Cricut How To Guide

New to Cricut? Learn the basics with Cricut instructional videos.

December 5th, 2019 • Contributor: Cricut Team

Transfer Tape, weeding, and contouring – for someone new to Cricut, it can all feel a little overwhelming.  Just like any new electronic purchase, there is a learning curve, and this is no different with a Cricut machine.  But the great news is, there are so many resources available to help answer your questions.  No need to scour the internet for beginner tips and tricks, we have compiled a list of the most common questions for new Cricut members and have created video tutorials to help take you from beginner to pro!


How to Work with Fonts in Design Space

Welcome to Fonts 101! Learn all of the ins and outs of working with fonts in Design Space. 


How to Weld, Group, and Attach in Design Space

Join us as we walk through how to use the weld, group, and attach tools in Design Space! 


How to Work with Images in Design Space

Master working with images in Design Space so that you can use them for any project with any material - from drawing to cutting to debossing!


How to Work with Vinyl

Learn how to master vinyl as we walk you through a fun project – sharing all of our tips and tricks along the way! 


How to Work with Iron-on

Join us as we walk you through all of the basics of working with Iron-on!


How to use Two Colors with Iron-on

Learn the best method for achieving multi-layer iron on projects!


How to Manipulate Images in Design Space

Learn how to customize and manipulate any image in Design Space!


How to Write with your Cricut Machine

Learn all about how to write with your Cricut! From fine point to marker and gel to infusible ink this tutorial covers the basics of working in Design Space to create images you can create with your Cricut pens!  


How to Make Infusible Ink Coasters

Learn all about how to use our Infusible Ink Pens and join us as we use them make beautiful floral coasters!


How to use Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets

Learn how to cut and weed Cricut’s Infusible Ink sheets!


Ready to Tackle Other Skills?

We hope these tutorials help you, but as you have additional questions, don’t forget to peruse our blog to find answers to other questions like mashing up images or changing a knife blade. And of course, you can always check out other tutorial videos on Cricut Help.

Valentine's images, Cricut Design Space

New Valentine’s Images in Design Space

January 27th, 2019 • Contributor: Anna Rose Johnson, Cricut Digital Content Product Manager

Win hearts with these fresh designs!

Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday–there’s just something about a day dedicated to love that makes me feel like creating something special to show my loved ones how much I care. I also love decorating my home with hearts, loads of them, everywhere. I’m a romantic, after all. So, it shouldn’t surprise you that the Cricut content team has been working like mad to make sure YOU have the BEST Valentine images to use in your creations.

We’ve added everything from phrases to 3D objects to cards. Many of the images are a single layer which is perfect for vinyl and iron-on projects. But, never fear, we also have layered paper images and 3D projects for paper artists out there.

Take a look and be sure to let us know in the comments section what images you are loving!

Our Love is Magic

This set is a mixture of layered paper phrases and vinyl designs. My favorite are the layered paper images like “You Rock My World” (#MA56B140) or “Hugs & Kisses (#MA56B1E7). Any of these designs would be very simple to layer on top of a card base or as a gift topper.

Our Love Story

Beautiful images to communicate your love story, whether that be with your significant other, your pet, or yourself.

Modern Love

Back before instant communication, remember the fun of passing notes? Modern Love is our attempt at bringing an element of passing a note with a modern twist. “Let’s text about our feelings because I love your guts.”

Be Mine Valentine

I love that many of these phrases have a masculine feel to them – very different from our usual feminine, script designs.

Couples in Love

Awww, these images seriously melt my heart. We’ve created a vinyl/iron-on and paper version of each animal. I can’t decide whether the penguins or the elephants are my favorite. Which one do you like best?

You Are My Love Story

These Valentine’s phrases are perfect for a wooden sign or to apply to the front of a card with vinyl.

Little Sweethearts

Do you have a little one in your life that needs a shirt for Valentine’s Day? This set is for you. It’s full of iron-on designs perfect for making custom t-shirts.

My Punny Valentine

This set has three options for each image: vinyl/iron-on, layered paper, and card design. Whichever version you choose, we hope you find your Punny Valentine.

With all of the newness we’ve been adding to Cricut Access, I think we tend to forget about some of the amazing images from a few years ago. I thought I’d share my favorite oldies but goldies!

Spring Holiday Cards

These one-cut cards are PERFECT for kids Valentine’s because they are adorable and require NO glue to assemble! Simply slip the front piece into the slots on the back piece!

Valentine’s Day

This was one of our original Valentine phrase sets and it still has some lovely images to help you this holiday. There are even drawing features to add to your paper designs.

Always and Forever

Honey, wine is my valentine, too. This set has some quirky phrases and images perfect for a custom t-shirt.

Love is in the Air

Have you ever tried to build a 3D paper project? Now’s your chance! Love is in the Air is full of some beautiful paper designs. There’s even a 3D countdown to Valentine’s day complete with 14 tiny drawers. Best of all? We have a digital assembly guide to walk you through each project!

Download the Assembly Guide: Click Here.

Love Struck

How adorable would it be to make 3D mailboxes for your kids this year? They would probably LOVE it! Love Struck has some amazing iron-on images as well as 3D paper options.

Love Note Sentiments

I love using my Cricut to add hand-drawn sentiments without actually having to bare my own handwriting to the world! Love Note Sentiments is full of draw-only images to add to your Valentine’s this year.

I could go on and on. I LOVE our content library, can you tell? From the content team, we wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Crafting!
Anna Rose

Valentine's Images in Design Space
Finding Images in Cricut Design Space

Be a Cricut Pro in 3 Months: Finding Images in Cricut Design Space™

January 25th, 2019 • Contributor: Team Cricut

Finding the right image in Cricut Design Space can make designing even faster and easier. Here are some effective ways to use search and get to that perfect image.

First things first. The search bar can be found at the top right of your screen on your laptop and your mobile device. You can find the search bar when looking for Images or Projects.

Finding Images in Cricut Design Space

The next useful thing to know is the list of filters. The best part of the filter list is that if you are a Cricut Access subscriber, you can see all of the Cricut Access only images. It’s also useful for refining your image list for single layers (this means images that can be cut on one mat), phrases, and printables. There are several other filters that can help narrow your search.

Finding Images in Cricut Design Space

The categories page can also give you a good starting place with an automatic filter when you're looking for images.

Finding Images in Cricut Design Space

Once you click on a category, you can use the filters again to continue refining your search. In this example, we selected ‘Spring’ and can now Search in Spring category.

Finding Images in Cricut Design Space

Filters can be removed by clicking the X on each individual one or the Clear Filters link in the top left of the browser page:

Finding Images in Cricut Design Space

In Projects, searching is also fairly simple. There are two simple steps: Use the category drop down to refine the projects and then, use the search bar in each category to find projects. You can also just do a search on the All Categories page too.

Finding Images in Cricut Design Space
Finding Images in Cricut Design Space
Finding Images in Cricut Design Space

Lastly, you can find image sets (meaning a group of images that have a similar style) in the ‘Cartridges’ section. The search and filtering work the same in this section as well.

Finding Images in Cricut Design Space

Finding that perfect image to use for your project is just that simple!

Happy Crafting!
The Cricut Team

Finding Images in Cricut Design Space
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Design Space® Lesson: When to use Group vs Attach

January 15th, 2019 • Contributor: Stephanie Gramann, Cricut Software Product Manager

Hi! It’s Stephanie from Cricut here with another installment of Stephanie’s Favorite Features! Today, I am going to explain when to use Group vs Attach!


Grouping images makes multiple images act as a single image. When a group is selected, all images or layers are available for edit and can instantly be moved, sized or rotated.

To create an image group, select the images you want grouped together on your canvas. You will see a blue bounding box around the entire group (like seen below). This lets you know which objects are part of the group that will be kept together. Next, click the Group button at the top of the Layers panel. You can now move, resize or rotate the grouped images.

Design Space Group vs. Attach
Design Space Group vs. Attach

NOTE: The Group function will NOT keep the canvas layout when you select “Make” and move to Mat Preview. The images above, even though they are grouped, will lay out on Mat Preview in the same way they would if they weren’t part of a Group.

Mat Preview of Grouped images

Design Space Group vs. Attach

Grouped images do not need to be the same color. You can use the Group function to keep layers of different colors and linetypes together. It is much easier to move this card around on your canvas once it is grouped together!

Design Space Group vs. Attach


If you want your objects to stay together on the canvas AND keep their positioning relative to each other on Mat Preview, use the Attach function. Similar to what you did for group, simply select the objects you want to keep together, but this time, click on Attach.

Design Space Group vs. Attach

Unlike before, when the zig-zag squares were placed side by side on Mat Preview, this time they kept the positioning we designed on canvas.

TIP- Attach is a great way to keep multiple objects of the same color in the right place for your iron-on and vinyl projects!

Design Space Group vs. Attach

NOTE- Since Attached objects will be laid out on the same mat, Attach will automatically change all cut objects to be the same color as the bottom cut layer. In the example below, both objects would become gray.

Design Space Group vs. Attach

Attach is also used to keep score lines in the right place or to get pens to write on the intended objects.

For example, the words and the bubble are two separate layers. They are laid out on Mat Preview very differently based on whether they were attached on canvas or not.


Design Space Group vs. Attach

Mat Preview Without Attach:

Design Space Group vs. Attach

Mat Preview With Attach:

Design Space Group vs. Attach
Design Space Group vs. Attach
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Important Changes to Design Space!

January 8th, 2019 • Contributor: Stephanie Gramann, Cricut Software Product Manager

Thanks to great feedback from members like you, we’ve made a few exciting updates to Design Space®. In short, we moved Linetype (Cut, Draw, Score), Print Then Cut, and color selection from the layers panel to the edit toolbar. Here’s a quick overview of the changes so you can jump in and try ‘em out!

We included a video to a webinar at the bottom of this blog which will walk you through in great detail all you need to know about this exciting change in Design Space.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space


Use the Linetype dropdown to change your object to a Cut, Draw or Score object. Print is now found under the Fill dropdown, but we’ll share more about that in a moment.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

The swatch box next to Linetype opens the Linetype attributes panel. When you have a cut Linetype, use this to select your material color.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

… Or to select your pen type and color, if you’re working with a Draw Linetype.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space


To change your cut to a Print Then Cut object, use Fill. By default, cut objects have no fill. To add a print fill, from the Fill dropdown, select Print.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Now that you have a Print Then Cut object, you can change its color. Just click the Fill attributes swatch and select a new color. Your object will automatically update on the canvas.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

If you want to add a pattern, select Pattern from the Print type dropdown, then choose your pattern. Voila! Your object now has a pattern fill!

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Design Space has LOTS of print fill options. To search by color or ownership type, just use the Filter link to open a flyout window.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Once you find the perfect pattern, you can use the Edit Pattern link to refine it to your liking.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Want to undo the changes you made to a Print Then Cut image? No problem. Use the Restore button found on the Original Artwork Print type and it will revert back to its original design.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Multi-layer updates

Wait. Hold the phone. Did I just say multi-layer updates? Yes, I did! This new layout lets you manipulate more than one layer at a time. Simply select all of the objects you’d like to change and use the dropdowns and swatches as necessary.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Note: Not all functions can be changed at the same time. Available options will vary based on the Linetype and various attributes of your selected objects.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Image Information

To find image information, right click on the specific layer. You’ll find the image, font, or cartridge information at the bottom.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

That’s it. Enjoy the updates and be sure to let us know what you think!

If you want to learn more, watch this comprehensive webinar:

If you have even more questions, please visit:

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
How to Use Contour in Cricut Design Space

Design Space® Lesson: How to Use the Contour Feature

December 10th, 2018 • Contributor: Stephanie Gramann, Cricut Software Product Manager

Hi! It’s Stephanie from Cricut with another installment of Stephanie’s Favorite Design Space® Features! Today, I am going to cover how to use Contour to change the look of your images in two different ways.

Contour Away Unwanted Areas

Have you ever seen an image and liked most of it, but not ALL of it? No problem. Use Contour to remove the unwanted parts. Say you like this unicorn, but don’t want the words “magical” in the mane.
How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
First ungroup the image and select the gray layer. Then, in the bottom right corner, select the Contour button.
How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Now, within the Hide Contour window, just select each piece of the mane you want to remove. You will notice a subtle change in color. Alternatively, you could use the thumbnail strip to the right of the window to find each piece, but for this example, I find that working with the main mane image is easier! ?

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Tip! Some areas, like the A in this example, will require multiple clicks to remove the outer and inner areas.

After all of the letters are removed, close the box and voila, the word Magical has (not so magically) disappeared! Love it.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Use Contour to Add Layers to Your Project

Sometimes, just one color won’t do. You can also use Contour to add layers to your image, then make each layer its own color to create a livelier image.

Say you want the middle candle in this image to be pink.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
First, duplicate the image so you have two sets of candles. To contour away the middle candle from one set of candles, use the same method from the previous unicorn example.

Next, select the duplicated set of candles, and use the Hide All Contours button to remove all candles. Then click the middle candle to bring it back.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Tip! Hide All Contours will leave one piece visible (Design Space doesn’t want you to lose your entire image). If that isn’t the part you want, make your desired area visible first, then manually hide the first part.

Once you complete contouring the second set of candles, close out of the Contour feature and you’ll see two images – the first set of candles minus the middle candle, and the second set of candles, now just a single candle.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
All that’s left to do is to change that single candle to pink, slide it into place, group it all together, and look at that – now you have a multi-layer image! Nice work. This is a great trick to add a little pop of color to your iron-on projects!
How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Want more examples using Contour or more detailed instructions? Here they are.

Happy crafting!


How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
Combining images in Design Space

How to Mash Up Images in Cricut Design Space for That Perfect Project Look

December 4th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

There are thousands and thousands of images in Cricut Design Space, and sometimes you have a certain look you’re trying to achieve. You search and search, but just can’t quite seem to find what you’re looking to make. Never fear! You have some really great tools in Cricut Design Space to give you that perfect look for your project. Let’s take a quick look at how to get there.

Combine Images in Design Space

First off, start by searching a variety of images. For this project, we searched for ‘Deer Head’, ‘Antlers’, and a few different holiday phrases we liked.

Once you select your favorites, check them out on your canvas. Sometimes, we bring on several images and see what has layers that we might want to use for different parts. Sometimes, we just look for simple images to combine. Keep the ones you like. We narrowed our selection down to a deer head, a pair of antlers, and a phrase.

Next, you want to determine how many colors you want. We were going for 3 colors but wanted all of our browns the same color. Simply go into the Color Sync and update your color palette.

Combine Images in Design Space

Now, select any images that you want to customize. For this project, we wanted the dot on the ‘i’ to be red. To get this look, we used the Duplicate tool and the Contour tool.

Combine Images in Design Space

Contour tool can seem really tricky, but once you use it, you’ll have a world of hundreds of thousands of images since you can change anything you find in Cricut Design Space. We started with one of our phrases and simply eliminated the dot on the ‘i’.

Combine Images in Design Space

Then, we selected the other phrase and eliminated everything BUT the dot on the ‘i’.

Combine Images in Design Space

Your final canvas will look like this:

Combine Images in Design Space

The last thing we had to do was just turn our dot red:

Combine Images in Design Space

And then duplicate the nose since we were adding a cute nose onto our reindeer head too!

Combine Images in Design Space

We know you can do this so get into Cricut Design Space and start playing around with images. You’ll be designing your own pieces quickly and easily!

Happy Crafting.
The Cricut Team

Combine Images in Design Space
Build a Standout Profile in Design Space and Cricut Community

Create a Standout Community Profile on Design Space

October 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

You may have noticed the last time you signed into Design Space that we have a new link in the main menu that takes you to your very own profile page! This feature is a great way to introduce yourself to our active and inspiring community. All you need is a photo, a short bio, and a few projects to share with your fellow crafters. Here are a few tips to make the most of your profile in Design Space (see this FAQ in our Help Center for detailed instructions).

1- Upload a Quality Profile Photo

If possible, find a crisp, high-quality photo of your friendly face. A professional headshot is best. People love seeing who actually made the projects they find in the community. (And soon, you’ll be able to follow the profiles you like best. Yay!) So, take the time to upload a nice photo and let’s see those pearly whites!

2- Write an Entertaining Bio

Use the About Me field on your profile to share something fun and entertaining about yourself. The best profiles mention not just the crafts that a member makes, but also give a little insight into everyday life, side interests, and even a few quirks. If you’re a blogger, feel free to add a link to your blog. Our members want to know more about you!

3- Share Multiple Projects

A compelling profile usually has somewhere between 10 and 15 quality projects. It definitely takes time to share that many, but it’s definitely worth the effort. You’ll get a lot more visits to your profile if you do. If you haven’t yet shared a project to your profile, see this FAQ for detailed instructions.

4- Share Quality Projects

We hear consistently that the best projects are “makeable”, interesting, and fun!

  • A “makeable” project contains a well-written description (complete sentences please!) so that users can better understand how you made it. Don’t forget to include all of the Cricut Access images you used to make your project. Note: We do not currently feature projects containing uploaded images in the community ribbon, but you can still share them to your profile for inspiration.
  • An interesting project contains five quality photos of your project, showing different angles and closeup photos of interesting details. If you want, you can even add photos that show certain steps in your assembly process. For more tips on how to take a quality photo of your project, visit this post.
  • A fun project takes a fresh, inventive look at an old problem, whether it’s a gift, home decor, or clothing. There’s always a new way to do something and that’s what the community loves to see.

5- Develop Your Own Style

If you really want to go above and beyond, try sharing projects with a consistent look and feel. This can mean using the same style photography for all of your projects, but it can also mean specializing in a specific genre (i.e. vinyl signs) or style of crafting (i.e. vintage farmhouse). When viewers see a consistent look and feel on your profile page, they will be more likely to come back for more.

We’re so excited to see what our members are making. You inspire us every single day. Stay tuned for future updates to profiles in Design Space and keep those projects coming!

Cricut Access Update

What’s New in Cricut Access

October 26th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We are excited to announce new updates to our Cricut Access subscriptions that will help you get even more from your membership. If you are new to Cricut, Cricut Access is our subscription service (think Netflix for crafters) where you can sign-up for different levels that unlock thousands of digital images, fonts and projects in Design Space as well as promotions unique to Cricut Access subscribers on You can design anywhere on any device with Design Space and create with Cricut Access content.

Cricut Access gives you limitless design possibilities.

We are striving to make Cricut Access even better by giving you more digital images with the best subscriptions. This is why we’ve added 20,000+ new images into our Cricut Access library. Cricut Access now has more than 50,000 images and counting. We’re adding more and more so that you can create amazing projects.

50,000 images and counting with Cricut Access.

If you are a current Cricut Access member, there are changes that might impact your account, but we promise you, they are great changes! You will not lose access to any content but rather gain more, like digital images and ready-to-make projects.

There are two plans you can subscribe to:

  • Cricut Access Monthly for $9.99/month or Cricut Access Annual for $95.99 paid yearly (that equals $7.99 per month - saving you more $$’s to craft with!)
  • Cricut Access Premium for $119.88 paid yearly (a value of $9.99/month)

What are the benefits of these plans?

Both plans give you:

  • Unlimited use of more than 50,000 covet-worthy, cut-ready premium Cricut images, including exclusive designs, with more images to come
  • Unlimited access to over 400 beautiful fonts
  • Thousands of Ready-to-Make Projects
  • Priority Member Care Line (50% less wait time)
  • 10% savings on all product purchases on, including machines, accessories, materials, and more – including sale items!
  • 10% savings on premium licensed fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects from brands like Disney, Simplicity, and Anna Griffin

If you sign-up for the Cricut Access Premium subscription you get two additional exclusive features:

  • Up to 50% savings on licensed fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects
  • Free economy shipping on orders over $50

With Cricut Access Premium, you can create incredible ready-to-make licensed projects in Design Space for up to 50% off, including festive favorites from Anna Griffin.

What Cricut Access subscription is right for me?

We want to make sure you pick the right subscription for you. If you Shop all the time and want to use more licensed content, like Disney and others, the Cricut Access Premium subscription is the right option for you. You will get all of the benefits and so much more.

If you are crafting all of the time using Cricut Access content but are not interested in licensed content, we recommend the Cricut Access Annual subscription because you will not have to worry about reassessing your options for a year.

If you are someone who prefers to go month-to-month because you’re not sure how often you will use Cricut Access content, the Cricut Access Monthly subscription is a great option for you.


What if I currently have the Fonts subscription (either monthly or annual)?

You are automatically upgraded! Moving forward, Cricut will no longer offer the Fonts subscription plan.

If you are currently Fonts subscriber (monthly or annual) you have been automatically upgraded to Cricut Access Monthly or Annual, whichever matches your current plan, at no additional cost. You will be able to access all your fonts plus all of the great images for the same price as your current subscription, until you cancel or change your plan.

To celebrate all of our new Cricut Access digital images, we have exciting promotions on Cricut Access pricing that you can see on Make sure you check it out!

If you love Cricut Access as much as we do, encourage your crafty friends to sign-up! Share this post with them if you think Cricut Access will make their craft experience so much more fun. #CricutMade

Cricut Access Update