Free SVG Cut Files for Cricut Save Scrapbookers Time, Money

Budget-conscious scrapbookers who want more options for their Cricut digital die cutting machine are turning to free SVG files that can be downloaded and cut using third-party software, avoiding the need to buy costly image cartridges.

A wide range of images are available for instant download. Popular subjects include: animals, butterflies, toys, pirates, baby, wedding and holidays. Some sites offer the files for free, while others charge a dollar or so per design, or a few dollars for a themed collection of designs.

Scrapbookers who wish to use cut files must have a Cricut machine (which is manufactured by the Utah-based company Provo Craft), a standard printer cable and third-party software such as Sure Cuts a Lot (for Mac or PC) or Make the Cut (for PC only).

Besides expanding the design styles and options available to paper crafters, the ability to use third-party software with the Cricut means that virtually any True Type Font can be imported, “welded” together (if desired) and then cut. With Cricut brand cartridges retailing for $70 or $80, the ability to have thousands of free fonts and shapes available is a huge money-saver.

More and more designs are becoming available for instant download as scrapbookers, card makers and other paper crafters become aware of this affordable way to use their digital die cutter for crafts, school projects, teacher billboards, party supplies and even for decorating cakes or cutting vinyl clings for windows.

Paper crafters simply search the internet for free SVG files, or visit a favorite cut files website they’ve bookmarked. Most images can be downloaded with just a click, and then saved to the user’s computer hard drive.

Once the SVG files are downloaded, they can be imported into Sure Cuts a Lot or Make the Cut, software programs that are available for purchase from their respective developers.

Then, using the “break” command, users separate the different layers of a digital design, arranging those elements on a virtual mat based on the color of cardstock or paper they wish to cut them onto. Next, they place the cardstock onto the mat in the corresponding areas, load the mat into the Cricut machine, and send the command to cut the design.

Once assembled using crafters’ glue, digital die cuts can be creatively embellished with white gel pens, rhinestones, glitter glue and other supplies. Another popular technique is to add dimension with foam “pop dots” or by chalking the edges of each layer of the design. Because each scrapbooker brings his or her own style to the craft table, each completed die cut design can have its own, unique look.

Designer cut files, especially in SVG format, are expected to continue to grow in popularity as scrapbookers with Cricuts or other cutters seek ways to be creative without spending a lot of money.

Copyright 2010 by Kevin Savetz

Source by Kevin Savetz

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