Designing a customized paper cut shadow box, and craft is a whole lot of fun. Today, there are several online software that allows you to design your shadow box through the Cricut machine using SVG files. In this blog, we reflect on the steps on how you can design your personalized paper cut shadow box, and craft using the Cricut machine. SVG files use for Cricut machine to make paper cut shadow box and craft.
Step 1: Download and Unzip Your Desired Paper SVG Template
To design a paper cut shadow box, and craft using SVG files for Cricut machine, you need to first download the zip file of the project that contains several paper SVG templates from a reliable site. You may either purchase the zip file or free download it from the website that offers to download it for free. Once you download the file, don’t forget to save it in any compatible folder on your computer or laptop because you will later need this file to upload.
Step 2: Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space
Once you are done with downloading, and saving your file, log into cricut designs Space on your computer, and create a new project. Click on the Upload icon, browse your desired SVG file and import the file. Once the image preview loads on the screen, you will have the option to add tags to make searching for the image later easier. Click on the Save option. The image will appear in your library under Recently Loaded Images.
Step 3: Open the template in Cricut Design Space
Select the image from your Recently Uploaded Images, and click the Insert Image button on the screen. Your SVG image will appear on the canvas with all the pieces grouped together.
Step 4: Prepare to cut the project
By default the template will have the correct size for the associated project; however, you can always choose to resize the pieces depending on the size of the project that you want. To move the pieces individually, right-click on the pieces, and ungroup the pieces accordingly. And if you want to hide a piece so that it is not cut, click on the eyeball icon in the layers panel on the right.
Step 5: Cut your papercraft
Once you are satisfied to send to the cutting machine, click the Make It button. Design Space will automatically select a 12 x 12” mat, and sort the pieces as per the algorithm. If you are using a different size paper, use the drop-down Material Size menu to switch sizes as per your choice. The paper templates are specially designed to work with 8.5 x 11” card stock; however, you can always use a larger sheet if you prefer so.
You may also rearrange the pieces manually by clicking and dragging all the individual pieces. If you want to hide the individual piece, just select it and click the three small dots in the upper left and choose the Hide option.