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I’ve dedicated a significant amount of time to trying to achiev of double-sided printing and cutting using a Cricut. Despite the many online guides, aligning perfectly both sides of designs during cutting remained a difficult task. I began my own journey through trial and error, and found a method that worked.
Why double-sided printing?
While Cricut’s print and cut feature is generally reliable, the real test comes with projects like double-sided Business cardsOr thank you cards where precision is required in both the design alignment and cutting.
In this guide, I’ll lead you through the steps to create a double-sided thank you card with designs on both sides. We’ll start by creating the design, then move on to importing it into Cricut Design Space, and finally, print and cut it with as close to perfect alignment as possible.
How to Set Up Your Design
Start Cricut Design Space. Select “Shapes” and insert the rectangle onto your canvas. Resize it to serve as a reference for your design’s maximum cutting size.
This step is critical for later precision.
I use the Cricut Maker 3, so I set my rectangle’s size to 6.53The width of the inch is 10The maximum cutting size is about 2 inches.
After creating both the front- and back-designs of the thank you cards in Photoshop I first imported the design for the front into the canvas. Then, I copied it three times. This resulted in four designs as shown below.
The Layers Panel shows five items, four front designs plus one backdrop for the design.
Next, I’ll import the thank-you card’s back design and duplicate it three times, making a total of four, just like the front’s design earlier.
Each of them will then be positioned exactly over its front design. Instead of manually lining them up, use the coordinates X and Y from the front design.
Duplicate the other backdrop for your back designs. Label them clearly so that there is no confusion later.
In the Layers panel, attach all four back designs and name the group “back design.”
Select the “back design” group and its backdrop, then align them to the right.
This will allow you to move them horizontally, while maintaining their vertical position.
Attach the “back design” group and its backdrop together, naming it “Back.”
Repeat a similar process for the front designs, naming the group “Front.”
The Print and Cut Process
With the setup complete, it’s time to print the thank-you card. First, hide the “Back” group , click “Make sure you make the right choice.” and proceed to print the front design.
Ensure to turn off “Add Bleed” and turn on “Use System Dialogue” in the printer setup.
After printing the back, cancel the cut process to return the canvas. Flip the sheet and insert it back into the printer.
Back in Cricut Design Space, hide the “Front” layer, make the “Back” layer visible, and print the back design.
Once printed, place the mat on your Cricut with the back design facing up.Set the Base materialLet Cricut do the cutting. After cutting, you should have perfectly aligned front-and-back designs.
I hope that this guide will enhance your craft experience. Happy crafting!