If you ever want to take part of an image out of an SVG File, follow this tutorial on how to use the Cricut Contour Tool in Designs Space!
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I was introduced to the Cricut Contour Tool at the Maker Event, and it has changed my life! It’s nice because I just pick and choose which parts of the SVG file I want to cut.
My graphic from the Stag and Poinsettia SVG File Bundle is used in these examples, and it works perfectly because it has many elements. You can get the more holiday SVG files to use for this project, too.
It all looks lovely together for a Christmas card, but I needed to break it up to create these Wooden Ornaments.
What is the Cricut Contour Tool?
The Contour Tool is used to HIDE unwanted cut lines on a single layer. For example, I wanted to display the stag, the poinsetta, and holly on different ornaments, so I used the contour tool to hide the rest of the image.
Where is the Cricut Contour Tool?
It’s in the bottom right icon on your canvas. If you are able to contour an image, the icon will appear black, like below.
What Graphics can I use with the Contour Tool?
This will work on SVG Files you upload, SVG Files from Cricut Access, Text or Shapes in Cricut Design Space.
What do I Need to make these ornaments?
- Cricut Design Space
- SVG File (get my file HERE)
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air (read more about the Maker here)
- Wooden Ornaments from Walnut Hollow
- Acrylic Paint (1 white and 2 coordinating colors)
- Paper Towels
- Upload the Deck the Halls SVG File to Cricut Design Space, then add it to a new Project.
- Weld the Deck the Halls image with the Weld tool in the bottom right corner of the dashboard.
- Click on the Cricut Contour Tool, then select HIDE ALL CONTOURS.
- Select the cut lines you would like to keep by clicking on the image. When you’re done click the X on the top right corner of the Contour tool box.
- After that, you can resize it like it’s an individual image. I copied and pasted my SVG File a couple times and selected other parts of the image that I wanted on the Ornaments.
- You can cut the images out just like this for a stencil, but I placed a circle on the canvas, and used the SLICE tool to create circular stencils.
- Run the Vinyl through your Maker or Cricut Explore Air, then place the stencils on the Ornaments.
- Make sure you have the image on the wood securely so the paint doesn’t leak through the Vinyl.
- Add drops of the Paint to the Ornaments. Tip: If the paint is too thick, you can mix it with drops of water, or I used a gloss for acrylics.
- Tilt the Ornament back and forth until you get a marble finish, then blot it with a paper towel.
- Wait for them to dry, then peel off the stencil.
You can also use these beauties as gift tags! This tutorial is apart of my Handmade Christmas Ornament Series. You’ll find Christmas Tree garlands, sewing tutorials, DIY crafts, felt ornaments, and more!