Cricut Sticker Hack

Tutorials: Create Sticker Sheet in Canva

I have been DREADING uploading my sticker bundles in Cricut Design Space. The process takes forever, I want to make sure sure I use the tags, and honestly, if I can’t do something in 1 minute, I tend to skip it entirely. I have far too much on my plate – running two businesses, freelance, trying to build my social media platforms, and being a mom – spending 20 minutes to upload bundles is just not realistic. HOWEVER, the besties in the group need sticker tutorials and I have spent far too much on stickers to NOT be printing them out. [For real, those dollar deals are addicting.] 

 

I am always looking for a shortcut to skip steps. Call it what you want, we all want a shortcut that actually works!

 

I took to my favorite online program – Canva – with a theory and it paid off. What I am about to show you will blow your mind. Sticker makers rejoice as I am about to share with you the best Cricut Sticker Hack  (Seriously, have you checked it out yet?)

 

 If you want to follow along using exactly what I have, you can grab the super cute sticker designs to the right using this afl link here 

A Hack?

Okay, well maybe we aren’t hacking the system and breaking into the Matrix, but when I tell you it changed the game for me, it literally changed the game. I will be using this technique to put out sticker sets from now until the end of time. All you need is your sticker bundle and Canva. 

Step 1 - Open Canva

Yep – here we are again, back in Canva. If you didn’t see my last Canva tutorial, you need to check it out, but if you are new here, Canva is an online design platform that is available for FREE. There is an app. It’s is a MUST have for small businesses, but I won’t get into too many details here.

Step 2 - Set up document

If you are new to creating stickers with Cricut print and cut, Cricut limits us on the size that we have available. Their Print and Cut settings will only allow us to create projects within a 9.25 x 6.75 scale (or 6.75 by 9.25) You do you boo! Set up your width and height using either one and tap “create a new design”.  Be sure you are using in for inches and not the default pixels (or px) 

Step 3 - Change your Canvas color

Since a lot of our sticker designs will have a white outline so that our Cricut machines know where to cut, we want to change the background of our canvas. This will allow us to see our design edges AND once we save it out, it will allow us to take out the background easily in Cricut Design Space. You can do that by tapping that colorful box towards the top left. I chose a darker grey color to make things easier.

Step 4 - Upload your images

Now that our Canvas is created, you will want to import your clip art files. Make sure to unzip your design to get full access to the files and since we are working on cutting down the time it takes to create projects, DRAG everything from that folder directly on the canvas. I mean you can use the uploads button on the left of the screen, but I love dragging things in.   

Step 5 - Add them to your canvas

Once you have your designs uploaded, you will see them pop up in the panel on the left side and on your canva pretty crazy looking (see below). Start moving your pieces one by one so we can adjust the empty space around the designs. You can adjust that by selecting the sticker design and dragging the “hotdog” handles around the design itself. 

Step 6 - Arrange Your Canvas

Now that all of our stickers empty spaces are taken care of, we can now fill the board easier. We are using these as packing stickers, so they do not need to be huge. I used a size of about 2 inches on most of the designs. This allows me to create 2 sets of these stickers on one sheet. In order to duplicate your designs, you can either drag in another copy from your Uploads or use the short cuts “Control C” (copy) and “Control V” (paste)

Step 7 - Save It!

Now that all of our designs are laid out, our canvas is a darker color, guess what? We are ready to move into Cricut Design Space. Tap the “Download” in the top right corner of the screen. This will pop up a menu. From here, save it under PNG

Step 8 - Cricut Time

Now we get to upload the PNG from the previous step into Cricut Design Space and save it as a print and cut. If you understand how to do this, you are all set, but if you still want some guidance, check out the rest of this post. When prompted, select “Complex” from the image type menu and hit next. 

Step 9 - Erase the Background

The next screen in the Cricut process should ask you about erasing. In order to do this, we want to make sure to ONLY select the dark background from earlier. Doing so will remove it, allowing us to save clean-cut stickers. 🙂 

Step 10 - USE THOSE TAGS!

I can not stress this enough. As tempting as it is to just hit continue, because “I’ll find it later” DON’T! You will not find it later and you will hate life. LOL. Use those tags. This is not optional. Okay, it is, but seriously, learn from my mistake! The image name is useless. The tags is where it’s at. Use those tags so when you need to search for this later, it will be easier to find it. 

I’m going to end the process here because I am still working on the full sticker set up tutorial. Once you tap “Save” you just put this into your Cricut Design Space and go through the print and cut steps to create stickers. If you needing that tutorial, just keep your eyes peeled in the group. I will be posting it very soon. 

 

I hope that you found this Cricut sticker hack helpful. I know it will forever have a huge impact on how I make my stickers. If you don’t mind, be sure to pin this post so we can help other crafters. 

I’m going to end the process here because I am still working on the full sticker set up tutorial. Once you tap “Save” you just put this into your Cricut Design Space and go through the print and cut steps to create stickers. If you needing that tutorial, just keep your eyes peeled in the group. I will be posting it very soon. 

 

I hope that you found this Cricut sticker hack helpful. I know it will forever have a huge impact on how I make my stickers. If you don’t mind, be sure to pin this post so we can help other crafters.  If you want to check out the video walkthrough, be sure to visit our Youtube Channel here.

Some Fave Packing Stickers:

You can find great packing sticker designs like this from Sanqunetti Designs. This was the first packing sticker set I used after I learned our hack and I am in LOVE with how cute these designs are.  To see a few of my favorite design bundles, check out the links below:

  1. Rose Gold – Sanquenetti Design
  2. Ultimate Sticker Collection

  3.  Best Selling Stickers  

  4. Small Business Sticker Bundle 

Canva Sublimation Tutoriald

Making Sublimation Designs In Canva

Tutorials: Sublimation in Canva

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 🙂 

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.  

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.