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How to trace an image to make a cut file

tracing in inkscape

Most important when you want to make a cut file it needs to be svg ( which you can make or buy) or fcm this is a scanncut only file.

If you search for an image on google alway search for a coloring page or line art. Because when you trace an image you need clear lines.

Also realize that most images on google are jpg, or png. The easy way to explain is that svg or fcm is an english language and jpg and png is dutch. Your machine can only understand english. And saving a jpg as svg is like changing the bookcover in english but the story is still dutch.

Now open Inkscape and open your image make sure you click on your image and you see arrows around your image like this. Keep in mind that images on the internet are copyrighted and you can’t use it for commercial use and i am using this only for education meaning.

Go naar File- import

Choose file

Click on ok

go to menu path – trace bitmap

There will pop up a new screen.Make sure you click on the live preview box and play with the settings up and down until you think the image is ok.

Then click ok. Now you have 2 images.

If you drag the image to the side you will see 2 images. The first is the traced file and the second the one in the back is the original. You can select the original and delete it.

No you can save the file as plain svg and you have your cut file.

If you want to make it in different colors and layers you need to do some more steps

If you click on view and select display outlines only you will see only the lines which your machine will cut and if you want to you can remove lines you dont want to be cut.

If you want to make it in different colors and layers you need to do some more steps

If you want to color your image go back to view and select normal again.

You select the bucket and color the all the parts in the color you want like this

If you are done with the colors you can drag the image to the side and you will see all parts are separated and colored if you push ctrl+z you wil undo your previous action like dragging the colors and they will  be back in place.

Now save as plain svg and load it in canvas or any other program you use to cut your files. Make your image the right size save it like that. and then go group the colors and parts you want and can cut on 1 mat and save it as a different file and open the saved compleet image again and get the other parts until you have all parts and colors. Now you are ready to cut sent one of the files to your machine put the right colors of material on the mat. Scan the mat so you see where the colors are on your mat and you can move the parts exactly on the material that needs to be cut.

You can save the file on a usb stick as svg and put it right in a brother scanncut or open it in canvas and save as a fcm file. If you save it as fcm for the scanncut the machine has less trouble reading it and it will load way faster.

ook in canvas kan je naar weergeven en alleen snijlijnen tonen zodat je zit wat er wordt gesneden.

go to downloads or if you use the wifi function choose that option to send it to your machine

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Cute kawaii Christmas tree with Magnet sheets

Christmas Kawaii tree, Kawaii Ornaments svg, Christmas bauble, Kids christmas craft, Magnetic tree design, holiday, Xmas svg, Svg cricut

Last year I came across magnet sheets and of course I brought them with me because I thought you should be able to make something nice out of that. After having been in the closet for a few weeks, I suddenly got a nice idea.

I made a nice Christmas tree with separated decorations so that my then 5 year old son could decorate the tree himself and change it whenever he wants.

What do you need


1 pack of magnet sheets

Colored paper ( the magnet sheets have an adhesive layer) or adhesive vinyl

My file kawaii Christmas tree

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Free fonts

Font Bundle is one of my favorite sites if i look for fonts. They also have weekly free fonts see below a few free fonts that are only free for a certain amount of time

Bryana | Handwritten Font
Free font at Font bundle
Free Font Rain Love
creative fabrica

Do you know Creative Fabrica ?

They have also a lot of awesome fonts for free and to buy.  

Now they have a free font bundle for a short amount of time so don’t wait to long before you go there and check it out.

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Cute Lanterns for Fall and Halloween

Happy fall lantern template, pumpkin and leaves, paper craft, home decoration diy, scanncut fcm, paper craft, dxf cut file, cricut svg

The time has come to make  our home cosy as the fall is knocking on our doors.

Fall and especially Halloween is my favorite time of the year.

So i made these cute lanterns to set around in my house.

There will follow more designs and of course Christmas will be following but first Halloween and fall.

The template  has only 2 parts which you can put together without doing it wrong

Hello fall lantern template,

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Digital cut file Hello fall lantern template,

This digital download contains 1 zip file 

You can use these files in the following programs;

  • -Scal4,
  • -Inkscape,
  • -Illustrator,
  • -Sure Cuts A Lot
  • -Canvas (online)/ (Workspace)
  • -Silhouette Studio,
  • -Cricut Design space
  • -Make The Cut

and any program that can read these extensions.

This Digital file is for commercial and personal use see my terms at Terms of Use

 

Description

Digital cut file Hello fall lantern template,

This digital download contains 1 zip file 

  • – svg file
  • – dxf file
  • – fcm file
  • – eps file
  • – 2 png files 1 transparent and 1 white background

I try to design the files in a way that they are easy to use. This design is only 2 layers.

You can use these files in the following programs;

  • -Scal4,
  • -Inkscape,
  • -Illustrator,
  • -Sure Cuts A Lot
  • -Canvas (online)/ / (Workspace)
  • -Silhouette Studio,
  • -Cricut Design space
  • -Make The Cut

and any program that can read these extensions.

This Digital file is for commercial and personal use see my terms at Terms of Use

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Perfect fonts to use with your draw function

Single line fonts

A lot of fonts seem perfect to use with your draw function on your machine,
but when you actualy use them you see that most fonts arn’t filled in. There is a solution for that and i will come back to it later in this post.

It took me quite some time to collect fonts that you can just use with your pen without the need to get the letters filled.

 Also important to know is that it really makes a difference if you use the markers that come with the machine or when you use your own pens.

I tested the fonts with the markers that come with the scanncut machine and i tested the fonts with a gel pen that fit in the universal Pen Holder.

You will see that when you use a marker which has a thicker point to write with you can use more fonts then when you use a gel pen which has a really small point.

Drawing pens scanncut
Universal holder scanncut
Fonts written with the standard holder and markers
Fonts written with the universal holder and gel pen

As you can see in the pictures when you write with markers the fonts are perfect and there are no blank spaces.
However if you look at the next picture where the fonts are written with a golden gel pen.

I marked the fonts that where perfect with the gel pen as well. Font 1, 2, 8 and 9. The other fonts show small empty places.

If you want the letter filled to give them the real handwriting look you can do 2 things.

1. is the easy way and color the letters yourself you can even do it with an other color which can give an awesome effect.

2. Let the machine color it for you. With the program Sure Cuts a lot also called SCAL you type your text and then go to effects and choose Line fill and use the settings like in the picture. 

 

Now you can see in the pictures below how the letters look before the fill and after the fill effect

Below you see a list with the links where you can find the fonts some of them are free others are not.

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My weeding tool

I like weeding a lot ( yes i know most people think i am crazy) But i also like to make things as easy as possible.e
When i use to weed my project i found the vinyl pieces every where even in my hair but not anymore.

I found that ring polish holders are a perfect addition to my weeding tools.
Because the holder is made of silicone the vinyl wont stick to it and you can empty the ring with no trouble.

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How to make a text board in Inkscape

Inkscape

Inkscape is one of the few programs i know that is free and has a lot of features.

How ever if you don’t take the proper steps in inkscape it can be a very frustrating program.

Iam a visual person meaning i rather see things done then read about it. When i need to explain something which can’t be put in words within a few lines i rather make a video.

What is this video about?

  • How to make a text file in inkscape
  • How to save text as a svg file
  • How to use different fonts in inkscape
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Hot mess Canvas

Hot mess Canvas

Many of  you have seen the HOT MESS CANVAS on many Facebook groups

You start with a canvas and paint it with different colors. ( I only used 2 blue and grey) these colors will be your design colors.

This is also a fun project to do with your kids for fathers day. You give the the canvas, a brush and paint and let them paint it any way they want to. In de mean time you can make your design and cut it out on your machine with vinyl.

I made this text which is also available in my shop as cut file but also as a vinyl sticker.

When the canvas is dry you can apply the vinyl.

(This can be tricky because the paint can give some trouble to get the vinyl to stick. Use a hair blower to get it to stick to the canvas and make sure your transfer tape isn’t to sticky)

As you can see on the picture i only used blue and grey and put black vinyl on it.

You can leave it like this i like it this way as well but then again you don’t  have the awesome effect i show you in the next picture.

Now my text has these awesome colors and you have a perfect gift.

I chose to paint my canvas white again and when the paint was almost dry i removed the black vinyl.

How fun is this to do this with your kids for fathers day or just make a awesome hot mess for your self as wall decor.

Happy crafting

If you want to make a text board in inkscape see my video here