Finished but first coffee with beans and coffee cup images stickers.
Finished stickers.

I have been working on creating a coffee sticker collection and I have been picking away at ideas. There really isn’t a rhyme or reason for this sticker it just came to be and I really liked how it turned out. But First Coffee is a popular saying and I wanted to do something else with it so I added a few little images around the wording. I might play around with this one and see what other variations I can come up with. There are many different images you can add to change up the sticker. It’s a fun sticker and I can’t wait to do more stickers for the collection.

Materials

  • Premium fine-point blade
  • 12 by 12 green standard mat or 12 by 12 blue light grip mat
  • Scraper or ruler - To help apply the overlay to the sticker paper (optional)
  • Brayer
  • Spatula (optional) 

Creating the sticker image - this can be done in any program that you have

Print screen of the sticker images on Canva.
Finished image in Canva.
  1. Open Canva or the program you are using.
  2. Add a “blob” shape and adjust it to a size that you wanted to work with.
  3. Go to the text option and type “but first coffee” I did each word individually so I could arrange the words how I wanted them. 
  4. Once you have the words choose the font you want to work with. I personally went with a thicker font.
  5. Add the words over the “blob” where you want them to go and arrange them how you want them.
  6. Group the words together once you have them in place.
  7. Now go to search the images for either a coffee cup and coffee beans or the coffee-related images you want.
  8. Add the images when you find the ones you want. 
  9. Adjust them to the desired size and place them around the wording.
  10. Duplicate the image and change any colours that you want to change for example that “blob” behind the wording.
  11. When everything is placed group all the images together to make it one big image.
  12. Download/save the image(s) to your computer when you are ready.

Uploading the image(s)

Sticker set up in Design Space ready to be printed.
Sticker set up in Design Space ready to be printed.
  1. Open Cricut Design Space and go to “new project”.
  2. Go to “upload” and find the image you want to work with. 
  3. Follow the prompts to add it to Cricut Design Space. Depending on the image you may need to play with the background remover until you are happy.
  4. When done add to the canvas as a print and cut. 
  5. Repeat as needed for each image.

Adding the offset - adding isn’t always necessary it’s up to you. I feel like it just adds a little something.

  1. Adjust the image size to what you want to work with.
  2. Go to “offset” and move the slider to make the offset bigger or smaller.
  3. Change the colour of the offset to white or any colour you want.
  4. Then group the the image and the offset together. 
  5. Adjust the size again if needed.
  6. Duplicate as needed.
  7. Repeat for other images as needed.

Printing the stickers 

"But first coffee sticker" Cricut Design Space printer set up.
"But first coffee sticker" Cricut Design Space printer set up.
  1. Make sure the Cricut Machine is turned and the fine point premium blade is in the machine.
  2. Make sure your printer is turned on and put the sticker paper into the printer.
  3. Go to “make it” and a screen will come up with the placement If you are happy with the placement click “continue”.
  4. Choose a mat for “any material” and click “continue”.
  5. The print screen should pop up and click “send to printer” when ready.
  6. Make sure you have the correct printer set and the bleed is selected.
  7. Click “print” when you are ready. 

Adding the overlay

  1. Once the print is done give the ink some time to dry if needed.
  2. Choose the overlay you want to work with. 
  3. Peel the backing off and lay it over the sticker sheet. 
  • Either take the whole backing off and just take your time and use the scraper to help remove bubbles. 
  • Peel some of the backing off and place it on the sticker sheet and use a ruler or scraper to push the backing off as the overlay is put down. I find I get fewer air bubbles this way. 
  1. Go over the overlay and sticker to see if there are any air bubbles and if there are try your best to get rid of them. I use a scraper or my thumb to help smooth them out.

Cutting the sticker

Cut screen for "but first coffee" sticker
Cut screen for "but first coffee" sticker
  1. Place the sticker sheet on the mat take the brayer and run it over the sheet to help adhere it to the mat.
  2. Load the mat into the machine or wait until prompted I have done it at both stages.
  3. Set the materials to “poster board” this will make the blade cut through the sticker sheet to cut individual stickers.
  4. Load the machine when the “arrow” is flashing. If you haven’t already loaded the machine.
  5. Press the flashing “C” when it starts to begin the cut.
  6. Unload the machine when the cut is done.

Removing the stickers

Image of "but first coffee" sticker.
Finished sticker.
  1. Flip the mat over to pull the mat off the sticker sheet. I do this to help keep the sheets from curling. 
  2. If they all don’t come off the mat take the spatula to help remove them.
  3. Use the brayer and run it over the sticker as an extra step but it’s not necessary. 

Your sticker is done and ready to go!

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