How To Make Stickers With The Cricut Offset Tool Cut (Step By Step)

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Today I want to share How To Make Stickers With The Cricut machine using print and cut and the offset tool.

Who isn’t in love with the Cricut Offset Tool? I was a bit indifferent when it was first announced, thinking it would be fab for cake toppers, but I couldn’t see what else. How wrong was I? The Offset tool is perfect for so many Cricut craft projects. So far, I have used it for cards, cushions; the list is endless.  However, it is an incredible resource for using the print-then-cut feature when making Cricut stickers. Check my tutorial here to make a Mickey-shaped card. 

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Free Cricut Sticker tutorial using the offset tool and free happy stickers download

How To Make Stickers With Cricut

Today I want to share how to make stickers in Cricut Design Space using the offset tool to create a border. Creating borders was always a bit of a faff before resizing an image changed the image’s proportions.

How to make stickers with Cricut

How Does The Offset Tool Work?

The Offset tool traces an image to create a larger copy exactly to scale. This is useful when creating decals, cut files and stickers, as it allows you to quickly generate back files and backgrounds. It also allows you to add backgrounds and borders to stickers.

To make you image into a sticker click select all and press flatten

What Do You Need To Make Stickers With Cricut

  • Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air
  • Cricut Cutting Mats
  • Sticker Paper
  • Cricut Tool Kit
  • Design Space
  • Printer
  • Coloured Ink
  • Printable Sticker Paper this can be glossy or matte
  • Or Cricut printable vinyl sticker paper
  • Fine Point Blade

What’s Best For Stickers, Sticker Paper Or Printable Vinyl

I love the Cricut printable vinyl, but I find Cricut’s own make sticker paper a little too thick. It doesn’t feed through my printer. However love the Evergreen Glossy Sticker Photo Paper; in my opinion, that always turns out better.

Free positivity stickers PNG

What Can My Printable Positivity Stickers Be Used For?

  • Planners
  • Bullet Journals
  • Classroom Murals And Positivity Wall
  • Scrapbooking Layouts
  • Celebration And Motivation Cards
  • Positivity Tree
How to use the Offset tool in Cricut Design Space

How To Make Stickers With Cricut

Designing Your Stickers In Cricut Design Space

Start by clicking images and searching speech bubbles; there is a vast choice. However, I went for solid shapes, although your shape doesn’t need to be solid with the offset tool. You could also choose any other form from the shapes bar, such as a rectangle or circle. Choose a selection and click select. 

Choose your speech bubbles in Cricut Design Space.

Now go back into images and search for images to fit your theme. I wanted happy vibes and had a few ideas, although anything goes, this is your creation. It doesn’t matter if your image isn’t a cut image, you can flatten it. Also bear in mind you can change colours or any cut images and remove layer.

Go into images and select your images for your stickers

How Do I Make Images Into Stickers In Cricut Design Space

Position your image and click on the image to change colour; you can choose colours on the top bar of Cricut Design Space. If you want to add text, click the text bar on the left, choose your font and type. To curve the text select the text tool on the top bar and slide along the bar to increase or decrease the curve.

To click on curve on the top bar to curve your text in Cricut Design Space before using the Cricut Offset Tool to make your background.

Create An Outline With The Offset Feature 

To create the outline offset background click on the speech bubble, select offset on the top bar and choose the distance, this will make the Offset bigger or smaller.

Click on your speech buble then click the offset button

Once you are happy to click apply, you will be left with a black background shape; this is your offset layer. To colour it,  click a colour on the top bar and choose a colour.

Making stickers with the Cricut Offset tool, To change the colour click on operation on the top bar, click print and choose a colour,

How Do You Use Patterns For Your Stickers?

I like to use printable patterns on some of my stickers, which is so simple. Click on operation in the top menu, choose print, then cut, and you are given a choice of colours and patterns. When you select your pattern, you can also edit it by clicking edit at the bottom of the section box, allowing you to scale and size your pattern.

How to get patterns in Cricut Design Space

Flatten The Stickers

When you are happy with your sticker right, click and select all, and click flatten in the bottom right corner. You now have a print-and-cut sticker.

Of course, you don’t need to use a speech bubble; the offset tool creates an offset around any image or word. However, I wanted a border on my stickers; the offset tool is perfect.

How to make stickers with the Cricut Offset tool. To make you image into a sticker click select all and press flatten

Now arrange your stickers and group together, before sending to print and cut. If you can arrange them close together this will prevent wastage.

How To Get The Templates For My Positivity Stickers?

Simply click here or the image below to get your free downloadable positivity Printable’s in png form.

However, make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off. Here’s how you upload the files to Cricut Design Space.

Click here to download the Positivity Stickers PNG

If You’re Having Problems?

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

Uploading A Sticker PNG File To Cricut Design Space

To do this click new project and upload in the left hand bar at the bottom.

Click on upload image and select browse.

The following window allows you to take back off your Positivity, but I have done this for you. Choose your Positivity PNG file. Select complex file, then continue.

how to upload printables to Cricut Design Space

Select save as a print and cut and choose your images to pull into Cricut Design Space. Alternatively, you can use printable images from Cricut Design Space if you subscribe to Cricut Access or layered cut images. 

If you are using layered cut images for your sticker design? You can change the colours in the layer panel. When you are happy, select all and use the flatten tool to make the image a Cricut print, then cut the image. 

Choose print and cut

Size Your Stickers

To size, drag the image size to 6.553 by 9.237. This was the largest I managed to get mine to fill more pages. Your printer will print the stickers with a black registration box around it. These registration marks allow the Cricut machine to read your images on your canvas. This will ensure your image fits between the sensor marks. 

Send The Stickers To Print On Your Cricut

You can now press the go button and send your print, then cut stickers to print before cutting on your Cricut. You will see a print preview; click use system dialogue; if it doesn’t pop up, reduce design space, and your printer settings will appear behind. You can now choose fine quality for the best print, then cut stickers. 

For the glossy sticker paper I am using, I use the printable vinyl sticker setting and find this is perfect to kiss-cut the stickers layer and leave the backing layer intact. Note when you send your project to cut. 

Cut The Stickers On Your Cricut

When the sticker sheet is printed, the black line around the edge can smudge to avoid touching it. I use a standard grip cutting mat and gently apply my sticker sheet by smoothing around the edges. This sticks it to the mat enough, but not too much; thus, it is easier to peel off afterwards.

To weed, lift away the outer area of the sticker paper.

Free positivity stickers for print and cut

A Few Useful Tips And Hints For Using Cricut Print And Cut

  • Calibrate your printer before using it with your Cricut; this will save time and effort.
  • Load your paper the correct way into the printer. I know, but I have made that mistake many times. Also, ensure your printed stickers are the right way around on the cutting mat.
  • Avoid smudging the black guidelines; they are pretty wet when they come out of the printer.
  • I cut on the printable vinyl setting and found this is perfect for kiss-cutting sticker projects, and it works every time. However, if you have problems, try the Washi tape setting.
  • Also see how to use Cricut Print Then Cut.

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Free sticker png file and step by step Cricut sticker and offset tool tutorial
How to make stickers with the Offset tool in Cricut Design Space

How To Make Stickers With The Cricut Offset Tool

Yield: 1 set of positivity stickers
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: £1.50 Per Sheet

How to make stickers with the Cricut Offset Tool, a step by step tutorial with a free download of positivity stickers to print and cut.

Materials

  • Sticker Paper

Tools

  • Cricut Maker
  • Blue Cutting Mat
  • Design Space
  • Printer
  • Cricut Tool Kit

Instructions

    1. Designing Your Stickers Using The Cricut Offset Tool
      Start by clicking images and searching speech bubbles, there is a huge choice however I went for solid shapes. Choose a selection and click select. Choose your speech bubbles in Cricut Design Space to create your stickers with the offset tool
    2. Now go back into images and search for images to fit your theme. I wanted happy vibes and had a few ideas, although anything goes this is your creation. It doesn't matter if your image isn't a cut image, you can flatten it. Also bear in mind you can change colours or any cut images and remove layer. Go into images and select your images for your stickers
    3. Position your image and click on the image to change colour, you can choose colours on the top bar of Cricut Design Space. If you want too add text click the text bar on the left, choose your font and type. To curve the text select the text tool on the top bar, simple slide along the bar to increase, decrease the curve. To click on curve on the top bar to curve your text in Cricut Design Space.
    4. To create the offset background click on the speech bubble, select offset on the top bar and choose the distance, this will make the Offset bigger or smaller. Click on your speech buble then click the offset button Once you are happy click apply and you will be left with a black background shape. To colour it, simply click colour on the top bar and choose a colour. To change the colour click on opperation on the top bar, click print and choose a colour
    5. Choose A Pattern I like to use patterns on some of my stickers and this is so simple to do. Click on operation, choose print then cut and you are given a choice of colours and patterns. When you choose your pattern you can also edit it by click edit on the bottom of the section box, this will allow you to scale and size your pattern. How to get patterns in Cricut Design Space
    6. Flatten The Stickers When you are happy with your sticker right click and select all, and click flatten in the bottom right corner. You now have a print and cut sticker. Of course you don’t need to use a speech bubble, the offset tool with create an offset around any image or word. However I wanted to have a border on my stickers, the offset tool is perfect for this. How to make stickers with the Cricut Offset tool. To make you image into a sticker click select all and press flatten Now arrange your stickers and group together, before sending to print and cut. If you can arrange them close together this will prevent wastage.
    7. Uploading The PNG File
      To do this click new project and upload in the left hand bar at the bottom.
      Click on upload image and select browse.
      Choose your Positivity PNG file. Select complex file, then continue. The next window allows you the take the back off your Positivity, but I have done this for you. how to upload printables to Cricut Design Space Now select save as a print and cut and select your images to pull into Cricut Design Space. Choose print and cut
    8. Size The Stickers To size drag the image size to 6.553 by 9.237 this was the largest I managed to get mine to fill more page.
    9. Send Your Stickers To Print, You can now send your free positivity stickers to print, before cutting on your Cricut. For the glossy sticker paper I am using, I use the printable vinyl sticker setting and find this is perfect to kiss cut the sticker layer and leave the backing layer intact.
    10. Cut The Stickers With Cricut, When the sticker sheet is printed the black line around the edge can smudge to avoid touching it. I use a standard grip cutting mat, and gently apply my sticker sheet by smoothing around the edges. This sticks it to the mat enough, but not too much, thus it is easier to peel off afterwards.

      To weed simply lift away the outer area of the sticker paper.
    11. A Few Useful Tips And Hints For Using Cricut Print And Cut
      Calibrate your printer before using with you Cricut, this will save so much time and effort.
      Load your paper the correct way into the printer. Obvious I know, but I have made that mistake many times also ensure your printed stickers are the correct way round on the cutting mat.
      Avoid smudging the black guide lines, they are quite wet when they come out of the printer.
      I cut on the printable vinyl setting and find this is perfect for kiss cutting sticker projects, and it works every time. However if you are having problems also try the Washi tape setting.

Notes

How Does The Offset Tool Work?


The Offset tool traces an image to create a larger copy exactly to scale. This is so useful when creating decals, cut files and stickers as not only does it allow you to create back files and backgrounds easily. It also allows you to add backgrounds and borders too stickers.

What Can My Printable Positivity Stickers Be Used For?


Planners
Bullet Journals
Classroom Murals And Positivity Wall
Scrapbooking Layouts
Celebration And Motivation Cards
Positivity Tree

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