Make a QR code with Cricut to promote your business - Print then cut Q R code keychain
Hey, everybody, and welcome to another cricut craft tutorial. Before we get started, be sure to check out my Instagram listed right there. It's really cool over there. I post lots of fun stuff on my stories and crafts, especially stuff that I don't do tutorials for. So you can kind of see some behind the scenes stuff in today's tutorial. We're going to do some print and cut for a QR code.
Now, this QR code can be used in a lot of different ways. I put mine on a little keychain, but you could use this on so many things and you could really do a lot with it. You can link your QR code to anything that you want. So this is great if you have an Etsy shop.
If you have a YouTube channel or anything like that, this is a really great opportunity to take this and be mobile with your promotions. Really fun. Really easy to do. And the website that we're going to use offers a lot of different options for your QR code design. I'll link everything that we're using down below along with the website.
So be sure to check the video's description for all of that information. Let's get started. I can't wait to show you how to do this. I'm going to link this website down below, but it is a QR code generator, and this is one of my favorite ones because it offers you a couple of options, especially if you sign up for their free account. So I'm going to link this to my website. But there are a lot of options of things that you can link to.
So you can link them to business information, a ratings page, events, Facebook, songs, images, whatever you really want to link to. So let's say you wanted to offer somebody a free printable PDF of something that you are offering. You can do that. You can absolutely link them right to a PDF, but we are going to link to a website.
So go ahead and click website. And what you're going to do is click the word next now gives you this little like preview thing. It really doesn't do anything right now. So click next.
And over here is where you're going to type in the link to your Web site. Now, I like I said, I'm just going to use mine. So it's already in there.
But you just type in or paste whatever website you want to put in. And then you can just click over here and it'll show you the preview of your QR code. Go ahead and click next.
Now, this is where you can kind of start to personalize it, make it whatever you want it to be. You can really change a lot of these things. So like I have this really cute, scanned me one.
And you can change the color. So let's say I wanted it to be purple. I can choose that and kind of pick a purple up here and it will change the color of the wording. There are lots and lots of options so you can click all frames and see which one that you like best. It's really up to you. There are some really, really fun ones. And like I said, it's going to depend on what you want to put it on as to kind of what design you want to go with.
There are these really cute restaurant ones, too, that I thought were really adorable. So I just wanted to show them to you. But there are some really fun frames and different things that you can choose from.
I'm just going to go with the plain old Skåne and I'm actually going to change this color to something that's a little closer to my color palette for my branding. And then here's another cool thing that you can kind of change up what your QR code looks like. So you can do a little dots, splotches, lines you can do like pull squares. It's really up to you and what you want it to look like. And again, you can change the color here to pretty much anything that you want.
So let's say I wanted to keep it within brand. I could do that. I actually for my own personal preference, and I think it works a lot better on everybody's phone. I like that you can just keep it black. I think it works a little better.
But what's really fun is that you can upload your logo to these. So I have uploaded my logo previously, but I'll show you guys. So I'm just going to choose my logo and upload it and look at how cool it puts your logo in the middle of your QR code, and then you can still scan your QR code. But it is like logo to you, which I thought was really fun. So we're going to do this as a print than cut for a keychain. So I'm going to go ahead and leave it as is.
If you wanted to cut this on vinyl, it's going to be really small. So I would recommend trying some things and seeing which one works best. But we'll go ahead and use this one. I'm going to click download. And it'll bring up and ask you where you want to save this, so I'm going to go ahead and just save this to my cricket folder.
And I'm just going to call it QR code website so I can find it easier when I go to upload it to cricket design space. Click save and we'll head over to cricket design space so I can show you how to load this. We'll get it all size for our keychain and then we can actually assemble. It's going to be really fun, depending on where you got your acrylic from. You should be able to download a really nice already set up SVG for it. So I got mine from one, four, three vinyl and I'm just using a circle.
I like to keep stuff like this pretty simple, but it's really fun because you could make them four different seasons if you wanted two different events, stuff like that. So mine is just a circle, which I believe is just under circle. And this is the 2.5 inch circle. So what I'm going to do is go ahead and select that and it's going to ask me where I want to save it.
So mine, I like to keep in a pretty organized manner. So I have an acrylic blancs folder and then I just click save. Now I already have this, so I'm just going to go ahead and overwrite it. It's totally fine.
And all I'm going to do now is go over to my cricket design space, click upload and then click upload image, browse and find where I saved that. Now, in my P.S., I can usually just go to my click access if I've just downloaded it, it's right there at the start. Go ahead and click on that. And here is our circle.
Just click upload. You don't need to do anything special to it because it's already an SVG. Select the image of your circle and click insert images. Now, you're not going to want to resize this. This is size to the size of our circle, so don't touch that.
But the next thing we need to do is upload our QR code. So go ahead and click, upload, upload image and then browse. Now, again, mine should be in my quick access, but you can go ahead and find it under whatever folder you saved it in.
Now, this one we are going to choose complex. Click continue. Just click. Continue again. I know it looks really, really big.
And it is, but it's fine. You want to save the print, then cut image, then click upload. Now, this may take a second. Crooked design space is a little bit slow when it comes to print and cut images, select that image and click insert images. Now, again, this is probably going to load really, really big. So it may take a second.
I'm going to go ahead and just change the width over here just to three for now, just so we can get it fit on to our screen. Now, my screen is at 100 percent, but I can zoom in a little bit to make it a little more life size. That way I can get kind of a better look at what it's going to look like. Now, occasionally when I do this, my design space breaks out and moves. So if yours does that and it looks like everything disappeared, just use this little scroll bar on the side and this little scrollbar down here on the bottom to find your design. Now, we are going to size this down a little bit.
That way it will fit in our circle. Now, you do want to make sure that you leave space for the hole. And then I just like to pretty much make this as big as I can. I want it to stand out really nicely on my circle. I think that looks like a really, really good size.
Now, if you want, you can absolutely set an offset to this if you'd like to. But because this already has a really nice border around it, I really don't want to give it an offset. And it is going to cut these in two separate pieces. But that's really OK with me. It's easy enough to line those up. Now, again, you can really do anything that you want.
You can have your QR code on both sides if you'd like. You can have your QR code on one side and maybe glitter or decorate the other side. But because I'm just showing you a quick way to do this, I'm just going to go ahead and put my QR code on both sides of my circle. So I'm just going to click duplicate and have it go ahead and cut out, too. Now, let's say I don't want to waste my principle paper. I'm going to show you a quick way to kind of fill your paper with your QR code.
That way, you're not wasting paper. So I'm going to go ahead and just delete the circle. We don't need it. We just use that for sizing.
I have to for my little circle, which is perfect. And I'm going to go ahead and zoom back out to 100 percent. That way we can get a good view of this. The next thing I'm going to do is open up a shape and use a square. We're going to make the square the size of our printable area, meaning can go six point seventy five wide by nine points to five high.
So I click I changed my with six point seventy five click the little lock here in the center so that it can do the different proportions. And this is the size that we have to fill. Now, again, I'm going to go ahead and zoom out again just so that this can fit in our entire screen. Now you'll see we're going to be able to fit a lot of these.
So what I'm going to do is right click on this and send this to the back and I'm going to go ahead and put my little stickers here in to my design. I think that looks pretty good for the two that we're going to use for our keychain. So like you said, we're going to fill this whole thing up. So I'm just going to duplicate and I'm going to make a couple of the same size, because I think I can fit several of these all the way across. That way we can fit a couple of them that way.
So we have some extras just in case. Then I'm going to go ahead and duplicate. And I think I want to get rid of the bottom part for these bigger ones. So what you can do is use a shape, and I'm just going to grab a square and I'm just going to move it so that it's under the little skinny part. Select the square and select the QR code and the square here. And then just click slice and it'll get rid of that bottom.
Scan me, because you don't necessarily need it if you don't want it. So I'm just going to delete it because I don't really want it for the bigger ones. You don't need it. But I'm going to make some bigger ones that I can use on other things. So I think I'll just try to fit a couple of these bigger ones in here or something to go ahead and duplicate.
They should be a little bit too wide. And then I'm going to go ahead and duplicate. Now, these are great. You can stick them on business cards, on your coffee mug, whatever you want to really put them on. These are great to help promote your business.
Now, again, you could kind of fill in all the space however you want to. It's up to you. I'm going to go ahead and get rid of the square. You can either delete it or just hide it by using this eyeball here. Then what you want to do is select all of your codes and click attach. That's going to hold them all in place so that when your cricket design space goes to cut them out, it's going to hold them where you have them so it doesn't space them out. Funny.
If it faces them out funny, it's not all going to fit on that same sheet because they like to give a little extra space between the stickers. And I don't do that. Now, when you click Make It, it's going to give you this really handy dandy screen and it's going to show you what it's going to look like when it prints. So you see here now we have everything fitting within our principal area. Once you're happy with that and make sure everything fits. Go ahead and click continue.
And you're going to see the option to send it to a printer. I'm going to click that and it's going to ask us how many copies we want. I'm just going to make one copy. I don't really need any more than that.
I like to leave the bleed on because it does give you a little bit of a chunky border so that it cuts around in your blue and doesn't leave a lot of like white around the outside. And then I like to use my system dialog that actually makes it so that you can really choose the print quality of your item and things like that. So when you click print, it's going to open up your printer preferences in your printer preferences. Make sure you have the correct printer selected. Click the word preferences. And then it's going to ask you a couple of things.
So you're going to choose your quality here. And I always turn that high. Then go under more options and turn off high speed print. Click OK. And then click print to send to your printer.
We're ready to load our paper into our machine. So all I've done is loaded onto my mat in the upper corner, kept it really, really straight. So what I'm going to do now is load this into my machine.
And this was done with an inkjet printer. It's an obscenity. Twenty seven. Twenty. So what this is going to do now is just double check the length of my material because of me using the make or three. And then it's going to ask me to check my blade and then it will go through and scan and cut everything. Once it's done, cutting these out, I always do like a little test just to see that it actually cut through. Make sure we got a good cut on these.
So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to take a pin pan and I'm just going to try to lift a corner of one of the stickers down here at the bottom and just kind of check and make sure it seems like it cut. And it does. So I'm going to go ahead and unload. Now, again, remember, we did cut some extras, so we're only going to use two of these ones at the top. We can go ahead and get rid of our machine for now and put this off to the side, because we're going to cover our keychain in some glitter.
So an important thing to remember is that these come with a protective coating on them. So you're going to want to peel that off now. It could be paper, it could be plastic, could be white, could be blue.
Just depends on where you got it from as to what kind of coating it's going to have on it. Now, I do like to place a piece of cardstock undermined. I also have it on top of a silicone mat.
But because we're going to be adding glitter to it, I like to put some cardstock or parchment paper under it to catch the extra glitter. Having a silicone brush can be super helpful as well for this process. And then I like to leave the coating on the other side, some of whatever side I'm not working on.
I like to leave the coating on that. So what you're going to do is take some UV resin. And I just use this. Don't ask me to pronounce this brand. I have no idea how you pronounce it. But it's what I use.
I'll link it down below. This has been my favorite. So far, I've been really pleased with how it comes out. I think it looks really nice and it cures pretty well. So what you're going to do is just squeeze a decent amount. There's not like an exact measurement. You really just kind of need to start playing and figure out what works best for you.
And then all I'm doing is kind of swirling it out from the middle to the edges. Now, this doesn't need to be a real thick coat of UV resin because we're going to put another coat on top. I like to place my resin on to my Blinkx and then I like to add my glitter. There's a couple of ways you can do this. You can mix this in a mixing cup like a little medicine cup to put your glitter in and then what? You're using resin together and put it on here. But I just don't like that method. It just it's auxin. It's all how you want to do it. There's no real wrong way.
It's just whatever works best for you. Also, I am a person who really doesn't do well with UV resin. I'm not amazing at it. So forgive me if I make some little boo boos while doing this, but you want to get this all the way to the edge. It can't help to sand your blank to help the resin stick if you've been having, like, sticking problems. Occasionally the glitter will pop off if you don't send it.
Just because I don't typically sand, because I'm I'm not typically too hard on mine like this one is just going to sit on a set of keys that stays in my purse. So it's not going to get hot and cold and all of that. But if you're going to be wearing, you know, have the keys out all the time and things like that, I would recommend sanding down your blank.
So you want to make sure not to fill the hole in what you do want to get all the way into the hole. And then if you've got any, like, little low spots, you can kind of move the resin around and see if you can get those to fill in. Can always add a little more resin if need be, but I think that will be fine for our glitter layer. So I'm going to use the jellyfish from Starcraft.
I love this color. It's so pretty. So what I like to do is I will turn it on its shaker end and just give it a light tap and then tap it all over my blank. Now I'm going to do jellyfish on both sides. So you won't have to really worry too much, but again, you can really do whatever you want, you can do glitter, you can do vinyl, and you don't need to put a real thick coat of glitter on. It's it's pretty light coat. There's very little that isn't on the blank itself.
So I don't make too much of a mess with this, but I just put a pretty light coat on enough that it kind of covers it. I'm going to let this sit for a few minutes because I want the glitter to sink in, to argue the resin, and then we will use a UV light, which is one I got off Amazon. I'll link this one down below. I really like it.
This one is pretty inexpensive. Has a handle. And then I did have to put painter's tape over the sensors because this has a sensor from hands. But this works really well. We'll leave that under the light for about four minutes.
Seems to work really, really well. And then what we'll do is flip it over, put glitter on the other side, and we'll do all of the glitter and UV resin, and then we can put our stickers on. We are ready to go ahead and cure this.
So what I'm going to do is take my UV light. It is on I'm going to place it on top of this and we're going to let this sit for, like I said, about a minute and a half. I usually go closer to like four minutes, though, just to be safe. So I'm to go ahead and let this cure and then we'll come back and do the other side.
So this side is now cured after being under UV light. So I'm going to flip this over and I'm going to go ahead and put more glitter on the other side. So I like to do glitter on each side. Then I like to flip it over and put the final coat of UV resin on that way. I don't have to clean off my parchment paper in the middle of like working with my UV resin. So we're going to go ahead and again, do the same thing.
So I'll go through this part pretty quickly since you guys have already seen this part done. So now that we have both sides cured, what I'm going to do is take this off and I'm just going to dust off the back here because I'm sure it got some glitter on it. And I'm just going to kind of make sure to dust off the front just a little bit just to get any of the residual glitter off. And then I'm going to go ahead and put this glitter to the side. I'll put this back in the container later, but we can just kind of move it off to the side for now.
And then what you're going to do is take your resin and your little keychain. We're going to put one more coat of resin on this on each side just to smooth it out, make it look really nice and smooth and pretty. And then when we can hear each side and the nine women, and then the last step will be to add the little sticker for your QR code. So again, you're just going to do the UV resin, just like you did it the first time, just spreading it out and getting it all the way to the edge. And you want to make sure you have a nice even coat. So again, I kind of just move in little swirly circles.
That also seems to help pop any of the micro bubbles that might be in your UV resin. But what I'm going to do is just make sure we're really careful around the hole here and just make sure that all of my keychain is nicely covered and then I'll cure this again and I'll do the other side. I don't think you guys need to watch me do all of it. I just add a little bit of UV resin there, because I was running a little low on that side. And then once everything is cured, I'll show you guys how to put the QR code on. Now that we have both sides of this cured, we can add our little QR code.
So I'm going to go ahead and peel this off of our back in here, which sometimes it's not so easy. So that's where like a pen panel come in handy. You can just simply kind of lift under the little edge and it'll lift up. It's not always super easy to get them off. So I'm going to go ahead and peel this one off.
Now, remember, mine comes in to paste to pieces. So I'm going to go ahead and line this up. Looks pretty good. Now, again, you could put the UV laminate over this if you wanted to.
You could also put UV resin over this. It's really up to you and how you want to do it. But for me, I don't really mind it without it. Plus, then, if I ever want to change it out, I can peel it off a lot easier. And then I don't have to worry about having to redo the whole keychain. And I can just kind of do it how I want, like see it kind of mess that up.
I didn't get that even so, because I didn't get that even. It looks weird. So I'm going to go ahead and scooch it over a little bit and it feels up. No problem. You can feel it up, but it won't come off in like two seconds.
So that's what's kind of nice. All right. Apparently, I'm just really bad at getting that even. That's fine. I actually don't mind it off set like that. So there's that one. So let's go ahead and put another one on the back.
And then, like I said, we have these big ones that we could use on other things if we want to. So we'll go ahead and get these ones on and then I'll show you guys how it works. So to use your QR code, you're going to open the camera on your phone and then you're just going to hold your phone over your QR code and it'll ask you if wants to open in safari. Go ahead and click that and then look. It takes me right to my website. Super easy. Really, really fun.
And it's like said, you can really use it to go anywhere that you want and share anything that you want. So it's really, really fun, really easy. Now, you can add some hardware to this to make it a keychain. I'm really bad at that. So I hate doing that on camera. But you can see how really easy this was to do. Very, very simple.
And again, you can add a layer of resin on top if you wish to. But you don't necessarily need to. If you have any questions, please let me know in those comments down below. I'm always happy to answer those. Make sure you subscribe to my channel. I put up new videos all the time.
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