A lot of us Cricut folk are also stampers, and fussy about having to fussy cut by hand when we have a digital diecutter at our command. Cricut doesn’t have a “scan and cut” feature, nor does it bring in scans at actual size (unless they are 144 dpi, which most scanners don’t support), so I’ve been constantly looking for tricks I could use to get around this. Well, sometimes I overthink things as was the case here. Turns out the solution is pretty simple, and all you need is a phone.
In the video, I show how to get a stamp outline at true size with and without a shadow or offset, as well as how to scan in stamped images for print then cut at any size. The camera stand from the Dollar Tree trick will come in handy for other things as well, and so will the secret of using Hide Contour to size designs based on one component. And it isn’t just for stamps, but for blanks you want to write or engrave on, for example, or anything you need a true size representation of.
Save the stamp’s outline and use it with the hinge method or with SnapMat on the Design Space iPad app any time you want to cut out images that you have stamped/colored/embossed with this same stamp. The same method can be used to create cut files for preprinted items from greeting cards, wrapping paper, etc. Am working on an update to the hinge method since DS3 has rendered it not so easy.
Of course, you can also cut first, then stamp, if it suits you better. Here’s a video that shows 3 ways to do that.
Want to make offsets or shadows for your fonts and images without Inkscape or scissors? Here’s my Design Space method.
Looking for a higher tech, no scissors method? Here is an Inkscape method from CraftsByToo.
And here’s my quick Inkscape method for creating offsets.
Looking for instructions on making stamp outlines with the Silhouette Studio? Here’s my post on that (no PixScan needed).