"". Cut Two Pieces: 2010

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Rain

Anybody living in Queensland, Australia knows all about the record breaking rainfall we have been getting lately. Last week we had 3 thunderstorms. During the worst storm we had hail the size of golf balls and lightning struck a tree across the road. Below is a picture taken 5 minutes into one of the milder storms. As you can see the downpipes cannot cope with the volume of water running off the roof.
Anyway I didn't post to chat about the rain as such. As we live on acreage it has caused a problem with the snakes. Apparently they don't like the rain either. The other day I went to collect the mail and didn't spot this carpet python until I was about to go back in the front door. My daughter took the pictures as I have a phobia about them. It was 1.8 metres long. I can assure you I will be checking all outdoor furniture carefully before sitting down.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Viewing SVG files

Since buying a new computer with Windows 7 I have been unable to use my previous SVG viewer. Denise at Purple Paper Paradise shows how you can use Irfanview to preview your SVG files.

So if you have a computer with a Windows operating system and would like to preview your svg files in their folders on your computer, follow the link to Denise's site and see how easy it is to use.

I know many of us already have Irfanview installed but for anyone who doesn't it is free to download. Don't forget to download the plug-ins to view your SVG files and many other file formats.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Scalloped Circles Using Tiled Clones with Rotate.

I have uploaded a few new videos to You Tube featuring tiled clones with rotate. This particular video and pictorial show how to create scalloped circles for your projects. I like this method as the circles do not get distorted.
The following steps are a guideline and may be easier to follow if you watch the video first.


The same two circles can be used to create many different scalloped circles just by changing the location of the smaller circle and the number of columns used. Example shown below.

Remember, if you do change the location of the small circles to relocate the rotational centre. To have the small circles follow the perimeter of the larger circle the centres must be in the same location.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Nested Shapes Using Tiled Clones.

Two videos showing how you can use tiled clones in Inkscape to create your own nested shapes. Tiled clones are great for nested shapes as the new shapes are not distorted.

The first video is great if you like to design using stroke. If you prefer your nested shapes in full colour you may find the second video is more suitable.



Saturday, 17 July 2010

Fill Setting in Inkscape

Do you ever draw a series of shapes or write text only to get spaces where they overlap when you apply path>combine? You may find this happens when using path effects such as interpolate sub-paths and pattern along path. It is easy to change in the Fill and Stroke settings.

Open Fill and Stroke
Select the Fill tab
At the top right corner there are two options.
- The image with an open section will result in gaps where objects overlap.
- The shape that is solid will give a solid looking result when you apply path>combine.
A few examples.
 A few more examples. All of them are fixed by changing the same setting.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Rhinestone Butterfly - Free file

Free butterfly rhinestone design.
Download the svg file here.
Here is a picture of a card I created using the butterfly design. It is based on the same butterfly I used for a few of my past free files. This card was very difficult to photograph due to the sparkle in the glitter.
At the time of cutting this stencil I did not have any rhinestones but I was impatient to see how it looked, so I used glitter. I placed the mylar stencil on a pre-cut piece of double sided sticker paper and sprinkled magenta glitter over the stencil. I then removed the stencil and sprinkled white glitter over the the rest of the sticker paper.

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Square Designs - Free Files

A few free files to download, shown below. All the files are in one zipped folder.
Each square is about 5 inches square. Resize to suit your project.
Download SVG files here.


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Monday, 17 May 2010

Tiled Clones with Rotate.

I use tiled clones with rotate when creating circular designs. I have made a video to show the basic steps. There are way too many options to show on one video, so go ahead and experiment and find out how easy it is to use when creating files for your cutter.
 
Draw your shape
Move the centre of the shape, so it rotates from the new centre.
Open tiled clones Edit>Clone>Create Tiled Clones
Change settings as shown below, then click on Create.
Unlink the clones and apply Path>Union.
Save file.
 

I would then use the design as a stencil as shown in the example below.
A few more ideas for using tiled clones with rotate.
Draw a few shapes and apply Path>Union (Path>Combine also works the same).
The two examples below use the same group of stars. In the second example I flipped the group of stars vertical and then created the tiled clones with rotate.

Another example that would be great for creating rhinestone designs. Draw circles in different sizes, align and apply Path>Union. Move the centrepoint and clone tiles with rotate as described above.
I have only shown a few examples and there are so many other possibilities. I would love to see any projects you create using tiled clones with rotate.
Please feel free to share this information to help others learn Inkscape. If you post this information on another blog, please reference this post. If you let me know I will add a link to your post on the subject so people have a wider base to learn from.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Path Effect Editor - Knot Feature

A video showing how the Knot feature in the Inkscape path effect editor can be used to create files for your cutter. Very intricate celtic knot designs can be created by using the simple steps as listed.

Here are a few files I have created using the Knot feature. I will be sharing some of these files after test cutting, so check back later if you are interested in any of them.


Please feel free to share this information to help others learn Inkscape. If you post this information on another blog, please reference this site. If you let me know I will add a link to your post on the subject so people have a wider base to learn from.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Scroll Butterfly - Free Files

Set of two scroll butterflies. Set includes a 3 inch scroll butterfly and a card topper designed from the negative.  The card topper includes a separate body for the butterfly.
The card in the photo is white cardstock for the topper, silver embossing powder on the body and a black card base. I added a clear rhinestones to the antennae. I have not finished the card yet and will stamp the sentiment at a later date.

Screenshot of the 3 inch scroll butterfly.


















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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Using a teardrop to design a border.

The steps I used to create the following design.
Click on any image for a larger view.




Draw a teardrop shape. 












Change the rotational centre as shown below.
I changed colours as it was hard to see on the black.













Align the modified teardrop shape as shown below.
Duplicate and rotate 36 degrees.
Duplicate the teardrop you just rotated and rotate it 36 degrees.
Repeat until design is complete.
To finalise, select all and apply Path>Union.
Tidy up any stray nodes.






Settings are shown below for rotating the teardrop.










The basic shape can now be used to make borders or mats.
Example shown below.










Sunday, 4 April 2010

More Mats and Borders

The set includes borders and mats in various sizes.
If you would like to design your own borders and mats the instructions are here.
I would love to see photo's if you use any of these designs in a project.


Zipped folder containing all the files in SVG format Here. Instant download.

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Friday, 2 April 2010

Online Box Template Maker

I stumbled across this site while searching for some box templates. Super Deluxe Tuckbox Template Maker. Designed for making templates for packs of cards.
It is as easy as entering your dimensions and selecting your paper size. It will give you a vector pdf file to download. Open Inkscape, ungroup, remove the writing and cut it out. No tracing required as it is vector ready.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Scalloped Trellis Border Strips

A few border designs suitable for card fronts. Each border design is 148mm wide.
All of the designs are contained in the zipped folders.
Download the svg version here.
Download the ai version here.
 
Another option if you want to add this type of design to be part of the card is shown below. It is as easy as drawing a rectangle to the same width as the border, aligning both sections and then apply Path>Union. Click on the image for a larger view.
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