Did you know that if you love designing SVG cut files, you can take that talent and make some money? In this post I’m sharing How To Make Money Designing SVG Cut Files.
So you might be wondering, “How do I get started?”
First off, you need to design your own cut file designs.
Use Fonts or Handwriting
You can do this by purchasing some fonts that are meant to be used for commercial purposes.
You can find a plethora of beautiful fonts on Creative Market and other platforms that offer fonts.
With these fonts you can create designs that feature quotes, funny sayings and verses
You can also design cut files using your own handwriting. Maybe you can write beautifully, so use that talent to create designs with.
With these fonts or your handwriting, you can create SVG cut file designs that feature quotes, funny sayings and verses.
Just remember to check to make sure that any phrase you use is ok for you to use commercially.
If a phrase or word is under copyright or trademarked then you will need to get permission to use the quote, phrase, or word, or simply don’t use it.
There are lots of public domain quotes and phrases that are great for design purposes.
Add Some Graphics
You can also add beautiful graphics to spruce up your designs.
You can use your own hand drawn graphics, such as flowers and wreaths.
Now that you have some fonts and graphics you can get set designing SVG cut files.
You can design solely with fonts, or just with graphics or a combination of both.
There are plenty of design softwares in which to design in, like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and BeFunky, along with lots of others.
My personal favorite is using a combination of BeFunky and Adobe Illustrator to create my SVG cut files.
Here’s a tutorial on how I design my cut files:
Now that you’ve got a nest egg of SVG cut files, you’ll want some mockups to display your cut files on.
Mockups for Display
These mockups help people see your cut file designs on display.
You can make your own mockups by photographing items on which your cut files can be displayed, like mugs, tshirts, signs, etc.
You can also purchase professionally photographed mockups on platforms like Creative Market, Etsy or other places that offer mockups.
Just search for the specific type of mockup you want to purchase and you’ll find some beautiful mockups from some amazingly talented photographers.
You can also display your designs on a pretty digital paper background
Add Your Url and/or Watermark to Graphic
When you are adding your design to the mockup, make sure you add your logo or watermark.
If you’re planning on putting your graphics on social media platforms, you’ll definitely want your shop url or site url on the graphic you are posting.
If your graphic gets hijacked and redirected to a different site, it can give people interested in your design a way to locate your design based on your shop url on the graphic that you are using to promote your cut file with.
So now you have your awesome cut file designs, and your mockup graphic to display your design, what next?
Now you need a place to sell or give your cut file away for free.
You read that right you can make money on your SVG cut files by giving them away, but more on that later.
Let’s look at selling SVG cut files.
You can open up your own online shop. There are several different places to sell cut file designs.
Shopify, Creative Market, Etsy, and other places make selling digital products easy.
I recommend setting up your own shop on Shopify.
I like Shopify because you are not reliant upon another platform’s rules and regulations and you get to set the parameters on your designs.
You are also setting yourself up to grow and expand if you set up a shop on Shopify.
There’s also the option of one day selling your Shopify store if you get it established and find you no longer want to sell online, you can list it and someone else can purchase your online shop.
If you’re just testing the “selling SVG cut file waters,” selling on a platform like Etsy or Creative Market may be fine to start out with.
However, if you’re looking for a more permanent shop, then I honestly believe Shopify is the way to go.
One more thing about Shopify, is that if you already have a blog or website, you can set up a Shopify shop, then you can set your Shopify store as a subdomain on your blog or website.
Now that you have a shop set up you can start creating listings and selling your beautiful designs. Make sure you give details on your cut file design titles so they’re SEO friendly.
Add the pictures of your designs. Set the price. Attach your cut files. List your design.
You may want to add in your listing that these cut files are digital downloads and not a physical product.
Promote Your Product
Now that you’ve listed your SVG cut file you’re ready to market and promote it.
You can share it on platforms like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram to get traffic to your listing.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a lot of sales right away, sometimes it takes a while for a shop to gain traction, especially if you’re brand new and don’t have an established following.
If you have an email list that you’ve been working hard at building, you can email your subscribers to let them know you have opened a shop or have new listings in your shop.
In my opinion, your email list is the best way to get traffic to your store!!
Now let’s talk about making money with your SVG cut file designs by giving them away.
Since when does giving things away for free equate to making money?
If you have a blog or website set up and have ads on your site, all the traffic you get by giving away free SVG cut files can equal ad revenue.
If you’re not comfortable selling products, this may be a good solution because you’re still being compensated for your designs.
You can even try both; having some free cut files that are earning money via ads; as well as having a shop set up to sell some of your other cut file designs. It’s really based on how you want to earn money.
Whether you have a blog or a shop or both, make sure you have a way to collect email addresses so that people can get updates on your latest cut files that you’ve either posted for free or that you’ve just listed in your shop.
Personally, I give SVG cut files away for free and get ad revenue, as well as have an online shop where I sell SVG cut files. Both are great resources for bringing in income.
I hope this helps you as you’re considering How to Make Money Designing SVG Cut Files.
A little about the stencil and printable designs on Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015. I had given a white table a makeover, and painted it orange to be an accent table in the living room. Even with the bright color, the table was missing something. I applied a stencil that I had bought at one of my favorite craft stores to the table to give it that something extra and sure enough it really made the table stand out.
After seeing the transformation the table took by adding the stenciled flowers, I was hooked on stenciling. I loved how adding just a bit of detail made the piece stand out and took it to a whole new level. Adding this detail and seeing the results was all I needed to be convinced that stenciling was the way to go, and thus began my love for all things stencil.
I love how a stencil design can add detail and beauty to furniture,wall art, clothes, mugs and other accessories, walls, floors and so many other things. It’s fantastic how easy it is to make something beautiful become exquisite and eye catching just by adding a stencil overlay.
After stenciling for a while, I started designing my own stencils in 2016 to cut on my awesome Cricut Explore. It took some time and learning but it was so rewarding being able to cut my own custom designs right in my home.
I went on to write some tutorials on cutting stencils using the Cricut machine:
I also wrote a few tutorials on designing your own stencils and the tools needed to create and make stencils using the Cricut:
Creating Stencil and Printable Designs:
After getting comfortable with cutting stencils on the Cricut and learning how to create my own stencil designs, I began offering stencil cut files for free on my blog and in my Etsy shop. I have since closed up my Etsy shop and opened a new shop, that offers a variety of cut files that can be made into stencils.
In my shop, I offer wall stencil cut files, and border stencil cut files, both of which are great for wall and furniture embellishments. I also have a lot of monogram/alphabet stencil cut files for personalization projects. Plus lots more stencil cut file designs to check out in my shop, and plenty more to come.
I design all the stencil cut files and printables that I offer on my blog, and in my shop, using my own hand drawn elements, or fonts that can be found on my resource page, or a combination of both.
I have found a passion for design and strive to create unique and fun designs that can be used in a variety of settings, such as home decor, furniture, wall art, fashion design, accessory items, and so much more. My eye has always been drawn to the details, patterns, and embellishments in such things as home decor and clothing, so it’s a real joy for me to become part of the design process of such things.
Stencils are a great and easy way to add that something special to a piece whether it’s repurposed furniture or wall art or a brand new canvas or wall.
I share on my blog how I’ve transformed several repurposed pieces using stencils:
You can check out the stenciled projects here. I usually add stencils to furniture and wall art pieces. Some of my favorite stencil projects include refinishing a curbside table, upcycling a piece of canvas wall art, and making an extra large stenciled wall art piece, just to name a few of my favorite stencil projects.
I also have some repurposing projects that I hope are fun and inspiring. I love taking old “junk” and turning it into something completely different:
You can check out the repurposing projects here. I have several projects using ceiling fan parts, spindles, old frames, plaques, and furniture. Some of my favorite repurposing projects are the ceiling fan blades to airplane repurpose, the angels made from hinges and spindle parts, and transforming a kitchen table using stencils, and these are just a few of my favorite repurposing projects.
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