Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Using Extreme Cards SVG files in Cricut Design Space

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Apr 17, 2014

Using Extreme Cards SVG files in Cricut Design Space

How to open and use Extreme Cards and Papercrafting SVG files with cut and score lines in Cricut Design Space

Download SVG file.

Open Cricut Design Space.

In Design Space choose Upload Image. Browse to the SVG file and select it.

After the SVG uploads, select it from the bottom of the upload page and click Insert Image.

{Not shown in the video!  The February 2015 update messed with the import size of my SVG files.  They are HUGE!  Click Edit in the menu on the top right of the page.  Resize the design to fit your paper, or you are welcome to email me for size information of specific files.}

The SVG will appear in your design window. If the layers panel is open on the right, great! If not, open it by clicking Layers near the top right of the page.

Each component of the cut file will show up as a separate layer.

Scroll down to the bottom of the layers panel and click Ungroup.

Now for the tedious fiddly part!

First, you need to be able to see the cut and score lines that are not outline (shape) cuts. Depending on the file, sometimes all of the score lines are hiding under these large pieces.

Move anything filled-in with black to the bottom of the layer. Do this by clicking the layer, then click Arrange (at the top of the page) and Move to Back. When you have moved the filled-in shapes to the back, the score lines and separate cut lines should be visible on top of the black shapes.

Determine which lines are score lines and which are cut lines by checking the color of the line. In my files I use red and green for score lines, and black or blue for cut lines If you're still unsure, download and open the PDF file and double check the line colors.

Once you have identified a score line, click the scissor icon on that layer and change it to score. In Design Space score lines have "no color". This is helpful as you can see which ones you have changed and which ones you haven't.

Now you need to lock all the piece so they stay in the right place when you send it to cut: Select All and then click Attach (it's at the top of the layers menu).

Save and cut!

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Clover said...

Sorry if I'm missing something, I'm fairly new to my cutter!
I have followed the instructions and went to cut, but all the parts are laid out separately on the preview. How do I get them all in the correct place?
Many thanks for any help.

Carol said...

Try selecting all the pieces and then clicking "attach".

Flora Richards Gustafson said...

Thank you for this tutorial! When I got my cutter, I was disappointed because I thought I could not use SVG files with it. I haven't used the cutter much as a result. I'm excited to make some cards this evening using your templates. Thanks again!