Easily create a trendy knockout effect in Cricut Design Space—no outside software necessary! Practice using Weld and Slice to make this block knockout design.
There are two types of popular knockout design techniques—the first is a “blocky” method using thick text and an image, and the second uses capital letters and script text, usually to create a family name. Today I’m going to share how to do the block knockout in Cricut Design Space that you can cut on your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore. Then I’ll share the other technique in an upcoming tutorial. Let’s get started!
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Note: are you all interested in learning how to do this in Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape? Let me know in the comments—if there’s interest, I’ll add additional tutorials!
Creating a Block Knockout Design
To create this design, we’re going to need two thigs: “blocky” letters and an image. I know from experience that finding the right combination can be tricky. I’ve tried so many times to create a design just to see that the image within the text was barely recognizable. So this is definitely a trial-and-error sort of project!
Create Your Text
To start, we’ll make our blocky text. You’ll want a thick text for this. A lot of people use Impact, which often comes as a system font on your computer (learn more about system fonts vs. Cricut fonts). I used a similar font called Anton, which also came with my computer.
Here are the steps I use to create the text:
- Use the text tool to type MAKERS
- Change the letterspacing to .3 to bring the letters closer together
- Duplicate MAKERS twice and change the text in each of those to read GONNA and MAKE
- Change each word to be 5″ wide
- Stack the words close on top of each other and use the Align tool to “center horizontally”
Now, to turn these three words in to a single piece, select all three and click Weld in the bottom of the Layers Panel on the right. Learn more about Welding. You’ll see that it is now a single image in the Layers Panel on the left.
Create Your Knockout Design Image
For this project, I decided a pair of scissors was a fun image to knock out of the big text. Click Images in the Design Panel on left and search for Scissors.
I scrolled down a bit to find #M8DB1F1E, a blue pair of scissors. If you are choosing a different image, the easiest route is to find a single-layer image, since you can only slice two single layers at one time (the text we created + the image you’re inserting).
Insert the scissors image onto your canvas.
Then use the “rotate” and “resize” tools to turn your image and make it fit over your letters.
Select both your text and your scissors and click Slice at the bottom of the Layers Panel. If it’s not letting you select slice, double check that a) you’ve welded your words and b) that your image is a single layer. You can only slice two layers at a time. Learn more about Slicing.
Once you’ve sliced, you’ll see that your project is now four layers:
- A knockout of the scissors in blue
- The letters with the knockout design removed
- The “extra” parts of the scissors that are not on top of your letters
- A knockout of the scissors in black
Delete the extra parts of the scissors and the knockout of the scissors that is black.
If desired, recolor your project and then resize to fit on your project!
Make Your Knockout Design Project
Check out the following tutorials for helping you apply this image to a base/blank:
Have questions about this knockout design in Cricut Design Space? I’m happy to answer them in the comments! Ready to try another fun Cricut Design Space tutorial? Check out how to make a split monogram!
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