Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™

One of the easiest tools to use in Cricut Design Space™ is Contour. We love how this feature allows you to hide portions of an image and remove unwanted cut lines. This gives you even more flexibility and customization with your Close To My Heart Cricut® collections. Shapes that have patterns or cuts inside them can be turned into solid images!

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We created this scrapbook page using one flower image from the Artistry Cricut® Collection. With the Contour feature, we took the striped flower and created a solid flower. By varying the size and colors of both flower shapes, we ended up with the delightful page you see here. Today we are going to walk you through the steps of creating your own contoured flowers in Design Space to make a similar creation!

In order to use the same shapes that we did in this project, you’ll need to own the Cricut® Artistry and Flower Market collections. You will also need to have 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.)

As you follow the outlined steps below, keep in mind that this shows you how to use features 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.

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

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2. Insert the flower image.

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3. Ungroup the flower image.

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4. Delete the dark purple flower.

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5. Duplicate the flower.

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6. Contour the flower to create a solid image.

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7. Duplicate and resize the flowers.

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8. Assign the flowers colors.

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9. Insert the banner image.

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10. Ungroup and contour the banner.

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11. Resize and assign colors to the banners.

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12. Insert the leaves image, then duplicate and resize them.

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13. Add circles for flower centers.

There are two ways to add the small circles to your project. You can search for and add image #M417CAC, ungroup the image, and delete the “EEK!” circle, which will leave you with a solid circle. Resize it to 0.5″, duplicate, and assign a color. The second option is to insert a circle from the Shapes option on the left side of your screen. Select the circle, and a solid circle will be added to your canvas.

14. Cut your project!

When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Your Cricut® machine will group cuts together according to the colors you assigned. Just insert your cardstock and you’ll have all the pieces you need to create this project on your own!

Now, you’ve successfully contoured a flower and a banner from only two images in the Cricut® Artistry collection. Using contouring, you can create solid shapes, like we did with the flowers and banner, to create dimension and variety in your projects. There are so many creative ways you can use this feature to adjust the shapes in your Close To My Heart Cricut® collections to get even more options in your crafting! Enjoy!


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ Bloom Page
D1733 My Acrilyx® Splash of Color Stamp Set, X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet1385 White Daisy CardstockX5982 Canary Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, X5972 Tangerine Cardstock, X5976 Thisle Cardstock, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2¼” Shift+Icon-1 <Q> (cut 3, p. 11 #M40FD89)
1¾” Shift+Icon-1 <Q> (cut 6, p. 11 #M40FD89)
1½” Shift+Icon-1 <Q> (cut 5, p. 11 #M40FD89)
1½” Shape <k> (p. 28, #M416E8C)
1½” Shift+Shape <K> (p. 28, #M416E8C)
½” Shape <Hlloween> (cut 6, p. 43 #M417CAC)

Flower Market
1½” Icon <1> (p. 1, #MD37FB8)
1½” Shift+Icon <1> (p. 1, #MD37FB8)
1″ Icon <1> (p. 1, #MD37FB8)
1″ Shift+Icon <1> (p. 1, #MD37FB8)

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How To: Paper Daffodils

Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #createYesterday was the first day of spring, and nothing says “springtime” quite like flowers! Today we’re going to show you how to make some beautiful paper daffodils to place in your home, on your desk at work, or to give as a gift!

First, use the recipe at the bottom of this post to cut all your Cricut® shapes. Once you have all of your shapes cut out, follow these instructions:Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 1: Cut leaves from the petals of the Fern flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 2: Using a bone folder, score the center of each leaf to form a vein. Then slightly curl each leaf.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 3: Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the center of each white shape.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 4: Using Liquid Glass, attach the flap on the White Daisy shape to the backside of the next petal to form a cupped flower shape. Repeat for the remaining two White Daisy shapes.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 5: Using the bone folder, gently curl the petals of each Canary flower so they curl slightly toward the center of the flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 6: Attach the White Daisy flowers to the center of the Canary flowers using Liquid Glass.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 7: Using the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green marker, color the wooden skewers. Push the pointed end of a skewer up through the center of one flower so about ¾” of the skewer is showing through the center, and attach to the flower using Liquid Glass. Repeat for each flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 8: Attach leaves to the skewers using Liquid Glass.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Now you have a beautiful bouquet that will last all year long!

You can also embellish your vase a little bit. We chose to add a fun ribbon and a tag to ours.

We hope these flowers brighten your day and get you excited for springtime. Tell us in the comments below what your favorite flower is!

Recipe

Paper Daffodils
B1516 My Acrylix® Your Beautiful Self, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Skewers, Vase

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
2 ¼” Accent 4 <1> (p. 31, cut 1, White Daisy)
11″ Shift+Accent2 <R> (p. 44, cut 1, Fern)
5″ Shift+Accent 3 <Z> (p. 61, cut 3, Canary)
2 ½” 3D Object <VIntnDay> (p. 72, cut 3, White Daisy)

*All Cricut® shapes should be cut using Real Dial Size.

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Sponging Techniques for Nature Scenes

Butterfly

You’ve probably photographed dozens of picturesque nature scenes— ember-colored sunsets, mountains mottled with snow, a bee hovering over a bluebell—but have you ever thought about creating nature scenes in your artwork? Aristotle said, “Art takes nature as its model,” and who are we to argue with Aristotle?

Nature Page

Our inspired artist gathered bunches of stamp sets to create the colorful meadow on the page. A corner from the Brushed paper packet makes a perfect patch of grass here, but our favorite feature has to be the faint sky in the background. How did our artist create this look? If you guessed that a sponge was involved, you are correct!

First, our artist cut out a cloud shape from some scratch cardstock. Then, she placed the cloud on the page and lightly sponged around the edges with our Glacier Exclusive Inks™ pad. The result is a soft, subtle texture that has us floating away to crafting paradise. A similar technique was used to create this mountain scene:

Nature Card

The great thing about using a sponge is that it can give any artwork textural variety and layers of color, which you can really see on this card. Our artist first sponged on the sky and soil. Next, she traced the mountain range from the My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle stamp set onto a scratch piece of cardstock and cut out the shape. This time she placed the cardstock with the mountain shape cut out of it on the card and sponged on the mountains using both the Pacifica and Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ pads. Finally, for the trees, she first stamped the image, and then, squeezing the sponge to create a narrow surface area, carefully dabbed a little more ink on top of the tree to create a softer look.

Mountain Meadows

Isn’t it amazing what that little sponge can do? These pieces of artwork are lovely odes to nature. Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” So, browse through your photo stash for pictures of nature, or better yet, step outdoors for some fresh air—we know you will be inspired. Then, pull out your handy dandy sponge, and let your creativity run wild!

Recipes 

12″ x 12″ Life is Beautiful Page
Reflections: Sampler—Captivating Corners™ (with alterations)
C1599 My Acrylix® Pretty Petals, C1589 My Acrylix® Lifetime of Happiness, D1616 My Acrylix® Have a Happy Day, C1612 My Acrylix® Shower Flowers, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful, D1646 My Acrylix® Finding the Words, D1613 My Acrylix® Best Christmas, B1432 My Acrylix® Love This, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2135 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin ™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z697 Round Sponge, Thread

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Gratitude Card
C1559 My Acrylix® Always Grateful, C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5928 Saddle Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™, Z2175 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2171 Saddle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2027 Mini Stapler

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