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.
- Print and cut support in MTC 3.
- Latest print and cut support in SCAL2. Video by Denise
- Hinge method Works for any mat-based cutter video shows Cricut direct with cartridges.
- Hinge method with software Works for any mat-based cutter video shows Cricut with Cricut Craft Room
- Hinge method for ecraft Video from Purple Paper Paradise
- Center Point method Works on Cricut Expression or Cricut Create machines using cartridges directly (Pink Stamper)
- A SCAL only method (k andrew) obsolete with latest versions of SCAL
- My SCAL/Inkscape method obsolete with latest versions of SCAL
- Bob’s SCAL/Inkscape method Part 1 & Part 2 obsolete
- My MTC method for any image (obsolete)
- MTC only method for vector images (including traceable bitmaps). It doesn’t get any easier than this! (Beanie) (obsolete)
- Pre-printed blanks method Works with any cutter and software or with AutoFill function on Cricut Expression or Cricut Create.
- CD tray method for chipboard Works for Cricut with CDS or any other cutter with software. Printer must have CD Tray.
- Carrier method (excerpted from my 1998 book) Works with any cutter, simple die cut shapes and inkjet printer (top loading preferred).
- Video using MTC and carrier method and many “faux-magine” projects from awesome Jin.
- Video using SCAL and carrier method (obsolete)
- Video using Cricut cartridges, MSWord and carrier method
- Print solid colors and cut with MTC
- Gel pen method requires software with layer feature and pens or markers that fit into the cutter.
- Cut and stamp method Works with any cutter with or without cartridges.
- Stamp and cut with a Silhouette
- How to print your own backgrounds for cutting
- Using autofill and a print template to match works with AutoFill function on Cricut Expression or Cricut Create (Joy)
- Using Design Studio with Avery templates
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.