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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 abundance 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 choose double-sided print?
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.
Set up Your Design
Start Cricut Design Space. Select “Shapes” and insert a rectangular shape onto your canvas. Resize it to serve as a reference for your design’s maximum cutting size.
This step is essential for precision.
I use the Cricut Maker 3, so I set my rectangle’s size to 6.53Inches in width 10This is very close to the maximum size of cutting.
I created the front and the back of the card in Photoshop. Then, I imported the design for the front into the canvas. I then duplicated it three more times, creating four designs as shown below.
The Layers panel displays five items: four designs for the front and one background for the front.
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 aligning the images, use the X-Y coordinates of the front design to place them exactly.
Duplicate a second backdrop for the 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 move the horizontally while maintaining the vertical position as shown in screenshot below.
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 to make use of” 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 front design, cancel the cutting to return to 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.Then, proceed to set the Base materialLet Cricut handle the cutting. After cutting, you should have perfectly aligned front-and-back designs.
This guide is designed to enhance your craft experience. Happy crafting!