Print and Cut

With all the hoopla about the Cricut Imagine, Provocraft’s new print and cut machine, I wanted to put together a list of methods that you can use with the Cricut and printer (or pens and markers) you already have to cut out a printed image (or vice versa). I’ve also got some specialty print and cut links for other cutters.

Alternate method for placement

Can be used instead of the hinge method with CDS and MTC and works to the extent that Cricut inaccuracy allows. Place your image lined up with virtual mat lines, then using a light source such as a light table or window, line up the printout with the actual mat correspondingly as shown in the figures below.

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  • 1. Judy Yakuboski  |  July 22, 2010 at 12:34 am

    This is great. We get so caught up in the excitement of having our cricut,we forget to take to explore other then the basics of the machine.
    Thanks for taking the time to share all of this with us.

  • 2. M. Schumacher  |  July 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Interesting ideas.

  • 3. Sandra  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you so much. This was very informative.

  • 4. Sandy  |  July 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Hi Kay
    I have watched your excellent “Hinge method” several times and have a silly question. What is that roller you use on the spiral cutout that’s attached to the mat? I’m no longer able to leave my home so my DH does my shopping.
    Is it hard rubber, wood or…..? It looks about 4 inches. I sure would appreciate any help you can post here or email me.
    Your videos are wonderful especially for the crafter challenged. LOL

    • 5. Kay  |  July 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      That is called a brayer and it is hard rubber. I have had it for years but think it came from a craft or art store. You can also use something like an old credit card or a putty spatula and use a scraping motion.

    • 6. Sandy  |  July 30, 2010 at 1:01 am

      Kay thank you so much for info. I have a putty spatula and old credit cards. Now I just have to create something.

  • 7. Diane  |  July 29, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Wonderful, such an easy fix to saving money, time and still ending up with a great project.

    Thanks for being clever most days


  • 8. Print and Cut – latest tags « Creating With Scrapbooks  |  September 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    […] by scrappykristin in Cricut – ProvoCraft, General Musings You can print and cut without purchasing the Imagine.  For detailed steps, plus many, many ways to print and cut, visit Kay’s blog at Cleversomeday […]

  • 9. kim kirkpatrick  |  October 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm


    I am looking for a way to cut out stick people. I dont really understand the links you have added. It looks like to me on the sites that you are buying the decals and not software to cut the decals out with. I have so many people asking me about this for my business and I am trying to find a way to cut these little people with my cricut expression. Can you please tell me if there is a way that I can purchase some type of software to be able to cut it with my expression?

    • 10. Kay  |  October 20, 2010 at 7:56 am

      Yes Kim. If you check out the rest of my blog you will see that I often reference 2 programs, SureCutsaLot and MaketheCut. Either will let you cut out stick figures or just about anything else you would want to cut.

  • 11. Judy  |  November 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Can I take a photo and make it to a silloutte, if so can you please send me directions

    • 12. Kay  |  November 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      Not with cutting software, but with most photo editing software you can. Here is a tutorial on how to do it with PSE, for instance.

      • 13. rkramadh  |  April 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        I think silhouetteschool blog has a way to do this without PSE….

      • 14. Kay  |  April 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        Not sure what you mean. Print and cut is built in to Silhouette machines.

  • 15. Archie Paterson  |  March 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Hi Kay

    Last year you very kindly printed some more sentiments for your Awareness Ribbons, would it be possible to print a sheet with Parkinson on the ribbon. I’m asking this for my friend who has Parkinson’s and she wants to make some cards for fundraising for them. Your other Awareness Ribbons have prived a great success, I would be obliged if you could print a page for them.
    Best Wishes, Archie 02MAR2011

  • 16. Mona Sordelet  |  March 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Would you please contact me at the e-mail above. I would like to ask you something.

  • 17. Judy  |  March 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I just watched your print and cut with MTC and I actually did it,
    I was amazed, my question is how to make the item smaller
    before you print and cut, if they are already colored?

  • 19. marie  |  May 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    hi i love ur website so many helpful stuff and informations . i just recently got a cricut expression for mothers day so yeah wow but dont know much about it . i saw in one of the videos in youtube that i dont need to buy cartridges just us a software but which one would u recommend best out there im a mac and pc user . i appreciate your help in point me out on the right direction .

    • 20. Kay  |  May 20, 2011 at 6:20 am

      Unfortunately, Marie, due to recent lawsuits by Provocraft, the only 3rd party software remaining for the Cricut is FairyCut. It is windows only and I have never tried it.

  • 21. Libby Smith  |  November 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I love your projects. I am computer dumby. How can I print your saying on a Cricut Expressions without a catridge?

    • 22. Kay  |  November 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      Prior to March of this year, you could cut your own designs with a Cricut and one of several 3rd party software products. Unfortunately, that is no longer an option for Cricut owners.

  • 23. Anne Brett  |  December 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    kay I just got the cricut create and the gypsy can you tell me is there a way to print and cut with these machines

    • 24. Kay  |  December 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      You will need to use the hinge method, or the carrier method.

  • 25. Rosalie  |  April 5, 2012 at 9:20 am

    awesome info. Thanks

  • 26. Denise  |  August 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I came across this site and was reading thru it, hopefully someone can give me an answer to my question.
    I am making (or trying to make) 5×7 oval scalloped table numbers for my sons wedding. I wish I can downnload a picture of it so you can see what I mean. they are going to hang with crystals off the centerpcs. I am trying to figure out what machine or how to cut these out. I have only seen small sized ovals, not the 5×7 size. I can of course cut with a scizzor an oval shape, but not with scallops. I want these to look professional. Please does anyone know what I can do?

    • 27. Kay  |  August 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      A machine such as the Silhouette Cameo can easily cut scalloped ovals 5 x 7 or larger, and position the cut around printed table numbers (or the table numbers could be cut also). I have several scalloped ovals in my free font 09Kutups, available on this blog. I don’t know of any dies that cut scalloped ovals that large, but you might check Spellbinders just in case. If you don’t want to invest in a machine, you might try Etsy or craigslist and find a machine owner near you who could create these for you. Congratulations to your son and good luck with your project!

  • 28. Denise  |  August 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm


  • 29. marina  |  February 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I had trouble leaving a comment on ‘You Tube’., so I’ve just popped over to thank you for your fantastic ‘Tracing without Tears’ series. Your tutorials are very clear and very helpful and I want to thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge.

  • 30. Nadine  |  April 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Hello, I can’t write an email to you, unfortunately, so I use the comments now. Would you tell me whats the name of the font in your header “Clever Someday …” please? I have searched now for an hour after but i can’t find it. :(

    • 31. Kay  |  April 3, 2014 at 11:46 am


  • 32. tracey  |  May 25, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Are any of these programs for the cricut explore? i’m very very very new to cricut but i’m trying to cut out some images that i printed.

  • 34. Giddykipper  |  January 14, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Hi Kay
    please can you help?

    I imported a pdf picture to my Cameo, added a traced logo and some text to it, grouped it all and set the cut lines to no cut. When it printed only the pdf picture came out :(

    I then took a screenshot, opened this in Photoshop Elements and printed it – this worked but instead of the background being white it’s now yellow….. any advice welcomed, thank you!

    • 35. Kay  |  January 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Yes. Elements added in Silh Studio are “no print” by default. If you want them to print you need to fill them with color (Paint Bucket Button) or check the box that says “print lines of selected objects” under the Line Style menu (button with horizontal black lines). You can also increase their line thickness to make them print but there are other reasons this might not be the best choice.

  • 36. Giddykipper  |  January 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    thank you! “print lines of selected colour” worked perfectly :)

    I’m almost embarrassed to say, I previously abandoned this type of project when I couldn’t get it to work. Similarly, when I can’t get traced fonts to fill in (even when they are no gaps in the font lines) :/ but I’ll save that query for another day!

    kind regards

  • 37. Heba  |  July 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    how to download the fonts

  • 38. Karen Z.  |  August 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Hi Kay – love your blog and tutorials! I’m trying to use my Cricut’s print then cut feature and just bought an HP Envy 4500 printer. It apparently won’t print on anything other than plain white paper; every other material jams or won’t pull thru the rollers properly. My heavy cardstock won’t even fit in the paper tray! Anyway, now that I have that off my chest… do you have any recommendations for a printer that can handle a wide variety of materials?

    Thanks for any info you can provide!

    • 39. Kay  |  August 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      I haven’t bought a printer in a very long time. Check out Kreative Ken (Ken Hess) on youtube as I believe he has reviewed several printers recently.

  • 40. Snijderke  |  November 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Kay, thank you for share your very good ideas about print & cut. Very clear video!!
    In the past, I always used the system with registersmarks!! On your way, it is more easy (and less misstakes).

    Thank you, thank you, thank you
    Greetings from Belgium.

  • 41. Today’s Cutting Techniques |  |  January 20, 2016 at 1:49 am

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