Saturday, May 19, 2012

How To Create Nested Style Shapes With The Cricut

We all love the look of stacked shapes and labels and I will show you how to get that precise layered look without spending a cent on dies! Whether you are a stamper, a card maker or a scrapbook page maker, this will save you time, storage space,and money!

What you will need to create your own Shape-tastic layers
  • Cricut die cutting machine
  • Cricut cartride with solid shape cuts {almost every cartridge has these cuts, I will list a few of my favorite choices below}
  • White cardstock, or watercolor paper {optional}
  • Dark or colored cardstock of choice
  • *optional* Cricut Craft Room, or Gypsy handheld device
Lets get Started

I start by placing a 6x12 piece of white and black {or color of choice} side by side on my Cricut mat. In the case of this tutorial I am cutting several sets of shape-tastic layers to save and use as I need them so they are always on hand and readily available {saving me lots of time in the future}

I'm using Cricut Craft Room a free online Cricut editing program by Provocraft, you can also use your Gypsy or cut your shapes directly from your cartridge. The cuts in this photo were all cut using the Cricut Paper lace cartridge. On the left side of my mat I have selected shapes that I like in various sizes to cut in white cardstock or water color paper. Because I am primarily a card maker all of my shapes are small enough to fit on a card, or an altered item, all are 4.5" or smaller. If you are a layout diva you may want to create larger layers.On the right side of the mat I have the same cuts selected to be cut in black, brown or whatever colors you want to layer with. These cuts are are 1/4" to 1/2" larger depending on the look you desire.

*for ease of photos I have only created 2 stacking layers, however several layers can be used to create different visual effects, simply continue to add an additional 1/4" to 1/2" per layer.*

For these shape-tastic layers I have used watercolor paper to stamp on and color in my images with markers etc. I will cut a couple of dozen at a time playing with tiny sizes or large unusual shapes like the gear above, for a masculine look.  Save your negative cuts to use as stencils, or use The Cricut Imagine to add patterns! Keep them in a little container or plastic bag to grab and use as you need them, they are the perfect base for Cricut cuts, flowers or of course for stamping!

Some of my favorite Cartridges for this money saving trick: {but look through your cut books you will be surprised how many cartridges will have interesting solid cuts}
HERE is where to visit to create your own free Cricut Craft Room account.

I hope this little tutorial was helpful to you, and you will be stacking those shape-tastic layers on your future projects with a victorious {money saving} smile on your face!


Lori said...

Thank you! I agree - this will help save tons of money! Your instructions were really helpful!!

Lori said...

Thank you! I agree - this will help save tons of money! Your instructions were really helpful!!

Nadia ( said...

You are one smart cookie! I just pinned this one! Thank you for this awesome post!

cdm317 said...

Super tutorial! Thank you so much for the great ideas!

Lynn B. said...

Thanks! I forget I can do this and think I need more dies. I don't!!

Sis Patterson said...

Shantaie -

A wonderful tutorial - love the use of Paper Lace! You are the clever one!

Cindy said...

Great tips! Love your new blog topper :-)

Kathy said...

Thank you so much. So simple, yet I was unsure!