Create a Vintage Valentine Sign using the Cricut Contour Tool

Last week, while creating a Valentine Coffee Treat Holder, I briefly showed you the Contour Tool in Cricut® Design Space.  If you are someone who rarely uses this tool, or someone who wishes they knew a little bit more about the Contour feature, then you will enjoy today’s tutorial. I am going to share with you how the Contour tool works and how I used it to create my Vintage Valentine sign. 

SIDE NOTE for those of you who saw a teaser of this post yesterday: I typed the original post while waiting in the airport and it did not update correctly before we boarded. Our plans to fly quickly to Chicago ended in a nine hour flight and I forgot to double check the posting once we arrived. I hope that you enjoy today’s completed post.

Before showing you how I created this Vintage Valentine sign using the Hide Contour feature, I want to explain a little more about this amazing tool.  Let’s take a look at what Hide Contour does for you in Design Space and where you can find it on your device. 

CONTOUR DEFINED: The Contour tool allows you to hide a portion of an image layer by removing any unwanted cut lines.

In other words, when you use the Hide Contour feature, you are able to remove the cut lines you do not want in an image. When you view my video, you will be able to see how this tool works. I started out with a dog image from our Artistry Collection, and was able to remove the heart image using the Hide Contour Tool. 


If you are using the Desktop Version of Design Space on your Windows or Mac Computer or Laptop, you can find the Hide Contour Tool in the lower right corner of the Layers Panel.  When using an iOS or Android Device, you can locate the Hide Contour Tool under the Actions Menu.


  • An image needs to be selected to use the Hide Contour Tool
  • You must UNGROUP an image before selecting Hide Contour
  • Not all images will allow you to use the Hide Contour Tool

Are you ready to learn a little more about the Hide Contour feature in Cricut Design Space? In my video I am going to show you how this tool works, where to find it on your device, and show you how I used it to create this Vintage Valentine sign.  

This video does not walk you through the entire sign making project, but it does give you a little more insight to using the Hide Contour tool.  In my opinion, this is one of the most useful tools in Cricut Design Space. It expands your image library two-fold and allows you to manipulate your images to fit your design.

Let’s take a look at how the Hide Contour Feature works in Cricut Design Space.

If you are interested in learning how to make a sign using an SVG file like this one and how to weed, layer, and apply adhesive vinyl, you can sign up for my local or online Cricut class

I hope that today’s project and tutorial has helped you learn a little more about the Hide Contour Tool in Cricut Design Space and has inspired you to dust off your Cricut machine and give this a try.  

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Here is a List of Supplies Used on this Project

New CTMH Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our our NEW Seasonal Expressions catalogs. 68837843_10156706011122686_7657167806701502464_nIf you have come here from Melinda Everitt’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As many of you know, I am a bit of a Cricut® addict. I love using this wonderful machine along with our Cricut® collections for paper crafting & home decor. Can you imagine my excitement when Close to My Heart introduced their NEW SvGs?  I could not wait to be able to play with them. MissCarriesCreations-CTMHSVGMugs.jpg

This time, instead of creating something out of paper, I chose to alter a few of the New SvG images to create a few Christmas Gifts.  For each these coffee mugs, I used images from the Family History, School Days, and Where Our Story Begins files. After creating my design, I cut each one from Premium Outdoor Vinyl.

I then used a Weeding Tool to remove the excess Vinyl & applied Transfer Tape over each of the images. If I were creating a sign, I would layer all the images together, then apply at once. I have found that it is much easier to apply the images separately with cups & mugs.

Are you ready to start playing with our New SvG images?If you are still a little confused about using Vinyl & SvG images, I have created a short video showing how I made one of these mugs. There will also be a Tutorial showing how to upload SvGs into Design Space posted here on my blog next Tuesday.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Alyson Mayo’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Currently, we have over TEN SvGs that are ready for you to create with. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Digital Art tab of my website to see how you can get the bundle for only $7.95.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.