Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hibiscus in Vase Inkscape eCAL

I'm pretty happy with this.  I added filters/shadows to my printed one but deleted them for the cut files, if you are an Inkscape user can add them back in for a print file, or just cut on your favorite patterned paper.

Option 1 print2cut
I don't do piecing so on the one I actually made I cut the pretty scalloped frame and the mat pieces and did P2C on the flowers and vase.

I isolated just the flowers and vase and used this really nice feature in eCAL (the eclips version of SCAL) that makes it MUCH easier to do a shadow mat so I could print2cut just that part. You'll find it under the Object menu:  add shadow layer.

Option 2 Paper Piece
To cut: There are a lot of pieces in the svg file but only 6 real shapes, the rest are just duplicates or background papers.   There is:
  • 3 pieces for each hibiscus flower inside, the mat back, the center stamen,
  •  a leaf, 
  • the vase, 
  •  scalloped frame.  
I duplicated each as many times and I wanted in my arrangement.  If you decide to cut it will be matter of rearranging on your mat to cut all the pieces you need to assemble the card.  The frame is simple and then the background shapes papers. I found that using "pages" I put the cut files on one page and the p2c on another.

Since the text most probably won't trace well you would just recreate it in your cutting software.

Option 3 Print all
Use the .jpg file to print.  It is high resolution and if printed on matte photo paper is beautiful.

Hopefully this file with all its pieces will provide you with many design variations.

Hibiscus font:  that's it's name so dafont or others have it for free
Text is done in Renaissance, another free font and works really well with a fine point pen like cri-kits.

HibiscusvasePS svg
HibiscusvasePS jpg (high res for printing)

I know this is a long post but there are so many new users of SCAL/eCAL I might have gone a little overboard.  I did a test look in SCAL 2.043 and I can isolate the flowers and vase and make a nice cutting mat for print2cut there, but since I don't have the cutter anymore I couldn't take it all the way.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Wine Bottle - Inkscape Print to Cut

Way into a new learning curve.  I saw an image on one of my forums where the designer used all sorts of tricks to make the image look translucent....absolutely stunning.  I had to try it.  I did not get to the level she did but I'm pretty happy with my design.

This is for sure a print to cut since.  I found that to get all the detail of the shades and shadows you really need to print this at HIGH Quality and on photo paper.  I prefer matte photo paper for cards.

When I take the file into my cutting software I loose the translucence but the pieces are there if you want to do paper piecing.  I even tried making it a pure digi stamp so you could color it using the pieces provided.

I'd love to see one of you talents who use the copics or chalks do this and show it off.

One of these days when I feel more competent to do it I'll do a video and walk you through all the things I did to accomplish this, but not today.  In the meantime take a close look at the svg file and the filters, opaque, etc and see if you can figure it out.

Wine BottlePS jpg

The image that was the inspiration belongs to Laurianne at Eye Draw It.  I don't think it is up anymore but the etching she did with it stop by and see her work.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Year of the Dragon 2012 Inkscape

Another New Year coming up....the Year of the Dragon.  Here is my rendition for cutting, PnC or just print.  I cut it on my eclips using eCAL at about 6 inches.

Included in the files to download is the svg file of the completed image, a png of the completed image and a .jpg of only the dragon if you want to play yourself.

The dragon came from a font as did the hibiscus flower.

If you are not familiar with how to make this kind of an element you can see a video I did last year on "how to" here:  Create a Silhouette Frame

Dragon Only svg
Dragon design svg
Dragon image

Additional Resource
Dragon font : HFF chinese dragon -

Happy New Year