Friday, March 6, 2015

Bon Bon Candy Card

Good Morning, I'm working backwards again using ecal2 to create and exporting to Inkscape....just because!

I will use them for Easter and Mother's Day cards but they work well for any occasion.  I don't paper piece so I cannot tell you how easy or not it is to cut the bon bons but they are designed to do so :)

No doubt that you could make them more interesting then I have. All the like pieces are grouped by layer to make it a little easier to grab and use.


I would love it if you do something with the pieces and share them.  I have give my designs freely as I get satisfaction in the creation of the elements and hope they are useful to someone.

Thanks for stopping by and comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Save the Whales - t-shirt design ecal2

My DH says I never saw a blank-t-shirt I didn't want to put something on :) and I say a plain white t-shirt is boring so you have to decorate it.

My ecal2 software is getting so good that I hardly ever use Inkscape

anymore.  This was done all in ecal2.011 and exported to Inkscape so I could share the svg file as well.

I used several features of ecal to do this:
  • Traced image of a whale I found free. Have a copy to fill the whole knock out will make.
  • Circle from Basic Shapes.
  • Knockout for the whale inside the circle.
  • Wave to design the wavy lines from a thin rectangle to divide   circle, then back minus front.    
  • Text on Arch for the words
I flipped it horizontal to print onto iron-on transfer paper to put on the t-shirt.  Those of you who do vinyl most likely can do it in vinyl too.

I played around with gradients on the circle pieces but decided against using it but it did look pretty good.


Save the Whales scut4 (if you see that media fire as added .txt to the end of the scut4 file just delete it leaving .scut4 and it will open.  Dunno why this happens but just in case it does.)

I use either Transfermations or Avery iron on transfers to print my design onto.  Trim with scissors to get rid of as much paper about the image as possible.  Directions are on the package.

Thanks for coming by today and I would like to know how you do with this.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Butterfly Birthday Card update

In a hurry to do a card for my sister and she loves butterflies so I resurrected a card I made last year and did a few updates.

I took an image of a butterfly and added "pen draw" flourishes, and did draw/cut on my eclips with ecal2.  Layered on two different background papers and viola a new look. The white pen on the added butterfly doesn't show well in the pic but clearly visible in the original.

You can download the original file from here.

I converted to png and finished up and printed in Adobe Photoshop Elements....easy and eye pleasing.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Grinch Happy New Year

Just because..... I needed something to do today given that all my Christmas is done.  Using many different free images of the Grinch and extra's I put this all together.  I started out making a Grinch Santa Claus transfer to put on an apron for my DH who is cooking Christmas turned out so well, but too late for anyone but us so I went for Happy New Year.  The file is easily altered in Inkscape or scal changing the hat, jacket etc to meet any occasion.  I will do a bbq one for summer gifts.

I exported  from Inkscape to ecal2 but am reasonable sure you could export to scal3.   You designate the image as "print-to-cut print" and make a shadow layer, with no fill and a stroke that will be the cut line.

If you play around with the file and make it yet another occasion I'd love to see it.

Happy New Year!

Download from MediaFire
Grinch Happy New YearPS svg

My system:

  • Mac 10.x
  • ecal 2.002
  • eclips 1
  • Inkscape 048.x

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I created this in Inkscape using bits and pieces I had collected in past years.   I have become a fan of tone on tone using complementary colors.  I like "country shading" a filter from Very Simple Designs.  Unfortunately when exporting to my cutter software the filters do not show so most times, like today, I print.

I did a rectangle with a pattern I made in Inkscape using object to pattern.

I used my ecal with my eClips1 to:

  • cut my card base.  I used a paper pack called "Spice Market" cardstock Paper I got at Michaels. 50 sheets of fall colors.
  • Created in inside sentiment sheet in eCal so I could use my pens to write on.

Never being able to leave well enough alone I sprayed the whole thing with Krylon Glitter Spray for just a bit of glitz.

Happy ThanksgivingPS svg
Happy ThanksgivingPS png

My System

  • Mac 10.9.4
  • Inkscape 0.48
  • Sizzix Eclips1
  • eCal
Happy Thanksgiving all!

Thanks for visiting

Color Wash Butterfly Card Inkscape

I wanted to experiment with doing a background color wash in Inkscape. It is my Daughter's birthday so it became the target for the experiment. 

I started by making 3 rectangles, slightly overlapped and removed the stroke and filled with complementary colors.  Selected them all and did "blur" in Inkscape until I got what I wanted.

I created a flourish vine.
Using a font "Tribal Butterfly I picked 3 that looked good to me.

Added the flowers 
It needed something else so I added  white stroke around all the pieces to make the pop a bit more.

Made a pdf image and printed and mounted on cardstock with a little embossed border.  

DH thought it a bit overkill with the border bits but it was all glued down and I was done.

A good learning experience and a pretty card.

All the elements for the image are in separate layers if you want to play in Inkscape.  I did "place image" in eCal to cut the background pieces on my eclips and did P2C.  I also made the inside in white with our birthday wishes and P2C that too.

Butterfly Color washPS svg
Butterfly Color washPS.jpg

I hope this gives you some ideas for cards of your own.

My System

  • Inkscape 0.48
  • Mac w/10.9.5
  • Sizzix eclips1
  • ecal

Thanks for visiting my site.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Scallop Edge Card Template

My friend Kay (cleversomeday) refers to herself as an "engineer", not an "artist"  well that goes for me too. I am able to create objects and patterns but putting them together artistically falls short of my expectations.

I created this card template in eCAL, I could have done it in Inkscape but eCAL is getting so good and everything was simple shapes so there you go.

Using basic shapes I made two rectangles sized one to 5x7 and one to 5.5.

Using the smaller one I used "duplicate" and the circle with the hole in it sized to 1/2" to make the border, unioned the it half way over the edge of the card.  You can see the border of the rectangle through the hole so you can line it up.

Copy/pasted to make the one for the other side, lined it up and selected all three pieces and path/union.

Move the larger rectangle in place a tad over the edge of the now scalloped rectangle and path/union.

Using the draw tool I drew a line where I wanted the score to be, select the line and make it "score".  It cuts very nicely on 8.5x11 cardstock.

After construction rotate the image so that it is vertical instead of horizontal so it fits on 8.5x11" cardstock as shown in the pattern.

Add caption

Now to decorate:
I found the image I wanted to use on a coloring book site, LINK to House GRAPHIC  and used Inkscape paint bucket to fill in the elements and colored them. I added the border and exported as bitmap to eCAL and did print/cut. I sprayed the whole thing with glitter spray before glueing it onto the card base.

Inside is just a tag I created in eCAL adding the sentiment. I glued a piece of pattern paper (6.75x4.75) from a card stack to the inside and mounted the sentiment.

I like my border as it shows the inside background.

This one does stand up.  I did another one in vertical that I like but it doesn't stand up, but here it is for "show".

I am providing the card template only for you to play with, also a Cheat Sheet for scal/ecal if  you want to DIY one.  Any border will do that fits your style. 

I exported the scal file to Inkscape and am providing the file as well for those of you who do not do Sure Cutsalot!

I hope this has given you some ideas for a card that is a little different.

Scallop Edge Card Template - ecal/scal3
Scallop Edge construction Cheat Sheet - ecal/scal3
Scallop Edge Card Template - svg

Thanks for stopping by.

My System:

  • Mac 10.8
  • eCAL 1.505
  • eclips
  • Inkscape 0.48