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Clipart For Stickers – Cricut Craft Tutorial

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.

Now keep adding the rest of the designs from the free Halloween SVG for Cricut bundle that you downloaded and repeat the process until you’re done.

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!

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How to Use Digital Paper in Cricut Design Space?

How to Use Digital Papers in Cricut Design Space?

Every day I come across new things to do in my Cricut Design Space, and I fall all over for it once again. My interest started increasing exponentially the day I learned about how to use digital paper in Cricut. Once you start using digital papers on Cricut, there is no going back!

I can’t keep all of this information to myself any longer! I am so excited to share it with you guys because trust me you are going to adore your designs once you learn the use of digital paper in design space. It is finally time to bring all of your SVGs into use that you have accumulated in your downloads over the years. The process that I am going to walk you through right now is going to give them a stunning transformation!

Using Digital Paper in Design Space

So without any further ado let’s get into turning our SVGs into stunning stickers by using digital paper for Cricut.

The following steps summarize everything that you need to do before you hit the print button on your Cricut machine:

1. Getting Started:

First off, open Cricut Design Space. Start a new project and upload your SVG file on the canvas.

2. Setting Your Design:

Select the design you just uploaded and ungroup it. This is going to assist you in rearranging stuff.

 

3. Downloading Digital Paper

You can either upload the digital paper you have been keeping for so long. Or browse over the web for tonnes of free digital papers, Check out my shop too for some lovely Patterned Digital Papers. Download any one of them and upload on your cricut machine!

4. Uploading Your Digital Paper:

Here begins the magical part. To upload a digital paper in design space, click on the upload button where you will see two options: upload image and pattern fill.

You have to select pattern fill as the other option is for uploading images and SVG files.

The upload takes time so be a little patient! Once it’s done, a notification will pop on the top left of the screen.

5. Setting up The Cricut

Naturally when you upload an SVG, Cricut is going to assume you are just going to cut and print it like always. To change this, you have to click on the operations button on the top left and select the standard cut method! It is gonna turn your file into print THEN cut feature!

6. Sticker Filling

Here comes the important sticker filling part. Select the part of the image you want to fill with digital paper and click on the color box in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

7. Print Settings

From there shift the print type to pattern and select the pattern you had previously uploaded. Once your shape is filled with the digital paper you chose, see if it is repetitive. If so, let’s work on fixing that!

8. Scaling the Pattern

Click on the edit pattern button which will allow you to shift and scale the pattern until it looks perfect. There are no proper guidelines to doing that, you will have to explore what works best for you!

Make your adjustments. You may as well flip and rotate it. Do everything you need in order to make it look perfect for you. Once it’s done, move on to the next step.

9. Setting the Background

Drag the filled image away from its original part as you don’t want to touch it and mess it up. Now use the offset tool if you’d like a background on your sticker! Again, do what works for you the best. I prefer the 0.25 offset but you decide for yourself. You can also change the way you want the corners to look, do you want them round or edgy?

Click on apply, once done!

10. Removing Unwanted Spaces

If there are unwanted spaces in the background, fill them in with shapes.Drag the filled image back to its background. Adjust the size and space of everything. Recheck everything and if you’re satisfied with the final look, select everything and flatten it. It’s now ready to print!

Tadaa! You just made a sticker for yourself with digital paper from an old SVG that’s been in your inventory for so long. It’s as easy as you could think of! 

If you want to see how it looks check out my video in the link below and see for yourself. Try these out and let me know in the comments how it turned out!

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Cricut Planner Ideas to make your own

How to Make a Personalized Vinyl Planner with your Cricut Machine?

My life has been a whole lot better since the day I discovered Cricut Design Space, bought my first Cricut machine, and figured out how to use it. Designing with Cricut not only satisfies my cravings for doing DIYs, but it also awards me with a sense of achievement like “Wow, I did this?!” Sometimes I get so into my DIY projects and my business stuff that I lose all the motivation to do other tasks of the day (like laundry – but to be fair, who actually likes that?). So, to keep me motivated while doing something I love, I decided to try out these Cricut planner ideas. Honestly, it turned out to be the most amazing thing I’ve ever done!

For a long time now, I have been searching for an eye-catching vinyl decal planner to keep me motivated throughout the day that I could re-use. Everyone know that paper planners are great, but being able to look at a planner without the countless whiteout marks it *chefs kiss *. So I could personalize a planner using Cricut and a dry erase board.

At first, I wasn’t so sure what I wanted to put on it. I mean there are so many great ideas. I needed it to be functional for me and my business, keeping the top priorities in the top of my mind. Typing in Cricut planner ideas into my google search bar, the results were exciting but totally overwhelming. That when it hit me – we already have a planner! [Link bestie planner] We can totally use that to help us!

I am here so you don’t have to spend much of your time on the internet, watching loads of tutorials before trying out something like I have to. So, today I am back with instructions on how to make your own personalized vinyl decal planner using Cricut!

Now I know hearing the word Cricut planner ideas, makes your mind go crazy with the possibilities of what would happen and how it would turn out. Well there’s just one thing you need to know, the purpose of a planner is to ensure you don’t miss any important deadlines and complete all your tasks for the day. As long as your vinyl decal planner is fulfilling these purposes, you did an amazing job!

To begin with, here’s a list of the things that you need to create your planner using Cricut:

1. Vinyl Sheet

2. Transfer Paper

3. Cricut Machine

4. Cutting Mat

5. Dry erase board

 

Follow these steps next to create your vinyl decal planner

STEP 1

Start a new project on Design Space, and add your desired designs related to tasks to do, checkboxes, days of the week, motivational quotes, and anything that goes on the planner.

You can choose the free images from Cricut, or make your designs if you’d like.

*Want to skip this step? Download this free svg planner file here!

STEP 2

Once you have finished selecting the designs, resize them to make sure they don’t look too small or too large for your planner.

STEP 3

Once you are satisfied with the design you have made, it’s time to start cutting! Connect your computer to your Cricut Machine.

STEP 4

Place the vinyl sheet on the mat and load it into the Cricut Maker.

STEP 5

Place the vinyl sheet on the mat and load it into the Cricut Maker.

STEP 6

Select your vinyl settings in your Cricut Maker and press the cutting button to start the process.

STEP 7

Once done, carefully remove the mat from the sheet by peeling it, remove the extra vinyl by cutting it and then use transfer tape to grab your vinyl designs.

STEP 8

This brings us to our final step, place the decals on the place your board and remove the transfer tape. You’re done!

Note: Make sure to smooth out the surface to let out all the air bubbles. You may need to throw some elbow grease or use a needle to pop stubborn bubbles.

So, this was the process I followed to make my very simple but customized vinyl decal planner. I took it to my work and everyone loved it! The Cricut planner ideas in your mind might be different from this one but I suggest you start with this one and move on to more creative and complicated designs to master the art!

Check out this one I made for you to plan your business tasks!

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Best file format for Cricut Design Space

What FILE Types are Supported in Cricut Design Space?

All those who have this weird obsession for crafting like me know that Cricut Design Space is gaining popularity in the craft world like fire spreading in the forest. The increased hype of design space has diverted many individuals towards the software. Being a newbie, you are curious and confused about a lot of things. We have all been there once! I have been dedicating my time to writing posts that would help you know your way around Cricut Design Space. So today, we are gonna be discussing about the best file format for cricut.

What file format does Cricut Use?

Even though Cricut uses the .svg files and it is also the easiest to work with, the design space software allows you to upload and convert .jpg, .png, .svg, and .dxf files into cuttable shapes, completely free of cost. It is important to identify the differences between these types of files and when one should use them in the design space. So let’s dig into that!

If you have never used CDS then i’d suggest you to check out this Beginner’s Tutorial on CDS 101. It would help you better understand why I’m emphasizing over choosing the right type of file for it. It doesn’t look like it’s gonna affect the final result as much. But once you have cut out your design and it’s ready to assemble, you’ll see how big of a difference it makes!

Now before we conclude which is the best file format for cricut, let’s just first go through each of them!

JPG or JPEG File

A jpg file has a high resolution which makes it ideal for printing photographs. If all you want to do is use the print and cut feature, using a JPG file is your best bet. However, avoid jpg files if you want to cut multiple layers of your image as it cannot differentiate between color layers which results in Cricut Design Space not being able to lay all the layers separately!

SVG File

SVG allows you to scale your image up and down infinite times without decreasing the quality even a little bit. Unlike a JPG file, you can separate your layers and distinguish between colors if the file format is SVG. So an SVG file should definitely be preferred when you want to further customize your design!

PNG File

If you are using design space to make stickers or vinyl decals, a png file is your best bet. Why? You may ask. So let me tell you.

  1. They have transparent backgrounds.
  2. You won’t have to get in the hassle of holding the design in one place when placing it digitally.
  3. Excellent for print and cut

So if you want a flat-file and avoid getting in the mess of having to cut separate lines, this is it for you to make the perfect stickers!

DXE File

A DXF file is the closest alternative to an SVG file if you are using Cricut design space. So just like SVG files, when you open up a DXF file on the Cricut Design Space you will have a ready-to-cut image. You can ungroup the elements and identify between the layers if you want to print and cut layered designs!

EPS File

EPS files are typically suitable for documents that require high resolution such as logos. So, I would never recommend using EPS file format while designing on Cricut since it works better on advanced softwares!

Well, in a nutshell, SVG format is so far the best file format for CDS if your design is complicated. You can also get plenty of SVG designs for free by clicking here. For a simpler image, the JPG file format works fine too. I believe as a beginner, this much knowledge is enough for any one of us to get an insight into different file formats and their purposes!

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