How To Print And Cut On Cricut

I adore my Cricut machine there is so much you can do with it! One of my favourite projects is making Cake toppers. However planner stickers is also a huge favourite of mine, I love the fact that you can create anything you want. You can make party accessories and decorations for any holiday. So I wanted to share How To Print And Cut On Cricut. Because if you feel confident to print and cut with your Cricut Machine you can make anything.

It’s just a matter of uploading your printable images and creating. Thus meaning, if you use my free alphabets you can make any personalised card, banner or cake topper.

A step by step tutorial to using Cricut Print and Cut

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How To Print And Cut On Cricut

What Materials Can You Print And Cut On?

Here is a list of some of the materials you can print and cut on. Thus making print and cut on Cricut a super versatile method that enables you to make so many different projects. Check out my travel dollies they are great for holiday packs printed on stickers or magnetic paper. You can also create themed parties, making everything from personalised chocolate bars to banners.

  • Sticker Paper
  • A4 Card
  • Printable Vinyl
  • Magnetic Paper
  • Paper
  • Holographic Sticker Paper
Printable Dress Up Dolls

To Make A Print And Cut Project You Will Need

  • Printer, (Make sure you calibrate your printer to your Cricut before using for the first time, you will find the calibration button by clicking on the 3 lines next to CANVAS in the top left corner of Design Space)
  • Glossy sticker printer paper, printable vinyl, white A4 card or Printable Magnetic Paper
  • Cricut Maker
  • Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Tool Kit
  • Or Any Sublimation Ink, Tools and Blanks.
Letters and numbers for summer banners, how to use Cricut print and cut

How To Upload Your Print And Cut Project Or Image To Cricut Design Space.

Start by clicking upload in the bottom left hand corner of Cricut Design Space, a box will appear where you can select browse. Now find your download file and choose the PNG folder, these are the files you will need for design space.

Select the Printable PNG file you require one at a time. When you choose your file you will see the box below. Select complex and click continue in the Botton right corner.

How to upload printables to Cricut Design Space

Next you’ll be taken to a screen where you can remove the back off the file, however I have done this for you on my alphabets, click continue in the bottom left corner. Now you will get the choice to save your printable alphabet as a cut file or a print then cut file. You must save as print then cut.

How to upload printable to Cricut Design Space

You can now bulk select the letters and numbers for your print and cut project to pull into Cricut Design Space.

How To Create Printable Projects To Print And Cut On Cricut

Once you have your print and cut images uploaded you can arrange them. In the picture bellow I have started to layer the images, it’s important that all of the layers are print and cut. You can also save any cut image as a print and cut image by clicking on action on the top bar and changing from cut to print and cut. If its a layered image also select all and flatten.

How to flatten in Cricut to print and cut

For this image I am making a banner, before I added the letter, I attached all the Images and copied my floral flag as a template, then add the letters to each banner 1 by one.

How to flatten to print and cut on cricut and make a custom banner

Once you are happy with the position right click to select all images on each individual banner and click flatten in the bottom right corner. This will flatten the image so it prints as seen. If you don’t flatten it it will print and separate images.

How to flatten to make print and cut images and stickers on Cricut

How To Print Your Print And Cut PNG File On Cricut

Once you are happy with your choice and sizes, click on the corner and drag the attached images until they are the correct size to print and cut. They need to be 6.75.x 9.25 or less to use the print and cut feature.

I find arranging your letters or numbers together, selecting all and flattening the whole lot together so it is one big image is the best way to avoid wastage. As long as you have white space between the letters they will still cut separately. This way you can move letters upside down to fit more into your printing space. See below on the image of how I have organised my element stickers.

Flags take up more space so its more difficult to do this.

How to make stickers in Cricut Design Space

Now click make it, this will take you to the print preview page, I click choose system preferences here. Now if the box doesn’t pop up which often happens, simply click to reduce your screen down and it will be sitting behind it. For some reason the system preferences box appears behind design space and not in front.

Ensure you feed your sticker paper is the correct way into the printer and press print. When you unload to your printer avoid touching the black guide line around the edge of the printed stickers as I find this smudges easily on sticker paper and vinyl.

Easter Bunny PNG Alphabet

Cutting Print And Cut Projects On Cricut

Once printed, gently put the project sheet on your cutting mat, I don’t roll it with a brayer as I usually would, simply gently press around the edge. But always ensure I use a sticky mat and ensure the edges are well stuck down.

What Cut Settings Should I Use For Print And Cut?

You will now be taken to the cut screen, here you can choose your material. I always use the printable vinyl or washi setting for stickers, this successfully cuts the top sticker layer only with the default pressure setting. If I am using card I will use regular card setting I always use for card stock. There is also a setting for magnetic paper.

When you are ready press go on your Cricut, making sure your image is loading in exactly the same way as it appears on your Design Space screen.

To Weed You Print And Cut Project.

Flip the mat over and gently peel your projects of the mat, this will remove it from the mat without curling the card or paper.

Pretty Easter Bunny PNG Alphabet

Cricut Print And Cut Trouble Shooting.

The reason people avoid Cricut print and cut is that things can go wrong. But it’s trial and error at first and once you have a routine things rarely go wrong.

Images Don’t Cut Correctly Or Are Wrongly Aligned.

Check the light, I have found if there are any bright lights shining on my machine it can’t read the lines properly. Especially spot lights and filming lights. Remove the light source and try again this usually remedies the problem.

If not try re calibrating print and cut. To do this click on the 3 lines in the top left corner and choose calibrate and Design Space will take you through the process.

Your Cricut Cuts Right Through Sticker Sheets.

I found my original maker needed to be on the printable vinyl setting for stickers, yet my Maker 3 cuts better on the Washi settings. Play with the settings and less and more settings to get the right set up for your machine. I know one size should fit all, but that’s not always the case and it may depend on the brand of paper you are using.

You Get Cricut Can’t Read The Lines Message

I find this happens when the line is printed near the edge of the paper. Try lifting the sheet and moving on the mat so it’s slightly in the guidelines, rather than up to the edge. If one side has a large margin simply slice a little off. However be sure not to go right up to the black guide line.

Cricut print and cut butterfly alphabet letters and numbers

If You Want To Use My Free Cricut Printable PNG Alphabets?

Simply click on the image below to get a link to my free member area. If you are already a subscriber the link to the page is in your members email. However, make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off, if the email doesn’t land check your spam folder. Here’s how you upload the files to Cricut Design Space.

Get my free SVG Files

If You’re Having Problems?

Check out my trouble shooting page, hopefully it will answer any questions you may have.

Tips And Advice For Using Cricut

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How to use Cricut Print and Cut a step by step tutorial
How To Print And Cut On Cricut

How To Print And Cut On Cricut

Yield: How to print and cut on Cricut a step by step tutorial taking you through how to upload printable image to Design Space & make projects.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: moderate
Estimated Cost: £1.50 Per Sheet

How to print and cut on Cricut a step by step tutorial taking you through how to upload printable image to Design Space & make projects.

Materials

  • Glossy sticker printer paper
  • Printable vinyl,
  • White A4 card
  • Printable Magnetic Paper
  • Or Any Sublimation Ink, Tools and Blanks.

Tools

  • Printer, (Make sure you calibrate your printer to your Cricut before using for the first time, you will find the calibration button by clicking on the 3 lines next to CANVAS in the top left corner of Design Space)
  • Cricut Maker
  • Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Tool Kit

Instructions

  1. How To Upload Your Print And Cut PNG Project Or Image To Cricut Design Space. Start by clicking upload in the bottom left hand corner of Cricut Design Space, a box will appear where you can select browse. Now find your download file and choose the PNG folder, these are the files you will need for design space. How to upload to cricut design spaceSelect the Printable PNG file you require one at a time. When you choose your file you will see the box below. Select complex and click continue in the Botton right corner. Exporting printables to Cricut Next you'll be taken to a screen where you can remove the back off the file, however I have done this for you on my alphabets, click continue in the bottom left corner. Now you will get the choice to save your printable alphabet as a cut file or a print then cut file. You must save as print then cut. How to upload my printable Flamingos to CricutYou can now bulk select the letters and numbers for your print and cut project to pull into Cricut Design Space.
  2. How To Create Projects To Print And Cut On Cricut Once you have your print and cut images uploaded you can arrange them. In the picture bellow I have started to layer the images, it's important that all of the layers are print and cut. You can also save any cut image as a print and cut image by clicking on action on the top bar and changing from cut to print and cut. If its a layered image also select all and flatten. How to flatten in Cricut to print and cut For this image I am making a banner, before I added the letter, I attached all the Images and copied my floral flag as a template, then add the letters to each banner 1 by one. How to flatten to print and cut on cricut and make a custom banner
    Once you are happy with the position right click to select all images on each individual banner and click flatten in the bottom right corner. This will flatten the image so it prints as seen. If you don't flatten it it will print and separate images. How to flatten to make print and cut images and stickers on Cricut
  3. How To Print Your Print And Cut PNG File On Cricut Once you are happy with your choice and sizes, click on the corner and drag the attached images until they are the correct size to print and cut. They need to be 6.75.x 9.25 or less to use the print and cut feature. How to make stickers in Cricut Design Space I find arranging your letters or numbers together, selecting all and flattening the whole lot together so it is one big image is the best way to avoid wastage. As long as you have white space between the letters they will still cut separately. This way you can move letters upside down to fit more into your printing space. See below on the image of how I have organised my element stickers. Flags take up more space so its more difficult to do this.
  4. Now Click Make It, this will take you to the print preview page, ensure you feed your sticker paper is the correct way into the printer and press print. When you unload to your printer avoid touching the black guide line around the edge of the printed stickers as I find this smudges easily on sticker paper and vinyl.
  5. Cutting Print And Cut Projects On Cricut Once printed, gently put the project sheet on your cutting mat, I don’t roll it with a brayer as I usually would, simply gently press around the edge. But always ensure I use a sticky mat and ensure the edges are well stuck down.
  6. What Cut Settings Should I Use For Print And Cut? You will now be taken to the cut screen, here you can choose your material. I always use the printable vinyl or washi setting for stickers, this successfully cuts the top sticker layer only with the default pressure setting. If I am using card I will use regular card setting I always use for card stock. There is also a setting for magnetic paper. When you are ready press go on your Cricut, making sure your image is loading in exactly the same way as it appears on your Design Space screen.
  7. To Weed You Print And Cut Project. Flip the mat over and gently peel your projects of the mat.








Notes

What Materials Can You Print And Cut On?


Here is a list of some of the materials you can print and cut on. Thus making print and cut on Cricut a super versatile method that enables you to make so many different projects. Check out my travel dollies they are great for holiday packs printed on stickers or magnetic paper. You can also create themed parties, making everything from personalised chocolate bars to banners.

Sticker Paper
A4 Card
Printable Vinyl
Magnetic Paper
Paper
Holographic Sticker Paper

Cricut Print And Cut Trouble Shooting.


Images Don't Cut Correctly Or Are Wrongly Aligned.


Check the light, I have found if there are any bright lights shining on my machine it can't read the lines properly. Especially spot lights and filming lights. Remove the light source and try again this usually remedies the problem.

If not try re calibrating print and cut. To do this click on the 3 lines in the top left corner and choose calibrate and Design Space will take you through the process.

Your Cricut Cuts Right Through Sticker Sheets.


I found my original maker needed to be on the printable vinyl setting for stickers, yet my Maker 3 cuts better on the Washi settings. Play with the settings and less and more settings to get the right set up for your machine. I know one size should fit all, but that's not always the case and it may depend on the brand of paper you are using.


You Get Cricut Can't Read The Lines Message


I find this happens when the line is printed near the edge of the paper. Try lifting the sheet and moving on the mat so it's slightly in the guidelines, rather than up to the edge. If one side has a large margin simply slice a little off. However be sure not to go right up to the black guide line.

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