How to Work With Rhinestone Template Files
Most files are delivered in a .zip file. This file includes all file extensions included. I recommend saving the zipped folder to your desktop so you can easily find it, but you can save it anywhere you prefer. If you can't find after you download it, it is probably in your downloads folder.

To unzip the file, please follow the instructions below:

Locate the zipped folder that you want to unzip (extract) files or folders from and then do one of the following.
To unzip a single file or folder, open the zipped folder, then drag the file or folder from the zipped folder to a new location.
To unzip all the content of the zipped folder, press and hold (or right click) the folder, select Extract All, and then follow the the instructions.

Locate the zipped folder that you want to unzip (extract) files or folders.
Double click the zipped file. The file will automatically be docompressed by Archive Utility into the same folder the compressed file is in. Access the extracted files by clicking the appropriate icons.

Before you get started...
We get a lot of people who report back to me that I sent them a "web page" instead of a graphics file. I can guarantee you this is not the case. This happens when you double click on your graphics file from the saved file itself. Basically, your computer is saying " I don't know what program you want this open in, so here is what it looks like" and it opens a local browser on your computer and usually shows you what it looks like. What you need to doo to resolve this is to open your design program first (Silhouette, cricut, Illustrator, SCAL, etc.) and use the File --> open / import feature. Then navigate to that file you want and open in that way. The files will not open properly any other way.

Special instructions for Rhinestone Templates In Cricut Design Space

Rhinestone templates have been notoriously difficult to work with in Design Space. There are two problems. First…as we all know, svg files not purchased directly from the Design Space store import huge.  Normally you can just resize it and move on.  But rhinestones require very specific sized holes to be sized right.  And because of how they are grouped, the design just isn’t resized as easily as traditional vector-based files.  No worries!  We fixed it.

FIRST THINGS FIRST – Download the zipped file.  Then unzip the file and remember where you save the unzipped file to.  You will need to find these folders to upload the file into Design Space!  If you’re not sure, just save it to your desktop to find it easily.  If you can’t find it, check your downloads folder.

1. IMPORTANT!! When you purchase a download file from us, you will receive a zipped file.  When you unzip your file there are three folders in the main folder.  You MUST use the .svg file in the folder labeled DesignSpaceFiles.  (some files also have -dsf in the file name – it does not matter if that is there or not.  Just make sure you use the .svg labeled CRICUT even though there is another .svg in the folder)

Launch Design Space and start a new project.  Click Upload and choose the option to upload an Image

Click Browse and then locate your folder.  Click on the file you want to use and click open.

A preview of the file will come up.  There is a different box for each size/color of rhinestone.  Click Save

Click on the preview of the file you just uploaded (make sure it has the green box around it) and then click Insert Images.

Your design should be in your workspace.  You may need to scroll a little bit to find where it was placed.  Just click it, drag it and place it in the upper left corner of your work area.

Each yellow box will be its own layer and each group of rhinestones will be it’s own layer.  This design has six layers.  DO NOT RESIZE.  If you do, the holes will not be in the right size and you will not be able to brush your stones into your template.

Click ungroup in the upper right corner.  This will separate each layer so you can cut the individual templates.  Not all templates have multiple templates.  Only designs with different colors or sizes will be separated out like this.

Note that there is a box and a group of rhinestones that sits inside that box.  These two need to be attached to each other to cut properly.  Select both the rhinestone group and the yellow box together by holding down shift and then clicking on each one.  They should both be highlighted a darker shade.  Then click on Attach at the bottom.  Do this for each box/rhinestone group.  This file will have three sets to attach.

Make sure you place a piece of rhinestone template material on your mat large enough for your design.  If you need to cut each template separately, turn off/on groups by clicking on the eye next to the words Attach.

If your design is larger than 12 inches long you will need a larger mat.   Make sure you select the large 12 X 24 mat.  Then click Continue.

Click on Make It on the upper right hand corner. 

Now you can connect to your cutter and proceed to cut.  I have found that the following settings work well as a starting point for rhinestone sticky flock.  I recommend creating a custom material and saving it as a favorite.  Be sure to multi cut two times.  If you find the pressure is too light or strong (you’re cutting through the paper) just adjust the pressure setting up or down. 

Your material will now cut!  I advise you to test with a small design to avoid wasting any material just in case you need to adjust your settings.  When you weed your cut material pull the flock from one corner low and slow.  This will minimize the number of cut holes you will need to pick out yourself.  Most of the time I get a perfect weed!  As always, let us know if you have any questions!  [email protected]

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