Halloween is coming, and in all the fun craft groups, I’ve seen people prepping decorations. When I think of Halloween, I see pumpkins, witches, and black cats! Thus I had to come up with this fun layered mandala style cat design.
The cat is 5 layers and looks great with foam spacer tabs for a 3D effect as shown in the first photo with the gold glitter eyes, or with all the layers glued like the green foil eyed cat below.
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MATERIALS TO MAKE LAYERED HALLOWEEN CAT MANDALA
- 65 lb Cardstock – I used Recollections Brand Cardstock from Michaels.
- Micro Foam Tabs – These micro-foam tabs are perfect for the thin lines on the top layer of the cat.
- Foam tabs – These foam tabs from Tombow are my absolute favorite. They’re thick enough to provide a good dimension to each project. The description is a bit deceiving as it states 50 tabs. In fact, there are 464 in the package, 50 large and 414 small sizes.
- Light grip mat (blue light grip)
- Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine.
Once you’ve unzipped the download folder, upload the SVG formatted file to Cricut Design Space. You’ll see I saved the design in a few shades of grey and black so that they’re easier to see on screen. If you need help or instructions on the upload process, this post will walk you through the process step-by-step.
Leave the design grouped to resize as not all layers are the same dimension. This will ensure all layers stay in the correct proportion.
As shown in the material list above, I prefer to work with Recollections brand cardstock from Michaels. It cuts smooth and works well with a light blue cutting mat.
To ensure clean cuts and to keep the cardstock from ripping, use a brayer to adhere the paper to the mat.
Once you have all the layers cut, it’s time to start putting the kitty together.
We’ll start a bit in the middle and with the 3rd and 4th layers (as described in the Order of Layers photo above) and used glue to attach the glitter layer to the 3rd layer. Then we’ll move on to using foam tabs to attach the second layer, then the first layer. Once the top four layers were assembled, I attached them to the bottom layer.
Using a sharpie, I colored the sides of the micro foam tabs used on the top layer so that they wouldn’t be as visible.
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