How to Score with your Cricut - Using Design Space
If you've already made some scoring projects using designs already found on Cricut Design Space, the score line is already set up ready for you to use...
If you're uploading an outside design into Design Space (like my SVGs), the score line is not set up ready to use and you just need to make a few extra clicks to tell Design Space which are the score lines and which are the cut lines - if you don't do this, or if you forget, your Cricut will cut all the lines, and cut your nice project into little pieces!
Please note that the files are set up to cut on a standard Cricut mat, NOT the new card mat!
Here's what you need to do, just a couple of extra steps to make your greeting card project ready to use in Cricut Design Space...
How to set your file up to score with Cricut Design Space...
Cut and score greeting card template
This tutorial uses my 'Happy Birthday' card SVG to show the method of setting your new SVG up ready to score in Cricut Design Space - many of my other greetings card SVGs are in exactly the same format and require the same method - the labels on the layers and the colours of the card may be different, but the layer order and set up is exactly the same method, so just follow along...
If you're using another file type or cutting machine programme, or if you need to resize PNG files, you can get the dimensions for the files here...
Instructions for Silhouette Studio users are here...
1) Upload the greeting card SVG into Cricut Design Space and open it on your 'Canvas' - if you need help with that, you can find that here...
2) On the right-hand side of the screen you will be able to see all the layers. You will see that I've positioned:
- the score line for the outer part of the card just above the cutting shape for the outer part of the card
- the score line for the inner card just above the cutting shape for the inner card
- the FOUR score lines for the envelope just above the cutting shape for the envelope (this is right at the bottom of the pile)
Make a mental note as we'll need to be able to identify and select these in a minute!
Note how the score lines are positioned right above the part that they're to score into/onto
3) Click 'Ungroup'...
'Ungroup' everything to start...
4) Next, we're going to select each of the lines that we want to be score lines - you can do this individually if you want, but it's much quicker to select them all together. You can do this by holding down the 'Shift' key on your keyboard and clicking on the ones you want to select...
Click on each of the lines that need to be set to score lines - TIP - hold the shift key as you click to select them all in one go
5) With the lines to be scored selected, look in the top left corner of Cricut Design Space, where it says 'Operation' and 'Cut' in the drop-down menu, click the little arrow by the side to access other options and select 'Score' in the section marked 'Draw'. Your lines are now all set to score and not cut.
For 'Operation' select 'Score'
6) Now, we need to tell Cricut Design Space which score lines we want to associate with each cutting shape, we need to link them correctly so that we're not having the envelope score lines on the card and the card score lines on the envelope - what a mess! So we just need to work down the layers, associating each score line (or group of score lines) with the cut shape underneath it.
- Select the score line and the card outer (using the 'Shift' key, as before) - then press 'Attach' (bottom of the screen)
Select the top score line and associate it with the card outer, just beneath it
You can now see, in the layers panel, that these are now 'attached' - note how the attached layers are indented a little beneath the 'attach' line
- Repeat this, selecting and attaching the score line with the inner card...
- And then the FOUR score lines all together with the envelope at the bottom.
- Finally, check that the layers look okay with everything attached where it should be - the order may be rearranged, with the envelope on top - this doesn't matter. (On Cricut Design Space, you may need to scroll down the layers panel to see the final layer or layers).
Time for a final check of the layers panel
7) Now, we are ready to 'Make it' (top right, as usual)
8) Prepare your first mat - check it says 'Score' and 'Basic Cut' for each mat
There should be three mats, each with a score and a basic cut
9) When you're ready, press 'Continue' (bottom right) as usual.
10) Select your paper type as usual (such as light cardstock)
11) Make sure the correct tools are selected - for the Explore or Joy the scoring stylus should appear with the cutting blade, for the Maker, it defaults to the scoring wheel - if you want to use the scoring stylus with the Maker, just click on 'Edit Tools' and then select the scoring stylus and press 'apply'.
Don't forget to also insert the correct tool in the correct slot in the machine too!
If you need to Edit your scoring tool type, do it here
The Maker is all set up for the Scoring Stylus now
12) The correct tools should now be ready to go, so just insert your prepared mat, set the machine off and follow the same process for the other layers.