Ok, this is super quick blog because actually it’s incredibly easy to set this up via Cricut’s step by step guide but I just wanted to point out one mistake that I walked straight into to prevent you from doing the same.
My boyfriend wanted a little bag to store his Warhammer paint brushes in, so to me this was a great excuse to have a go at print and cut vinyl. I used Cricut’s iron on for dark garments.
You only get 4 sheets in a pack and with print and cut the calibration lines taking up quite a bit of the page so there is a fair amount of wastage. So in Design Space go to the 3 lines on the top left and click and “Print and Cut Calibration” will pop up. You simply follow the instructions.
Now for the bit where I messed up. For Print & Cut to calibrate you need to print off one sheet, it’ll look something like this…
As I only had 4 vinyl sheets and I thought it would scan this image to calibrate, being my frugal self I decided to just print onto paper and use this for my calibration. This was neither clever or frugal. For calibration, Print & Cut actually CUTS your sheet, so I guess you do have to give up one of your sheets otherwise this happens and it cuts your mat…
So now I have cut up mat :-(. Now what I should have done was test print my design onto paper first. I didn’t do this and was on the wrong printer setting and printed directly to my vinyl in black and white. Bad times.
Eventually I managed to print in colour to vinyl and apply. I’m pretty happy with the result, I think the design I chose (because it’s blocky) doesn’t work great on a black background, but it’s ok and this is a learning curve and bf loved it which is all important.