This is a tutorial for how to do the Cricut knockout method to create a layered text graphic for vinyl and cardstock projects using Cricut Design Space.
I know most Cricut knockout name tutorials online showcase that family name sign. I wanted to create something that was a little bit cuter and more applicable to all sorts of designs.
This is just a graphics editing trick that you can do in most graphic editing software products like Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape but it’s a bit more challenging given the features available in Cricut Design Space.
It is possible to though to create this kind halo design without additional software and this is what we are going to go over in this tutorial.
You can make knockout designs using any text or shape. The best part is, you can do this all within Cricut Design Space.
If you like this floral hear background graphic, both the SVG and Printable PDF are available for free in my resource library.
How to Make Knockout Text in Cricut Design Space
First, you want to either upload your background graphic or write out the background text using the Text toolbox.
Next, we want to create the the overlay text.
Use the text tool to write your text. Make the necessary adjustments using the Letter Space drop down and resizing tools. Depending on which font you use, you may need to “ungroup” the text and manually move the letters so they connect.
If you like the font in my example, its called Babette.
Once you’ve adjusted the text to your liking, make sure it is selected and click on “Flatten” in the lower right corner of the canvas.
Hide everything else on your canvas and “make it” with only the text shown.
Click on Continue, and then Send to Printer.
In the Print Set Up pop up window make sure “Add Bleed” is selected.
It used to be you could just right click on the image and save it as a bitmap image. Cricut Design Space has now changed and this is no longer possible.
Instead, you will have to take a screenshot and do some minor cropping in any editor you have. Google Docs, Paint and any Microsoft office tool are a few common applications available on all computers.
To take a screenshot, click simultaneously [Print Screen]+ [Ctrl/Cmd].
When you have your editor application open, click [Ctrl/Cmd] + [v] to paste the screenshot. Crop the image until you only see white space around the text.
Save the document as a .jpg, .png, or .bmp format file.
Cancel everything out of “Make it” view back in Cricut Design Space and use the Upload tool in the Canvas view to upload your new fattened text image.
Click on any of the Select Image Types. I typically will just use Simple.
Using the Select and Erase tool, click on the background and any cutout areas within the letters.
Save as a Cut Image (right side).
Upload the cut image to your canvas.
Position your new fattened text over your graphic. With both items selected, click on “Slice”.
Note: your background graphic has to be what is known as a “compounded” graphic. The reason for this is Cricut Design Space only lets you slice 2 graphics at a time. To turn any multi-piece graphic into a compounded piece, just select everything and “weld” it together.
Now you want to “hide” everything on the right graphics panel except for the cutout hear and the text.
now you should be able to position your text in the cutout space of your background graphic.
If for some reason the “fattened” text is not fat enough. You can always repeat the “flatten”, save it as a screenshot with bleed on, then upload the process again to get another halo ring made around the fattened outline.
There are lots of different applications for projects for this technique. For example, if you want to make custom cake toppers like the one below, it really adds that extra special touch to customize your decor. Here, not only did I create a bubble halo around the name, I create around an enlarged letter as well. Check out my Shaker Card Tutorial for more details on how to make the base letter.