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Hello! welcome to another Teach me Tuesday.


Today I will be teaching you how to create a split mom image that can be placed on t-shirts or those cute shadowboxes with the rolled flowers inside. These mom images are super cute and trendy right now and they sell really well. Best of all they are fairly easy to design and make with your cutting machine!


I will be showing you the top 3 ways these images are being made so you can

decide exactly which one you like better. Next Tuesday, I will show you how to

cut, weed, AND iron it onto a t-shirt for our very first start to finish DIY!!


Lets begin!



Design 1


To start, click on the text tool in the left menu and type MOM in capital letters. I am using Times New Roman but you can use whatever serif font you like.


Go ahead and resize the letters to your liking. To keep the letters uniform, hold down shift before clicking and dragging the cursor.


From here, you will select the rectangle tool from the left menu. Click and drag the cursor to create the rectangle in front of the letters. This will be what is sliced away from the letters so now is a good time to decide where that will be.




Next, click and drag to highlight both layers, the mom and the rectangle. you can double check both layers are selected from the layers menu on the right. You can also choose to hold shift and click each layer in the layers menu to select them. Once selected, choose path, and then "back minus front". This will slice away the rectangle from the word.



With Mom still selected, right click and choose "break apart." This will separate the top section from the bottom. you will then need to select all the top pieces.. click on path, and then union. Do the same with the bottom. (Delete the left over blank layers you see in the layers panel when complete.



Now to add the names in the middle. For this font, I used "I love Glitter." (I chose this font because it comes along with a bunch of extra glyphs that we will go over a little bit later.)

Type your names without spaces first. We will add the extra characters using the library menu. Click Window at the top menu and then Library. This window allows you to see the hidden glyphs that are available with certain fonts.


To add the heart in-between the names, click between the names and then click the connecting heart image inside the library window.


To add the end swooshes, again, you will click on the end of your name, and then the

ending swoosh image in the library window.


To make sure the kids names cut in one piece, we need to weld the letters together.

to do this, we highlight the entire section, click path in the top menu, and then union.



ALMOST DONE!


Take the names and place inside the mom. Highlight both layers like we did before

but this time I want you to go over to the select tool in the right menu and then click on

"align to middle horizontally." This will make both layers line up perfectly. If you need

to adjust the top or bottom section of MOM, go ahead and do that before we

"union" those in place. To do that, select both the top and bottom layers of MOM

and then press UNION.


you should now have two layers in the layer panel. one for the names and one for mom. This image is now ready to be saved as an SVG, and then cut with your cutting machine software!




Design 3


Design 3 and 2 are almost identical, except one is layered and the other is cut out.


Go ahead and type out "MOM" again with all capitals. Resize the word to your liking. For this design, we skip the rectangle cut out and go straight to typing out the names. Add the connecting heart and the end swooshes like before. Highlight the entire layer, click path in the upper menu and then select "union" to connect them all together.


To change the color of the names, click the color palette on the right menu. select the names layer, and then the color swatch to change the color.




From here, drag the names on top of the word "MOM" and place them how you want. MOM should be the bottom layer. If this is not the case, drag the MOM layer to the bottom in the layers panel.


Design 3 complete!



Design 2


Rolling right into design 2, select the names and then "effects" in the top menu. From there, select "shadow layer (contour cut) from the drop down menu. This will bring up a separate menu. I recommend setting the size to 0.095 and then selecting "blackout shadow." Feel free to play around with the sizing to your liking. Color does not matter as it will not show in the final design.



You are now left with 3 layers. MOM, the names, and now a new layer called shadow layer. Select the names by clicking on the layer in the layers panel. Move the names off of the mat so they are out of the way. From here, highlight MOM and the shadow layer. Go to Path, and then front minus back (or back minus front, depending how your layers are placed. You want to be left with MOM.)


The last step is to move the names back into place!





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This tutorial is all about creating a white border, or offset, to your images. SCAL4 makes this task EXTREMELY easy! Gone are the days of duplicating the layers using DS and arranging them slightly offset around the original image.


Open up you image in SCAL4. Next, select "Effects" from the horizontal menu at the top, and then select Shadow Layer.



This will bring up a new window where you can change the color and size of the shadow layer. If you are creating stickers, you will want your shadow layer to be white. I chose grey just for an example. 0.200 in is a good size for stickers but feel free to play around with the settings to suit your needs.



Select all the layers in the Layers panel on your right and group. If you are wanting to make stickers, you can then go to file, export, and save as a PNG. You will be able to upload a PNG file in to cricut to print your stickers. Stay tuned for another "Teach me Tuesday" to show you how to do that!



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What is Sure Cuts A Lot?


Over the last few years as a designer and creator, I have been asked what programs I use when designing my SVGs. Sure Cuts a Lot, or SCAL for short, is an EXTREMELY easy to use program which has many features and tools to make designing a breeze!


SCAL is compatable with a range of cutting machines.

  • Black Cat Cougar/Lynx

  • BossKut Gazelle

  • Brother ScanNCut™ (export as FCM compatible files only) *

  • Craftwell eCraft

  • CraftRobo/Graphtec

  • Cricut Explore/Maker™ (export as SVG to upload into Design Space only) *

  • GCC

  • Foison

  • Janome Artistic Edge

  • KNK

  • Liyu

  • Pazzles Inspiration/Pro/Vue

  • Ramtin™

  • Roland

  • Seiki

  • Silhouette SD/CAMEO/Portrait

  • Silver Bullet

  • USCutter Copam/LaserPoint/MH/PCUT/SC/TC/TITAN

  • Vinyl Express

  • Wishblade


SCAL cannot cut with Cricut machines, HOWEVER, you can design and export your file inside SCAL and then open the file in Design space, or DS for short, to cut/print.


One of the biggest advantages this program has over other programs like DS is that you can use it offline. You need an active internet connection to cut AND design on DS. This is one of the main reasons crafters have moved away and relied on SCAL over the years.


In this tutorial, I'll go over how to use SCAL with a Cricut machine (expression1 /explore/maker) and get it to print your design.


Using Sure Cuts A Lot with a Cricut Machine


With DS, you can easily import different file types and convert them into cutting files. Once you are done designing in SCAL, all we need to do is export as an SVG and then import into DS.




Go to file, Export, and then name and save your file. Once completed, we can close SCAL and open DS. Choose New Project in the top right corner of the window. You will then click on upload on the bottom left of your screen and then upload image.




In this case, we are going to be uploading an SVG, but here you can see other compatible file types you can open this way. Find the SVG you saved from SCAL. Once opened, you should see your image infront of a transparent background. Here you can rename the file and add tags. Then click save.




Next, select your image from recent uploads and then Insert Images. From here, you would go ahead with DS as normal.





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