posted by Ahijoy on October 6, 2022
How To Make Vinyl Stickers With Cricut
Amazing crafts call for special instruments. Here’s how you can make vinyl stickers using Cricut.
Nowadays vinyl crafts have become increasingly popular because of their versatile nature. The room for creativity and customizing almost anything under the sun has expanded since the advent of vinyl. Whether you want to gift someone a personalized notebook or make a trendy new t-shirt, vinyl opens the possibility to all.
What Is Cricut?
Before you start dabbling into vinyl crafts, there are some essential tools you need. Apart from the printable vinyl itself, you will need a Cricut machine. A Cricut machine is an electronic die cutting machine which allows you to cut paper, card stock, iron-on, fabric and vinyl to utmost precision. It is definitely a must have in the arsenal of avid vinyl users and people interested in arts and crafts.
Using Cricut Design Space
The Cricut machine is paired with Design Space software which allows you to create decals and stickers on a virtual platform. The software can be used on laptops, tablets, phones, and computers where you can easily map out your designs. Design Space will then send the information to your Cricut machine and cut your material accordingly.
Tools Needed To Make Vinyl Stickers On Cricut
In order to make vinyl stickers, you will first and foremost need a Cricut machine. Some of the other essentials are:
- Printable adhesive vinyl.
- A desktop or laptop.
- Cutting mat.
- Squeegee or scraper.
- A weeding tool.
- Transfer paper.
Process Of Making Vinyl Stickers
Let’s start off with a simple project like vinyl stickers which you can apply to a whole range of things like bottles, mugs, notebooks or even frames. You can create amazing stickers in a few simple steps:
Step 1: Use Design Space For Creating Stickers
First thing you need to do is design the sticker you want on Design Space using your preferred electronic device such as desktop, laptop or your tablet. You can either use built in tools to create them or import ready made ones on to your Design Space. You can import a design on this software or use the already provided templates in the Cricut Access Library. This is user-friendly software and can easily be mastered.
Step 2: Add Final Touches
Next, using the weld tool, fill in gaps in the design and proceed to center and align it. Adjust the size of the image. You can even add text through a text box. You can also place multiple images on a single sheet using the software. The software will ask you which material you are using. Choose the material which in this case is vinyl.
If you want to print a design on the vinyl, you can send your design to the printer via Design Space. You will have to use printable vinyl for this. Print on the matte side of the vinyl. Allow the ink to dry before moving on to cut the design.
Step 3: Start Cutting Using Cricut
Turn on your Cricut machine and place your vinyl sheet on a cutting mat with vinyl side up. If you have printed the vinyl, place it on the top left corner of the cutting mat. Smooth out any bubbles on the vinyl using a scraper and load the mat into the machine. Press ‘Make it’ on the software and proceed to cut the vinyl. After the cutting is finished, eject the mat.
Step 4: Weed Out Excess Vinyl
Remove vinyl from the cutting mat and use a weeding tool to remove excess vinyl. Finally, your stickers are ready to apply on the surface of your choice.
Step 5: Transfer The Design
Apply transfer tape on top of the design and smooth it out with a scraper so that there are no creases or air bubbles. Make sure the transfer tape perfectly adheres to the design. Remove the adhesive backing of the vinyl slowly ensuring that the whole design is on the transfer tape. Put the design on the desired surface and use a scraper to smooth it out on the surface. Once the design has perfectly adhered to the surface, remove the transfer tape very slowly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cricut is compatible with almost all vinyl and makes the process so much more efficient and easy. Hopefully, our guide on vinyl stickers will help kickstart your interest in craft vinyl. So what are you waiting for, let’s create some amazing stickers!