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I can’t wait to share with you how to make stickers using the Cricut Print then Cut feature today. I’ve been obsessed with stickers ever since elementary school (I even founded a sticker club in 5th grade), and I can’t believe how easy it is to make my own stickers using Cricut print then cut on my new Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine.
I used the Cricut print then cut feature to create personalized ice cream spoons and cups recently at our ice cream party I threw for my tween daughter. They’re a great way to add our party colors, designs, and themes into your party. The best part? They are so simple!
Today I’m sharing exactly how I made the stickers using Cricut print then cut, and I’m sharing the cut file with you too.
How to Make Stickers Using Cricut Print then Cut
Step 1. Log into Cricut Design Space to start creating! If you don’t have an account, it just takes a minute to set one up.
If you just want to download my free ice cream stickers cut file, then skip ahead to step #5.
Step 2. In Cricut Design Space, start a new project, then click on the left side of the screen where it says “Images.” Use the search bar in the top right of the screen to find the images you like.
I searched for ice cream, then clicked on all the images I liked, then clicked the “Insert Images” button at the bottom of the page.
Step 3. Click on each ice cream, then hit the “Flatten” button at the bottom right hand side of the screen. This turns each ice cream into one whole piece instead of a separate cut file for every little piece of the ice cream.
Step 4. Resize each ice cream by clicking on it, then dragging the right hand side of the box to the size that you like. I made each of my ice creams about 1″ so they would fit well on my ice cream spoons and cups.
If you would like multiple rows of ice cream like I did, you can click the “Select All” button (with a + sign above it) at the top left of the screen. Then click “Edit” at the top, then “Copy.” This will copy the whole row for you, then just click “Edit” again, then “Paste.”
This is an easy way to copy and paste multiple elements in your design, instead of manually copying and pasting each one. Yay for shortcuts!
Step 5. Now your design is ready for printing. Click “Save” at the top left to save your project, and save to be a “Print then Cut” image. Click the big green “Make It” button at the top right hand side of the screen.
Make sure everything looks good, then click “Continue.” You will be prompted to print the design onto your paper (be sure to load sticker paper if making stickers like I did).
UPDATE: I’ve heard from many of you that your HP printers are getting jammed with the Cricut Sticker Paper because it’s too thick. If this is the case, you have two options…
Solution #1- Use a thinner brand of sticker paper or buy full sheet labels that are thinner (some readers have recommended Avery full sheet labels). Your printer should be able to handle these without a problem! Just be sure to use a different material setting on your Cricut machine, one that is comparable to the thickness of your sticker paper.
Solution #2- If you really want the thicker stickers that you’ll get with the Cricut Sticker Paper (but your printer doesn’t want to print on them), then try taking your sticker paper to a copy shop (I’ve taken mine to Office Depot). There are a few things you have to pay careful attention to though, so please read below carefully for the best results.
Be sure to take the pdf file of your project that you’ve saved under “Advanced” when you go to print and cut your design in Design Space.
Ask them to make inkjet prints (not laser prints) onto your sticker paper. My local Office Depot has two inkjet printers so this worked perfectly! Your Cricut machine will NOT read a laser printer print, so make sure this is done with an inkjet printer.
Also, be sure that the design is printed at 100%. If it’s printed at a different size, then the registration marks on your paper won’t be the right size and your Cricut machine won’t cut accurately.
I took my sticker paper home then followed these next steps and my stickers cut perfectly! 🙂
Step 6. After your design has printed, adjust the dial on your Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine to the right setting. If using the Cricut sticker paper, which is quite thick, then I like to use the “Vinyl” setting.
Place your sticker paper on the cutting mat, then load it into the machine by pushing it up against the rollers. Press the flashing “Load/Unload” button.
Press the flashing “Go” button to cut your stickers. These stickers are small and intricate, so it will take a few minutes to cut.
** Here’s a little trick ** I cut the design once with the machine, then pushed the flashing button again (without touching the mat or paper) to cut the same thing one more time. The only trick to this is that you can’t pull out the mat or move the paper at all before doing this!
I’ve found that this cuts the stickers perfectly so that the thick stickers are easy to remove from the backing sheet.
Aren’t they adorable? It doesn’t get much cuter than tiny ice cream stickers.
To decorate the ice cream spoons, I peeled off a sticker and stuck it right on the end of the spoon.
To decorate the ice cream cups, get creative! Line the ice cream stickers up in a row on the cups, scatter them all over, or let each party guest get in on the fun and decorate their own cup.
I’m so in love with my new Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine and can’t wait to use it even more! There are SO many creative things you can do with this machine.
If you want to win your own brand new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, be sure to enter the giveaway HERE!
You can see more cute Cricut projects at our ice cream party, plus lots of fun party ideas including a grocery store ice cream cone cake hack, an easy diy ice cream cone garland, a diy ice cream cone stand, and so much more!
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