Since you’re only limited to a 12X24 size for the Cricut, it’s difficult to make large vinyl decals. This tutorial will show you how to use the Slice Tool in Cricut Design Space to make one large continuous design!
I asked my Printable Crush Cricut Group what kind of tutorials they wanted to see on the blog, so I’m delivering on one of the answers today! This fit in perfectly with the Cricut Tutorial Series, and I think many of you would like to know how to use the Slice Tool in Cricut Design Space. I’m taking it a bit further and showing you how can use the Slice tool to make large vinyl decals like I did for my cornhole game!
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What you’ll need to Make Large Vinyl Decals with the Slice Tool:
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air (read more about the Maker here)
- Cricut Design Space – if you haven’t already tried the new program, go HERE and HERE to get all the details.
- Vinyl (I used 12X12″ sheets)
- Hand Lettered SVG File (get the cornhole file here)
- Cutting Tool
- Weeder Tool
- Transfer Tape
- Upload the SVG File to Cricut Design Space, then add it to a new Project.
- Resize it so it’s large enough for your space. Keep in mind the Cricut cuts 11.5X11.5″.
- Add a small square (about 1/2″) and turn it 45 degrees so it is a now a diamond shape and place it to the top of the image.
- Copy and paste the shape, then move it to the bottom of the image. Align it to the middle of with the other diamond, then group them.
- Copy and paste the diamonds and rotate them 45 degrees.
- Align the diamonds to the center of the image, then WELD them together. The diamonds will serve as a guide.
- Copy and paste the original image 4 times (keep an extra just in case and make it invisible by clicking on the eye). Make sure all the images are aligned.
- Create a square with the shape tool and resize it so it’s 11.5″X11.5″. Copy and paste it as many times as you need for your image (I only needed 4 squares).
- Move the squares to the corners of the image, making sure they all overlap in the middle.
- Select one square and the original image, then click SLICE.
- You’ll have four new images from the slice. Two will be exactly the same, just different colors. You’ll want to cut out one of these and delete the others.
- Repeat for each square, then click the green MAKE IT button in the top right corner.
Now to make the large vinyl decal:
- Cut out each slice with your Cricut, with Vinyl as your setting.
- Use the Weeder Tool to weed the vinyl from the backing. Tip: The Cricut Bright Pad will help you see the cut lines better. See the tutorial here.
- Cut off the 1/2″ of the edge of the Vinyl sheets with a Cutting Tool. Tip: Make sure you’re always cutting off the middle of the design. For instance, the top left square would need to be cut on the right and bottom. The top right image would need to be cut on the left and bottom, etc.
- Start aligning the images using the guide and eyeballing it. Keep them in place with tape. You will need to cut some pieces off, like the image above. Tip: You’ll want to keep any part of the cut that has the whole image. You can see I only have cut off letters when necessary. If you don’t feel like you can get the alignment right on somethings, you can cut out individual letters and place them on the design.
- Apply some Transfer Tape to the top of the image.
- Remove the backing from the Vinyl, then follow the tutorial HERE for applying it.
I’m loving the way this DIY cornhole game turned out! It definitely took some trial and error for the first board, but it turned out great, and the second one was really quick to put together. Hopefully, this tutorial will keep you away from some of the error 🙂 Check back tomorrow for the Cornhole Bags tutorial!
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