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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.
A note to Cricut users: I originally made these for Design Space’s new pattern fill feature, but, unfortunately, a bug leaves a thin white gap both on screen and in print so that seamless tiles do not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 (support@Cricut.com) 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
And if you want to make your own templates for other size items, instructions for using an online generator are here.
To download a free Inkscape template of ready made shapes, click here.
2. To install the extension, copy both the bezierenvelope.inx and the bezierenvelope.py 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/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/extensions”
-In MacOS for Inkscape .91: “/Applications/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/share/Inkscape/extensions”
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
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!
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!