Both the spider and the web were stock images from Cricut, but I thought I'd share how I put it all together in Design Space, and how I made sure it would fit the window. I'm using Design Space on my iPad, so it may look a little different for those who primarily use the program on their laptops.
1. Measure your window! My diagram ended up on a tiny scrap of paper (see the paper clip for reference). It's not super-detailed, but has enough information to work from.
|Measurements don't need to be complex|
2. Build your window in Design Space. To get my half circle, I started with a 4" circle (it's an easy size for positioning purposes) and a square, then used the Slice tool.
|Slice your circle in half. My circle is 4" wide to make it easier to position.|
|Cutting out the bottom center edge|
|Slicing the individual panes|
One note about Design Space - all four shapes are considered a single shape in the program. This is great when you're designing, but can be a pain if you're like me and like to reposition for printing to conserve materials. It's also a little bit of problem in this case because it's too wide for a 24" mat. To get around this, I made three additional copies of my window, then used the Hide Contour Tool, keeping only one pane in each copy.
|Both panels were a little large - folds give me the exact size|
Once I had my window, I saved the file as "Front Window Blank". This way I won't have to recreate these steps when I want to create a new design. Now it's time to make the Spiderweb window cling!
4. First thing - Use Save As to change the name of your working file. I named mine "Front Door Spiderweb Window Cling" - boring, but descriptive.
|Final design images selected.|
Before I moved on to window cling, I cut the full design out of copy paper, just to make sure it looked the way I thought it would. Sometimes the translation from screen to paper doesn't work as well as I expect. This time, it worked great, to it was time to cut the design out of window cling.
Here's where I do something maybe a little weird. I have wasting material, especially plastics where both cost and environmental concerns come into play. So I try to make as much use of the material as I can.
|Weeded Cutting mat|
I shared the final cutting file on my Cricut Profile, but the software no longer has an easy way to share a direct URL. If I can figure out how to do it, I'll add the URL in later.