Back to the Basics with Cricut Design Space™—Attach v. Slice

Hello, friends! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at the Attach tool in Cricut Design Space™ and how it relates to other tools on the app. This feature is a fairly basic one, but once you get comfortable with it, you’ll be able to increase your creative possibilities ten-fold! We’ve covered certain aspects of  Attach in a previous post, which showed many of the awesome features the Attach tool has to offer. In this post, we will focus more on Attach versus Slice. These tools have a lot of similarities and, while they’re both great, there are some differences between them; having this knowledge will help you decide which tool is right for you and your project.

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In our example card above, we kept it simple by attaching a single elongated hexagon shape, pulled from the Cricut® Artistry collection. This collection has a wide variety of options to lend a bit of polish to each project. Be sure to check it out to boost your creativity!

As you follow along with this post, please keep in mind that the steps below show you how to use Design Space on a laptop or a desktop computer. If you are using the Design Space app on a mobile device, the tools and buttons will be in slightly different places on your screen. Most of these basic features are available on any device.

Attach v. Slice

As we mentioned in our earlier post, the Attach tool not only allows you to cut text or shapes, but it allows you to position them yourself. To save space in each cut, Design Space may automatically shuffle your cuts to use as little paper as possible. This is commonly seen when using the Slice tool.

While this is a handy feature in some instances, there are going to be times where you’ll want to keep your cut aligned the same way you laid it out on your Design Space canvas. By using Attach, your cut won’t be altered or shuffled around on the paper.

Another great feature of the Attach tool is the single cut. When you use the Slice tool, it will often cut your shape multiple times. This not only uses up more paper, but it may also mess up your project with unnecessary cuts. There are some projects where you may want multiple cuts of the same shape, but for instances where only one cut is necessary, Attach is a much simpler way to get the single cut you want.

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In these examples, you can see the single cut of the Attach tool in the photo on the top, and the multiple cuts made by using the Slice tool in the photo on the bottom.

Using Attach

 Once you’re familiar with how Attach works and how it relates to other features in Design Space, you’re ready to start using it yourself. The Attach tool is located at the bottom of the Layers panel, next to the Slice and Weld tools.

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To use this tool, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got all the shapes and other components of your project displayed on your Design Space canvas. It’s a lot easier to use Attach if you’ve already inserted all the shapes and text you want to use.

Once you have all your project pieces in place, you’ll need to group the pieces that you want to attach. You can do this by clicking, holding, and dragging your mouse over the pieces you want to group. You’ll see a grey box appear behind your cursor when you do so. The pieces you intend to group should be inside this box.

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When you let the mouse go, right-click your mouse in the same spot and select the “Group” option from your right-click menu. To make sure that you’ve grouped your images, click on one of the images and try moving it around on your Design Space canvas. If the images you wanted to group move together, you’ve got your group!

Once your images are grouped, use the Attach tool to cut your shapes or text. You won’t be able to move the attached shape as long as it’s still attached and grouped, but it will still cut when you click “Make It.”

If you want to change the placement of your text or shape, or if you even want to scrap that part of your project and use a different shape instead, you can Detach your shape to be able to move or alter various parts of your project. To Detach your shapes, go back to the same place where you found the Attach button. It should say Detach if you have any shapes that are grouped and attached. By clicking this button, you will basically undo the Attach action.

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Put It Together

Follow the steps below to recreate the adorable llama card we showed you today!

1) Search for image #M369896 and insert it on your Design Space canvas. Unlock and resize it to 4″ x 5.25″ (W x H).

Tip: All measurements in this post are W x H.

2) Search for image #M41340E from the [insert collection name here] and insert it on your canvas. Leaving the image locked, resize the height to 2.75″.

3) Ungroup shape #M41340E and hide the overlay cut, leaving the solid background.

4) Position shape #M4130E over your 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle and group the images together.

5) Select Attach from the tools at the bottom of the Layers panel and click “Make It” to cut your new card overlay.

6) Cut this card overlay out of Carolina stripe patterned paper from the Craft On Paper Packet.

7) Cut a 4″ x 1″ rectangle out of Bluebird cardstock and draw a border around the edges with a journaling pen.

8) Using the My Acrylix® Wild & Punny Stamp + Thin Cuts set, stamp and cut a llama on White Daisy cardstock with Intense Black ink.

Tip: Whenever you are using watercolor pencils or a waterbrush over a stamped image or sentiment, make sure you allow the ink to dry fully.

9) Color your llama as shown with watercolor pencils and a small round waterbrush and set it to the side.

10) Carefully position the Carolina stripe card overlay over a plain White Daisy card base and attach it using an adhesive runner. Do the same with your prepared Bluebird cardstock rectangle, as shown.

11) Using the My Acrylix® Wild & Punny stamp set, stamp “Llama just say you ROCK!” with Intense Black Ink in the center of the card overlay cutout. Paint a color swash over the sentiment and color in “ROCK” with watercolor pencils and a small round waterbrush.

12) Attach your llama to the card using thin 3-D foam tape, as shown.

13) Embellish with sequins and white ribbon.

Whether you’re making an awesome card or a gorgeous scrapbook layout, the Attach feature is a great way to tailor your project to your creative vision. What have you created using Attach? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below to spread the word!


Recipe:

4¼” x 5½” Llama Just Say You Rock Card (Vertical)
Z4082 My Acrylix® Wild & Punny Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7245B Craft On Paper Packet, X5987 Bluebird Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4196 White Ribbon, Z4059 Crafty Loose Sequins, Z4242 Watercolor Pencils, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3298 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes
Artistry
2.75″ #M41340E
4″ x 5.25″ #M369896

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Using Attach in Cricut Design Space™

One of the amazing things Cricut Design Space™ does automatically for you is arrange the images you intend to cut to save on materials. This is so helpful when creating with your Cricut® machine, but did you know it’s also possible to arrange images to cut exactly where you want using the Attach feature? Attach can be used in several different ways. Today, we are going to show you how to use this tool to place images and text exactly where you want them to cut, rather than leaving it up to your machine.Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attach

With the Attach feature we were able to create the negative space design of the circles and title in the page you see here. In Design Space, we attached the circles and title to a large square and, after cutting our project, layered paper behind the images for a different kind of dimensional look. (You can do something similar with the Slice feature, but the nice thing about Attach is that you don’t end up with any leftover images to delete!)

The steps below will walk you through the process of attaching and cutting images to replicate this 12″ x 12″ page. If you want to use the same font we did, you must own the Flower Market Cricut® collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

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To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. You can easily resize this square to 11.5 by adjusting the width. Make sure to leave lock icon locked so that the height automatically resizes when you change the width.

3. Color the square.

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4. Insert and resize your title.

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5. Arrange the title on the square.

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Drag the title over the square and arrange it how you’d like it to cut on the square. We placed our title about 7″ from the top of the square.

6. Insert circles and arrange them on the square.

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7. Attach images and text.

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Look over your project one more time to make sure you have arranged everything how you want it on the 11.5″ square. Then click and drag your mouse over all the images and click Attach in the bottom left corner. Now all the images are attached exactly how you’ve arranged them when you cut the project in the next step.

8. Cut your project and create your page!

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Once everything is attached, it will all display as one white image on your canvas. When you’re ready to cut your paper, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Once your project is cut, you can layer other patterned paper and cardstock behind the title and circles and then attach it to your 12″ x 12″ page. Just add photos and journaling to document whatever “#MOOD” you’re in at the moment. 🙂

Now you know how to use Attach in Design Space to arrange text and shapes however you like! While we used Attach to place images on an 11.5″ square, you can also use it to attach images in relation to each other on the mat itself. Now it’s your turn! Use these instructions to make your first Design Space scrapbook page with Attach, and then keep experimenting with this tool to create layers and dimension on your layouts.


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ #Mood Page
D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1½” <font> #MOOD

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5 Tricks for Attaching Vellum

Specialty papers like vellum are great for making a card or scrapbook page unique. The trouble is, vellum can be tricky to attach because of its translucent nature, but don’t fret! The creative geniuses in our Art Studio have agreed to share their vellum knowledge with you all here on the blog. Try these five tricks for attaching vellum without showing any adhesive!

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You can use a tape runner and Glue Dots to secure your vellum—you just have to know where to hide them! Use adhesive to attach the vellum to portions you know you will cover with paper. For example, here we used adhesive in the middle of the vellum because we knew it’d be covered up by the yellow-striped paper.

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You can also sneak Glue Dots behind embellishments to further secure the vellum, like we did with the star on the vellum shown here. With this technique, the edges of your vellum probably won’t all be attached, but in the case of this card, that’s just the effect we were going for!

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Use our stitch guide and piercing tool to stitch your vellum onto paper. Stitching is a great option if you want to secure the edges of your vellum from lifting off the card.

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To make sure your vellum doesn’t slide around when you’re using your stitch guide and piercing tool, use a little adhesive to secure the vellum to the paper in a section you know will be covered with paper later.

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The key with using the Bonding Memories™ glue pen is to apply a VERY thin layer to your paper, and then to let the glue dry just a second or two before attaching the vellum. It will become clear and a little more tacky when it’s ready.

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Mini staples are a quick and decorative way to secure the edges of your vellum to the edges of your paper since they are effective fasteners that also pass for unique design elements.

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You can even add staples to embellishments and paper pieces placed on top of the vellum to secure the vellum even more in place.

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Again, this is one that you have to be tricky with. For this page, we laid out all the pieces on the vellum without attaching them, and when we got the look we wanted, we attached them using a tape runner. To attach the vellum circle to the page, we hid 3-D foam tape behind the photo and paper so you can’t see it.

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The 3-D foam tape is really fun because it gives the page added dimension and makes the vellum appear to be floating.

We hope these tips give you the confidence to play around with vellum. It’s such a fun material and really adds a unique touch to your cards and scrapbook pages.

Now we want to hear from you! Tell us in the comments below which approach of the five is your favorite!

Recipes

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Happy Birthday to You Card
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles, X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, X5785 Lemon Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
2 ¼” Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83)

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Happy Birthday Card
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Gold Sequins, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Thread

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Hello Card
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3259 Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks

12″ x 12″ Hello Page
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z2012 Gold Sequins, Z2027 Mini Stapler

12″ x 12″ Love Page
X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, X7214B Oh Deer! Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper, X7212C Swan Lake Complements, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
9″ Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83)

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