How to Make Your Own Designs on Cricut

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How to Make Your Own Designs on Cricut
Make your own designs using the Cricut and your computer. (Yagi Studio/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Making personal designs using the Cricut machine is entertaining. Make an image using "Adobe Illustrator" or "Inkscape," and convert it into a plotted design using the built in conversion software. Plotted designs have edges easily manipulated by the computer. Resizing the image works well without losing any design elements, or without the image getting fuzzy. Once the image is plotted, it is imported into the "Sure Cuts A Lot" program. The image is resized, and cut out of the preferred material.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cricut Design Studio software (trial software)
  • Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape software
  • Sure Cuts A Lot software
  • Cricut Mat
  • Paper, foam or vinyl
  • Computer
  • Internet access

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    Creating Your Image

  1. 1

    Create a design using Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape. If you don't have Adobe Illustrator, download Inkscape for free. Open a new file, and use the drawing tools for creating the design.

  2. 2

    Click "File," "Path," and then "Trace Bitmap." Click on the "Update" button on the screen, and then click "OK." You see a second identical image.

  3. 3

    Put the mouse on the top image, and click on it. Hold the mouse button down, and pull the top image off of the bottom image. The top image is clearer.

  4. 4

    Move the mouse on top of the bottom image. Click on the mouse, and then hit the delete button on the computer keyboard. It removes the unwanted extra image.

  5. 5

    Save your design by clicking "File," and then click "Save As." Look at the location section on the left side of the box, and choose the location for saving images. Click the "Save" button on the computer screen on the bottom left side.

    Using Sure Cuts A Lot

  1. 1

    Download the trial version of "Provo Craft Design Studio Software," and it updates the computer's working system. You don't need Craft Design Studio after this step.

  2. 2

    Go to the "Sure Cuts A Lot" website, and download their software. The software costs £39 to £78 depending on the package you buy.

  3. 3

    Load the software on the computer. Open the software.

  4. 4

    Put the paper, foam or other material you are cutting on the Cricut mat. Make sure it is stuck in place. Load the mat into the Cricut machine.

  5. 5

    Go to "File," and click "Import SVG." Find the image, click on it. Click "Open."

  6. 6

    Click on one of the circles at the corner of the image, and pull it until it is the size you want. Push the image the other way if you want it smaller.

  7. 7

    Go to the cut button above the image. It has a pair of scissors on the tab. Click on it, and the image cuts out.

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