How to Turn Handwriting into SVGs for the Cricut

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This is a tutorial on how to use your own handwriting with Cricut cutting machines.

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Hand lettering is super popular right now and I know many of my readers who love to craft have multiple interests so I thought I would combine two of my favorite activities together in one tutorial.

While the vectorization capabilities of Cricut Design Space are not great, it is possible to turn a handwritten sample into a vector file or SVG (which is the format that Cricut uses) if the image of the handwriting has enough contrast with the background.

If it is a note previously written and not a new art project that you are making yourself, I have another tutorial on how to turn images into SVGs which will be a better process for less “clean” images of handwriting. Check out my tutorial on how to convert images to SVGs.

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Material for Handwritten Cards

Cardstock – Handwriting is a pretty intricate design so I would stick to medium weight cardstock with colored cores. The textured or printed cardstock tends to shred or snag with detailed cuts. Here are some of my favorite brands:

Glue – I have a few favorites for glue when it comes to cardmaking. My main concern is to not warp the paper.

Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.

Template – This hand-lettered card SVG set is free and available in my resource library. Sign up for my templates and tutorials newsletter and get access to these freebies and tons more!

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    How to turn hand writing and drawings into cut files in Cricut Design Space

    Create you doodle or drawing. Be sure to use black ink on white paper. You want as much contrast as possible.

    Then either scan the image or take a picture with your phone. If possible, try to turn up the exposure so the paper looks as white as possible in the image.

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    Here is my starting image for the Congrats card.

    How to upload handwriting to Cricut Design Space

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    Upload the bitmap image that you took of your hand letter drawing.

    Select “Simple” when prompted.

    On the following page, use the “Select & Erase” tool to mark the background. Be sure to mark the enclosed areas of the loops in the letters. Everything that is not the letter should have a checkered background.

    Save this as a “Save as a Cut Image”.

    Slicing the Extras off in Cricut Design Space

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    After the uploaded image has been inserted, you will notice there is a small stray mark by the bottom loop.

    We want to slice this piece off.

    To do this, create a shape that covers the mark. This this scenario the circle works well.

    Zoom in so you can see clearing and make sure the shape covers the mark without touching the letter.

    Select all elements and slice. Then delete all pieces leaving only the letters.

    That’s it!

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    The cleaner the original illustration is, the easier this will be within Cricut Design Space. My hand lettering is still a little rough, the actual SVG file in the cards I’ve included has some post editing done in a different software program.

    Happy Hand Lettering!

    Interested in making your own SVGs?

    Learn how to use Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator with my ebook series Crafty Designs.

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    2 thoughts on “How to Turn Handwriting into SVGs for the Cricut”

    1. Cheri Lemieux says:

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