4 Knockout Techniques Using Cricut Design Space

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Posted on April 17, 2022 by Desiree McClung
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I have seen some really fun projects in the last two years using a technique called knockout style and I want to show you several ways you can create the knockout effect for your projects. Knockout designs use two or more images or words arranged together using various techniques. The superimposed images are set together so that one image stands out against another by creating white space between the images or words, as shown above.

Table of Contents 

  • Knockout Lettering Using the Print and Cut Bleed Technique 
  • Knockout Text Using the Duplicate Feature 
  • Knockout Images Using the Slice Technique
  • Knockout Text Using Cricut Design Space Offset Feature (in beta)
  • Recommended Fonts for Knockout Projects
  • Crafting Projects Using the Knockout Style 

There are many ways that you can achieve a knockout style in your Cricut projects. I am focusing on techniques using Cricut Design Space to achieve this style. Some crafters use third party systems, like Inkscape or Procreate, to create this effect. There are so many ways it can be achieved by mastering the techniques outlined below in a system we already know and love, Cricut Design Space. 

Knockout Lettering Using the Print and Cut Bleed Technique 

This technique utilizes the Cricut print and cut feature to create a bleed around the image you want to “knockout”. In my example, I use the words “DAD” in the font Caslon Black and the words “Stella and Korbin” in the font Max Min by Sutujuh from Creative Fabrica. I love this font for this project because of the unique heart glyphs connecting the names. These can be used by accessing the character map (PC) or font book (Mac) and copying and pasting the glyphs into Design Space. I will try to break it down step-by-step so that you can see how easy it is to do. 

First, create your first set of wording using a bold, chunky font for the word “DAD.” 

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Create your second set of wording using a script font, preferably one that you can use glyphs to tie the letters together as I did here for the names “Stella” and “Korbin.” 

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Duplicate the script lettering and change the color to another color to distinguish which was your original lettering.

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Hide the DAD and original script font from the page by clicking the eye icon next to the images on the right-hand side of your project. 

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Change the duplicated image (shown in red) from a cut image to a print and cut image as shown in the image. 

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Select make it to start the printing of this project. Of course, we are not going to print or cut this image! But this will allow us to make a shadow with the bleed option that print and cut has. Make sure the bleed icon is toggled to the on (green) position. 

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Open the printer dialogue box but instead of printing the image, save the image to your desktop as a .jpeg image. You can choose to name your image if you wish.

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Once it is saved, cancel the print to your printer, and cancel the print and cut from the Cricut Design Space to return you back to your canvas. 

Select Upload to upload the image you just saved into Design Space. This will have the black print and cut box surrounding the lettering, so it will need to be cropped in Design Space and the white spaces will need to be removed to convert to an .svg image. Once done, save your image and insert it onto your canvas. 

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Make the image the same size as your red lettering and delete the duplicate red (skinny) lettering. 

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Click the eye icons to view your DAD and original script lettering. 

Center your DAD and uploaded script lettering together and align the two images by highlighting them both and clicking the align vertically tab in the align icon at the top of your canvas.

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Slice the two images together and then separate all of the images that have been sliced to remove all of the pieces except DAD that has been sliced through (in grey) and the original script lettering (in grey).

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Render the original script lettering to another color to offset if you would like. Then, place the two images together to complete your knockout lettering.

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Knockout Text Using the Duplicate Feature 

This is a simple way to create a knockout effect without much know-how, but it does require a bit more patience. This technique allows you to duplicate and then slice your image over and over to create the desired effect. 

Add the word HOME to your blank Cricut Design Space canvas. I used the Cricut Sans font that comes with installed on Cricut Design Space.

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Add the words “sweet home” to your canvas using a scripted font. I chose the popular font “I Love Glitter.” 

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Duplicate your accent words “sweet home” multiple times using the duplicate button.

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Drag one of the accent words over the HOME and center align it using the align feature on the toolbar above your canvas. 

Select and slice the two images together and then drag your HOME word away and delete the remainder of the image that was sliced.

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Repeat this process multiple times, each time offsetting your scripted lettering slightly to create the effect you want.

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Once you are happy with the amount of white space that has been created (which took me about 6 slices) you can delete any remaining duplicated scripted letters leaving one behind on your canvas.

Change the color of that final accent word to red and center it with the HOME lettering to complete your knockout words.

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Knockout Images Using the Slice Technique 

This technique works well if you want to create the effect of one color inside of another color using two different images. This can be used with or without leaving space between the two images as we did in the previous two techniques. 

I added text to my blank canvas using the words “home sweet home” in the chunky font called Single Sleeve, an awesome free font from Creative Fabrica.  I have center aligned my words and edited the letter and line spacing to make them as tight as possible.

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I found an image of a house on Cricut Design Space. The image I liked best needed to be tweaked a small amount since I wanted the silhouette of the house with fewer details, so I used the contour option to select out the window and the bush next to the house. Once I was satisfied with my contoured image, I adjusted the size to fit inside of my lettering, duplicated the house image, and set it aside on my canvas.

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I sliced the image of the house and lettering together to create a knockout of the house image over the lettering. Below are the images dissected after they were sliced.

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I deleted the two images that were not going to be used (they were the sliced images shown in black).

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I made each image a different color so that I could easily see how they fit together.

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Once the images were colored, carefully lay them on top of one another and you can see the house and the lettering fit within one another without white space in between 

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Knockout Text Using Cricut Design Space Offset Feature 

This is the newest technique that can be used for offsetting letters that is very simple and easy to do. The offset feature allows you to create a shadow around letters, words, or images. This is a revolutionary feature for several projects and has become my new favorite function of mine on Design Space. This is still in beta testing (as of Cricut Design Space Version 7.5.177).  

There are a few glitches with the offset feature that I have noticed. If you look closely at the project I created, the “d” in desiree did not outline the inside of the “d” so it filled in that letter instead of outlining it. The “d” in the word “and” had the same issue. I tried it with three different fonts, all with the same result. I am not sure why, nor could I figure out a solution to fix it. I don’t think that it took away from the overall design, so I left it as is. I also made sure that my offset was very thin so that the name, in this example, McClung, was still visible. You can play around with the fonts and the offset sizes to achieve the desired effect you are looking for. 

Add the wording that you want to use in bold lettering. I chose my married name, McClung, in the font Rockstar

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Add the accent wording in a different font. I chose the font Wallflower. I added the first names of my husband and myself. 

Select the names and click the offset button on the toolbar above your canvas.

Edit the offset function using the glider to make a bubble around your lettering. You can make it thicker or thinner by sliding the glider left or right. I wanted a thin border for this design so I typed 0.050 into the size window and selected save.

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You can click the lettering to separate the shadow from the font. The shadowing on my example is black.

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I dragged the shadowed layer over the McClung name and sliced them together after centering the image.

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Then, I removed the parts of the sliced image that I didn’t want, leaving behind the original accent lettering and the McClung name that has been sliced out.

I layered the remaining two images together and kept them the same color.

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Recommended Fonts for Knockout Designs 

The best fonts for the background of the knockout design (the larger letters) are thick, chunky letters that you can slice out but still be legible. The design you create will be spoiled if you select a thin font that may be illegible once it is sliced out.  

The best fonts for the accent words are fonts that are thinner, connected by swashes/glyphs, and scripted. They allow the lettering to stand out against the thick, chunky background text.

Below, I have provided some examples of background and accent fonts to use for the knockout technique:

Thick Fonts (background) 

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The Holiday Font 

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Mike Boom 

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Farmhouse 

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Brandon Bromley 

Thin Fonts (accent) 

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Small Kitchen 

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Billabong 

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Short Party 

 

Font Duos (background and accent in one download!)

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Mom Grows Love 

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Farmhouse Greatness 

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Pinkish Pink 

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Hey Molly 

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Believe Yourself 

Crafting Projects Using Knockout Style 

There are many projects I have seen using this cool technique, so I have a few of them listed that you can check out to inspire you, too. 

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Personalized Wooden Name Block 

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Family Birthday Sign 

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Trick or Treat Pillow 

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Mom Subway Tile 

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Autumn Leaves Reverse Canvas 

I hope you enjoyed learning how to create a knockout design and hope that you will try one of these techniques to create your own design to give as a gift or to display in your own home. Add a photo comment below to share the knockout designs that you have created. Thank you for reading and happy crafting! 


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Lainey

April 25, 2022

Brilliantly explained. I didn't understand what a "knockout" was previously, now I have the confidence to try myself

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Dezzikrafts

April 25, 2022

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I’m a so happy, it’s such a great technique. Worth a try for sure!


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