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Canvas Workspace 3D Mandala Tutorial

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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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Finished 3D Mandala showing all the colors selected

What do you need

Transfer your file to your Scan N Cut

Head over the Resource Library and download the file. It will be in a zipped format. If you need assistance unzipping the file have a quick look through this tutorial on unzipping files.

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.

All the layers of the 3D Mandala ready to put together

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.

Base layer and Layer 3 of the 3D Mandala

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.

3D Mandala with base layer, layer 3, layer 2 and layer 2 completed.

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.

3D Mandala project finished

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.

Happy creating,

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You too can make these 3D Mandalas and in Canvas Workspace – it is easy.

Enrol in my short course to learn how.

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2 thoughts on “Canvas Workspace 3D Mandala Tutorial”

  1. Sue i am learning and your blog is so helpful. One thing i am having trouble with is a design like the mandala with several layers. I can unzip and get it to Canvas or Sure Cuts A Lot but how do i get the design into separate layers so i can cut each layer a different color I am trying to cut 10 x 10 design. Thanks Robbie

    1. Hi Robbie, you send each layer to your SNC separately. If you are in the downloaded version of Canvas Workspace then use the icon that looks like an eye to hide the layers you don’t want to send over. Hide and unhide as you need. In the online version it is a little more cumbersome. You can delete and replace the layers as you wish to cut them OR if you are using a USB you can upload to your SNC and delete anything you don’t want to cut and when you are ready upload the file again and choose another layer and do the same thing. I hope that makes sense. I will work on a video tutorial as soon as I can which will make much more sense. 🙂

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