Monday, May 21, 2012

Star Twist Ornament - Inkscape

Learning, learning, learning.

Thanks to Carolyn at cuttwopieces I have been playing with extrude and eggbot/twist in Inkscape and this lovely ornament popped up.  I know it is early for Christmas but if you want to get started on your ornaments and cards you might want to jump in now.

CLICK to enlarge the image and see the gorgeous detail the TWIST adds!

There are three layers here.  I printed the top two and used the dark green bottom layer as the cut mat.

In another iteration I put a star in the center for just a bit more dimension and used glue dots to raise it a bit.

You could delete the pentagon mat and substitute anothe star or even a circle!

Changing the color is easy in Inkscape so you can get a lovely assortment.

You will have to download the eggbot extension for Inkscape to do the twisted design, it's FREE.

Then if you get really creative you turn it into a pattern and do even more.  I used Repper Pro for the conversion to a pattern.  You have to buy the app but if you are buying pattern paper anyway, it is a deal!

Cmon, you can do it!

StarTwistPS svg
StarTwist pattern jpgPS

Inkscape 0.48

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Digital Abstract - printable Inkscape

You can do so much with Inkscape with a little work and have some really gorgeous creations for framed pictures, greeting cards, or background papers.

This design was created using the Eggbot extension for Inkscape. This one is the twist feature.

I've set up a download for the hi-res .jpg image (300dpi) to print, and the svg for you to examine and play with. You can add text or more elements and export the hi-res.

I printed from Adobe PhotoShop Elements on matte photo paper.  The detail is perfect.  The size is about 5x7 but in PSE you can enlarge to whatever size paper you have.

Thank you for your consideration of my work and your integrity about sharing it.

Inkscape 0.48

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Flowers in Vase - Inkscape Printable

My friend Carolyn created a great tutorial for making a spider web and it works perfectly.  Not being able to leave well enough alone I played with the tut and created these flowers.

Not adding the web cross lines and not doing the straighten the spiral got the beginning of the flower.  I then pushed and pulled nodes to make curves in the spiral rounds.  Takes time but a great learning experience for learning more about altering shapes using the node tool.  I used fill for the color and adjusted the stroke color as well.

The fern and leaves are silhouettes off of a font reshaped and colored in.

I added a filter to the flowers and leaves, see below for where to get it to add to Inkcape.

I've put each group of elements into a layer of their own to make editing easier for me, and for you should you want to play with my design.

The vase is filled with a pattern I created by finding a textured glass jpg on the internet and imported it onto the design page.  Object/object to pattern.  I drew the vase and did fill/stroke/pattern.  I had at one time the vase lowered so that the stems showed but even tho that was more realistic it just didn't look aesthetically pleasing.  But try it and see what you think.

When finished I added a mat layer to facilitate cutting  around to I could just adhere to my card.  You could of course print just the flowers and vase and print it and cut it out and cut out the ovals to make a three layer design, but I can adhere anything straight so I just printed the whole design and cut around it.  However to export the image and import it into your cutting software is up to your skill.  There are too many cutters and software pkgs for me to attempt to explain how to do it.  Sorry.

My way of doing it:  I exported the svg and opened and resized in Adobe PhotoShop Elements.  I then placed the converted/exported jpg into eCAL.  I used the shape tool to draw an oval around the image and did P2C.  I printed on both glossy photo and matte photo paper to see which gave me the best color.  Both were fine, just depends on the look you are trying to achieve.

SCAL2 doesn't like the filters I've used to add dimension to the flowers etc.  The solution  is to open in Inkscape.  Edit/select all in all layers.  Then remove the filters Filters/remove filters.  Then copy and paste into a new svg file and save.  For some reason Inkscape doesn't really remove the filters just hides them I guess, but whatever you have to copy/paste into new file to really clear it out.  Thanks Myrna for reminding me about this!

Tutorial for Creating the Spiderweb - CutTwoPieces video
Textured Glass Images
How to Apply a Pattern to a design - video
Country Shading Filter for Inkscape - download and tutorial

Download SVG
Flowers in Vase InkscapePS

  • Inkscape 0.48
  • eCAL
  • Sizzix eClips
  • Macintosh

Well this should keep you busy "learning how to fish".  You are welcome to "pinit" on pinterest or use the design as you wish but I'd appreciate it very much if you would credit me for doing it and provide a link to this post on anything you do with it.