These knockout designs are becoming really popular. They’re popping up everywhere on Pinterest and Etsy and they’re also really easy to make. I put together this little video showing you how to make a knockout in Cricut Design space. If you can’t watch the video right now, here’s a quick written tutorial.
How to make a knockout in Cricut Design Space
Open a new project in Cricut Design Space. Add the text for your main word. In my example the main word is “MOM”. Make sure you’re using a clear and basic font. I used Cake Basics font. You’ll also need to make sure your word is in all caps.
Add the text you want in the middle of your main word. In my example I used the names of the children. You can use any font you’d like for this part. I used the Mf I Love Glitter Font which I downloaded from fontspace.com. Please note, this particular font is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. You cannot use this font to make items you plan on selling. If you want to sell items using this font, you’ll need to contact the font owner for a commercial license.
Weld together the words you’re putting in the middle and set them to print in the layers section.
Click the “Make It” button as if you were going to make the project. You ARE NOT actually going to make this yet. Once your project is up on the mat you’ll see the “print” mat first. Go ahead and select “send to printer”. Again, you ARE NOT actually going to make this. Don’t worry, it won’t go to your printer. You don’t even need to have a printer connected for this to work.
Once you have hit “send to printer” you’ll get a confirmation screen. Make sure the “bleed” option is TURNED ON! This will make your words look like a big ol blob and that is exactly what you want. From here, right-click on the blob of letters and select “save image as”. Name your image and select a folder to save it to. (I named mine blob and saved it to my desktop.) Then you can exit out of the print and cancel the cut.
Once you have canceled the cut and you’re back in your project you’ll want to pull in the image you just saved. Click the “Upload” button and select “upload image”. Find your blob image and upload it into design space. You’ll select “simple image” and then delete everything in the image except the blob of words. (Just keep clicking the lines of the box until they all disappear.) Save this as a “cut image” and insert it into your project.
Now it’s time for some positioning. I like to make each layer a different color so it’s easy to see what I’m working with. I turn the main word black, the blob text pink and the actual text blue. Size the main word to the size you want it on your final project. Pull your actual text up to the middle of your main word and position it exactly how you want it to look on your final project. Then you’ll need to rotate the blob text and pull it up to the main word as well. Arrange the blob text to be behind the actual text. Continue to resize and position the blob text until you get it perfectly aligned behind your actual text.
Pull your actual text out leaving only your main word and the blob text together. Select both the main word and the blob text and hit “slice”. This will cut the blob out of the main text. Go to the layers panel and delete all of the blob text including the part remaining in the middle of the main word. Once it is all removed you should see a gap between the top and the bottom of your main word.
Move your actual text back up into the gap in your main word and position it to the exact position you want. Set the actual text back to cut and you’re ready to cut your project. If you plan on making the whole project one color, weld it all together. If you’re making it 2 separate colors, keep it as is.
Check out the video below on how to make a knockout in Cricut Design Space