Now you will see the image in the preview menu. Before the image can be uploaded, you will need to select the image type. This will help Cricut Design Space to determine how complex the image is. For this image, select “Moderately Complex” and click “Continue.”
Next, you will need to remove all of the white background from the image so that only the design remains. On this menu in the upper left select the “Magic Wand” icon which is called “Select & Erase.”
Once the magic wand is selected, click on the white background of the image to remove it. You will be able to tell when the background is removed because you will see blue and white checkerboard instead. This means that the area is transparent.
Don’t forget to remove the white background from inside the letters. Once all the background has been removed, your image should look like this.
Next, you will need to specify which kind of image this is. Since we are only going to be cutting this image, select the “save as cut image” picture and then click “Save” to finish the upload. Yay! You have successfully uploaded an image into Cricut Design Space.
Back in the Upload Menu, select the “Market Fresh” Stencil Image and then select “Insert Images.”
Now you will see the image on your blank canvas design. When an image is selected, you will see a panel appear at the top of the screen. This is called the Edit Panel. In the Edit Panel, under Size, type in 11” for the width to resize the stencil image.
My canvas bag was about 12” wide, so 11” was just the right size. Be sure to measure your canvas bag and size your stencil image accordingly.
Now it’s time to cut out your stencil. In the top right of the screen, select “Make It.” This will open up the cut Preview Menu.
Here is where you will see a preview of how your design will look on the actual cutting mat. From this menu, you can adjust where you want your design to be cut. Because this is a stencil, I wanted a little bit of extra material above my design. I moved my design down slightly on the cutting mat to give me that extra material area.
Now it’s time to prepare your materials and Cricut Explore machine for cutting. Using scissors, cut out a piece of freezer paper that is 12” x 12.” I cut a piece that was larger than the mat and then trimmed it down once it was attached to the mat. I decided to use a regular cutting mat for this project, but I made sure to grab one that had been used already. When you use a brand new cutting mat, they can be extremely sticky. Super sticky mats can be too rough for delicate materials like freezer paper. If you don’t have a mat that’s been used already, you might want to use the light grip cutting mat (blue cutting mat).
There are two sides to freezer paper – one is shiny and one is matte. Make sure to place the shiny side down on the cutting mat.
In the next menu in Cricut Design Space, you will be prompted to set the Smart Dial on your Cricut Explore machine. Set the dial to custom and then in this menu, use the “Select Custom Material” drop down and choose “Wax Paper.” The material settings for wax paper are perfect for cutting freezer paper.
Load the cutting mat into the machine and then press the “Go” button on your Cricut Explore to start the cut. Then, watch as your Cricut Explore brings your design to life!