Learn how to make stickers with a Cricut to sell. Making stickers is so much fun! They’re a great addition for selling in your shop (or to make for yourself!)
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Stickers are a great thing to make and sell. They’re inexpensive and easy to ship.
They’re also on-trend. I see so many cute stickers in boutiques. Why not add them to your shop?
Here’s how to get started making your own stickers with a Cricut. Buckle up, this is a long one.
How to Make Stickers with a Cricut
Notes About Supplies
Is it possible to cut stickers without a Cricut? Sure. But using a Cricut saves you so much time and effort.
I wanted to use the Cricut sticker paper, but I couldn’t get it to load in my printer. It’s new and I’m not used to it quite yet.
The Cricut paper works with an inkjet printer, so the stickers are not waterproof. If you want to waterproof the stickers, you can spray them with a few thin coats of clear spray paint.
Instead, I used this printable sticker paper similar to this that I had on hand. It’s not the best quality, but it’s great for perfecting your sticker method since it’s cheap. For selling stickers, I’ve heard great things about this paper.
Printable vinyl is also available, but I’ve never used it.
I love using my LightGrip mat when cutting paper products because it’s gentle.
If you only have a regular cutting mat, de-stick it a bit by rubbing a clean towel or t-shirt on it a few times.
Creating the Sticker Art
Creating art is the fun part, but there are a few things to be aware of.
Avoid Copyright and Licensing Issues
According to the Cricut Angel policy, you are not allowed to use the Cricut Access designs for stickers that you are selling.
The same goes for anything that you would buy on a digital marketplace like Creative Market. Unless you drastically change the design, this probably violates the licensing rules.
Making a Design in Cricut Design Space
If you plan on selling your stickers, it’s best to create your own artwork. It’s easier than it sounds and you can even do word-based artwork.
This simple design was created by adding a heart shape and a word.
I also added an offset to this design.
Be sure to flatten the design to make the design one layer (not individual cuts. (The option to flatten is at the bottom right of the screen.
Tips for Making Art for Stickers
Or you can create art in your usual manner through digital or traditional media.
Are you creating your art digitally or by hand? Digital art is easier in a way because you don’t have to digitize it.
However, traditional hand-made art has a texture that is hard to replicate with digital brushes. But it will need to be scanned in and cleaned up with a program like Photoshop.
I prefer working in the Procreate app on my iPad. It’s pretty easy to learn and drawing with the Apple pencil makes it feel more natural than drawing with a mouse.
Here are some tips to get started.
- Use a cohesive color palette. This helps your stickers feel like a set.
- Use a cohesive style. You probably already have a brand style, so keep it in mind when creating yoru stickers.
- Make the art bigger than it needs to be. This is especially important if you’re creating digital art. Start with a large canvas or artboard to begin with. I used a 12″ x 12″ canvas on Procreate and then I was able to resize my art in Cricut. (This allows you to use the art in other ways at a later date if you want.)
- Cricut Print then Cut has a size limit. The designs need to be smaller than 6.75 x 9.25 inches to be printed on an 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper.
- If working digitally, create in CMYK format and the do a test print with your colors. The printed colors can be very different.
- If your designs are delicate, you might want to add a white background around the edges to make the stickers a bit sturdier. You can do this when creating the design or add an offset in the Design Space.
- Adding an offset is easy. You can turn it on at the top of the screen. Be sure to lower the amount so that the stickers remain individual cuts.
Digitizing the Sticker Art
If you created your art digitally, you’re good to go. Save each image as a PNG file with the background layer turned off. You want a transparent background.
Alternatively, you can resize them all to fit on one page, like I did.
SVG designs work as well, but you will need to change the setting when you upload it to Cricut Design Space.
Make sure to change the operation from “cut” to “print then cut – standard.”
If you create traditional art, it will need to be scanned. You can use a scanner (most printers come with a simple scanner) or you can use a scanner app on your phone.
- Scan your work in at least 300 DPI. (I usually use 600 DPI to be safe.)
- Make sure that it’s being saved as a PNG or JPG file.
- If the artwork needs to be cleaned up, you might need a program like Adobe Photoshop. (That’s its own tutorial, so I won’t get into that in this post.)
Most computers come with basic editing capabilities. I have a Mac and I can resize and do basic color adjustments.
There are also programs like PicMonkey and Canva that allow you to do basic adjustments.
I use the Pro version of Canva, which easily allows me to remove backgrounds and save images as a PNG with a transparent background.
Cricut Design Space also has the automatic feature if you subscribe to Cricut Access.
Making a PNG File in Canva
- After scanning your image, create a square canvas slightly larger than you need.
- Add a colored shape in the background. This will help you see when your art has a transparent background.
- Upload the image.
- Click edit image to access the background remover. It does a pretty good job of automatically removing the background, but you might want to remove some spots manually.
- Click done to accept the changes.
- Click the download button and select PNG.
- Check the box by transparent background.
- Click download and rename the file when you save it to your computer.
- You now have a PNG file with a transparent background.
Using Print then Cut in Cricut Design Space
The Print then Cut setting in Cricut Design Space is pretty easy to use!
Kiss-Cut or Die-Cut?
Will you sell sticker sheets or individual stickers? This will determine the settings for cutting the stickers with your Cricut.
A kiss cut doesn’t cut through the backing of the paper. This is important if you want to sell sticker sheets.
A die-cut will cut through the back of the stickers, making individual stickers.
Should You Use Bleed?
When you go to print your stickers, bleed is toggled on. This means that every design will be printed with a border around it. This prevents the sticker from having white around the edges and looks more professional.
However, if you’re selling by the sheets, this will make your sticker design look weird, so turn this option off.
Directions for Using Print then Cut
Here’s how to create die-cut stickers.
- Create a new project.
- Upload the image to the Design Space.
- You will get options for using a PNG design. I have used both Complex and Simple with no real differences. But if your design is more complex, choose complex.
- Click the Cut image preview to make sure that the designs will be cut correctly.
(Your design might show up with weird colors. It will print correctly though.)
- Resize the designs to fit within the size limits. There will be an error sign until the sizing is correct.
- Click Make it.
- This takes you to the print dialog page. For die-cut stickers, it’s useful to leave “bleed” toggled to on.
- Print the page in the best quality that you can. You can access your printer settings by toggling on the “use system dialog” option. If you don’t see the box come up, minimize the Cricut screen.
- When printed, the page will print with black lines around it. This helps the Cricut read the image and see where to cut.
- Apply the sticker page to your LightGrip mat and gently smooth it to make sure that it adheres.
- Load the mat.
- Select your materials. I chose sticker paper, white.
- Press the Cricut button to start cutting the design. It takes a while because the machine has to read the registration lines before it cuts the design.
- Before unloading the mat, use a spatula tool to make sure that the paper was cut. If needed, send to cut again.
- Unload the mat.
- To prevent the sticker page from curling, flip the mat over on a clean surface and remove the mat from the sticker page.
- If you did die-cuts, you the spatula tool to gently remove the stickers from the mat.
Ta-da! You made stickers!
How to Make Kiss-Cut Stickers
The directions are mostly the same. Upload the image as directed above and resize.
For printing, turn the bleed off.
Print as usual.
When cutting the sticker paper, choose the Washi sheet setting. This option is all the way at the end of the materials list under “Other.”
Cut your design as usual. Before unloading the mat, check to make sure that the sticker layer is cut properly.
When finished, your design will have a black rectangle outline around the edge.
You can use a paper cutter to trim it off and make the sticker sheet look neater.
Packaging the Stickers for Sale
Add an extra touch to your stickers with cute packaging.
I packaged the stickers in small plastic bags with a printed cardstock label. The package also includes a sheet of colored cardstock to provide a stiff backing.
You could also use Cricut pens to make cute labels.
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