After that, follow the steps for Print then Cut, this should solve the issue.
Cricut Machine Can’t Read Your Registration Box
We have spoken about how important the registration box is, which are those black lines that are printed around your design when you send it to the printer.
The black lines are read by your Cricut machine sensors, which are found near carriage A.
Your machine then senses these lines so that they are able to know where your designs are and where they need to cut them.
Sometimes, your machine isn’t able to locate the registration box, and this will cause the machine to not cut correctly or not cut at all.
If this does occur, you will often have an error window pop up. There are various reason why this happens.
Some of the most common ones are that your black ink is running out, or the paper is far too glossy.
In these cases there are a few things you can do such as putting transparent and matte taper over either the sensor or the resignation lines.
If you happen to be running out of black ink, then you can use a ruler and a black sharpie and go over these lines to make them more defined.
If your sensor is struggling to find the lines, you could also add more light to the sensor by using your phone’s flashlight.
The White Border Was Cut Around Your Stickers
You may have noticed that the machine didn’t cut a white border around your stickers. Well, that can happen if you didn’t upload your sticker design with a white outline and a clear background.
Or if you made your stickers in the Design Space, then issues can occur if you forgot to place a cut shape being your sticker image, or you didn’t use the offset tool to create a cut border/outline around your sticker.
Remember when you use the offset tool in the Design Space, afterwards you need to select the image and outline image and flatten them, before printing.
The Stickers Border Isn’t White
This is a simple mistake to happen, and normally it just means you left the bleed on.
Therefore, it is important you always make sure that this setting is switched off in your settings and when you click print.
Sticker Paper Sticks And Tears When Removed From Your Mat
To avoid your sticker paper from sticking to the mat, which can cause it to tear when you want to remove it, we suggest using a light grip mat.
Either a light grip mat or a standard cutting mat that has lost the majority of its stickiness.
If you do find that your sticker paper has become stuck to the cutting mat, then try using a spatula.
The flexibility of the spatula has been known to gently remove the paper with limited tearing.
The Sticker Paper Isn’t Sticking To The Mat
On the reverse side, sometimes your paper won’t stick to the mat. This can happen when your mat has had a lot of use and lost a lot of its stickiness.
The best way to solve this problem is by adding a bit of blue painters tape to every side of the paper. The tape will allow the paper to stay down.
A Warning Sign Appears Next To Print Then Cut Layer
If a warning sign appears, then this is a sign that your design is far too big for the Print and Cut feature on Cricut.
The maximum size that this machine can do is 6.75 inches by 9.25 inches. The machine will also default to paper that is letter sized, which is typically 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
The Material Setting Isn’t Working On Cricut
There are various different material settings that you can choose to use on your Cricut cutting machine.
We would highly recommend the premium vinyl setting, as we have found that setting is the best option with the majority of sticker papers.
However, you may be having issues with the Cricut machine not cutting through your sticker paper or not cutting through the paper enough.
Then the best thing to do is change the material setting to either Washi Tape or Sticky Note.
These are two other settings that a lot of people have found to work really well for cutting through sticker paper.
It is important to note that the actual Cricut sticker paper setting doesn’t actually work very well for a lot of sticker paper. This is because this setting is only calibrated for Cricut sticker paper.
There Is No Material Setting For Your Paper
If you are struggling with finding a material setting that works well for your paper, then you create your own custom setting.
When the material setting pops up, click on the drop-down menu and select custom. Here, you can customize your own setting, depending on the paper you are using.
However, unless you have experience with the machine, we wouldn’t recommend for beginners to be messing or creating their own settings just yet.
The Sticker Paper Is Curling When Being Removed From The Mat
It can be annoying when you peel your sticker paper off the amt after you have used the cutter, and it curls. To stop the sticker paper from curling, then we have found this great method.
Flip your cutting mat over after you have finished cutting and peel the mat away. This should then stop the paper from curling, as you are mating the mat to curl instead.
Making your own custom stickers can be a lot of fun and is an opportunity to let your creativity shine.
Custom stickers are great for a business to show off their individuality, or for teachers that want to create more unique stickers.
Whatever the reason for creating stickers, it is a really easy process with Cricut to create them.
Cricut helps you cut your sticks to perfect and really easily. You can use the machine to create various types of stickers easily.
In this article, we have given you all the steps you need to follow in order to create stickers using the Cricut cutting machine.
Although, if you have been having any issues with your Cricut machine, we have covered that as well.
We hope you have enjoyed this article. Now you can begin creating your own custom stickers using your Cricut cutting machine.
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