One of my favourite things about owning a cutting machine is that you can take simple pieces of paper and turn them into a lovely piece of artwork in a matter of minutes. I think simple is often best…so I’ve created a rainbow project that you can make as is…or you can use the Slice function to personalise it. If you want this file, it’s in the Craftagogo Etsy Shop – the file has the blank version (left) with FULL INSTRUCTIONS on how to ‘Slice’ on your machine in order to personalise it:
However, there is a personalisation option, if you want me to add the name (in the ‘swirly’ style shown – or another style or font of your choice!) then choose that and all you’ll have to do is cut out the pieces and assemble them! There’s also a video at the bottom of this page if you prefer that way of learning!
To make Rainbow Wall Art on your Cricut or Silhouette you will need:
- Sheets of quality cardstock (I used pages from the Papermania Docrafts Textured Capsule Collection which comes in the most beautiful range of colours – I used the white, raspberry pink, orange, yellow, blue, green and lilac sheets for the rainbow and a sky blue sheet for the background
- PVA Glue (though any craft glue will do really – the main thing is you want a nozzle that can dispense it accurately as the area you’re applying it to is rather narrow)
- Adhesive Foam Pads
- A frame the same size as your paper (I went for the IKEA Ribba Frame in A4 size!)
- Our file – you can get it at the CraftAGoGo Studio Etsy shop.
Equipment to Make the Rainbow Wall Art:
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo (or whatever cutting machine you have!) with fine point blade (or autoblade or equivalent!)
- A sticky cutting mat
Preparing the Cut Files for your Rainbow Wall Art:
- Open the file rainbowart.svg (or rainbowart.dxf if you’re using Silhouette Basic Edition).
- In Design Space it’ll look like this:Save it, then select it and click on ‘Insert images’ and it’ll appear on your canvas as shown below.
- Right-click and you’ll see the menu choices as shown. Select ‘Ungroup.’
- If you don’t want to cut a name out of the rainbow, that’s it! You can now send all of the pieces to be cut! (See below):
Personalising the Files For Your Rainbow Wall Art:
- Click on the ‘T’ (Text) icon on the left-hand side of the screen. (We’ve highlighted it with a red box below). A huge box will appear out of nowhere! Type your name into it. If you want to change the font, access it via the font drop down in the top menu bar (also in a red box in the image below).
- Click on the canvas. You can now drag your text around and resize it if you wish. You can also resize the name so that it fills up more of the cloud, by left-clicking and dragging on the button at the bottom right of your text:
- Now, we want to cut the name out of the white cloud piece. In the right-hand margin, click on the name, and with your shift key pressed down, click on the white cloud piece (if you find you can’t select it on your own, make sure your pieces are ungrouped!)
- Choose ‘Slice’ from the bottom of the right-hand menu. You can now drag all the pieces apart – you’ll find that you’ve cut the name from the cloud piece! Delete the extra pieces.Now you can go ahead and cut your pieces!
Assembling your Rainbow Wall Art:
The pieces of your rainbow will look like this (please note, this is in a different font, but we show you how to do that in another lesson – though we also do a version of the file with your chosen name already done for you in our Etsy shop!). Be careful not to lose all those small pieces inside the name!
- Apply a thin row of glue along the inner white line, and use the lilac piece of card as a guide as to where to glue the back of the cloud. Lay the lilac piece along so it runs parallel to all of the other white lines, ensuring that the left-hand edge matches up perfectly with the edges of the lines cut from the white card
- Repeat, applying glue to the next white line, and applying the blue piece
- Continue until all of the pieces are applied. Ensure that there are no gaps – there should be a seamless rainbow on the back now!
- Turn the rainbow over and glue the missing pieces on to complete your name!Now, the piece is ready to fix onto the background. I didn’t want it to be flat – I wanted more of a 3D effect, so I stacked pairs of foam adhesive pads (to give the pads a bit of height!) and distributed them behind the rainbow, peeling off the backing and sticking them carefully one at a time.
Here I am putting it together on a video (forgive the scar on my hand…lentil bake, as ever, is the problem!)
Want to try making this yourself? Get the file and full instructions for personalisation here: