Monday, November 28, 2011

Mrs. Claus - Inkscape

Geeeez it is getting harder and harder to design given all the cutters and software for our craft.  I think I spent as much time testing and cutting this file in both SCAL2 and eCAL to ensure that at least the cutters for those two work, I have to assume that SCAL3 for other cutters work. 

Enough whining...onward to the design.

I actually did draw this my very own self.  I had some help from a tutorial on how to draw a girl and modified it to suit Mrs. Claus. (see Additional Resources below for a link to the tutorial I used).

I've done a print/cut on her in both eCAL for the Sizzix eclips and the E with SCAL2.  I did not cut all of the pieces because I don't do well piecing anymore but I'm confident that all the big pieces cut.  The face pieces may be better done by and as they are small.

I'm providing a .jpg for print/cut with the outline around for those who want to cut the old fashion way, with SCISSORS.  Importing the .svg file allows you to either print with or without the outline mat or do a print/cut around.  (see what I mean about getting complicated).

I also did not add decorations to the apron, I wanted to but there were going to be too many pieces that were have at it.  I think it could be decorated a lot more.

Let me know if you have any problems, especially if you are using different software/cutters than the ones I have.


Additional Resource
The written tutorial I used for drawing Mrs Claus came from

Monday, November 21, 2011

Elf Ice Skating - Inkscape

Welcome to my new Blog.  It is not totally up and running so I'll post this on my original blog until I get it all together.

I'm still playing with KR Color Me font/dingbat.  Only about 5 to go that are good for cutting but you can do so many things with the images.

Consider cutting back to back to make a tree ornament.  Bag tags are a good idea as well.

Remove the color and print large for the little ones to color.


Elf Ice Skating - svg
Elf Ice Skating - png

I'd love comments but if you have questions about the files you can post them on my Facebook page: PapaSue on Facebook

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blog still under construction

I am attempting to move all my 2011 posts from my current blog to here, but it is not working out so well.  If you've arrived here please go here: where everything I've ever done is posted.

OMG it is really not fun growing old!

Thanks for your patience and hope to have this fixed soon.

Elf on Rocking Horse Inkscape PnC

Is this cute or what?  I've found a wonderful font called KR Christmas Color Me .  It is great as a digistamp if you are one of those talented designers who can color, unfortunately I am not so I converted the font to a path in Inkscape and then filled in the pieces with color.  I did my best to make it a cut file for the paper piecers but I'll just do print/cut.  I always take the easy way.

It opens and separates just fine in SCAL2 so I'm confident that it will work with other cutting software should you want to cut the pieces.


Elf on Rocking Horse .svg
Elf Rocking Horse - png

You can find this wonderful free font at:

  • and several other font site

Print some out really big and let the children color them as their Holiday project.

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Santa with Bag - Inkscape Printable DigiStamp

Something new for me a printable.  It is designed to be printed, not cut, since I used a bunch of filters and extensions in Inkscape that SCAL doesn't like and I assume MTC won't either. You can convert it to a cut file using Inkscape.

Printable DigiStamp with trim line
As you can see I've included a faux mat line to make it easy to manually trim around after you've printed.

Inkscape - to make into a cut file

  • the shadowing on the Santa pieces is done with a filter (filter/shadows and glows/inner shadow) that SCAL won't recognize so it must be removed: filter/remove filter
  • the hatching pattern on the bag is a layer unto itself and you delete it.
  • change the mat line to a solid line use fill/stroke/stroke style  
  • to make a digistamp to color with pens etc. select all fill/remove fill.
  • separate the pieces save as a new file and it is ready for a print/cut.
I hope this is clear for the Inkscape folk and would love to know if it works for you.


I did not draw the image myself.  I used a font KR Christmas Color Me
It is free and widely available on and many other font sites.