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Print and Emboss Templates and Tutorials

Print and Emboss! Free templates and tutorials from Cleversomeday

Earlier this year, I reintroduced the “print and emboss” concept but seemed to stir up more bewilderment than anything else. I promised templates and realized some tutorials were also needed. So today I’m uploading the long-awaited templates and posting the first 2 parts of a 3 part tutorial series. (Don’t worry they are both short.)

To start, I have free templates for the 7 embossing folders listed below, all A2 size. Click the folder name to download the template. These files work with any version of Silhouette Studio free download here. You do not need a Silhouette machine as there is no digital cutting involved. We are only using Silhouette Studio for printing these because it prints in true size and templates can be easily customized. You do need a Cuttlebug, Big Shot or other pressure embossing machine.

As you can see from the screen shots, each template has instructions included and in some cases, additional sentiments. You do not need to have any particular fonts installed for these templates to work.

Paper Studio Banner

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Crafts Too Flowers Bouquet

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Darice Grass

SS Grass

Darice Butterfly on Flower

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Darice Bootprint

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Darice Bird on Branch

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Darice Palm Trees

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Part 1 of the tutorial series shows how to use the template to create a customized printout to match the corresponding embossing folder.

Part 2 of the tutorial series shows how to line up the printout with the folder and emboss it.

Eventually there will be a Part 3 that will show how you can make your own templates. If you have already made your own templates and are sharing them, please let me know so I can link you up here.

September 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm 23 comments

Making the most of Dafont.com

Making the most of Dafont.com video and written tutorial. Tips and tricks for using everyone's favorite font download site.

Most everyone knows you can download awesome free fonts at Dafont.com, but it’s got some other features you may be missing out on. Here’s a list of some cool things you can do at Dafont besides downloading:

1. Preview fonts with your own text

2. Customize the size of the text and number of fonts per page

3. View different cases of your preview text

4. View/download a character key

5. View all the variants of a font

6. Filter for commercial use OK fonts

7. Find fonts by the same designer

8. Find fonts in the same category

9. Browse fonts by category

10. Browse fonts by designer

11. Filter for foreign features

12. Create your own categories

13. Learn how to install fonts

14. Get help identifying a font

15. See the newest uploads

16. Sort by popularity, name or date

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Take a look at my Robots category for an example.

July 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm 11 comments

Character map template for Silhouette Studio

A while back, I posted Character Map templates for Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator. The purpose of these is to make it quick and easy to make a one page reference map of the main glyphs in a given font, especially dingbat fonts. Today I’m adding a Silhouette version to the lineup.

You can download the .studio template here, download the .studio3 template here  and instructions are in the margin of the file, but here’s a quick rundown. As with all my templates, I recommend you store them on your hard drive instead of your library and that you always work from a duplicate. An easy way to do this is to Save as and rename the file as soon as you open it.

Once you’ve opened a duplicate template, click anywhere in the middle of the page. You’ll see a bounding box to indicate that the grid is selected. Click the A button at the top of the screen (not the A button on the side of the screen).

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Select the font you want to map from the scrolling list on the right. You should see the characters change to the new font’s. Label the page by typing in the name of the font into the text box provided at the top of the page. This is optional, but will help you remember which font you are looking at.

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Here’s what a completed page looks like for my 09kutups font.

You can print the page, print it to PDF or just glance at it temporarily for reference. If you want to be able to use the characters after you uninstall the font, click the center of the page again to select the characters, choose Object>Convert to Path, then save the file.

And if you want some suggestions for great dingbats for cutting, here’s a great place to start. Ten Great Dingbats for Diecutting

April 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm 20 comments

Centerline trace with Rapid Resizer

I’ve covered Rapid Resizer before but I want to go into more detail on one of its most useful features, the centerline trace. Let’s say we want to take a line drawing and sketch it with gel pens in our diecutter. If we trace it in our cutting software we will get a double line trace, and our sketch will not look natural. What we need is a way to trace down the center of the line. Rapid Resizer gives us an easy way to do this.

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Written steps follow.

Find an image you want to trace. I picked this coloring book image of dolphins and downloaded it.

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Next I opened the Rapid Resizer Raster to Vector Online Converter and clicked the Choose File button and navigated to the image I just downloaded. Select centerline trace from the first pulldown box and SVG from the second (you can also choose DXF if you do not have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or another program that can open SVGs). Click the trace button.

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If you chose SVG, you will see the results of the trace on the next screen. Right click to choose Save File or go to the File menu and choose Save Page As (this may vary slightly depending on your browser) and name and save the SVG to the location of your choice.

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Open the SVG in your cutting software and prepare to draw as you would any other SVG sketch file.

To use these SVGs in Cricut Design Space choose vector upload.

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While Rapid Resizer is the easiest way I’ve found to do centerline traces, it is limited and won’t work well on all or even most images. The best centerline tracing options are Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw, but there are a couple of other free options. Kristy over at Craftermath has tutorials for the Autotrace web app and for Win Topo.

March 4, 2014 at 10:44 pm 9 comments

Class of 2014 free SVG

I’ve got 2 daughters graduating this year, God willing, so in their honor I’m posting the 2014 edition of my “class of” SVG and .studio files. Hope you enjoy the file and congrats to all your graduates!

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Click here to download in SVG format

Click here to download in .studio format

Terms: Free for personal and commercial use. Just don’t sell the file in digital form. Please share the link to this post, rather than the file itself. Thank you!

2011 is here

2012 is here

2013 is here

February 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm 36 comments

Canvas sketch project and a share

Sketch on Fabric with a SIlhouette machine

I’ve been playing around with drawing on fabric for a while, but haven’t been able to pull it together into a project until now. Pretty excited about how this turned out and about the potential here. The rough texture of the canvas really makes this piece work.

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Here’s how it’s done (measurements are for an 11 x 14 canvas):

- Cut and iron a piece of canvas fabric (cotton duck) at least 13 x 16 inches.

- Cut a slightly larger piece of freezer paper and iron it wax side to wrong side of canvas.

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-Trim neatly to 13 x 16 inches (rotary cutter preferred). The leading edge should be especially clean and straight, other edges not as critical.

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- Load fabric pen into pen holder. I am using the Marvy Ball and Brush pen with the ball end. I used the new style Silhouette pen holder because this particular pen fits at the proper depth. You can also use the Chomas marker holder.

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- Set rollers at 12 inches apart. This is the slot second from the right.

- Load 13 inch edge of prepared fabric into Cameo centered on rollers (1/2 inch fabric extending outboard of each roller)

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- Load pen holder into Cameo.

- Open sketch file in Silhouette Studio.

- From the Cut Setting Panel choose settings for Sketch Pen.

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- Press Cut.

(You can see in the photo below that I used 12 inch wide fabric in my sample. It worked but was too nerve-racking so that’s why I specify 13 inch wide.)

Sketch on Fabric with a Silhouette machine!

The most complicated part of this project is finding a suitable sketch file. At small sizes you can get away with a standard trace of a line art, but at 11 x 14 a true sketch file with open path strokes is going to be needed.

Here’s a comparison of what a normal trace versus a proper sketch file looks like in Silhouette Studio to show you what I mean. Click to enlarge.

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Here’s how I went about creating the file (not for the faint-hearted … Adobe Illustrator, intermediate graphic design skills and lot of patience required):

- I selected a vintage image of an anchor. I have zero artistic ability so I needed something with just enough detail that I could handle.

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- I printed it out at full page size.

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- I taped a piece of tracing paper on top and hand traced it  with an ultra fine pen. The idea here is to recreate the drawing with pen strokes that do not touch each other.

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- I scanned my hand trace into Adobe Illustrator.

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- In AI, I performed a center line trace (unlike the normal trace that finds both edges of a line, this attempts to find the center of the line and returns it as an open path.)

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- I then point edited to clean up messy areas like this where the strokes overlap and can’t be traced as intended. This was the most tedious part.

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- Saved as SVG. (You can export to DXF if you don’t have DE.)

- Merged the SVG into a blank 12 x 16, no mat page in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

- Applied sketch effects to the anchor SVG to give it a little more natural look. This step was optional, and the effect was subtle, but I recommend it if you have DE.

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- Added text (I used Always Here font and added 1 internal offset at 0.010 as fill)

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- Arranged layout and centered in 11 x 14 rectangle. (In my original I did not draw the rectangle, but in the future I will as it would help for final trimming of the canvas to fit the frame).

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I found creating the sketch file to be a long and tedious process and I don’t recommend it unless you are very determined. No worries, though, because I’m sharing my file with you. Personal use only, and please share the link to this post, not the file itself, and whatever you do don’t try to cut this file with a blade, it’s for sketching only. Click here for the .studio file and here for the SVG. Thank you.

Now in case you are wondering why the sudden inspiration to complete a project, I am participating in a challenge. If you’d like to see more great fabric-related (our theme this month) projects, take a look below.

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  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

February 10, 2014 at 10:00 am 25 comments

How to make custom templates in SVG format with Ideogram

Ideogram has had a big upgrade and now generates SVG templates. Also added to the tuck boxes and envelopes are pillow boxes, shadow boxes, stars, milk cartons, boxes with polygonal cross sections, gift bags and more, all to your exact specifications! If you’ve ever tried to trace a template or design one from scratch I know you’ll be excited about these new free online tools. Let me show you how easy it is to generate custom templates for Silhouette Studio Designer Edition as well as  Make the Cut ,  Sure Cuts A Lot or Cricut Design Space with it.

- Go to http://www.ideogram.nl/boxmaker

Custom templates in SVG format!

- Scroll down the page to find the shape you want. Lets try the new truncated cone shape and make a wrap for a votive holder as an example. (You MTC folks can indulge the rest on this choice and even though you don’t need a conical shape generator and don’t need a scale factor, the other steps may be helpful for the other templates)

- Click More Options

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- Enter your units, the two diameters of your object and the height (to the “table”). The order of the 2 diameters doesn’t matter.

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- Leave the others measurements as is. They don’t seem to be working yet.

- Click the SVG button

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- You will see the wrap shape on the next page. It may say “pdf” but this is actually the SVG.

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- Right click and Save or Select File >Save Page As (may vary depending on your browser)

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- Select a location and click Save.

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- We need to check/change a couple of things in Silhouette Studio preferences to be sure this works as expected. Click on Import Options on the left and at the bottom under “When Importing SVG” click As-is and check both boxes.

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- From a blank document in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition select File>Merge and navigate to the location where you just saved the template, (if you are using Windows, choose SVG or All Files from the File Type pull down at the bottom of the window), select your file and click OK.

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- You will see the shape on your mat, but it is obviously not the right size. File>Select All and Object>Group before doing anything else.

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- Through experimentation, I have determined that the scale factor needed is either 125% or 250% so we will try 125% first. Click the Scale button and enter 125% in the first box and click Apply.

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- Turn on the grid and eyeball the size to see if it looks realistic to you. Since my votive holder is 2.6 inches high, I know that the straight side should be about that dimension. Clearly this is still too small. With boxes and envelopes there will be at least one side you know the dimension of so this is an easy process once you get used to it.

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- Click 200% in the Scale window (to bring us to a total scale of 250%)

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- That looks like the right size so now I can, remove the text and work with just the template. I want to set the line widths to zero. Select all, then slide the slider to the right and then back hard left. (It may erroneously show zero with multiple objects selected but this will make sure they all zero out.)

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- in the Cut Style window set the shape to Cut. I can also use this shape to crop a pattern, or to wrap text, add cutouts, etc.

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- If I want to remove or change the score line, I simply select the line, remove it, or change to solid or a different dash style.

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I am hoping there will soon be an option to generate the template without the tab, but until then, if you do not want the tab,

- Draw a rectangle on top of the shape as shown, select both shapes and Object>Modify>Subtract.

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Hope this helps you make the most of ideogram and your cutter. So now geometry shall no longer stand between you and a fabulous project!

February 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm 13 comments

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