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Holiday patterns freebies

Holiday Word Art Seamless Patterns from CleverSomeday

Merging two of my favorite things today, word art and seamless patterns, to bring you a nice set of freebies for your holiday projects. Silhouette users can drag and drop these patterns directly into a shape just like any other image, or place them in the Library. If you need a refresher on using seamless tiles in Silhouette Studio, see this video. Those of you that have the Effects feature in Silhouette Studio v3 (all Mac users and Windows users with a compatible graphics card) can change the color of the tiles to get just about any color you need.

Click here to download the holiday seamless tiles

Click here to download the Christmas seamless tiles

A note to Cricut users: I originally made these for Design Space’s new pattern fill feature, but, unfortunately, a bug leaves a thin white gap both on screen and in print so that seamless tiles do not function, well, seamlessly. Please let Cricut Customer Care ( know that you would like this bug fixed. In the meantime, you can use the 12 x 12 versions, which my digiscrapper friends may also find useful. In Design Space, be sure to upload these files using the Pattern button.

Click here to download the holiday 12 x 12 papers

Click here to download the Christmas 12 x 12 papers

For the advanced Silhouette users, I also made a couple of transparent tiles. Right click and “save image as …” to download these. For details on how to use these, see this video.

transparent words

transparent words on white background

transparent bg

white words on transparent background

And if you want some more graphics and fonts for your holiday projects, check out the great bundle that I detailed in my last post!


October 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm 11 comments

My Arrow Crafter font hits Dafont


Just a quick update to let you know that I’ve just had my first font posted to Dafont! Arrow Maker started out with diecutters in mind but I realized it might have broader application as well. Be sure to check out the tips doc and character key that comes in the folder. I’ve got to warn you, this font is just fun to play with.

Check out this fun arrow making font by cleversomeday. Free for personal use.

Download it from here.

For those of you who use Inkscape, Silhouette Studio, SureCutsaLot, Make the Cut or even MSWord, I’ve included many characters made just for text to path so you can make your arrows bend, curve or circle any way you want. Silhouette users can upgrade their text on path skills with this video.

October 7, 2015 at 10:34 am 57 comments

Tumbler template freebie

I have shared these files in various forums over the years but never got around to putting them on my blog. If you are cutting vinyl for a standard 16 oz double wall tumbler then this template will let you curve the text so that it will be in a straight line when applied to the tumbler.

Download the 16 oz tumbler template in .studio format here.
Download the 16 oz tumbler template in .svg format here.
Open the shared Cricut Design Space 16 oz. template here (letters have to be ungrouped and positioned/rotated individually)

Free tumbler template for Silhouette Studio

You can see from the Silhouette Studio screen shot above that the instructions are on the mat, but basically you just double click and backspace over the sample text, type in your own, change the font and size, then recenter. Ungroup and regroup your text to move it from the curve or leave it on the curve to keep it editable. Delete what you don’t need and cut.

I tried to make this template a no-brainer, but a basic knowledge of text on path is helpful for using it to the fullest. Here’s my video on the text to path if you need a refresher.

I have also included a print and cut file for a paper guide that you can place inside the cut to help you get the vinyl on straight.

Download the .studio print and cut tumbler helper here. As shown below, this goes inside the cup to help you position the design when its time to apply it.

free tumbler helper print and cut guide

And if you want to make your own templates for other size items, instructions for using an online generator are here.

September 17, 2015 at 11:07 am 20 comments

Free “Chevronizer” template for Silhouette Studio

Free and fully adjustable
How would you like to fill a letter or state shape with a chevron pattern quickly and easily, and be able to adjust the size and position of the chevron and the thickness of the outline? Well, I’ve created a “smart template” for Silhouette Studio that will let you do just that! Download my new free “Chevronizer” file here and watch the video below to learn how to use it to easily add a fully adjustable chevron design to create cut files.

For those of you who like written instructions, you will find them in the margin of the file as shown in the screen shot below.
Chevronizer SS
Download the free Stateface dingbat font here.

June 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm 61 comments

Text Warp in Inkscape

Video tutorial from CleverSomeday plus free shapes!
If you’ve not yet discovered the Bezier Envelope Extension for Inkscape, a treat awaits you. Here’s a video on how to create great shaped text with this cool and easy tool.

Video tutorial on text warping and free shapes from CleverSomeday
To download a free Inkscape template of ready made shapes, click here.

If you don’t already have the extension, here’s what you need to do the first time you want to use it:
1. Download the extension here and unzip the folder. [alternate download link here]

2. To install the extension, copy both the bezierenvelope.inx and the file into the folder/directory indicated.

-In Windows: Copy the two files into: C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\extensions\
( Assuming that your Inkscape is located at C:\Program Files\Inkscape)

-On MacOS for Inkscape .48 or earlier : “/Applications/”

-In MacOS for Inkscape .91: “/Applications/”

To get to either location on the Mac, you can use the Finder’s “go to folder” feature, in the Go menu and copy/paste the string inside the quotation marks

If you don’t can’t find the extensions folder using this path, you can open Inkscape and look under Preferences>System>Inkscape Extensions to find your specific path

3. Re-open Inkscape and verify that Bezier Envelope appears under Extensions menu > Modify Path submenu.

If you need more help installing the extension, here are some videos

June 11, 2015 at 4:22 pm 40 comments

Distress kit for Silhouette Studio

Easily add a fully adjustable distress effect to your Silhouette files! I get lots of questions about how to get the grunge or distressed look in Silhouette Studio and I think I finally have a good solution for you! Download my new free distress kit file here and watch the video below to learn how to use it to easily add a fully adjustable level of distress to your cut files. For those of you who like written instructions, here are the general steps.

-Open the file. -File>Merge to add your image to the distress kit document. (Instructions assume a black image.)

-Size your image to the desired size.

-Place either of the distress overlays (bounded in pink) on top (right click and Bring to Front or, if using V3DE, open the layers panel and drag your image layer to the top of the list) of your image and size to fit. Note: The overlay on the bottom is lower density and seamless.

-Adjust the scale, angle and position of the overlay using the Pattern Fill>Advanced settings. Multiple overlays can be overlapped for different effects.

-When your image looks satisfactory, click the Trace button and select Trace Area, being careful to avoid the overlay’s pink boundary.

-Uncheck the High Pass box and click Trace.

-Separate pieces and copy your newly distressed shape to a new document for cutting.

April 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm 45 comments

Class of 2015 free SVG

Time for posting the 2015 edition of my “class of” SVG and .studio files. Hope you enjoy the file and congrats to all your graduates!


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

2014 is here

April 22, 2015 at 2:52 pm 34 comments

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