I attended a virtual multi-day Makers Fest last December where I met so many talented people. Not just talented, but generous in that they shred and continue to share their creativity and talents through free designs you can download. One of my favorites is Gjoa from Special Hearts Studio who designs gorgeous layered cut files that can be used in your Cricut or Silhouette. We love Frank Lloyd Wright designs and right now live not far from his Taliesin West architectural school so when I saw this one, it was all kinds of perfect! You need a password to download files so just follow the instructions at the link.
- Square Mandala Cut File #137
- Coordinating Papers. All papers by Recollections from Michaels
- Background Paper (Michaels)
- Shadowbox Frame (Michaels)
Since I tend toward neutrals, I selected my papers: white, silver, black and cream
I find that it's helpful to lay your papers out in the exact order you want the layers to be on your finished project. It helps me keep things straight!
Import and size file in Cricut Design Space. The frame I chose was 8x8 so I sized my project to 6x6 because I didn't want it to fill the entire frame. Then, cut each layer.
Once your layered pieces are cut, then you can assemble them! I have done layered file with foam tape or spray adhesive depending on the intricacy of the layer and the effect you want. For this project, I used spray adhesive and I like using a repositionable adhesive so you have the flexibility to line up the pieces properly.
Spray the back of each layer and adhere. I like building up from the bottom layer.
Here's the base white layer with the first silver layer.
Then black over the silver layer.
Cream layer over black
White layer over cream.
And finally the last (silver) layer on top!
Cut your background paper to fit your frame. I did use foam dots to attach the assembled Mandala to the background paper.
I have it displayed on our entry table atop a thrifted candleholder I painted. Make sure to stop by Gjoa's Blog and check out her wonderful creations!