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How To Make Print Then Cut Stickers

Have you been putting off trying out the print then cut feature? After talking to so many of you it’s obvious that print then cut is one of those things that no one wants to try for fear of messing up and ruining perfectly good material. Trust me, I’ve been there and I came out on the other side A OK.

Today, I’ll walk you through the ins and outs of working with printable vinyl and Cricut’s Print Then Cut feature in Design Space. I’ll take it step by step so you can follow along and successfully complete your first kiss cut!

Gather These Supplies:

Step One: Download Free Printable Stickers

To start, visit the free downloads page here and download any of the free printable stickers. This way we’re working on ta similar project and it’s easier to follow along. Plus, they’re super cute and I’m sure you can find a use for them!

Step Two: Upload To Design Space

Go to the upload tab on the left side of the screen and drag and drop the downloaded design onto the screen. When you see the window below, select complex as the image type and click continue. 

In the “select and erase” window you will not need to do anything, just click continue in the bottom right.

The following window is where you will save the design as either a print then cut image or a cut image. Since we’re making printable stickers you’ll need to choose the print then cut option then click save.

Step Three: Scale and Print

Open up all of the images you wish to print onto the canvas and scale them to the desired size. Most stickers are between 3-3.5 inches so I typically set mine to 3.5″.

Cricut will only allow you to print then cut up to a certain size. The available print area is 9.25″ by 6.75″. If it helps, you can create a rectangle on your canvas as a guide, that way you know how much space you have to work with.

This is totally optional but it does help with sizing and setup. Just be sure to hide or delete the rectangle before continuing.

Click the make it button to continue.

In the next window you can adjust the number of copies to fill up the page or pages. You can see the project copies is set to 2 so the software duplicated each design. The black box around the design is the registration box that the machine will read to determine the cut area.

Click “send to printer”.

In the print setup window turn on both the bleed option and the system dialog option then click PRINT.

The printer window should pop up and this is where you set your paper type and print quality. I set the paper type to photo paper and slide the quality all the way to best.

After printing is complete you should have a page that looks similar to the one below.

Step Four: Cut Images

Back in Design Space you now can set the cutting material. Since I want single stickers and not a sheet of stickers, I cut on the light chipboard setting.

Place the printed sheet on the cutting mat and load the mat into the machine then press the start button. The machine will first read the registration marks and then begin cutting.

The light chipboard setting allows the machine to make two passes around each sticker, this way you can be sure it’s cutting all the way through the vinyl AND the paper backing.

When you unload the mat you can peel away the excess vinyl and you’re left with perfectly cut out single stickers.

If you prefer a sheet of stickers for planner use, simply change the cut settings to printable vinyl and the machine will only cut through the top layer of vinyl leaving the paper backing sheet in tact.

If you have any questions leave them below or send me an email!

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  • July 6, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Love it!! Thank you!!

  • July 6, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Kayla! Love your work! What software do you use to make your stickers? How and what is the clear vinyl used for? Thank you!

  • July 6, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Hey there!!

    Do you seal the vinyl with anything to make it waterproof?
    Thanks so much for sharing all your fun designs with all of us!!

  • July 6, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    THANK YOU!!!

  • July 7, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Can you make a video that shows how you create your stickers?

  • July 9, 2020 at 7:58 am
    Aashiya Wynne

    I’m so glad i found you!!!! I love it very informative and i can’t wait to start practicing!!!!!

  • July 10, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Is the printer you linked, the same printer you use?

    • July 15, 2020 at 12:11 am

      My specific one is discontinued so I linked the closest version. Same brand and same line of printers. 🙂

  • July 13, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    These are so cute! Are the sticker images okay for commercial use?

    • July 15, 2020 at 12:08 am

      Thanks! They are as long as you leave a little disclaimer stating the design is by Kayla Makes. 🙂

  • July 17, 2020 at 3:17 am
    Vanessa Santana


  • July 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Amazing instructions! Thanks for the chipboard tip 🙂

  • July 22, 2020 at 1:08 am
    Marlene Rodriguez

    Do you use the printer that it’s linked?

  • July 26, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the great explanation!

  • July 26, 2020 at 8:19 pm
    Carole Kalmes

    Thanks. That doesn’t seem to bad.

  • August 3, 2020 at 9:17 pm
    veronica luong

    How much is the ink replacement?

  • August 16, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    hi!! i wanted to know if i can do this with a silhouette cameo 3?? im a begginer pls heeelp me

  • August 24, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Question : why select complex when loading the image? I just made stickers for the first time and didn’t think there was really a difference so I chose simple each time.

  • August 24, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks! What do you suggest it we want to put them on a water bottle? Should we later clear vinyl over top of them prior to cutting?

  • August 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

    What if you want to make them waterproof so you can use them on water bottles? I was thinking about putting clear vinyl over them prior to cutting. Will that work?

  • August 25, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Any tips on how to do it from the design space app on ipad? Currently my only option right now. Thank You.

  • August 30, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Hi! What do you use to design your own stickers? I want to put my ideas on a creative place but don’t know what to use to make my own designs. Thanks!

  • August 30, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Hi! I was wondering what platform you use to design your own stickers? I would love to make some of my own!! Just not sure what to use?! Haha thanks

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  • September 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for your generosity, creativity and kind nature. I love your stuff and it makes me feel happy to see kind people like you willing to share. I would purchase your stuff if you had it out there. I appreciate you.

    • September 7, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  • October 16, 2020 at 4:51 am

    I love your designs! Do you have any tips on getting the cricut e2 to cut the image properly and not more to one side or whatnot? I can never get it to cut where it’s suppose to, even after several calibration tests. Help!

  • October 23, 2020 at 11:36 pm
    Kim Watson

    Thank you so much for this!!! The steps were easy to follow

  • November 6, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Are we able to use these designs and sell our products with the design?

  • November 21, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Kayla, you’re the best, I follow you on Facebook. I have the Joy writable vinyl, would this work for stickers or is this specifically to use with pens?

  • November 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    Tracey Smith

    do you know if these will work on Silhouette? I have tried a couple of the Holiday ones and I cant get them to upload correctly. 🙁

  • December 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    This was easy to follow, thank you. Do you have a tutorial on how to create your own designs? Do you use procreate or canva?

  • January 3, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you so much for this! Im going to try it out!

  • January 11, 2021 at 1:35 pm
    Faigie Walter

    Kayla, thank you so much for this clear tutorial! I’ve been putting off making stickers FOREVER and finally took the plunge!

  • February 1, 2021 at 8:25 pm
    Michelle Santana

    YAYY! first time making stickers and this was so easy! thank you for sharing

  • February 1, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Can I also make my own stickers of drawings I did myself on my iPad Procreate?

    • February 10, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      You can!

  • April 2, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Hi, thank you so much for this blog post and for sharing your beautiful designs. I am having issue when it comes to cutting. It’s giving me an error and it not cutting. Have you encountered this issue before? Thanks in advance

  • April 13, 2021 at 12:50 pm
    monica m tena

    how do you slice words for the starbucks circle

  • April 14, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Kayla ! I love your page ! I bought the adhesive vinyl you recommended , modified my settings, but my paper is still bleeding. It looks like little droplets. I do not have a mac/apple, I am using Microsoft but I chose matte photo paper, bleed option on, & high quality chosen. Do you suggest anything else I can try?

  • June 13, 2022 at 4:36 pm
    Linda McDaniel

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. It’s been the easiest to follow!



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