This is a tutorial on how to use your own handwriting with Cricut cutting machines.
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:
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- 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
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- 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.
Glue – I have a few favorites for glue when it comes to cardmaking. My main concern is to not warp the paper.
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!
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.
Here is my starting image for the Congrats card.
How to upload handwriting to Cricut Design Space
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
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.
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!
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