What is CutFiles.net?
CutFiles.net launched in September 2010 with nearly 200 digital die cut file designs in more than a dozen categories. Available for instant download in SVG (scalable vector graphics) format, these designer cut files are intended to be cut using a digital die cutting machine in conjunction with third-party software such as Sure Cuts A Lot and Make the Cut.
From seasonal images to cute animals, there are dozens of designs to choose from, with more being added all the time. Some of the categories of digital designs include: Birthday Party, Pirate, Halloween, Toys, Butterflies, Wedding, and Flowers and Nature.
While especially popular among scrapbookers and card makers, cut files are not just for paper crafters. Digital die cuts are a fun, affordable tool for teacher billboards, kids’ school projects, and more. You can create and decorate gift bags, favor boxes, iron-ons, glass etchings, centerpieces, cakes, vinyl clings, party supplies – the possibilities are truly endless. Save money, time, and trips to the store by customizing and cutting digital designs from home.
These SVGs are designed to work with a digital die cutting machine paired with Sure Cuts a Lot, Make the Cut, or any other program that supports SVG files and many digital die cutters. The files may work as-is with machines such as Silhouette, Black Cat Cougar or Lynx, Pazzles Inspiration, Craftwell eCraft, BossKut Gazelle, and USCutter, as well as the Wishblade and other Craft ROBO or Graphtec machines. Depending on your cutter and its firmware, you may need to convert the files using tools you find online. The SVGs were originally designed to work with the Cricut, but after ProvoCraft filed lawsuits against the makers of Sure Cuts a Lot and Make the cut, both companies settled the cases by making sure future versions of their software would not work with the Cricut. (Many users report that they can still cut SVGs with the Cricut using older versions.) CutFiles.net also offers Adobe Illustrator files that can be converted to JPG, GSD, DXF and other formats. (You must have AI installed on your computer to do this.)
Where can I get SCAL or MTC?
CutFiles.net is proud to be an affiliate of Make The Cut. A renewed partnership with Sure Cuts A Lot (by Crafters Edge) is pending software revisions. These affordable programs add so much power to your digital die cutter. Besides using your machine to cut designer SVGs, you can make it cut any True Type Font and even “weld” letters or images together – no need to buy expensive cartridges! Please help support CutFiles.net and its creation of even more great SVGs by choosing to purchase software through clicking one of the links on our site. (There are free trial versions available of both SCAL and MTC if you’re not sure which one you want – some people enjoy both.) If you have a PC, choose either program. Mac users will probably opt for Sure Cuts a Lot, as currently Make the Cut is only compatible with a Macintosh if the user is running Parallels or Bootcamp.
How do I download the cut files?
Follow the simple instructions below each SVG file listing to download the cut file(s) of your choice. Free cut files begin downloading instantly as soon as you click the download link. If you have chosen a premium product, you will be redirected to the PayPal payment system. Once payment is confirmed, your file will begin downloading, and you will also be sent an email with a special link directly to the file. Files download in compressed (Zipped) format and must be extracted before use.
How do I use the cut files?
Once you have downloaded and installed either Sure Cuts A Lot or Make the Cut (some people have both), simply import the SVG file, size it to your liking, “break” it apart (so each inner shape is a separate entity), and arrange the elements on your virtual mat by the color of cardstock or patterned paper (or other material) you plan to use. Stick the cardstock to your mat in the corresponding areas and load your mat into the machine. Connect your die cutter to your computer using a regular printer cable and follow the software program’s instructions to cut.
In SCAL: Open the program to the mat screen. Under the File menu select “Import SVG.” Navigate to the SVG image you desire and click OK. You can now size the image, rotate it, make a shadow, weld it to letters or another image, and so on before cutting.
In MTC: Under the File menu, choose “Import” and then choose “SVG/SVGZ File.” Then navigate to the image you want and select it. Once it appears on your virtual Cricut mat, you can resize the image and then choose “Shape Magic” and “Break” to separate the image into its parts. When you have them arranged the way you want them on the mat (by color), save it as a Make the Cut Project and/or cut.
Will these SVG files work with Cricut, CraftROBO, Wishblade, Silhouette, Gazelle, or other cutting machines?
CutFiles.net launched with a focus on SVG files, due to the popularity of the format and its then-compatibility with the popular die cutting machine, the Cricut, as well as other machines. Recently, more digital die cutter manufacturers have been updating their machines to be compatible with SVGs. You may be able to find a program that will convert SVGs to a format that works with your cutter. If you have one of these machines that uses GSD, DXF, or another format and wish CutFiles.net offered those versions, please let us know so we can get a better sense of the interest that’s out there. In the meantime, we do offer the option to purchase the Adobe Illustrator file of any design as a premium upgrade. Then, if you have AI, you can convert it and otherwise adjust it yourself.
While many people report that they are still using older versions of the Sure Cuts a Lot and Make the Cut software to cut with a Cricut, those two third-party software companies have settled court cases by removing Cricut compatibility from future versions of the products.
I need more help.
If you have an issue with Sure Cuts a Lot or Make the Cut, please visit the excellent forums set up by the companies that make that software. (Here’s the Sure Cuts a Lot forum, here’s the Make the Cut forum.) There is a passionate and active SVG user community out there ready to offer assistance at any time. While the graphics at CutFiles.net are very intuitive and user-friendly, we do understand that you may have some questions or issues. If this is the case, please email us. Also, no one is perfect – if you find a problem or issue with a cut file, please let us know right away so we can get it corrected and you can get cutting!
How can I learn more?
Sign up for the CutFiles.net newsletter! The site launched in September 2010, and once we have a good number of signups, we will begin sending out a fun, useful newsletter with new SVG design announcements, project ideas, handy tips, and more.
I have an idea for a design. Can you make it?
While we welcome and appreciate ideas for new cut files, we can’t custom-create SVGs for individual users. Our priority is making new designs that will be of interest to the greatest number of users. However, please don’t hesitate to send in your thoughts on what you’d like to see next – either specific cuts or entire categories of designer cut files.
I made a cool project! Wanna see it?
We’d love to see your scrapbook layouts and anything else you make with the SVGs at CutFiles.net! Please upload them to the comments section of the blog post corresponding to the design (or one of the designs) you used. By sending in your projects, you give us the right to display them on the CutFiles.net website and/or share them in the newsletter. Thanks!