cricut design space 101

Cricut Design Space 101 Beginner’s Tutorial

Complete Cricut Design Space 101 tutorial for beginners - Let's start designing!

Being a DIY junkie, the best day of my life was when I discovered Cricut design space. From customizing T-shirts to making my personalized trays, there’s nothing I have tried yet and ended up not falling in love with!

Although I now find Cricut design space super easy to work with, I remember back in the days when I was new to it I had to go through a ton of tutorials and guides before getting into my first Cricut design project. So, here is your ultimate guide if you are new to Cricut and looking for instructions to begin with!

Let’s begin by familiarizing you with the basic things you need to know. For instance, what is Cricut design space 101, and what a Cricut machine is?

Cricut Design Space 101 or let's call it CDS 101

Now this is the software that lets you design millions of your projects. It’s ideal for people who are super creative and love personalizing their things. Cricut design space gives you free access to tonnes of images and fonts for you to choose from. At Cricut design space you get to play with different images, colors, fonts and shapes to make your own design (even upload those free svg files that you have been collecting), and then you send it to the Cricut machine for the next step!

What is a Cricut Machine?

A Cricut machine is electronic and it can cut out your designs on different materials such as vinyl, paper, cardboard, or iron-on transfers. With the help of a Cricut machine, your designs are cut flawlessly and effortlessly. All you need to do is connect your machine to your computer, send in the design to the machine and wait for it to cut!

Now that we have the know-how of the basics, let’s discuss:

Here How do we get CDS?

Getting Cricut design space is a piece of cake! Just follow the following steps to gain access to the design space:

1.  Open your browser and go to design.cricut.com

2.  Click on the download button you see on your screen.

3.  Once the download is complete, go to the downloads folder and open the file.

4.  Grant your device permission to launch the app.

5.  Once launched, open the app and sign up with your email address.

P.S: For android or IOS, simply go to Google PlayStore or Apple Store to download the Cricut design app!

Although Cricut design space is free for its users, they do offer memberships. The subscribed members get access to premium photos, fonts, styles, and shapes!

 

Wondering what to do next? Here are some things that you can begin with to know your way around the Cricut design space:

What can I do with Cricut Design Space?

With Cricut design space, you can design anything that comes to your mind. Although it depends on the type of Cricut machine you own too. But to just give you some knowledge, you can use the design space to make your personalized:

1.  T-shirts, socks, hats, and canvas shoes.

2.  Wall art, trays, and signs.

3.  Tote bags and cushion covers.

4.  Cards and bookmarks!

Coming on to the most important part,

How do I use CDS?

  1. Once you’ve logged into your design space account, you will land on a screen with many designs. 
  2. From there, click on the new project button and you will be directed to a canvas. This is the place where all the magic happens!
  3. On the tab at your left, you will see several buttons. I’m gonna tell you what each of them does in order! First off, the + button directs you to a new canvas. 
  4. The second button provides you with all of the templates which allows you to choose what you intend to design. 
  5. Then, you can move on to the images button through which you can add pictures to your design. 
  6. You can resize and rotate your selected image once it is placed on the canvas.
  7.  Similarly, we have the add text button and the upload button through which you can upload the media of your choice. 
  8. Once ready, you can send it to your Cricut machine and get it cut!

 

Looking for a video walkthrough?

If you are more of a visual learner and you need a walkthrough on Cricut Design Space, you are in luck! I have created a Beginners Guide to Cricut Design Space video series on our Youtube Channel that you can check out on September 20th. If you are interested in catching that series, be sure to click our channel here.

This guide is only for beginners who want to know the basics about Cricut design space. Remember that no tutorial can help you know your way around design space the way you can navigate yourself by exploring all the options and buttons. So, go and design your first project because practice makes a WO-man perfect 😉

cricut design space 101

How to Make a Sticker Mockup in Procreate

Creating Sticker Mockups in Procreate - Tutorial

If you haven’t used your Cricut to create stickers and have been wondering How to make a sticker mockup in procreate? Then you have reached the right spot. Making stickers with your craft machine is easy and can be a great way to add bonus goodies to your orders as freebies. Plus when used WITH packaging, they add a personal touch instantly to all handmade items. I mean, let’s be honest – we all had an obsession with stickers when we were younger.

 

No matter if you are buying the designs from some amazing sticker creators like shown below OR you are creating your own. In programs like Procreate, there are a few ways to show your sticker designs off without having to break out the Cricut – mockups. Mockups are a zero-waste solution to testing products before you spend the time, money, and resources creating them.

 

Now while you can purchase mockups to use right away in photoshop with smart objects (I’ll have some links to my favorite sets). You can create mockups using tools you may already have on hand, especially if you create your own stickers. Grab your iPad besties, because I am going to show you a quick way that you can create simple sticker mockups in procreate that will display your design in a fun way.

Preface to the Tutorial

I want to preface this with saying that I sell on Etsy. So this tutorial will be based using Esty recommended size requirements which you can find here. They are 2,000 px for the SHORTEST side with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch and a ratio of 4:3. So what does that mean? Well to sum it up, Etsy wants horizontal photos uploaded to their site with a size of 2666 × 2000 at a minimum. They automatically crop your image, so you want your focal point in the center. *I think that 2,666 is a weird number and if you do to, feel free to use 3000 × 2250.  If you want to check out where I came up with these numbers, be sure to visit the 4:3 calculator.

 

*When you upload the image, you can edit the listing photo to show where you want. But I have returned to my shop plenty of times to find out that they restored it to the default. It’s better to set your image up correctly before you move forward to save yourself fixing issues in the future.  

Disclaimer: 

This post contains affiliate links, any purchase that you make by clicking on one of these links will not cost you anything, but I will get a small commission on the sale.

 Now that THAT side track is done, let’s get back to making sticker mockups in procreate!

How to make Sticker Mockups in Procreate?

Open up the Procreate app. “Procreate” is a wonderful drawing app that countless designers use. When paired with the Apple Pencil, it’s a heaven sent! If you already own this then you know what I am talking about.

 

Set up your document sizing using the ratio we talked about earlier (4:3). For this tutorial, I will be using the 3,000 px by 2250 px. and a DPI of 300. Etsy only requires a 75 DPI, however, starting with 300 will allow you to use this photo in other places, giving you the BEST quality that you could want. 

 

Sticker Mockups in Procreate

Inserting Your Photos

Insert your photo by tapping the wrench icon in the top left and clicking “insert photo”. Select your sticker mockup photo you want to create and the program will automatically place it on the screen.

Changing Your Background

Most of the sticker outlines will be white. So to help your Cricut machine understand where to cut, you will want to change the background of the document. This will help you to see what we are looking at. 

You can do that by tapping the stacked boxed in the top right corner of the screen, tapping on the background color layer, and selecting a darker color.

Duplicating Your Sticker Layer

Now that we can see the background, duplicate your sticker layer a one time and hide the original  as this will be your focal point. To duplicate, you can hit the double squares (layers panel) in the top right and swipe swipe left. 

Resize the duplicate layer by tapping the arrow icon and using the bounding box to drag it down to a smaller size. Duplicate this layer a few times so we can start to fill the background up with sticker designs. 

Now start re-arraging the stickers in the background to overlap each other. (Think of this as a “I just dumped ALL of my stickers on the table photo).

You end up with something like this. To be honest, after I fill up about a quarter of the screen, I merge all of the layers and duplicate that a few times to completely fill out screen. After the dark is covered, I go back and add a few extras to break up some odd repeating patterns until I get the results that I want. 

Final Touches

Now that the base layer is done, let’s blur this layer so that our hidden sticker layer will be the MAIN focal point. To do this, you have to tap the magic wand icon in the top left of the screen. Now select “Gaussian Blur” and then layer. Slide your finger across the screen to achieve the desired look. Now unhide your original sticker and BOOM! You are left with something like this. So, this is how you create sticker mockups in procreate.

 

To make sure customers understand what they are getting. You can add sizes with simple text at the bottom or add arrows to show width by height.

 

If you are interested in seeing a way to show scale in mockups, check out the next blog post

sticker mockup final product

Sample Sticker Mockups in Procreate

There are several shops that already offer mocks that you can use that showcase your stickers “in the wild”. Be it simply holding the stickers, stickers on a laptop, or stickers on packages (similar to what is shown below). 

You have a wide variety of options for creating and selling your handmade stickers. If you are interested in any of the mockups to the right, check the links out below

  1. Hand Mockup
  2. Planner Mockup
  3. Laptop Mockup
  4. Candy Jar

Some Fave Packing Stickers

You can find great packing sticker designs like this from Nicole Andrew and many other designs. To see a few of my favorite design bundles, check out the links below:

 

  1. Ultimate Sticker Collection (shown to the right)

  2.  Best Selling Stickers  (used in this tutorial)

  3. Small Business Sticker Bundle 

Canva Sublimation Tutoriald

Making Sublimation Designs In Canva

Sublimation Designs in Canva: A How to Guide!

So last week, I shared with you besties in the group an awesome set of FREE summer clip art. I mentioned that, with the right summer quote, you could create some fun summer designs. YOU said “what?!” so let me show you want I mean.

 

The set included a few different girls, an adorable floatie, and some fun accessories. Each clipart piece was saved on its own with transparent backgrounds, making this SUPER convenient to create sublimation designs. 

 

If you missed the clip art, don’t worry, I have you covered. You can grab them using the affiliate link here directly from the designer over at Design Bundles. 

Say what?

Creating a sublimation design does not have to be complicated and you do NOT need expensive software to do it. I pulled all of the elements inside of the ZIP file and created 2 sublimation designs that are print-ready with no extra programs needed. 

 

*Disclaimer, I do LOVE the Adobe Suite, I “grew up” on it and have worked heavily in it for the last decade.  You don’t have to have it, but it does make creating stuff easier long term because you are able to have more control over your end product. 

Let's Get Started

What do you need?

  1. Clip art from the Summer Girls Bundle (If you grabbed it already, great, if not – check it out here)
  2. Canva (It’s FREE!)
  3. Summer quote

Yes, really, that’s IT!

Step 1 - Open Canva

It should go without saying, we will need to have Canva open. Canva is an online design platform that is available for FREE. I have been smitten with Canva for a moment now because it’s easy to use and convenient. Yes, I did go to school for graphic design, yes I know how to create stuff, but there is something about having to create for yourself that throws me into a serious FREEZE! Plus being able to create on the fly with the app is amazing. Oh did I not mention the app? Check it out for yourself – canva.com 🙂 

cricut sticker tutorial

Step 2 - Set up document

Since we are creating a sublimation design, we need to make sure that it will be large enough. Typically you will want to start your designs in 15×15 inch size. You can create a new document in the top right corner by clicking “Create a new design” and then selecting “Custom Size”. Be sure you are using in for inches and not the default pixels (or px) 

Step 3 - Upload your images

Now that we have our base created, you will want to import your clip art files. Make sure to unzip your design to get full access to the files and either drag them onto the canvas or use the Uploads button on the left of the screen.  

Upload images to canva

Step 4 - Add them to your canvas

Once you have your designs uploaded, you will see them pop up in the panel on the left. Select the pieces that you want to add. I grabbed 3 girls, a beach hat, and a drink. When you click on an item, it automatically adds it to the document. 

It’s important to note however, that there may be extra space on the sides. While not a HUGE deal, if you want to grab your characters easier, you will want to cut down on the extra space. In order to achieve this, you will want to select your girl until the bars show up on the sides. Grabbing that and gragging it inward will get rid of that. 

Now that all of our girls are on the document, we can flip the one in the center by selecting her and tapping “Flip” in the options bar. With some quick rearranging, we now have our girls set up in a row. 

Step 5 - Add your text

Canva has a lot of fonts that we can use in their program.  With this particular design, we are using a couple of their preset text options. By tapping the presets, it will import those into the document as well and we can edit them from there, changing the colors, fonts, sizes, and more. I selected “love you” and scrolling down, you should see “fun”. You will want to ungroup “love you” by right clicking. 

By tapping on the text, it will import the designs just like what is shown above. By clicking on them, the options bar will change, and you will be able to edit the text more. See below for examples. When you select the glow text, you will want to move the intentsity bar to max stength. This will turn our inside text white.

Playing around with the text we are able to get this design shown below. When you are happy with your design it’s time to SAVE! With sublimation designs, you want to have the best quality for print. You’ll want to save it with PDF print settings which will give you the 300 DPI (dots per inch). Hit the download in the top right corner. Keep in mind, most sublimation printers will not print white, so anything that is white will be the color of your shirt. 

There you have it!

I hope that you found this walkthrough on how to create a sublimation design in Canva helpful. You don’t need expensive software to do amazing things. You can apply these same steps to other clip art projects, so next time you spot some in the free sections, be sure to grab them!

 If you have any questions, feel free to reach out in the group and I can help in any way possible.