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How to Create a Custom Photo Puzzle with Cricut

Have you ever wanted to make a custom photo puzzle? In this tutorial we will show you how to create a puzzle in Cricut Design Space.


 

Step 1. Upload your Files


Today I'll be uploading and using a jigsaw puzzle template by MintyMarshmallows. This file comes with 9 different templates in several formats. I'll also be adding a great watercolor file that I found using Design Bundles Plus Section to tie this project together. This will be used as a print and cut item.

 

Step 2. Resize and Align Artwork


Once you have inserted  your items to the canvas screen you can now resize and adjust each item to fit the print and cut feature which is 6.75" by 9.25". You can resize your items by selecting the item and using the circle on the lower right-hand side.

 

Resize-Design Space

 

Make sure that your image and puzzle template aligns well together. You can easily to do this by selecting both items, and then clicking on the Align button within your top toolbar. Finish aligning your items by clicking the Center Horizontally button.

 

Align-Cricut Design Space

 

Step 3. Slice Unwanted Print Area


After you have resized and aligned your items, you may notice that your artwork is still a little bit too big for your puzzle template. To reduce the amount of ink used in this project, remove the unused areas.

 

Unwanted Printed Are-Design space

 

To do this open your shapes tool on the left side of your screen and locate the square. Unclock sizing and resize square to fit to fit over your unwanted area.

 

Shapes tool-Design Space

 

Select the unwanted area and the square and click on the Slice button on the lower right-hand side of your screen. Pull unwanted areas apart and delete.

 

Slice-Cricut Design Space

 

You will be left with a preview of how your puzzle will look.

 

Puzzle PreView-Design Space

 

Step 4. Send Puzzle Template to Back


Before you can print and cut you have to place the puzzle template behind your artwork or image. You can do this by selecting the puzzle template and clicking Arrange on the top toolbar. A small box will appear and you can now select Send To Back. Once you have done select everything on your canvas screen and Attach.

 

Attach in design space

 

Step 5. Print and Cut


The design process is finished and you are ready to use the Print and Cut method. To start select a sticker paper that will work well for this project and make sure your print settings are correct to print.

 

Print Set up -Design Space

 

After printing your image, adhere the sticker paper to the chipboard material. To cut, I recommend using the knife blade along with the heavy chipboard cut settings to get the best results. Load materials into Cricut Cutting Machine and wait for cut to finish.

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