How to Create a pencil split monogram frame from Start to Finish using shapes in Cricut design space (No Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape necessary)
Can you believe this split monogram frame was created entirely in Cricut design space?
That’s right! No need for Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape or any other graphic design software.
This split monogram frame was created using shapes, with a couple of tools/ functions all inside Design Space which I will cover in this step by step tutorial.
You can use this design for all your back to school, teacher and student Projects and much more!
Just use your imagination ;)
So Let’s get diving!
How to Create a pencil split monogram frame from Start to Finish using shapes in Cricut design space
(No adobe illustrator or Inkscape necessary)
Step 1. Open cricut design space.
Step 2. To create the barrel of the pencil, first create 3 long rectangles.
To do this, first create a square, then unclock the image aspect ratio. With the unclock option selected, you can resize your square without keeping the proportions the same.
*Make sure the 2 outer rectangles are thinner than the middle one.
Step3. We want to make sure our rectangles are aligned properly both vertically and horizontally.
To achieve this, select your rectangles, then from the top menu, select align center vertically and distribute horizontally.
Step 4. Select all 3 shapes and hit weld.
Step 5. Create a triangle and make a copy of it by clicking on duplicate.
Step 6. Slightly Overlap the 2 triangles (make sure they are aligned at the bottom) and then weld them together.
*Make a copy of this shape for later use.
Step 7. Hold Shift and Rotate the Newly formed shape so that the pointed sides face downwards. Place the shape on top of the rectangles and make sure:
a. It's width is the same as the welded rectangles.
If not, Change the width so that it matches the welded rectangles.
b. Select both shapes (welded triangles and welded rectangles) and align them Center Horizontally and Align Top (you can find these adjustments under the align drop down menu).
Step 8. With the rectangles and triangles selected, hit Slice.
Now, remove all the cut out bits and as you can see, the upper bit of the rectangles is sliced out.
Step 9. Remember the duplicate we made out of the triangles? we're going to be using it now.
Select it, and while holding shift, rotate so the pointed parts are facing downwards.
Now move the shape to the top of the rectangles, Select both shapes and align Center Horizontally.
At this stage, I have started changing the colors of my Pencil for better contrast. You can go ahead and do the same.
Step 10. Create another triangle and make sure the width is the same size as the other shapes. Place it on top of the welded triangles and align Center Horizontally.
Select both triangles and press weld.
Step 11. Again, create a smaller triangle and place it on the tip of the newly created shape. This will be the pencil’s lead.
Step 12. Create a square and unlock the shape. Again, scale the shape around until you create a rectangle that is the same width as the barrel.
Step 13. To create the Eraser, first create a rectangle.
Next, create a circle and make a Duplicate of it. Overlap these 2 circles, both selected, press Slice.
Separate and delete the pieces and keep one of the half moon shapes.
Grab this half moon shape and rotate it 45 degrees. Then, place it on the edge of the created rectangle making sure both shapes overlap.
Select both shapes and hit slice.
Again, remove the sliced bits and pieces and keep the newly created shape as below.
We now need to create the same cut on the opposite side.
To achieve this, create a square and place it half way on your shape.
Select both shapes and slice. Delete the newly formed pieces.
Select the shape, make a duplicate and flip. Attach the 2 shapes together and weld.
Delete all unwanted bits and pieces and Align (Center Horizontally) the pencil parts together.
Now we have our pencil! :)
Step 14. Now on to creating our split monogram frame.
Group the pencil by selecting all the pieces and hit group. Then create a few copies of it (Here I made 2 copies to have a total of 3).
Align and evenly distribute all pencils by clicking on Align-> Center Vertically and Distribute Horizontally.
Step 15. Ungroup all pencils. Then select all the barrels and weld.
Step 16. Create a rectangle and place it in the middle of the welded barrels. Select all and slice.
Remove the newly sliced pieces.
At this stage the split monogram frame is complete, however you can go another step forward to step 17.
Step 17. This step is optional.
You can create 2 more rectangles and weld them to the top and bottom bits of the pencil barrels.
And that’s it! You have created a pencil split monogram in design space with the use of shapes.How Exciting this is!? :)
Now all you have to do is cut and use it in your project!
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