Are you interested in learning how to to split letters in Cricut Design Space to make a monogram? Or how to make a circle monogram? This is a tutorial on how to make a monogram in Cricut Design Space.
I love making monograms for all occasions. Monograms are versatile designs that adds a level of elegant customization to any craft, gift and everything in between.
There are many types of monograms. I will cover how to make spilt monograms, circle monograms and framed monograms in this tutorial.
There are many fonts out there that are dedicated to monogram making. Check out my article on Free Monogram Fonts for the Cricut if you are interested in pre-made fonts that can be uploaded and used in Cricut Design Space.
How to Make a Split Monogram on Cricut Design Space
Split letter monograms are super easy to make within the Cricut Design Space app without having to upload additional files or fonts.
You can use many of the fonts already available for free within the app.
Best Fonts for Monograms
I love using Serif fonts monogram makes, especially for a split monogram. Serif fonts are ones that have a small extra stroke at the end of every main vertical or horizontal stroke.
Times Roman is probably the most popular and well known Serif font is a terrific choice for split letter Monograms.
How to Split Letters in Cricut Design Space
To split the initial in half, it is best to use the slice function in Cricut Design Space.
First create the Letter using the Text tool and a square using the Shapes tool.
Then unlock the square and adjust the square to a rectangle appropriate for the split voided space.
Position the rectangle over the letter. Click on “Slice” with both the rectangle and letter selected.
How to slice monogram in Cricut Design Space with the right proportions
Where to put the split in the monogram letter is a subjective choice.
I like to place the split over the horizontal line for letters that have one like “A”, “H” and “F” as an example. The missing space created an illusion that the bar is still here.
For letters that don’t have a middle line, I like to make shorter rectangle and move the upper and lower pieces apart manually. This way, the more of the initial letter remains in place.
How to cut letters in half on the Cricut and add a name
Most people prefer adding a name to the split area in the letter.
I would recommend making horizontal bar to frame the name.
To create horizontal bars, first make 1 rectangular thin bar using the Square Shapes tool. Duplicate this bar.
Position the 2 bars roughly where you want it on the letter. Then Select all elements and Align Center Horizontally in the Align drop down menu.
With all elements selected, click “Weld”.
How to Make a Circle Monogram on the Cricut
Making a circle monogram in Cricut Design Space requires a circle monogram font like Monogramos by Woodcutter.
If you need help uploading fonts, check out my article on How to Upload Fonts to Cricut Design Space.
First type your initials and change to the appropriate font.
I would then take one of the letters and make a duplicate as a reference for later.
Then create 3 rectangles using the Square Shape tool.
Rearrange the rectangles so they are positioned over the letters you want to keep. I usually move the rectangle to the back of the letter so I see properly. It is important to extend the rectangle as to maximize the space around the letter without encroaching on the letter next to it.
Slice each letter and rectangle set. (Remember you can only slice 2 things at a time.)
Arrange the Letters for a Circle Monogram
With each individual letter you can arrange them back together in a couple of ways.
The first way is to just do it visually.
The second way to to align with the reference letter shape one letter at a time.
First take the middle letter and the reference shape. Align to Center using the Align drop down menu. Then group the 2 elements.
With the left letter and the aligned center piece, Align Left and Center Vertically. Then Group everything together.
With the right letter and now the collective grouped piece, Align Right and Center Vertically.
Then ungroup everything without moving things out of position. Then select the reference element and delete it using the right panel.
This next part gets a little confusing depending on if you are looking to make something with the negative space or with just the letters by themselves.
Either way, start by making a circle that covers your monogram letters using the shapes tool. I recolored it to a contrasting color so I can see easier for the following steps.
Using the right panel, select the purple shape with one of the selects. (This can be down by clicking on one then shift+click on the other) Slice these 2 elements.
You will now have a new purple shape with one letter cut out. Select this element and another letter. Then Slice again.
Do this one more time with the last letter.
Using the right panel again, select all the black letters elements and delete them.
Then select the element with all 3 letters by click on it on the right panel. Use your cursor and move it away from the rest of the purple letters.
If you are interested in keeping the negative space monogram, select all 3 letters and weld.
If you are interested in keeping the positive space monogram you can slice off the frame with another circle shape.
How to Add a Monogram Frame
There are many ways to add a monogram frame.
You can add a simple shape using the shapes tool. A filled shape also looks great.
Be sure to attached or flatten the separate elements together together after designing the monogram.
You can also add a monogram frame. I have a number of free monogram frames available in my resource library.
Free monogram SVG for the Cricut
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