How to Prep “Print then Cut” Files with Score Marks

Last week, I shared a fun, Harry Potter-themed, chocolate frog box template. This was definitely one of my most complex files to date! Not necessarily because of the exterior design on the package itself (although that certainly added another element to it), but because I decided to set up a “print then cut” version of the file. Since files like this require multiple extra steps upon importing into Cricut Design Space, I thought it would be a good idea to make a video tutorial of the process. See how I used my Cricut to make my chocolate frog box, and learn how to prep “print then cut” files with score marks.

How to Prep “Print then Cut” Files with Score Marks

First off, I’d like to apologize to all my silhouette users as this will only apply to Cricut and Cricut Design Space. The good news is, that you can still make my chocolate frog boxes by hand without too much trouble!

When setting up this file, there are four key tools to be aware of:

  1. Ungroup
  2. Score
  3. Flatten
  4. Attach

Also, Cricut was only able to handle “print then cut files” with a width of 5.25” in the past, but it seems that has changed (woo hoo)! Now you can use nearly the entire width of the page—printing at nearly 8” wide. They still require you to leave room for the registration marks, which makes sense. 

Watch the video to see how I set my chocolate frog box template up in Cricut Design Space:

If you enjoyed learning how to prep “print then cut” files with score marks. I use a Cricut Explore to do my die cut designs, and I absolutely love it!

I hope you found this video helpful! It’s likely that I will refer back to it if I offer any more “print then cut” files in the future. If you liked this design, what kinds of “print then cut” projects would you like to see me offer in the future?

Miss Mandee Signature

*This post contains affiliate links. By clicking through my links to make a purchase, you are supporting this blog and the hard work that goes into providing free, quality designs and tutorials.


4 Comments on How to Prep “Print then Cut” Files with Score Marks

  1. Abi
    December 11, 2018 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I always enjoy your how-to videos. Thanks for making them. One I’d like to see is how you use Illustrator to make dashed cutting lines in a design for use with a Cricut. Sometimes when working on heavier materials such as chipboard, a dashed cut would be preferable to a scoring line. Cricut Maker owners may have a better scoring tool than those of us with the Explore machines, but a Maker is not in my future. So – how can I make a dashed cutting line that will work in an SVG file for Cricut? Thanks again.

    • Mandee
      December 12, 2018 at 10:32 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Abi! Thanks for your input—you are actually not the first one to request that. I can definitely make a video about making perforations (dashed cuts)! Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  2. Jan
    January 23, 2020 at 8:28 am (3 years ago)

    What color card stock did you use? How many box templates will fit on one piece of card stock?

    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 8:41 am (3 years ago)

      I printed the design on white cardstock. And, if you don’t alter the size, it will take two sheets of paper to make one box (if I remember correctly). 🙂


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.