I’ll be honest. I just had a ROUGH time doing stickers on my new Cricut Maker. Today, I want to share five tips for YOU to make stickers with your Cricut Maker — and hopefully not have a rough time like yours truly. 🙂
Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. They sent me the machine and some of their products, with no requirement the post be postiive. The opinions and text are all mine.
Can import images in from other programs to make Stickers with your Cricut Maker
I imported stickers from my silhouette software (the business edition) as a png and it worked really well.
A few tips:
- Make sure that you have a white outline beyond your sticker so that the program knows where to cut. Make it at least one pixel.
- Once your stickers are done hit “attach” so that it doesn’t move them all around.
- PNG is probably the easiest file to convert from if it has a transparent background.
Looking to learn more about adding a white border — check out this video.
Cricut sticker paper doesn’t work in my printer
Their sticker paper is REALLY thick. I tried a few things, and my husband tried a few things — with no luck. I was actually talking with a friend who got it jammed in hers that same day too.
I LOVE it for the hand-drawn stickers I made — but I am not sure I’d put their brand through my printer again. I think if I used my straight feed in — it would work. But the way my printer is set-up that is pretty hard….
I have actually seen MOST people using this paper instead.
Hand-drawn stickers are SO cute
I LOVE using their pens to make stickers. I really wish I was a great artist, but I’m not. It gives my planner more of that “bullet journal” feel without me having to have any actual skills beyond changing markers frequently.
Don’t discount using markers in your machine — it gives a really polished look as well!
I used these pens to make it. You just pick images in Cricut that seem “hand drawn” and put them where you’d like on your sheet. I also have my cut files here or here. Don’t feel constrained to what I put for colors, just pick ones YOU like!
Adhere Sticker Paper Well to your Cricut Maker Mat
When you’re putting the sticker paper in the machine, use a scraper to adhere it well to your cutting mat. Mine peeled up on my first try, and it wrecked the stickers before it cut.
On my last attempt, it started to peel up — I used some washi tape to the very edge (so it wouldn’t interfere with cutting). It made sure it stuck well.
I have heard you can wash these mats with some mild dish soap to get their “sticky-ness” to come back, but be careful. You can use that washi tape trick too, or just buy a new mat.
When you don’t use Cricut products, beware
The Cricut Design Studio makes it easy! BUT, it is set for Cricut brand products. That means when I used another brand of sticker paper (that I could get to go through my printer) it didn’t kiss cut — it just cut, even though I had set it to use less pressure.
I would need to test out the amount of pressure I should use with that particular brand. At that point I gave up — but I plan to work on it in the future. 🙂
The reality is that you are GOING to have some trial and error with your machine. Also, making stickers (no matter what machine you have) can be hard. You have the printing, and sticker paper — along with the kiss cut, and each area can be difficult!
It’s nice to have so many bloggers behind the scenes making mistakes so you don’t have to — but stuff will happen, and that is just part of the crafting journey.
Just act like it’s an experiment and you learned a new way to NOT do something. 🙂