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Easter decoration and new offset feature from Design Space

In addition to showing you the details of Cricut Design Space’s new “offset” feature, I will show you how to create an original Easter decoration using the new feature.

We’ve been waiting for it for a long time! There were a lot of tutorials on the internet that showed how to do it outside of Design Space. But finally, with just a few clicks, we can add an offset to our project, directly inside Design Space!!

A little caveat though. This feature is currently in Beta which means it is being tested. So you may not have access to it yet or if you do, it may be doing some strange things. Don’t hesitate to report any bug to Cricut! They need it to know what to improve!

It is not a tool that is very difficult to understand. I’ll show you the basics, but I’ll also show you how to make this original project, step by step using images found in Design Space.

Easter frame made with the offset function of Design Space.

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The new offset tool

“Offset” allows you to add an offset layer to an image, a text, an object.

By clicking on the new button in the top menu bar, you’ll have the option to change the distance as well as the shape of the corners. Note that you need to select an object to access the “offset” tool.

In the image below, you can see the result when the round corner option is selected.

If the option is changed to square corners, here’s what happens.

As for the distance bar, if you drag it to the left of the center, you will have an inset instead of an offset. It is also when the Beta version has a little more difficulty.

You can also choose to enter the offset dimension yourself. At this point, to see the preview, you’ll have to click in the offset box before clicking “Apply.”

By selecting 2 or more objects, a new option appears: “Weld offsets”.

When this option is checked, the result of the offset will be welded into a single layer even if the original objects were not welded.

If the “Weld Offsets” option is not checked, each offset will be individual. This is also true for the text where each letter will be on its own layer.

This can be useful, for example, if you have multiple images and want to add an offset all at once but still want to keep each offset on its individual layer.

Easter decoration with the “offset” tool

Instead of just showing you a simple sticker project, I decided to do a slightly more complex project.

So I’m going to show you how to make a cute Easter decoration using only those images available in Design Space and the “offset” function.

These three images will become this pretty decoration that you can put in a frame or just leave as-is:

3D Easter decoration made with the offset function of Design Space

Design Space files used

Use the number in brackets, including the hashtag, in the search bar in the “images” section of Design Space to find the image. Only the rabbit needs a subscription to Cricut Access, but I also suggest a free one in the video.

  • Pattern (#M3E217)
  • Bunny (#M257C06EC)
  • Text “C’est Pâques!” (#M1B9DDCBE)

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Materials and tools required

It’s still not a simple tutorial and I’ll be honest, I had to test at least 3 times the steps in Design Space before I had anything coherent to present to you! So don’t worry if you find it complicated and if you have to click “undo” several times!

The idea is really to show you how far you can go with the “offset” function besides making stickers!

So I invite you to watch the following video to see all the steps that would not be well represented in simple text and images!

In the video, I scale the pattern so that it can fit into an 8″ x 10″ frame. I offset it twice from 0.1″. This means that every time I offset it, 0.1″ is added to the left and 0.1″ is added to the right. So, after 2 offsets, the width will be 8.4 inches.

For the final width to be 8 inches, I subtracted 0.4″ from 8″. Thus, the starting width of the pattern will be 7.6 inches! Whoa, I know, it’s a little confusing!!! 😉

Can foil transfer sheets be place side by side?

The foil transfer sheets I wanted to use (purple) are only available in 4″ x 6″. So I placed 2 sheets side by side on my cardstock. I wasn’t sure of the result! But I’m here to do tests for you!

Two foil transfer sheets placed side by side.

Well, the answer is yes! You can place more than one foil sheet side by side to make a drawing larger than a sheet. But you should expect to have a slightly less clear line where the foil tip touches the tape.

You can see up close that the lines that make up the tips of the bunny’s ears as well as the top of the letters of the word “Pâques” are a little less sharp. These lines were under the tape at the center.

The result of two foil transfer sheets placed side by side.

I also misaligned the foil and the bottom left of the rabbit was also under the tape (bah… it happens to everyone!!)

The result of two foil transfer sheets placed side by side.

But honestly, you have to be very attentive to see these little flaws! I think the test was worth it! I love the 3D effect, and you?

The result of two foil transfer sheets placed side by side.

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