Learn how to make a stencil in Cricut Design Space to be cut out on a Cricut Machine. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea in both video and written tutorial.
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Do you have a Cricut? I absolutely love mine and I am constantly finding new things that I can make with it!
Recently, I wanted to make something special to help celebrate my 19 year wedding anniversary. And what better way to permanently etch our names and weeding year into glass. It is going make a great gift and is something we can keep afterward as a keepsake.
Vinyl makes a great stencil, so I turned to my Cricut to help me make the craft. I have had many ask me about how to create the stencil so will do that in this tutorial. You can find the tutorial for the Etched Glass Bottle here.
How to Make a Stencil in Cricut Design Space
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Begin by clicking on File and then on New. This will take you to a new design grid.
The focus of this stencil is a heart. Click on Insert Images and type heart into the search field. This will bring up all of the heart images within the program. Highlight the image you like best and click on Insert Image.
Drag the heart to the size needed.
To add text, click on Add Text from the left menu and type. To change the font click on Edit on the right menu, all fonts and then select the desired font.
Resize the text to fit inside the heart.
Next, we want to to combine the image and text but have empty space where the text is. To do that, click on layers on the right menu. Highlight the heart and a line of text and click on slice. Since my heart has 2 lines of text, I repeat selecting the heart again and the second line of text and again clicking slice.
When finished, I can move the heart and see that the text now holds empty space in the heart image. Delete the text boxes, those are no longer needed.
We are close, but we aren’t done yet. This is what I want my finished image to look like after I have used my stencil, so we need to create a negative of this.
Click on Select Shape from left menu and then select square. You want the square larger than your image so drag to the size you need.
Then drag the image over the square. If the image tries to hide behind the square click on Arrange from the top menu and select Move Forward.
Repeat the Slice step from above. From the Layers menu on the right side, select the two images and click on Slice. When you drag the square away you will see that you are left with a positive and a negative of your design. The negative is the stencil.
To cut the stencil, click on the round green button that says go in the top menu and follow the steps to cut out your stencil!
This stencil was cut using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and a scrap piece of Cricut Vinyl.
And here is the finished project that my stencil helped me make! It’s the Glass Etched Wine Bottle. You can find that full tutorial by clicking here.
If you would like more information about the Cricut, I have written a review on the machine and all of it’s capabilities. Cricut Explore Air 2 Review.
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