How to Make Stickers Using Clipart?
A few days back I was clearing up some space in my computer. I came across various graphic sets that I have collected over the years including clip arts and whatnot. They have been resting there for years because I could never figure out a way to use clipart for stickers. I couldn’t turn them into stickers as not all of them have clear outlines and it would have been a mess even if I tried cutting them. They seemed pretty useless to me all this time.
So I thought and thought of a way I could make use of them and finally came up with the perfect solution to use my saved clipart for stickers. To convert my graphic sets into digital stickers, I use Canva.com which is a completely free graphic design software. I use it to define the outline of my stickers so they can be printed and cut by using design space and my Cricut machine.
This method is so easy and fun, quick even once you get a hold of it. I will walk you through the process step by step. Don’t go anywhere, read this post till the end to discover the trick of converting clip arts into adorable digital stickers!
Want Free SVG's For Halloween?
We’ll get into the main part later on but first of all, you obviously need a set of clip arts to start. As I have mentioned a million times before, I download mine from designbundles.net. I love the designs there and the best part is, most of them are absolutely free! So I chose this free Halloween SVG for Cricut and downloaded it to my computer.
This free Halloween SVG for Cricut that I just downloaded contains some of the most amazing and of course spooky designs. You can wander around and download something else or download this one because Halloween is right around the corner and you’re going to need this if you are planning to throw a Halloween party this year!
Once it’s downloaded, open up the folder and you will see a zipped file. Extract its contents and when it’s done, open it up and you will find your designs there!
Now if you open up this directly on design space, it’s going to turn into a mess. The outline is all going to be smudged and there’s no way you can cut it without having it turn into a disaster. Cricut will try and cut it and you will end up with something unrecognizable – AND a headache!
Instead, just head over to Canva and follow these steps to use clipart for stickers. Here comes the interesting part:
How to Make Digital Stickers on CANVA?
Setting Up Canva
Go over to Canva’s website or install its app. On the top right corner, you will see a CREATE DESIGN button. Click on that.
Adjust the size to 6.25*9.25 because that is what design space supports and opens up the canvas.
Change the background color. I changed it to grey because it’s the perfect setting for me. You can change it to what you prefer.
Uploading Your Clipart Files
Now, on your left, there’s a tab with multiple tools. Click on the upload media one and upload your design on the canvas.
Select your design and click on the edit image option that’s gonna pop on the top of the screen.
Type in shadow in the search bar and select the glow option. Once you select it, click on the same button again to open the adjustments.
Increase the transparency to 100%, decrease the blur to 0% as it’s going to remove all the fuzziness, and change the color from black to white. You can adjust the size accordingly too.
Moving the File onto CDS
Once the sheet is completed, save the file as a png on your computer. Now open it up in Cricut Design Space. Remove the grey background. Use tools to ensure you got all of it or otherwise you will be left with small grey marks around your stickers.
Again, download the file to your computer. Save it with a name such as Halloween stickers and then add similar tags like spooky stickers so you can easily find them.
Then again, start a new project on Cricut and upload this image. Adjust the size and click on the make button!
Send it to the printer and start printing. Move on to the next step, select the material. I usually select paper plus.
Load your design onto the mat and put it into the machine, hit the arrow, and follow the instructions given on the screen!
That’s it! It might seem a lot to take in right now, but once you start doing it, it will hardly take 5 minutes. Exploring this method is by far one of the most wonderful things I have done and I hope it helps you too!