It’s beginning to look like Christmas at my house. Today I will show you how to create this Mickey and Pluto Christmas towel by combining some images already found in Cricut Design Space.
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I love it when I get to combine crafting and Disney, and using my Cricut allows me to do that so easily! For this design I simply went into Design Space and searched for a few images. Once you learn to use Cricut Design Space you can really be more creative with it. For this project I took some seemingly unrelated images and combined them to create my own unique image.
I have listed the images from Cricut Design Space that I used below so you can use the same ones if you want. If you click on Images in Design Space and then enter the number including the # in front of it into the search bar, it will bring you right to the image. You can also use images of your own choice to combine.
Cricut Design Space Images Needed
- Mickey #M150F5A2
- Pluto #M456AA
- Sleigh #M3FA07
- Reindeer (for the antlers) #M3F02A
- Swirl (for the reins of the sleigh) #M3E00D
Combine images in Design Space
Once you have the images needed and have inserted them into the canvas in Design Space you can start to work with each element to combine them into the Mickey and Pluto Christmas image you want.
Since I knew I wanted Mickey facing the opposite way when I placed him inside of the sleigh, I used the Flip function in Cricut Design Space. You can flip anything horizontally or vertically. I just clicked on the Mickey Mouse image and then went to the Flip button at the top of the screen and picked Flip Horizontal. I have this pointed out for you in the image below with the blue arrow.
Once Mickey is flipped I can move him to look like he is inside of the sleigh. Resize and adjust Mickey until you have him positioned just how you want him, then select both Mickey and the sleigh and click the Weld button in the lower right corner of Design Space. Weld joins things that are touching into one element. I have the Weld button pointed out with the blue arrow in the image below for you.
Adding Antlers to Pluto
Now we need to add those antlers to our Pluto image. To do this we will use the Slice function to separate the antlers from the reindeer. One important thing to remember when using Slice is that you can only have two things selected for it to work, so we need to tell Cricut Design Space where we want to cut the reindeer.
To start, we will insert a square by clicking on the Shape button on the left hand side of the screen. I have it indicated with a purple arrow in the image below. Then click on the Square to insert that. Once the square is inserted you can enlarge it and rotate it so that it covers all of the reindeer except for the antlers. I show you how I did this in the image below. The rotate button is circled in blue so you can find that easily.
Once you have the square in place, select just the reindeer and the square at the same time and click the Slice button in the lower right corner of Design Space. I have this indicated with a blue arrow in the image below. After you have sliced this image, you can delete the square and the body of the reindeer since we will not need those anymore.
Now you can resize those antlers down so that they fit on top of Pluto’s head. Once you have those positioned exactly how you want them you can select both the antlers and Pluto and click the Weld button. Weld joins things that are touching into one image. If you need a reminder sheet to print out to help you remember this I have a free one you can download under the Classes section of this site.
Before I move on, I am going to select all of the images I have already created for this Mickey and Pluto Christmas design and change the color of them to green. I can do this by clicking on the square in the Operations area of the top panel of Design Space. I have it indicated with a blue circle in the image below.
Align your Images
Now I want to make sure that my sleigh and the Pluto image are lined up at the same spot on the bottom of the images. To do this I am going to use the Align function in Design Space. I select the Mickey in the sleigh and the reindeer Pluto image all at the same time and click on the Align button and then choose Align Bottom. I have this indicated with the blue arrow in the image below.
Last but not least, we need to add a leash or sleigh reins to the image to connect the sleigh to Pluto. To do this I resized the swirl image I found in Design Space and rotate it slightly so that it touches both the sleigh and Pluto at the same time.
Once you have this positioned exactly how you want it, you can select everything and click the Weld button to join the whole image together.
Mickey and Pluto Christmas Design Video
If you would like to see a video of how the process for creating this Mickey and Pluto Christmas towel image comes together in Design Space I have that on my YouTube channel and also linked below for you to watch.
Cut and Weed your Mickey and Pluto Christmas Image
Now that you have the whole Mickey and Pluto Christmas image designed you can cut it out of iron on vinyl. Make sure to mirror you design and place the vinyl on the cutting mat so that the shiny carrier sheet is facing down on the sticky part of the mat.
Once the image is cut you can weed away the excess vinyl that you will not need. This will leave you with a design that looks like the one below.
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Press your Mickey and Pluto Christmas Image
Now all that is left is to press your Mickey and Pluto Christmas image on to the kitchen towel. I like to use a heat press for this since I feel that it gives a much better press and finished look than an ordinary home iron.
You could also use this image on a shirt, pajamas, pillow or other Christmas decorations. I would love to see how you would use this design!
I hope this tutorial helped you to learn to look at things differently and inspired you to try creating your own images. I have another project planned where I will use this same image as the focal point. Make sure to stay tuned for that!