Learn how to make stickers with Cricut including waterproof stickers. Plus grab an instant download of a FREE sticker sheet PNG file to use!
When you own a Cricut cutting machine, you can do so much more with it than cutting vinyl or heat transfer vinyl!
And for me, I’ve been having fun making and printing stickers! In a previous post, I told you all about Cricut’s print and cut function and also the difference between printable vinyl and sticker paper. But today, we are concentrating solely on how to make stickers with Cricut.
I also have a different way of making waterproof stickers that is much quicker than using Mod Podge (which I mentioned before!). For this tutorial, I will only be using printable vinyl since I prefer it to printable sticker paper and so does my home printer!
Plus I have a free sticker design sheet for you!
Materials Needed for Cricut Stickers
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- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
- printable vinyl
- self laminating sheets (for waterproof stickers)
How to Design Stickers in Cricut Design Space
With the release of the new offset feature, making stickers in Cricut Design Space is quick and easy! You can add a white background or any other color for your background color in two steps.
For my first sheet of Cricut stickers I am using images I found in Cricut Access. First, open Cricut Design Space and start a new project.
Find anything you’d like to make a sticker of and insert images on your canvas.
Then with the cut image selected, click on the Offset tool on the top. I decreased the distance a bit and kept it on rounded corners.
The default offset layer is black so I clicked on that shadow layer and changed the color to white by clicking on the color square next to the Operation drop down menu. Now I will have a white border.
Then in order for the shadow and the image to print I need to flatten them. Select both the offset layer and image top layer and click on Flatten on the bottom right.
I repeated all the above steps for all of my remaining images. You’ll notice on the layers panel on the right side, that every image now is a Print Then Cut layer.
Size them to how big you want them. I’m going to be adding mine to a personalized tumbler, so I made them all less than three inches wide.
Click on Make it and on the next screen you’ll see all the sticker images on an 8.5×11 inch sheet.
Click continue and then select send to Printer. I am using an inkjet printer which is usually recommended for printable vinyl so it doesn’t get too hot.
Use the drop down menu to select the printer you want to print the stickers on and leave the Add Bleed button on (so that it’s green). You can use System Dialog to change the print quality to best or high.
How to Make Stickers with a Cricut Waterproof
For this sheet of stickers, I am going to make them waterproof by adding a clear self laminating sheet to the top so the setting needs to account for both thicknesses. You could also use clear adhesive vinyl.
We want a kiss cut which means the cut doesn’t go all the way through the back layer.
You might need to play with your Cricut settings a bit to figure out what works for you. On my Cricut Maker, I have found that Medium Cardstock gives me the best results when cutting a piece of printable vinyl with a self laminating sheet on it.
The single laminating sheets have a grid on the backside and it’s clear on the front. Peel off the top strip first.
Then you are going to stick the top of single-sided laminating sheets to the top of the printed sticker sheet.
Then you are going to flip the laminating sheet over so the grid size is facing up and then start pulling the grid backing off as the laminating sheet lays down flat on the printable vinyl.
(Make sure to watch the video for this part, because it’s hard to explain! I have a short video on this page and also a link to the full YouTube video at the bottom.)
Try to use your hand or a scraper to flatten the laminating sheet on the stickers as you pull off the sheet. It’s a little hard to see because my hand is actually underneath the sheet.
Once you have pulled all the way to the end the grid paper will release from the self laminating sheet and it will be fully over the sticker sheet.
Scrape it down well trying to remove any bubbles that may have formed. Scrape towards the edge of the sheet so the bubbles can escape.
Now put the sticker sheet with the laminating sheet on a clean cutting mat and load it into your Cricut. The laminating sheet will be larger than the printable vinyl sheet!
The Cricut machine will read the black box around the sticker image to know exactly where to make the cut line.
After the Cricut has done its thing, unload the mat and then peel off the waterproof stickers!
They are now ready to apply to a tumbler, mug, water bottles, or anything that might get wet. Make sure to let the vinyl sit on the tumbler for 72 hours before you get it wet so that it seals well!
These are similar steps to making magnets with a Cricut!
Our free Faith SVG files would also make great stickers!
How to Make Planner or Inspirational Stickers
At the bottom of this post, there is a FREE sticker PNG cut file sheet for you to make your own printable stickers with.
Simply download the PNG file, click on the Upload button, and then upload image into Cricut Design Space. It will come in as one single image. If you want to break it apart, you’ll have to use the slice function.
Click on Make It and you’ll see it all fits on one 8.5 x 11 sheet.
For these planner stickers, I am not going to make them waterproof since they don’t need to be. So I just used the printable vinyl setting on the drop down menu.
Send the sticker sheet to your printer again and then place the printed sheet on a blue mat and let the Cricut read the black rectangle and cut around each sticker with the fine point blade. These ones won’t have a shadow or background layer, it is just the sticker.
Peel them off the sheet and add them to planners, journals, kids lunches, sticky notes, notebooks, etc.
I even added one of the fun stickers to my Cricut since I get to do what I love!
Cricut Print and Cut Stickers Video Tutorial
Make sure to watch a quick sped up how to make stickers video below. If you’d like a longer step by step video on making stickers, check out my YouTube video here.
FREE Cricut Stickers Download
As a reminder, all of my FREE SVG files are for personal use only and not for commercial use. Please click here to purchase a commercial license if you want to use the files for commercial purposes such as to sell items for your small business.
Sometimes the file will look blurry when you first open it, but once you download it, the SVG will open up clearly.
If it doesn’t automatically download, you might need to right-click on it and Save As. If you need additional help, make sure to check out my post on how to download and upload files to CDS.
Or check out my Cricut Design Space 101 series for even more tutorials.
Or if you don’t have a Cricut and wish to print out a PDF sheet and then cut them out with scissors, click the link below.
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- Design stickers in Cricut Design Space using images from Cricut Access or uploaded images. Use the offset tool to add a shadow layer.
- Turn the shadow/offset layer to white. Select both the image and offset layer and Flatten.
- Send to printer and print on printable vinyl.
- For waterproof stickers, select Medium cardstock as the cut setting.
- Apply a single sided self laminating sheet to the printed vinyl. Take the strip off the top and place it on the top of the printed sheet.
- Press down the backside as you pull the laminating sheet forward.
- Scrape down well with a scraper to remove any bubbles.
- Place on a Cricut mat and load. Let the Cricut cut out the stickers.
- Apply to tumblers, mugs, or anything that gets wet! Let it cure for 72 hours before getting the sticker wet.
See blog post for full detailed tutorial and link to YouTube video.
Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!