Cricut Print then Cut Bookmark Tutorial With 6 Free Designs!
Can you use a Cricut to make bookmarks?
Yes, you can, and I’m going to show you how! My daughter has always loved to read. When she was little, she always had a book in her hand. The passion has continued through her adult years, and we hope her son picks up on her love of reading. That was my inspiration for this week’s free designs and Cricut tutorial.
How to make a bookmark with your Cricut
I will show you how to make bookmarks with a Cricut Explore Air 2. Any Cricut that uses the Print then Cut method will work for this tutorial. Unfortunately, the Cricut Joy does not have the print-then-cut feature.
See exactly how I made these bookmarks in my video tutorial, or keep scrolling if you prefer written step-by-step instructions.
What’s that font?
What do I need to make Bookmarks with my Cricut?
Here’s a supply list for all the products I used for this bookmark tutorial.
–Cricut Explore Air 2
-Printer – I have an Epson EcoTank Inkjet Printer
–Standard Grip Mat
–Laminating Pouches– I used 2 sheets
–Corner Cutter Tool
–Star Shape Punch and/or other shapes-optional
While working on this tutorial, I realized that many of you may not know about the wheels you can add to the bottom of your Cricut machine. I LOVE these things! They are adhesive and very easy to apply. Find them here.
Cricut Bookmark Tutorial Step-by-Step Instructions.
Print then Cut Cricut Bookmark | DIY Cricut Bookmarks
Here are the steps you need to make beautiful, professional-looking bookmarks with your Cricut.
- Locate the file on your computer.
2. Upload the free bookmark SVG files, and add them to your canvas in Design Space. Then upload the free bookmark PNG files. The PNG files will need to be uploaded one at a time. Add all to your canvas.
I’ve included the 2 bookmarks SVG files to give you the ability to change the colors and personalize these two bookmarks.
3. Resize all of your bookmark designs. I made each of mine 6 inches tall. Be sure to use the flatten button to flatten the bookmark SVG files you added to your canvas. Click Make it.
4. Prepare to print each design.
5. Turn off the bleed. Turn on Use System Dialog. Look for your system dialog box to pop up. Look for it behind your Cricut Design Space screen if it doesn’t show. Click on Preferences.
6. Click on More Settings.
7. Slide the bar to the right where it says Quality. Click print. Repeat for the second set of bookmarks.
How to Laminate your Bookmarks
Once your bookmarks have been printed, you will seal them inside laminating pouches using the thermal laminator.
- Turn the laminating machine on to warm up.
2. Open the laminating pouch and lay your cardstock with the printed bookmarks inside. Close the pouch and feed the closed end into the laminator. I passed the pouch through the machine three times.
How to Cut Laminated Sheets with your Cricut.
Because your cardstock is sealed inside the laminated pouch, the Cricut will need more pressure to cut your project. I set the dial on my Explore Air 2 to custom, then set my base material to Heavy Cardstock and set my pressure to more.
- Add the laminated cardstock to your cutting mat. Be sure to line up the end of the cardstock edges to the mat and not the laminated area edge.
2. The Cricut reads registration marks to know where to cut your design. Sometimes the glare from your paper can interfere with this. You can close the top of your Cricut machine to help avoid glare.
Press C to begin your cut.
3. Your machine will make several passes over the cardstock to ensure your project is cut. When that’s done, before unloading the mat from your machine, lift a corner to ensure your bookmarks have been cut entirely from the laminated cardstock. If they do not release easily, you will need your machine to cut them again. DO NOT remove your mat. Instead, click the C on your machine to cut your cardstock again.
Finishing your Bookmarks
If you like rounded edges on your bookmarks, you can use a corner cutter tool to achieve this look. Also, if you want tassels on your bookmark, you can punch a hole in your finished projects and add one.
Slide the bookmark inside the corner cutter for a rounded corner. Punch a hole to add a tassel.
6 Free Bookmark Designs for your Cricut
See how easy it was to make bookmarks with your Cricut machine? I love how these turned out! Download your six free bookmark designs today to start creating bookmarks of your own!
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Here’s where you can find your Free Bookmark Designs
This week’s freebie includes 2 Free Bookmark SVG files and 4 Free PNG Files. You will find both folders inside the zip folder once you download them from the freebie library.
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