FAQ | Designs By Miss Mandee

FAQ

General

How do I download your designs?
To download any of my design files, simply click the “Download” button on that blog post page (just below the main image).

You will then be directed to where the file is hosted on Google Drive. From there, you can download it (click the down arrow icon in the upper right-hand corner) and save it to your computer.

I downloaded your design, but it won't let me open it.
If you are on a tablet or mobile device, you will need an app that can unzip files. If you are having any other issues, I suggest trying a different web browser (Google Chrome usually works best).
I want to use your graphics, do I need to purchase a commercial license?
If you are using my graphics as part of a design you are offering for free, like a free printable, then no commercial license is necessary. If you would like to use my graphics as part of a logo design for your blog, a design you would like to sell, or anything you may profit from, then you do need to purchase a commercial license.
I would like to use one of your free design elements commercially, how to I obtain a license?
Contact me, and for $10 I will send you a commercial license. Please include the name of the design/elements you would like to purchase in your email (i.e. Hipster Graphics, Laurel Wreath Designs, etc.).

Please Note: Commercial licenses for cut file templates (like my Disney-inspired paper lanterns) only cover “in-person” sales (i.e. craft fairs, boutiques, etc.) of the finished product, and does not allow you to sell them online (through websites like Etsy).

I've seen some of your cut file templates like your silhouettes and paper lanterns for sale on Etsy. Did you give them permission to do this?
Recently, I’ve seen an increased number of my designs being sold as digital downloads on websites like Etsy. This is NEVER okay (also, P.S. it makes me really sad). If you see someone selling any of my designs as digital downloads, please let me know. I would really appreciate it. Also, my commercial licenses do not allow people to sell my finished lanterns online either, so that would be another case of infringement. 🙁

I’d like to keep offering my designs for free, so PLEASE be courteous. If you have any questions about how you can/cannot use my designs, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Do you do custom design work?
I am not currently taking on new, custom projects. If you have a fun idea for a freebie, though, you can reach out to me and let me know—I always love to hear from my readers!

 

Paper Cutting

How do you make your die cut designs?
First, I design my templates in Adobe Illustrator. Then, I use a Cricut Explore (which I love!) to do the cutting.
How do I cut out your designs with my Cricut?
After you’ve downloaded the SVG file, simply open Cricut Design Space and go to New Project>Upload Images>Upload Image>Browse. Locate the file on your computer, and upload it to your Design Space account. You can then insert the file into your canvas and cut it out with your machine.
Why don't you include score lines in your designs?
I don’t add score lines to my files for a few reasons: (1) Adding score lines into a file outside of your cutting software only works for Cricut (not Silhouette or Brother Scan n Cut), (2) Even with Cricut, there are about 5 other steps you have to do after you import the design, and (3) I know that if I did end up including the score lines, even if I made a tutorial, I would spend a TON of time trying to answer people’s questions and troubleshoot for them. I do apologize. I realize that it would definitely make it easier! Maybe one day it will be a less complicated process, and then I’ll be able to do it.
What size paper do you use?
For nearly all my paper cutting projects (including my paper lantern designs) I use 8.5″x11″ card stock. So, many of my projects are sized to automatically fit a standard 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper. The brand of paper I use is called Recollections, and I usually try to either buy it on sale at Michael’s or get it on Amazon.
What setting do you use to cut out your designs?
The settings I use depend on the material I am working with. For my intricate designs I create from card stock (like my Disney paper lanterns), I use the lightest setting possible for the weight of my paper (Light Cardstock+ for the paper I use). Having a cut setting that is too deep can cause your design to tear more easily.
I'm trying to make your paper lanterns, but the design keeps tearing. What am I doing wrong?
Be sure you are using the lightest setting possible for the weight of your paper (Light Cardstock+ for the paper I use). I also suggest using either a LightGrip cutting mat or a regular mat that has seen some use. Other than that, you just need patience when removing the design: go nice and slow.