how to use digital paper in cricut

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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best file format for cricut design space

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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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 😉

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Cricut Sticker Hack

How to Create Cricut Sticker Sheet in Canva - Tutorial

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 some cricut 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 

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Looking for a Cricut Sticker 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 to read this cricut sticker tutorial till the end, 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.

cricut sticker tutorial

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, we can 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.we

setup canvas in canva

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.   

Upload images to canva

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)

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Step 7 - Save It!

Once 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 cricut sticker 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. 

Some Fave Packing Cricut 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 

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Uploading Files Into Design Space

Uploading Files into Design Space

As you may or may not know, Design Space is Cricut’s online software that allows us to print and/or cut our craft files. You can upload jpg, png, bmp, svg, and dxf files into their online program. (Recently they released a beta offline version that can be downloaded and played with. I have toyed with it but fall back to using online until the bugs get worked out.) Uploading files into Design Space can seem pretty difficult, but do not worry! I have taken a minute to come up with a complete step-by-step guide!

  • Regular Images – These include your files like .jpg, .bmp, .png, and .gif file types. When you upload these, they are put in as a single, flat layer. You have the ability to choose the complexity of these files and make adjustments like taking out the backgrounds so you can use their awesome print and cut feature.
  • Vector Images – These include your .svg and .dxf file types. These are scalable images, which means that you can increase and decrease the sizes of these files like a million times without losing the quality (although let’s not got crazy). These files are often ones that you purchase or download for free (through awesome places like these). You will notice that these files, once saved, will have multiple layers and groups for you to cut.
Step 1 the gallery view

Step 1 – When you want to upload an image or a file, you want to go to your Cricut Design Space. You will select “Upload Image”. A pop up will appear and you will need to choose your image from your desktop / laptop / whatever you are working with. You can also drag and drop your image/file within the dashed line box if that is easier. *You do you!*

Step 2 dragging the file into DS

Step 3 - uploading my logo

Let’s Upload An Image

Option 1 – Image Upload:

  1. Select your image that you want to upload (these are your .jpg, .gif, .png, or .bmp files).
  2. Decide if your image is simple (think 2 color, contrasting colors, easy to clean), moderately complex (okay, so we have a wee bit of cleaning up to do), or complex based (- OMG the textures! The gradients! It’s so BEAUTIFUL!) Click “Continue.”
  3. Here you will be able to use Cricuts online editing tools to make adjustments to your image. You have the ability to Select, Erase, Crop, Cha-Cha Slide – okay, maybe not cha-cha, but you get the point – to remove any unwanted background from your image. As you begin to remove pieces of your image, you will notice a checkerboard background. No, you didn’t enter a weird game like three wizards (pht, excuse me while I wave my wand), that just means that you have successfully removed that part of the image. Anything solid means that that part will still appear. *Pro-tip Do not hesitate to use the zoom feature! It helpslike magic! See below for more details
  4. When you have taken out what you want, select Preview to show the cut lines of your image. If you see any spots that you missed (Hey, we are not perfect, I had to redo mine twice *facepalm*), select the back button to return to editing and remove what you missed. When you are done doing that, select Continue.
  5. Now, name your image and tag it for easy searching later. Decide if you want to save your image as a Print Then Cut or as a Cut image. Saving as a Print Then Cut image will save the whole image – just like it is – colors and all! You will need to print the image out and then run it through your Cricut to cut it. (There are size restrictions to print and cut! 9.25″ x 6.75″ I know, I know, I wish they would give us more space, but one step at a time). Saving it as a Cut image will allow you to just cut right away. *Pro-tip Seriously tag and name it. It helps, I have lost my projects in the sea of uploads. Time is money and if you are doing it for fun, time is still time! I know I would rather binge watch TV shows than searching for a file.
  6. When you are done, select Save. *Mic Drop!* You will now be taken to your upload screen and your new, edited file will be the first thing you see in the library at the bottom. Click your file to add it to your Design Screen and let’s get crafty!
Step 4  - cleaning up space
Removing the background
Uploading files into design space - print and cut versions
Saving as a “Print THEN Cut” or “Cut”

Option 2 – Vector Image Upload:

  1. If you have already downloaded a ready to go file, (these are your .svg or .dxf files) you can upload those instead of a “regular” image. Following the same first steps, select “Upload” then pick our your SVG file or drag and drop the file into the Design Space image upload window. 
  2. Name your image and tag it (if desired) for easier searching later. Then select Save. *Pro-tip Seriously – I can not stress this enough, don’t be like me! LOL. Tag and name it. It helps, I have lost my projects in the sea of uploads. Time is money, Time is Time, Binge Watch TV & Chill, Wine Time, Party With The Boys – Whatever your thing is.
  3. You will return to the Upload screen again. Your cut file will appear as the first one in the Library at the bottom of the screen. To add the image to your design screen, click on the image to select it, then select Insert Images to add it to your design screen.
  4. Vector images will appear on your canvas as a grouped image. If you ungroup the file, the image layers can be moved and sized separately. To ungroup, right-click and select “ungroup”
Uploading files into design space - showing grouping
The Grouping

Now that you know all about uploading files into Design Space, it’s time to get crafty. You need to grab your choice of vinyl and your mats and get started! Eek! I am so excited for you. Get ready to experience the magic.

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