I am very excited to do this Canvas Workspace 3D Mandala Tutorial as I absolutely love Mandalas and the 3D variations are extra special. They are actually much easier to learn to do than you would expect.
The best news is that I have also included the free 3D Mandala in my Resource Library in both FCM format and SVG for our Cricut friends.
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- What do you need
- Transfer your file to your Scan N Cut
- Getting all the pieces off the mat
- All the layers of the 3D Mandala ready to assemble
- Glue the Mandala base layer and layer 3 together
- Add layer 2 and layer 1 of the Mandala
- Now for the top layer of the Mandala
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What do you need
- Contrasting 12×12 cardstock – I used a pack that has lots of colors that coordinate
- Free 3D Mandala from my Resource Library
- Thin as you can find double-sided foam tape
- Something to cut the file with – I used my Scan N Cut
Transfer your file to your Scan N Cut
This is a layered file which means that you will need to send each layer to your Scan N Cut separately. While it doesn’t matter which order you send the file over in, it will make it easier to keep track if you start from either the top or the bottom of the 3D Mandala and work through the layers.
Load each layer into Canvas Workspace and send them to your machine to cut out.
Getting all the pieces off the mat
As some of the layers are reasonably fine, the easiest way to get them off the mat is to turn the mat over and giving it a slight bend. Do not crease the mat simply give it a slight bend. This will allow you to lift then peel the cardstock Mandala layers off.
You may need your scraper to get all the waste pieces that are left over on the mat off.
All the layers of the 3D Mandala ready to assemble
Here are all the layers of the 3D Mandala ready to be assembled. I picked colors that co-ordinated and contrasted to add interest to the design.
Place them in the order that they need to be assembled to make it easier for you. I can’t wait to see what combinations you make, there are so many options.
Glue the Mandala base layer and layer 3 together
I started with the base layer and then added the 3rd layer of the 3D Mandala as this seemed the easiest way to put it together.
I glued the two layers together with tacky glue.
Add layer 2 and layer 1 of the Mandala
Both of these layers were added to the design using double-side foam tape. The tape needs to be very thin so that it is not visible in the finished project. Place it strategically around the Mandala layers.
I ended up cutting my foam tape significantly to reduce its size further. I used scissors to do this however, on reflection, I think the Exacto knife may have been a better option as the glue transferred to the scissors and made them stick to the foam tape.
Make sure that you check from the front of the layer that none of the foam tape is visible BEFORE you place it down onto your project. I had to remove some of my tape that was showing slightly and replaced it in a better location.
Place layer 2 onto the 3rd layer and then add layer 1 on top of that lining them up carefully as you go.
Now for the top layer of the Mandala
Now to finish off with the top layer. This layer is quite a bit smaller than the previous layers so place it carefully. I sat it on the project before I glued it just to get a good perspective of where it would finally rest. I didn’t use foam tape for this layer either, just tacky glue.
Well, that is the finished project. I do hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did putting the design together and sharing it with you.
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