"". Cut Two Pieces: 2012

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Border Set - 1

Free set of borders in SVG, MTC, SCUT3 and Studio formats. Border set 2 will be posted as soon as I test cut all the designs.

A few of the designs are repeats of the same pattern in different sizes. I designed the smaller patterns to cut with silver and gold vinyl to use as accent pieces. If you plan to cut the small patterns out of cardstock you may have to resize the design.

All designs were created in Inkscape and test cut using my Zing and MTC. Please let me know if you have a problem with the converted files. To save time all designs are on the one page.

Click on the picture or HERE to download the zipped folder with all formats.
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Please do not share the direct download link and direct friends to this post to download their own copy. The file is not to be shared on any other website. The digital file is not to be sold but any projects created using cut-outs has no restrictions.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Hi, I have another file to share. When I was testing extrude in Inkscape I created a few designs that looked like gems, so I decided to go ahead and create a side profile of a gem.
I have test cut the file and you can download the zipped folder containing the SVG, MTC, SCUT3 and Studio version by clicking on the image or the download link HERE
I would love to see any projects you create using either design.
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Please do not share the direct download link and direct friends to this post to download their own copy. The file is not to be shared on any other website. The digital file is not to be sold but any projects created using cut-outs has no restrictions.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

A Few Freebies

Sorry for the long absence, it has been one eventful year. I am in the process of cleaning up my computer files and found many half finished projects. I intend to share many of them over the next few weeks, so drop by again.

All designs were created in Inkscape. I am new to converting file formats, so please let me know if there are any problems with the Studio, MTC or SCUT3 files.

To download click on the link to the right of each image.

A5 card C2P  SVG  MTC  SCUT3   Studio

The next three shares are A5 cards with a separate topper. Click on the link to download the file in your chosen format.

card 1  SVG   MTC   SCUT3   Studio

card 2 SVG   MTC   SCUT3   Studio

card 3 SVG MTC SCUT3 Studio

Please do not share the direct link, or upload these files to any other website. The only restrictions are on the digital files and images. Any project you create from cutting out the design may be used commercially.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Projects using Extrude in Inkscape

Cutter files created using ‘extrude’ in Inkscape. I have only shown a few examples and there are so many other possibilities. You can create stained glass type designs, windows and gems. Experiment and see what you can create.
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I haven’t shown examples but experiment with flipping one of the shapes vertical or horizontal. The two shapes look the same until you apply extrude. Or, try more than two shapes or place them side by side.

The steps will be the same regardless of the location of the shapes used. Open Inkscape and give it a try.

Below is a pictorial showing the steps I use. 
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My written instructions and images are not to be posted anywhere else on the internet. Before I make a video I spend a lot of time testing out the possibilities and problems that you may encounter. I write these tutorials to help people who are learning to use Inkscape. I do not make them for others to take credit and post as their own on websites and forums. Don't get me wrong. I don't mind the information being shared. I am against people who claim my work as their own.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Another File Share

I created this design in Inkscape using tiled clones and the path effect - knot. I do have a tutorial if you wish to create your own designs and it can be found here.
Let me know if you use this design on a project and I will add a link to this post. Terms of use are listed at the end of this post.
Link to download the file in SVG format.

Terms of Use
I don't mind you selling the cut-out design but the digital file is not to be sold.
Please share the link to this post if friends would like their own copy.
Do not upload the file to any blogs, forums or websites.
Do not claim the file as your own.
 
Don't forget I do have a tutorial so you can make your own design.
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Monday, 14 May 2012

Lattice Created Using the Path Effect - Construct Grid

I have been experimenting with the Path Effects in Inkscape to see how they can be used to create cutting files. I discovered Construct Grid can be used to create basic lattice shapes.

I have uploaded a video showing how easy it is to create lattice using this method. Under the video you will find written instructions to save you taking notes.

Written Instructions.
My written instructions and images are not to be posted anywhere else on the internet. Before I make a video I spend a lot of time testing out the possibilities and problems that you may encounter. I write these tutorials to help people who are learning to use Inkscape. I do not make them for others to take credit and post as their own on websites and forums. Don't get me wrong. I don't mind the information being shared. I am against people who claim my hard work as their own.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Video - Single Line and Engraving Fonts

I am currently doing a series on single line fonts. As you may have noticed if you have downloaded free single line or engraving fonts that they are not true single lines. True type fonts (tff) have closed paths and many letters of the alphabet require an open path to be a true single line.

I have noticed there are two types of fonts for single lines, one type actually has two lines on top of each other and they are fine if you plan to use a pen or engraving tool in your cutter. Unfortunately, rhinestone designs require a lot of manual input if you want to use this type of font. The other type of single line font is truly single but it has an extra line to close the path. They are my preferred font for rhinestone designs as the extra line can be deleted.

In the video I show how I change both styles of font to a single line to use in my projects. Inkscape is a versatile program with many options and I am sure my way is not the only way. The video is only a guideline to help you get started if you have encountered a few problems when working with single line or engraving fonts.


I already have a few links to download single line and engraving fonts and the links can be found on these posts. If you would like to see more tutorials check back often as I will be adding more posts. 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Square Knot Design - free file

Another file to share. I created this design in Inkscape by using radial tiled clones and the path effect - knot. If you would like to make similar designs I do have a post with a written tutorial and video here.

I have successfully cut this design at 4" but feel free to resize to suit your own project. If you decide to cut the design at 4" I recommend you use a good sticky mat to prevent the cardstock lifting when cutting the thin stencil cuts.

I would be interested in seeing any projects created from this file. I have test cut the file but I don't have any ideas of how to use it on a project. If you post your finished project on a website I am happy to link to help others who are in the same situation.
Download SVG here.
Terms of Use
I don't mind you selling the cut-out design but the digital file is not to be sold.
Please share the link to this post if friends would like their own copy.
Do not upload the file to any blogs, forums or websites.
Do not claim the file as your own.

Don't forget I do have a tutorial so you can make your own design.
MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected

Knot Heart - free file

I created this pair of hearts in Inkscape using the path effect - knot. Feel free to use the hearts for your own projects. Download the SVG.
The file is two parts and the sections can be glued together or used separately for your projects.
I do have a video that shows the steps used for creating this type of design and it can be viewed here.

Terms of Use
I don't mind you selling the cut-out design but the digital file is not to be sold.
Please share the link to this post if friends would like their own copy.
Do not upload the file to any blogs, forums or websites.
Do not claim the file as your own.
MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Circular Mats with a Knot Design

Create great looking designs in Inkscape just by using tiled clones and the knot effect. A few samples are shown below.
The mat using the square design is being offered as a free download in SVG format and can be found here.
sample images
Video tutorial
Written instructions.
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Friday, 20 April 2012

Inkscape–from Spiral to Spider Web

A few nights ago I was playing with the spiral feature in Inkscape and ended up with a design that reminded my of a spider web. I decided I would start with a new spiral and see how it could be achieved. If you want to design a simple web for a project you will find this method is fast and easy to create.
After working out how to change a spiral to a web I continued testing other methods to see if I could make a web where I had more control over the design. I will be posting my results as a separate post. Meanwhile I will show you how I changed a spiral to a web.

Video

Written Information

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Extra information if you need to locate the node editing items I used in my project
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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Engraving Fonts

More fonts suitable for pen or engraving projects. Please note, the following fonts are not true single line fonts. They do have double lines but both lines are on the same path. If you are engraving or using a pen in you cutter it just means the pen or engraving tool will go over the same line twice.

The fonts are not suitable for rhinestone projects as both lines will be recognised by the software and you will end up with two of each circle.

It is possible to remove the double line and save as a document. I patiently removed the double lines and saved each font as an SVG file. It means I have to select each letter and align them instead of using the font in the normal manner.
The above comments relate to how the fonts work in Inkscape. They may work differently in other programs.

Download CNC Vector font HERE or click on the image.
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Download the CamBam Stick fonts HERE or click on the image.
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Coming Soon.
More links and information about suitable fonts for engraving or using a pen in your cutter. I will also add information and tutorials for fonts suitable for rhinestone designs.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Create a Colour Swatch from an Image

If you have Inkscape it is easy to create your own colour swatches from any image using the dropper tool. The examples below are from photo’s I have taken but you can also use clipart images. I have added a video showing one way these can be achieved and I will list some other sites for resources at the end of the post.
Example using rectangles underneath or to the side.
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Example showing the same image with different colours selected.
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Examples using different shapes for the selected colours
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Example showing the hexadecimal or rgb code added.        
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Written information to go with the video.
- Import and embed image
- Resize image
- To make alignment easier you can use grid or guide lines
- Draw the shape (eg. square, circle or rectangle) to add sample colours
- Align shapes to image
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- Select one shape, select the dropper and select a colour from the image.
- Repeat until all shapes are coloured.
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- If you wish to share the image, export as a PNG file.
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- If you wish to add the hexadecimal or rgb code open – Fill and Stroke Capture7
Select the Fill tab and then the RGB tab to locate the settings.
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If you like colour palettes for images but do not wish to create your own visit Design Seeds for a large selection of designer image palettes that are ready to use.

If you are interested in creating your own palettes the following sites may interest you.
Kuler by Adobe. Must register (free) if you wish to create and download your own palettes. If you own an Adobe product you can also download the palette in ase format to use in your program.

CSS Drive allows you to upload an image smaller than 1mb or link to a website image and it will produce a colour palette. It gives palettes in light, dark, medium and complete.

Color Palette Generator enter the url of an image to generate a colour palette plus the hex code for each colour.

Color Hunter allows you to upload an image and it will create a colour palette. There are less options to create a palette if you wish to choose your own colours. The site is a good source of already created colour palettes.

Big Huge Labs upload an image to create a colour palette with hexadecimal codes.