With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (but as we’re not able to get to the shops as we’re in lockdown) I’ve been busy making things for my own Valentine; my lovely husband, Mr D! I’ve designed card for him — the word LOVE in leopard print. And from it, I’ve created a free leopard print cut file.
Perfect for use on cards, gifts — or pretty much anything you can think of.
I thought I’d share it on the blog — after all — things are tough at the mo and sharing is caring!
Who doesn’t love leopard print eh?
I always think a flash of animal print — in both fashion or interiors — adds such a cool twist
This free leopard print cut file is so versatile too. You can use it for all kind of projects.
So What Can I Use This Free Leopard Print Cut File For?
There are so many craft and home decor projects you can use this free leopard PNG file for!
Use a Cricut to cut the letters out of vinyl and decorate anything from a mug to a sweatshirt.
Or pop a punchy background pattern or a crazy colour behind it.
Or — instead of printing the file in black — you can even add a pattern in Cricut design space and print it. Or cut it out of patterned vinyl.
And if you dont have a Cricut, you can simply print it out and use it to make a Valentine’s card or print for the wall.
Leopard Print Love Cushion
As well as the print (pictured above) I decided to upcycle a cushion cover.
We had a really plain pale pink cushion that I bought for a mini sitting room makeover a few years ago. It looked great when I was decorating with blush pink, but things have moved on quite a lot over the last 4 years!
I decided to give it a modern twist with the leopard print cut file.
I used some heat transfer vinyl from Arteza and chose the hottest, brightest — most fleuro — pink in the pack.
One word of warning if you’re going to use the leopard print cut file on the Cricut with heat transfer vinyl, remember to flip the file!
In this instance, the letters ‘OVE’ will remain the same but — if you forget — your ‘L’ will be back to front!
To create a HT vinyl image, simply import the PNG file into the Cricut Design Space. The background is already cut out for you, so just select the image type as ‘simple’ and click continue. Then save as a cut image.
I resized the letters on my canvas to 11.2 inches, then clicked on the flip button and selected ‘flip horizontal’.
This reverses the letters and will ensure that when you’re ready to transfer your vinyl to your cushion, it will be the right way round.
Once I’d cut my letters on the Cricut, and weeded the excess vinyl, I was ready to apply it to my cushion cover.
Using Heat Transfer Vinyl
If you’re an established Cricut user, you’ll probably have a teflon sheet and a proper heat press for this next bit!
But for people like me, who don’t have all the kit, don’t worry!
A piece of baking parchment and your household iron (on the highest heat setting — no steam!) will work fine.
Lay the transfer on the cushion cover — with your lettering the right way round — and put the parchment over the transfer sheet.
Then press over each letter until you’re able to pull off the transfer sheet.
Leopard Print Love
Once you’re sure the vinyl is well stuck down, pop the cushion cover over the inner and voila! You’re done!
I’m so happy with how my leopard print love cushion has turned out.
Let me know what you use this free leopard print cut file for — I’d love to see what you make with the PNG.
Print or Save This Craft Project For Later
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Cushion (with removable cover)
- My Free Leopard Print SVG and PNG Files
- Cricut Maker
- Iron (or heat press)
- Baking Parchment (or Teflon sheet)
- Weeding Tool (I use a scalpel)
- Download the free leopard print cut file.
- Import the file into Cricut Design Space.
- Reduce/increase the file size to suit your project.
- Flip the file! If you're using the file with heat transfer vinyl*, make sure you choose 'Flip Horizontal' otherwise the file will cut back to front.
- Cut the file.
- Carefully weed the excess vinyl.
- Lay the vinyl lettering right way up on the cushion cover, pop the baking parchment or Teflon sheet on top and — using your iron (at it's highest hear with no steam) or heat press — carefully press over the vinyl.
- You can lift the edges of the backing sheet carefully, to see that the image has transferred.
- Once you're happy that the lettering is securely on the cushion, sit back and admire your handy-work!
*If you're just printing this free leopard print file, or using standard permanent (or removable vinyl) you shouldn't need to mirror the file. You can just print/use it without flipping.