Layered mandalas continue to be very popular in craft groups. They’re beautiful, look so complicated, yet are really an easy project to complete and they look AMAZING!
It’s been over a year since I designed my first layered mandala. In that time, I’ve created many patterns, and designs with the concept as I find it so relaxing. Creating these designs together is a bit like doing a puzzle.
Isn’t it just amazing how one design can look so different, just from cutting the design out of different colors?
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Materials Needed for Square Layered Mandala
- 65lb. cardstock
- Micro Foam Tabs
- Foam Tabs – I used a combination of micro and regular size foam tabs for this project. Size needed will depend on how large or small your piece will be.
- Spray Adhesive
- Light grip mat (blue)
- Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine
- Design #137 – Square Layered Mandala SVG – The free cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).
- Grab the free Square Layered 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? How To Upload SVG Files In Cricut Design Space post will provide step-by-step directions on how to upload SVGs to Design Space.
If using a frame or shadowbox, measure the inside of the frame to determine the cut size. I used an 8"x8" frame and cut the mandala at 7.5" square to fit just inside the frame insert. Leave all layers grouped to resize. They'll then stay in the right proportions.
- On the design canvas screen, you can play with how the project will look by changing layer colors to match your material. When you're happy with the colors, click "Make It". You then be taken to the prepare mat screen.
In this step, select the size of the paper or material you'll cut.
- Set Base Material Next, you're ready to select your base material.
For my project, I used 65lb. cardstock from Recollections. I set it to cut on Medium Cardstock setting at default pressure. My blade is getting worn. When new, I have great luck cutting 65lb. cardstock on the light cardstock setting. Cut settings will depend on your machine, age/use of your blade, and material being cut. It's always a good idea to test cut a small sample if you're unsure.
- Prepare Mat Now that the project is set up in Cricut Design Space, it's time to focus our attention on preparing the mat.
I always recommend using a brayer to firmly attach the paper to the mat. This greatly reduces tears while cutting.
- After the cut Once each layer is cut, it's time to remove the paper from the mat.
It's best to turn the mat upside down so that your material is flat against your work surface. Gently bend the mat back, away from the material, and use your other hand to keep the paper flat to the work surface. This prevents curling.
- Assemble Layers Once all layers are cut, it's time to put them together. I started with the very top layer. Because it is so thin, I choose to use spray adhesive to attach the first layer to the second layer.
I use a small old box and place the layer in the bottom, then spray. This method helps contain the overspray and keeps the mess to a minimum.
- Remaining layers Set the top to layers aside to give the adhesive a few minutes to dry. I then focused my attention on the bottom layers and worked my way up. I placed foam tabs and micro-size foam tabs around the backside of each of the layers and continued to stack them on top of each other.
Place the tabs evenly around the back of each layer so that the tabs support each area. This will prevent sagging in the middle of the project.
- Once all layers have been attached, you may either frame the mandala or use my free Easel Stand to prop up the mandala.
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