These Free Sea Shell SVGs are great for Cricut, Silhouette, or any other cutting machine crafts.
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Who does not love the sea? Well, because I do! It reminds me of endless trips I had with friends and family. The memories I built with various people and experiences I had. The sea is also one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I will never get tired of looking at it.
Although tempted to travel and visit the nearby sea, sometimes circumstances and time get in the way. As days and weeks went by, it seems the opportunity of visiting the sea gets bleaker. But not to worry, you can still enjoy the sea by surrounding yourself with things that remind you of it. One of the best things to have when you love the sea is seashells.
Did you ever walk around the beach and find some seashells? Maybe, you even tried looking for it. I remembered a time where I purposely visited a nearby beach to get some seashells. I try to find as many different seashells. I was trying to make a collection. This inspired me to make a seashell SVG.
I know that a lot of us would love to have a seashell SVG. This is perfect as a design for our crafts and ornaments. As I have mentioned, there are a lot of seashell designs. We have a lot of designs to choose from. If you have read my previous SVG tutorials, then you have an idea of how my crafts work.
Interested in related designs? Check out my free flip flop SVG templates.
How to turn any image into an SVG template?
Interested in learning the easiest way to make your own SVG?
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to turn any image into an SVG format image without having to use any complicated graphics editing software.
First, a quick primer on what is an SVG… SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. It is a way to store digital information about an image. Most images you see on the web and other digital devices use a bitmap or pixel-based image storage format. In other words, the image is captured with information about each dot in the image.
SVG format images are part of a category of images that are vector-based. Vector-based images store the image as a series of paths and nodes. Most cutting machines like the Cricut and Silhouette use SVG format images because the blade on the machine needs to know what direction (or path) to cut.
To turn a bitmap-based image into a vector-based image, you need special conversion software tools. This is an algorithm tricky conversion because there are lots of different ways to do it with varying degrees in quality. Most graphic editing software like Adobe Illustration make you manually decide on those conversion settings which makes it really difficult to use if you’re not already familiar with Illustrator.
I use a software tool called Vector Magic. With Vector Magic, you just upload your image (you can even copy and paste it in) and it automatically just converts to an SVG format for you. You can make editorial adjustments afterward if you’d like but there is a baseline conversion ready to go if that’s good enough.
Here’s an image for you to give it a try yourself. It’s a bunch of cute animal drawings I did the other day. I just took a picture of it with my phone. Try copy and paste this image into the Vector Magic interface. (Right-click on the image below, select “copy”, then head over to Vector Magic and past it into the window or just hit Ctrl+V)
After you pasted your image into the Vector Magic window, it will automatically start to convert your image:
This will take a few seconds. When the process is complete, you will see the vectorized SVG image on the right with the original on the left.
If you don’t like the automated conversion, there are a number of different adjustments you can make from the right tool panel.
After making adjustments, you can download your converted image as an SVG and then upload it to your cutting machine interface like Cricut Design Space below:
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DIY Seashell Crafts For Cricut
Once you download these free seashell SVG cut files from my Resource Library, you can make plenty of fun DIY seashell crafts. For example, I love using these templates to decorate candle holders. To get started, you can print your templates on cardstock. Then, use Mod Podge to attached them to your candle jar. Alternatively, you can also print them on shrink paper or cut the templates in clay to get 3D shells.
In addition, these templates work great to make DIY beach themed cards as well. You can print the seashells SVG templates on cardstock of your choice. Then, paste them to the front. I love using a sand-colored paper for the base of the card. This way, the shells can pop. Definitely, this is perfect if you’re attending a beach wedding or for anyone who lives by the shore.