As promised, today I have a "words and pictures" tutorial on using "hide contour" to inset an intricate design for card front layers. This is a great way to use a part of a design to create a new image or a different look.
Here are the steps you need to take to create the card topper in Design Space:
1. Add the image to your project. To find it quickly, search for image #M39F21.
2. Click on the image to select it and then ungroup by clicking at the bottom of the layers panel or by right clicking with your mouse and choosing "ungroup" from the drop down menu).
3. Go ahead and delete the bottom layer - once again you can do this by selecting this layer and clicking Delete at the bottom of the panel or right clicking and choosing delete.
4. Chose the top layer and click on "contour" or right click and choose "hide contour" in the drop down menu. The image will appear grayed out but you can hover over it with the cursor and individual lines will turn bright blue to show that they are active. Choose the outline of the heart to hide that cut line.
The heart will now appear as a series of shapes with no outline.
5. Click on "insert shapes" in the left panel and choose a square to add it to the mat.
Then select the square and use the edit panel on the right to change the shape to a rectangle. You need to click on the lock icon to allow the change in the aspect ratio to convert the square to a rectangle. Make the rectangle 4.25 inches wide and 5.5. inches high. This is the size of a standard A2 card and you will use this to help you visualize the design. Go ahead and change the color to something prettier - I choose red for a Valentine card.
6. Select the rectangle and duplicate it - change the second rectangle to 4 inches wide and 5.25 inches tall.
This second rectangle is the one that will be used to create the card topper. I changed the color to white for my card.
6. Select the heart image and move it to the front of all of the layers using the arrange menu at the top of the screen.
7. Then select the rectangle and the heart and align the two by choosing "center horizontally" from the align menu.
After you center the heart image you can adjust the placement from the top. The bounding box around the heart will help you visualize the placement.
8. Select both the heart image and the rectangle and choose "Slice" from the top of the layers panel to cut the heart design into the white rectangle.
After you slice there will be three images in the layers panel - two hearts and the rectangle layer with the heart cut from it.
9. Move the rectangle layer with the heart cut to the red rectangle that represents the card base and try various color combinations before cutting.
You can delete the two heart images now. While the card topper is set up go ahead and choose and resize the sentiment for the card.
For my final card design, I chose to use contour again to hide the center heart and then added a heart from the insert shapes menu and unlocked the ratio to adjust it to the right shape to fit over the solid heart center.
This was my final design, however, when I made the card, I changed the center heart to match the sentiment and I did not put the contrasting heart on the sentiment. You can see the post with more details about the card in my blog post HERE.
I made the card in two color combinations and also shared a link to the Design Space file (in case you don't feel like going through these step by step directions!).
I hope that these directions are helpful for those of you who want to learn how to make some more personalized projects using the images in Design Space. Please let me know if you want me to do more of these. I can also do videos but many of you have asked for this type of tutorial so you can easily refer to the steps without having to play a video over and over.
If you are looking for some classes to help you learn to use Design Space and your Cricut Explore, Lia Griffith has a new class series available at Craftsy. Click HERE to find out more about the class and sign up. I have not taken this class but I have taken other Craftsy classes and enjoyed them very much. I am a Craftsy affiliate and if you use this link to purchase the class I will receive a commission.
Lia is an amazing designer who has designed many images and projects for the Cricut and one of the special edition machines at Michael's was bundled with her designs. I am sure it will be a great class and it is on sale right now for just $19.99 for six lessons.
I hope you had a good weekend and that you enjoyed the Super Bowl if you are a football fan. It was a small consolation that the team that beat our home team was the winner...
More snow is on the way tomorrow - I guess we are going to get a real winter after all!
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