Our Step-by-step guide to Printing and Aligning Your Artwork with Cricut Maker 3
Here's a peek into the process we followed to create place cards using our Cricut Maker 3.
What We Used:
Cricut Maker 3
Cardstock: A4 size, 300gsm uncoated
1. Create Your Artwork
Using Adobe InDesign, create a new document at A4 size (or whatever size your cardstock is). Create a 1-inch margin within your document, this is a crucial step for later alignment in Cricut Design Space.
We used Illustrator to create a custom shape and pasted it into InDesign. Align the shape to the top left of the 1-inch margin. On a separate layer, add your artwork - for this project it was simply text for the guest name.
Artwork and custom shape on seperate layers in InDesign aligned to 1in margin top left.
2. Print Your Artwork on Your Printer
Once satisfied with your artwork, turn off the shape layer and send the file to your printer. Ensure you only print the artwork layer!
3. Export Your Custom Shape to Cricut Design Space
In InDesign, export the custom shape layer only as a jpeg. Head over to your Cricut Design Space, start a new project, upload the jpeg, and select 'simple' as the image type. Remove only the exterior shape when prompted to remove the background.
When prompted, select Cut Image and not Print then Cut Image.
Once that's done you'll need to add it to your canvas. You'll see it will be imported at a large size - not the correct size for cutting. Head back to InDesign and select the entire shape layer, ie: all the place card shapes together. Check the dimensions of this selection and then adjust them in Cricut Design space. Make sure your dimensions are locked when doing this so they are in proportion.
4. Cut Your Prints
5. Time to cut using the Cricut Maker 3
Voilà! You've created a beautifully registered print and cut masterpiece for your wedding stationery.
We'd love to know how you went! Let us know if you have any questions in the comments.