Making Your Own Multi-Layered Mandala

I had many of you say that you interested in make your own multi-layered mandala.  I am here to teach you exactly that.  And the video is ready.

There are a few things you need:
  • Download a copy of Inkscape if you don’t already have it.  I use version 0.92.4.  There is a later version  (1.0) that just came out but I haven’t used it yet and wanted something I am familiar with.  The video tells you how to get it.
  • You need a screen capture app.  I use Windows 10 Snip and Sketch.  It comes with Windows 10 and you can find it using the Cortana search on your Windows toolbar.  Any screen capture app will work.  You just need to move things from Design Space to Inkscape.
  • A Basic working knowledge of Design Space.  I run through some steps quickly and if you don’t understand something just email me and I will help.
  • The password to my site.  You can get this by becoming a member and signing up for my newsletter.  The Join the Crazy Cricut Lady Family form is just to the right. (Or below if you are on mobile.)
After watching this video you will know what kind of image you can make into your own mandala and how to create one from your own image!

Are you ready to try Making you own multi-layered mandala?
 
Making your own multi-layered mandala
Examples I teach you to make

Make a Multilayered Mandala

The project is 5 layers, filling in each layer a little more with each level.  It creates a wonderful effect and is really a lot easier than it looks.

You will need:
Paper Selection for Layered Angel Wall Art

This project can be made with any paper.  The colors to make a mutlilayered mandala are rainbow of pastel colors.  You could change it to shades of the same color if you want.  Patterns would not work well because you don’t see enough of each layer, but foils or glitter paper would work.

Cutting the Wall Art

Start with the bottom layer and cut the designs upward in hue and layer.  This is a must!

Be careful removing the mandalas from the mat because the lines can be thin, the top layer especially.

 

How to Make a Multilayered Mandala

As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom.  Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer.  This way you don’t lose the little pieces.  

You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue.  Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it.  

Once the layers are all together, you can use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base.  You can frame the piece with a frame or use it as an embellishment on anything depending on the size. If you used foam tape and want to frame it, you should put foam tape between the mat and the glass along the edges to make the frame stick up far enough to give the project room.

 

And now you know how to make a multilayered mandala.  Again email me and let me know if you would like to see a tutorial on how to make your own in Inkscape.

Flower Mandala – Coloring with Paper

I was going to post this Flower Mandala last week as part of Flower Week, but I was so excited by the other flowers I forgot I had it.  So I will post it this week.  Coloring with Paper is a new technique for Cricut that I developed and is so relaxing!

Pink Flower Mandala made by coloring with paper
Flower Mandala

Once you are sure you understand the basics, download the Flower Mandala  SVG File.  The instruction sheet in the download file explains how to upload it to Design Space.

 
 

You will need:

Paper Choice and Cutting

Cut the outline from the black cardstock. Do not make the individual elements any smaller than 5 inches tall or the black lines get too thin.  This makes this Flower Mandala coloring with paper projects a good size for cards and scrapbook pages.

Stick the outline to the contact paper and re-cover it with the protective backing paper.

Cut out the various pieces from paper scraps in your scrap bin.  You can use any color or pattern or weight paper you want. Just fill them in with paper that looks good to you.  You will be cutting the projects several times to get all your colors.  Keep the outlines.  They are very useful.  I make projects with them too.

 

Watch my video on cutting different colors on the same mat.

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Placing the Pieces

Start placing the various pieces on the coloring with paper flower mandala with the tweezers. 

DO NOT TOUCH THE STICKY SHEET WITH YOUR FINGERS

When all the open spaces are filled, check to make sure all the paper is secure.  Press the protective sheet over everything and press sorta hard.  Anything that seems loose, glue down with the liquid glue and let dry for at least 30 minutes.

Finally, with scissors cut around the outside leaving as much of the outside black line as you can.

Use the Coloring with paper flower mandala as you like. I plan to make it the centerpiece of a future scrapbook page.