DIY Pet Memory Keepsake 🌈 Free Rainbow Bridge SVG

Free Rainbow Bridge SVG

Make a DIY pet memory keepsake with this free rainbow bridge SVG. Craft a handmade pet remembrance shadow box which features a photo of your pet and is personalized with their name.

This tutorial is for making a remembrance project for a pet which has sadly passed over the rainbow bridge. The rainbow shadow box design has space in the middle for you to add a photograph of your pet as well as room at the top to add a name.

You could even add the dates of their birth and of their passing into the cloud at the bottom, or a favourite quote or saying.

Pet memory box frame

Rainbow bridge shadow box materials

Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.

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Video tutorial for pet memory keepsake craft

Watch the video below to see how to modify the rainbow bridge SVG to add your pet’s details. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.

This tutorial was filmed using Design Space version 7.6.172. Later versions may look slightly different.

How to make a pet memory keepsake shadow box

Step 1) Download the free file & unzip the downloaded folder

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Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that they come in.

Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space

Open up Cricut Design Space and upload the file called SVG_Rainbow_Bridge_CraftWithSarah.svg

This is how it should look after you have uploaded the file:

Upload the SVG into Design Space

After uploading, the design will show in your “Recently Uploaded Images”. Click on it and then press “Add to Canvas” to put it onto your Project.

Add to Canvas

Step 3) Resize the design to fit your frame

Open up your shadow box frame and measure the wooden spacer from one edge to the other.

This is how big you need to make the SVG in Design Space. Use the width/height boxes to change the size of your design to the same size as the shadow box.

Resize the design

Step 4) Add your pet’s name

Go into the “Text” tool and type out you pet’s name.

Change the font to something which matches the rainbow bridge svg design. I used a Cricut Access font called BFC Love Quinn.

Pet's name in Love Quinn font

Use the “Curve” tool to curve the text around the top of the rainbow.

Note: The Curve button is not available on the mobile app version of Design Space.

Curve the text

You could leave the text like this, but I thought it could do with a little something “extra” to help it stand out against the blue sky background and I also wanted to tie in the silver cardstock that I’d planned on using for the main outside frame into the middle of the design too.

Click “Offset” and give your text a thin offset.

I added an Offset of 0.1.

Add a small offset

If there are any small cutouts in the middle of the letters that look a bit odd, use the Contour button to remove them.

Simply click into the little “gaps” in the middle and it will hide them so they won’t be cut.

Use Contour to remove small gaps in the Offset layer

Recolour the offset layer to match the outside frame layer.

Recolour the offset layer

To recolour the name to rainbow colours, click the text layer and then press “UnGroup”.

This separates out all the letters onto their own individual layers which means you can colour each one separately.

Rainbow text

When you’re happy with the colours, select all the text layers (including the Offset layer) and Group them together.

Now you can resize them all together if you want to change the size, and also to keep those layers nice and tidy in the layers panel to make the next steps easier.

Step 5) Add your pet’s photo to middle of the rainbow

Click the rainbow image and then press “UnGroup”.

Click “Upload” and find your photo.

Your photo will be a “print then cut” image so the upload process looks a little bit different to how it did when we uploaded the rainbow bridge SVG at the start of this tutorial.

Choose “Complex” as the image type.

Complex image type

You don’t need to change anything on the next screen unless you want to remove the background from your photo. I like the green background on my photo so I’m going to keep it in.

Apply and continue

Select the photo and add it onto your project.

Mine loaded in HUGE so I clicked it and resized it down to 5 inches in width to make it a bit easier to work with.

Photo added to canvas

Hide the name/letter layers by clicking the little eye next to the group title in the layers panel.

Then, go down and hide all the layers of the shadow box until you get to the blue layer of the rainbow.

Blue layer of the rainbow

Click the photo and then press “Arrange” and “Send to back”.

Design Space Arrange Icon

Drag the photo up one layer so it’s above the last white square layer and below the blue rainbow layer.

Drag the photo layer into position

You can then resize and position it to fit inside the gap in the rainbow. Use your arrow keys to move the photo about because if you try and click it then it will select the blue layer instead of the photo and move that instead.

We are going to keep the photo in a square/rectangle shape. There is no need to cut it to fit exactly in the middle of the rainbow as we can just stick it behind the hole in the blue card.

Turn all the other layers back on when you’ve finished resizing the photo by clicking the eye next to each layer in the layers panel.

Photo in place

Step 6) Add “draw” features (optional)

If you want to, you can add some extra personalization to the frame by using a pen in your Cricut machine to write on the top cloud layer.

To do this, go into “Text” and type out your chosen wording.

Add additional text

In the font selection menu, use the “Filters” to select Writing fonts and then choose a font.

Filter by writing fonts

Resize the text to fit on the clouds.

Resize the writing text

Select the cloud layer and the drawing layer and press “Attach”.

This tells the Cricut to do the drawing on the clouds layer.

Attaching layers together moves them to the top of the layers panel.

Drag-and-drop them back down to where they are supposed to go.

Attach the writing to the cloud layer

Step 7) Cut out the shadow box layers

Press “Select All” and then “Group” to group all your layers together.

Design Space Select All

Don’t forget to save your project!

Click “Make It” and follow the instructions on-screen to get everything cut out with your Cricut machine.

When you get to the photo layer, this is a print-then-cut so you need to print it on your home printer.

I suggest glossy photo paper or matte photo paper.

Turn the “Use System Dialog” option ON to open up your printer settings after you click “Print”.

Use System Dialog

Choose the correct type of paper and switch your settings to the best quality.

Choose the correct type of paper and switch your settings to the best quality

New to print then cut? Find out how to print then cut with a Cricut.

Step 8) Stick the rainbow layers together

Glue your photo to the back of the blue rainbow layer.

Glue your photo to the back of the blue rainbow layer

Use foam squares to stick the blue layer to the solid white square.

When adding the foam pads, make sure you add some in the middle of the pieces of card so it give stability to the middles. If you don’t add any foam pads in the middles then it can β€œsag” under the weight of the other layers which doesn’t look as good.

Add foam pads

Gently position the blue layer above the white square and drop it down. This means you can check you are happy with the positioning before the foam pads get stuck too strongly together. That way, if you need to reposition the blue layer you can easily pick it up off of the white square and try again.

Stick the blue layer to the white square layer

Repeat this step for all the layers of the rainbow and the silver layer of clouds.

Rainbow bridge assembly guide

NB: I didn’t do the “draw” text layer for the sample shadow box that I used for the photos below.

Repeat this step for all the layers of the rainbow and the silver layer of clouds

Use glue to stick the first white cloud layer on top of the silver layer.

Use glue to stick the first white cloud layer on top of the silver layer

Use foam squares again for the top clouds layer.

Use foam squares again for the top clouds layer.

Glue the silver border to the top.

Glue the silver border to the top

Step 9) Add your pet’s name

Glue the rainbow coloured layers to the offset layer below.

Use foam pads to stick the name onto the main design.

I recommend placing all the letter pieces onto the design before you start to stick them to make sure you get the positioning correct.

Add your pet's name

Step 10) Frame your rainbow bridge design

Once everything is stuck together, add the design into your frame.

The video at the top of this page contains three different ways of adding the design into the frame to get the best effect.

And that’s it – your DIY pet memory keepsake shadow box is finished!

Free Rainbow Bridge SVG

Happy crafting,
Sarah x