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Tara here from Trending Thursday, and no this isn’t a trick; tomorrow isn’t Friday… I just couldn’t wait until Thursday to share my post with you. This week I am going to do a two-part series about SVG’s and how to get them uploaded using two of the most popular machines on the market. Today we will look at the Cricut Explore, my personal favorite, and then I will follow-up with the Silhouette Cameo next Thursday.

If you aren’t sure what an SVG is think of the metal wafer dies that you run through a Big Shot or Cuddle Bug but far more efficient, flexible and economical. You can scale your images for larger or smaller projects, you could cut multiples of the same design without having to run it through a die cutter over and over again, and many SVG’s are fractions of the price of a regular die.

One of the unique things about Honey Bee Scraps Stamps is when you purchase the coordinating SVG’s, you receive the outlines (also know as shadows or offsets – depending on your software) of the stamps and the actual digital images of the stamps. This means you can cut out the images without fussy cutting around all the tiny detail, or expand the size for larger projects like a greeting card or scrapbook page.

Without further delay let’s start with how to get them into our programs and on to our design work spaces.

Picture 1: log on to https://us.cricut.com/design and then Create New Project.

Cricut Design Space - 1a

Picture 2. Choose Upload Images (FYI even if you have uploaded an image before you will always return to this to get that image).

Cricut Design Space - 2a

Picture 3. Select Upload Vector this will recognize the SVG file. During a future post we can learn about Basic Upload and the functions that it provides.

Cricut Design Space - 3a

Picture 4. Then Select Browse on your screen.

Cricut Design Space - 4a

Picture 5. Find where you have saved the SVG. You will only be able to load one file at a time and for the purpose of this demo we will be uploading the stamp images.

Cricut Design Space - 5a

Picture 6. A small picture of the SVG file you selected will appear under Browse. Name the file, tag the set with words you think related to the images, words etc, this will help you find it later when you have lots and lots of these files to comb through. Last and most importantly you want to SAVE.

Cricut Design Space - 6a

Picture 7. Now that you have done that the image will appear in the the Uploaded Image Library. Select one or multiple files to insert into your DS to work with.

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Picture 8. When the file is first imported in to your DS work space it will be sized automatically to match the original stamp, and in the case of the outlines it will be the perfect size to stamp within. If you are not using the entire file you imported you can click it, then click Ungroup at the bottom right hand side of your screen. Once your images are ungrouped you can delete the ones you won’t be using. You can change the Line Type (Cut, Emboss, Write or Print) by clicking your image then the small image (Scissors, Printer, Pen, Embossing Stylus)  next to the Icon under the layers tab. A pop up will appear to change Line Type.

Cricut Design Space - 8a

Picture 9. Now that we have uploaded our images and the fun can begin! Below I have kept the banner as a cut file and changed one of the phrases to be print. Once I set these and attached them, I can now print and cut this out and as you can see I have it sized quite large to fit on to a larger project. Another nice feature of Honey Bee Scrap Stamps is many of the phrases and images work with each other across the many lines offered so you could create many different coordinating designs.

Cricut Design Space - 9


Join me again next Thursday for our continuation of Trending Thursday with Tara! Until then, Keep on Crafting!


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  1. Milissa says:

    Great step by step directions! Love that these stamps offer an offset feature. So many wonderful possibilities.