Archive for September, 2011

Printable seamless patterns with Repper

Update: Repper appears to be down, not sure if its permanent.

And I’m sharing 6 free patterns I created using the techniques in the video.

Remember to scale the patterns down to around 30% after you fill your object to get great print quality.
Steps for doing that in Silhouette Studio are as follows.




September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am 7 comments

Milestone for me, freebie for you

This morning I completed my first athletic endurance event, an Olympic distance “AquaBike,” which consisted of swimming 1500 meters (almost a mile) and biking 40 kilometers (almost 25 miles). In celebration of this accomplishment I’m sharing a cut file for a triathlon bike in icon style.

SVG file download

DXF file download

September 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm 12 comments

A gel pen card with the Silhouette

I’ve been waiting for a chance to post this card, but my busy summer has kept me away from the blogging. Thanks for your patience! There a several things I’ve been wanting to show you, all demonstrated in this simple card.

I found a beautiful free dingbat font of state birds that I thought would work great with gel pens and it gave me a great chance to see what I could do with my Silhouette SD and the gel pens and holder from Chomas Creations. As you know from my prior posts, I have been disappointed with the “jiggle” issue when using gel pens in the Cricut. Well, that problem goes away in the smooth drawing Silhouette, opening up all sorts of new possibilities. I love the look I got from the glittery metallic blue ink in the Chomas pens.

The South Carolina shape is from the Every State Cut It set from Lettering Delights. I used 2 identical files deleting the cut outline from one and the drawing image from the other since Silhouette Studio does not have layers. Otherwise the procedure is very similar to what I show in this older SCAL video.

The striped background was extracted from a discontinued Lettering Delights graphic set tag image that did not have a matching background paper or tile. For stripe patterns it is really simple to crop down to a short strip that contains a full repeat (see selection box in graphic below) to create an efficient, seamless tile that works wonderfully in Silhouette Studio, MTC and other programs that support tileable patterns.

Hope you’ll find something in this post you can use in your projects, especially since you had to wait all summer to hear from me.

September 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm 5 comments

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