Use the Slice function in Cricut Design Space

You don’t really know how to use the Slice function in Cricut Design Space? You wonder what it can be used for? You’ll have all the answers in the next paragraphs.

The “slice” tool, as its name suggests, is used to slice shapes. Its subtlety comes from the fact that you have to use shapes to slice other shapes. You will better understand with an example.

For a more detailed tutorial, see the following video:

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How to use the “Slice” function in Cricut Design Space

Here is a rectangle in which I want to make a heart-shaped hole. To do this, you have to draw a heart and place it on top of it.

Drawing a heart and placing it on the of the rectangle to use the Cricut slice function:

Select both shapes using the “shift” key and press “Cut”.

At first glance, nothing happened. But if you look closely at the layers panel, or if you separate the objects, you will notice that they have changed. The red heart is still there. But the rectangle that has been slice is now in two pieces, a heart (the same as red) and a rectangle with a hole in the shape of a heart.

On the canvas, a red heart, a gray heart and a gray rectangle with a heart-shape hole in it.

If we do the same exercise, but instead we place the heart on the edge of the rectangle, we get 4 different pieces.

Why? Because each edge is used to slice the other shape. So, the edge of the rectangle also cuts the heart.

Ideas for using Cricut Design Space’s Slice function

You can edit existing images using the “slice” function. For example, if I want to remove the stem of this flower, I only need to draw a rectangle over the stem and use “slice”.

Yellow flower to test the Cricut slice function
Rectangle with the shape of the stem cut in it and the stem that is separated from the flower by using the Cricut slice function

If I want to modify the shapes inside the flower and make them round, I can slice using circles.

A round shape can cut the flower with the Cricut slice function

But the most interesting

Another really interesting way to use the “slice” function is when you have several pieces to assemble next to each other and want them at a very specific place. For example for this text, imagine that you want to cut the letters in blue and glue them in a frame. It would be very difficult (and long) to place the letters straight with the exact spacing.

How to slice Home Sweet Home on the Cricut Design space canvas.

So, instead of cutting a blue cardstock, you can cut a white cardstock by drawing a rectangle the size of the cardstock and use the “slice” function.

View of what needs to be cut by the Cricut slice function.

This way, you can simply glue coloured cardstocks from behind.

The result from using Cricut slice function.

You can see more details by watching the short video. And please, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

Tips and tricks

  • You first have to ungroup and unattach the objects in order to use the “slice” function.
  • Only two objects can be slice at a time.

How to get the “Home Sweet Home” file

To get access to he “Home Sweet Home” file, just head to my Facebook Group Useful DIY & Crafts Cricut projects where I shared the link. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any! I will always be pleased to respond.

And if you don’t ever want to mix the Cricut functions, download my free Cheat Sheet!

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