Every year, as the temperatures drop there number of people searching online for a Grinch SVG will rise. The Grinch is a popular holiday character but there are a few things you should know about Grinch SVG files before you get started.
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Legality of Grinch SVG Files
First, I want to say that legally there is no one other than the owner of any trademarked image can sell it. If a third party goes into a legal agreement or contract with the owner of the image they can work out details to use the image. The legal owner of the Grinch images is Dr. Seuss Enterprises. You can actually see the information for images they have trademarked HERE.
If anyone other than Dr. Seuss Enterprises wants to use images like the Grinch, they would have to work out a legal agreement or contract just like Universal Studios did as described in THIS article. If you looked at the article you would see that it costs a lot of money to get the rights to use a trademarked item, so my guess is that when you see a little online store selling Grinch SVG files they are probably not doing it legally.
To read more about copyright law you can click HERE.
Find a Grinch Coloring Book Image
But what if you really want to put an image of the Grinch on an ornament or a holiday gift, then what can you do? I made this for myself and I have no plans to sell it. I am still technically breaking the law by using the image but the chances of Dr. Suess knocking on my door because I made this image for a cup for myself is pretty slim.
I created this design by using a coloring book image that I found online. Then I uploaded the image into my CREATE software. I used my CREATE software because you can save your images as SVG files from the CREATE software. When I work in Cricut Design Space any image I upload into that software can only live in Cricut Design Space. It is not a true SVG file and there is no way to export it.
If you want to learn about other software programs that do allow you to make a true SVG file you can check out my article HERE.
The Grinch SVG that isn’t a SVG
You can also use a coloring book image to create a Cricut Grinch cutting file. Noticed that I did not call this version a SVG . . . that is because when you upload something into Cricut Design Space you are only converting it to a Cricut Cut File and not a true SVG file. This design cannot be exported and is not the same high quality as a SVG that you could make with a true design software.
Will it still work for making a simple design for yourself? Sure! I just want you to know that it is not a svg file. I made the video below that you can also see on my YouTube channel that will walk you through the process.
You are going to use a combination of different features and functions in Cricut Design Space and will learn how to upload an image, remove the background, save it as a cut file as well as how to use Duplicate and Contour to create layers.
If you want to take a look at some other tutorials that I have done that use this same process you can check out the following projects
- Creating Layers – UP House
- Easy Cricut Projects – Learning Layering
- Uploading images with more than one color
Layering Adhesive Vinyl
I decided to cut this Grinch design out of adhesive vinyl, which is also called permanent vinyl. If you want to learn more about the different types of vinyl make sure to check my Vinyl Buyers Guide HERE.
In this video I will show you how to layer your adhesive vinyl and use parchment paper and transfer tape to help you line things up on your design. I have show you this process before in my tutorial called Easy Cricut Projects. In that article I did a series of projects to show the layering process with cardstock, iron on vinyl and adhesive vinyl.
I prefer to use Siser brand vinyl for my iron on projects. I feel that is the best quality brand of iron on vinyl out there, and it weeds the easiest. For permanent vinyl I like StarCraft vinyl.
Over the years I have gotten Siser vinyl from a variety of places, including My Craft Source. When you shop at My Craft Source be sure to use code ShawnMosch to get 5% off your order!
Heat Transfer Warehouse is another great source for your vinyl needs. I also have a coupon code you an use there! Use code SHAWN5 to get 5% off your first order when shopping at Heat Transfer Warehouse.
Another retailer that I work with is Vinyl and Tulle. Use coupon code SHAWNMOSCH to save 10% off your order! They ship WORLD WIDE!
Madame Blanks is my recommended source for for my Canadian followers! Use coupon code SHAWN10 to save 10% off your order of StarCraft products!
I have also ordered from Expression Vinyl. Sorry, no code for that one, but if they are having a sale or are the only place that you can find that has the item you want, at least you know they are a trusted retailer. All of these stores carry Siser brand vinyl and I love that I can order large rolls or small sheets. This can give you a larger variety of choices and allow to to save money on larger orders. To make sure you are getting the best price for your vinyl, make sure to check out my Vinyl Buyers Guide.
Grinch Print Then Cut Designs
Another popular project right now is to apply a pattern along with the Grinch image to text. This can be a fun Print Then Cut project to add to a shirt, or even do a set of shirts for a holiday party! I did a video to show you how I achieved this look with my StarCraft Solo machine! You do not even need a Grinch SVG for this one. I used a Grinch image I found with a transparent background.
Struggling with Cricut Design Space?
If you feel like you are always struggling with Cricut Design Space and wish there was one place you could go to learn how to use all of the buttons and features so you could spend your time just enjoying crafting then you should check out my Teach Me Cricut Design Space Online Course.