It’s been just over a year since I started designing layered mandalas. I’ve tackled many different shapes and designs. In my Facebook group, there seem to be frequent requests for a sunflower. So this week, I’ve tried my spin on the summer and fall flower that is so popular.
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Layered mandala designs can look complicated, but don’t let that fool you. These projects that can be done quickly with cardstock are easy. This is something that even a beginner can do.
Materials Needed For A Layered Sunflower Mandala
- 65lb. cardstock
- Foam Tabs
- Art Glitter Glue – This is my favorite liquid adhesive glue (there’s no glitter in it).
- Light grip mat (blue)
- Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine
- Design #135 – Layered Sunflower Mandala SVG – The free cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).
- Get My Free Layered Sunflower Mandala SVG Cut File
Upload my layered mandala SVG into Cricut Design Space. Once uploaded to Design Space, your screen should look like this.
Are you new to working with Cricut and need help with how to upload cut files? My How To Upload SVG Files In Cricut Design Space post will provide step-by-step directions on how to upload SVGs to Design Space.
- Set up Design Space to Cut
Resize the flower (while grouped) to fit the needs of your project. I set the height of my sunflower to 7.5 inches tall so that I would be able to use 8.5"x11" cardstock that I had on hand.
Once you have the size set, you're ready to "Make It." On the material selection screen, choose the setting that closely matches your materials. I used light cardstock on my maker as it works perfectly for the 65lb. cardstock. Machines and blade age may vary, so choose a setting that works for you.
- Working with Cardstock on the Mat
When working with paper or cardstock, it's best to use a brayer to ensure the paper securely adheres to the cutting mat. This really helps reduce tears while cutting.
To remove the paper once the cutting is complete, turn the mat upside down on your work surface and gently bend back while keeping the paper flat against the work surface.
Time to Assemble
Once all pieces are cut, it's time to assemble the sunflower using a combination of glue and foam tabs.
Start with the layers that will be glued. I used Art Glitter Glue between the two green "leaf" layers and the two top flower petal layers along with the solid middle circle (shown in the photo in brown).
To start, I placed glue in the center of the fourth layer. Then attached the third (gold foil) layer on top. I also glued the brown middle circle.
The remainder of the layers I attached are using double-sided foam tabs.
Both of the yellow layers shown have adhered with foam tabs.
I choose not to use glue or tabs on the flower petals to keep them loose as flowers are not all perfect, and some petals stick out more than others.
Fully assembled Layered Sunflower. 🌻
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