Lately I’ve seen a ton of beautiful images of a Cricut project that looks like a tree and bark. I was thinking of that earlier this week when I walked by some crosses that I have hanging in my stairway and the idea came to me to try to recreate my favorite one to be cut from paper.
I played around with the design and how I could accomplish the look and am very happy with the results.
The photo above the bigger cross was my first prototype. Then on the left, I used the same brown paper and colored (more like scribbled) on the paper to achieve more texture and dimension. Follow the steps below for more information.
The cross show here in the center was my inspiration for this design.
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Materials Needed For A Layered Wood Look Cross
- 65lb. cardstock– For the two crosses pictured above I used Recollections 65lb. Cardstock.
- Spray adhesive glue
- Art Glitter Glue – This is my favorite liquid adhesive glue (there’s no glitter in it).
- Colored Pencils – I love Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils.
- Light grip mat (blue)
- Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine
- Design #124 – Layered Wood Look Cross SVG – My free SVG cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).
How To Cut And Assemble A Layered Wood Look Cross
Start by downloading the free Layered Wood Look Cross from my freebie vault, a library of free cut files just for subscribers of my newsletter.
I cut the cross at 8″ tall for the 8″x10″ shadow box frame pictured above. For my Cricut Maker, I’ve found that I have perfect cuts using the Light Cardstock setting. Machines can vary especially depending how new or dull your blade is. I always recommend performing a small test cut so that you use settings that work for your machine/paper.
Using a brayer to adhere the cardstock to your mat will help keep the cardstock from moving, thus reducing tears during cutting.
Once cut, it’s best to turn the mat upside down and gently bend the mat back to remove the mat from the paper. This reduces tearing and curling of the cardstock.
To achieve the wood-like appearance on the cross, I scribbled on the paper where the cuts would be. I just guessed close by reviewing the mat on screen.
The brown layer, I forgot to scribble or color my paper first, so was gentle and colored those layers after cutting while still on the mat.
Because the layers are so intricate on this project, I choose to glue all the layers and pieces instead of using foam tabs as I do in many of my projects.
I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive in a small box to keep the mess and overspray to a minimum. As you can see in the photo, this box has been used many times and I keep it just for projects like this.
Once you’ve sprayed a light coat of the spray bond, place the cut piece on the next layer down. Repeat this process for the hearts and the cross pieces.
After using spray adhesive to attach the layers together, I then used Art Glitter Glue to adhere to the big pieces.
Repeat the process with the small heart and the bigger outer ring heart.
To finish my Layered Wood Look Cross, I framed it in an 8″x10″ Shadow Box from Michaels.
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