No, it’s not a makeup application for the cutting machine.
You’re not outlining anything either.
You’re actually just temporarily hiding things. I have no idea why Cricut coined the term “contour” for this function because it is not intuitive in the least bit.
I thought I’d demonstrate one of the purposes of Contour regardless with this Under the Sea Themed Card.
This card is actually made of a few different layers of colored cardstock. In using the Contour function in Cricut Design Space, you can use as many or as few colors as you have.
All you need is this one template to make the whole thing.
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Materials for Under the Sea Cricut Card
Cardstock – This one has some intricate cuts so I would recommend at least a medium or heavier weight cardstock with a colored core. Do not try and cut this with textured paper, you’re just going to shred it to pieces. Here are a few of my favorite brands:
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue – I like a few options for card making glue. I am mostly concerned with it not warping the paper.
Template – This Under the Sea SVG is available for free in my resource library.
How to use Contour in Cricut Design Space
First, you want to upload the SVG for your project.
Duplicate this first SVG. The full graphic with all the cutouts will serve as the top most layer of the card.
Next, with one of the duplicates selected, click on the “Contour” button in the bottom right corner.
You should see all the different little under the sea icons available in the graphic in the Hide Contour box. Select a few to hide.
Next, duplicate the card layer that you just contoured.
Select one of the new duplicates you just made and Hide a few of the under the sea icons you see in the Contour box.
Keep doing this for as many layers as you want colors.
When you are finished Contouring, make each layer and the base card in a different color.
Now you have a multi-colored Under the Sea Card!