Posts tagged ‘digipaper’
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A note to Cricut users: I originally made these for Design Space’s new pattern fill feature, but, unfortunately, a bug leaves a thin white gap both on screen and in print so that seamless tiles do not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!
After seeing all the “companioning” going on with stamps and embossing folders and stamps and punches and stamps and dies, I decided to make some digital stamps and backgrounds to go with tools I already have. Thought the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder would be an easy place to start, but I was wrong. I am not much for giving up, though, so hours later, I finally succeeded with the results you see here.
Here’s how to reproduce my results:
– Print at 100% size (make sure any automatic scaling is turned off) on heavyweight paper or card stock.
– Trim the printed portion at the top and sides so it will fit in the folder and your machine. Leave excess paper at the bottom of the image so you will have something to hold on to.
– Load the sheet into the Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss Folder with the image and the flat side of the folder facing you.
– With the folder at least slightly open, position the page so that the dots on your image align with the holes in the folder. This will take a little patience, especially if your folder is warped from wear like mine is.
– Carefully close the folder while holding the paper in place so that it does not slip out of position.
– Continue carefully loading the embossing folder between the required plates so that the paper does not slip, and run it through your embossing machine.
– Remove the embossed printout, trim and sand as desired (I sanded the flowers shown above, but left the snow as is).
And if you are a digital enthusiast who likes to change colors etc., you can download the .png files here, suitable for tinkering.
As always, hope you enjoy this and make great project, which you will share with me so I can link back to you.
Like most of you, I’m busy working on Christmas presents and other holiday projects, but I have some freebies I want to share in the meantime. Here are some Morocco tile 12 x 12 high resolution digital papers and also a single high resolution seamless pattern tile which you can use to create your own paper in any color.
And by request, a vector PDF version here. This should also import into AI, Inkscape and most diecutting software.
In honor of the royal wedding, and inspired by the Teresa Collins Black and White Cricut Imagine cartridge, I have created some digital paper to share with you. The lovely crown is from The Graphics Fairy, so a special thanks goes to her.
I’m not a digiscrapper, but I do collect digital paper. I like to use it with my Cricut and computer crafting projects. This week I stumbled on a way to see it all easily. If you have a Mac with OS 10.4 or later then you have what is called Smart Folders. Smart Folders are virtual (not really a folder with files but a saved search with results), and are constantly updated, so they are especially wonderful for people who want to be organized without actually moving anything. Here’s how to set up a Smart Folder for your digital paper.
1) From the Finder (desktop), choose File>New Smart Folder.
2) Click the circle with the plus sign on the right hand side of the window near the top.
ScrapColoring.com has been a favorite site of mine ever since it came on the scene, as I’ve been fascinated with what French developer Stéphane Gigandet has been doing with SVG. I immediately saw the potential, but the site had limitations preventing my extensive plans for using it from becoming fully realized. :) So naturally I began bombarding Stéphane with suggestions and requests. I am happy to report that he has come through on everything I asked, and the site has gone from very fun toy to digipaper powerhouse.
ScrapColoring’s Pattern Generator features 36 patterns from tartan plaid to zebra skin and any of them can be rendered in your choice of colors and at any of 5 pattern sizes, so you can pick the one that works with your project. Even though there are thousands, maybe millions, of free patterns available on the net, scaling them is always a problem, so this is a wonderful feature to have. Solids and gradient fills are available as well. The recent addition of a full color palette and the ability to download the results in a .png file large enough to print a 12 x 12 page at 300 dpi makes this a dream come true for digipaper enthusiasts.
Not only can you download printable full sheets, but I’ve come up with an easy technique to generate multiple swatches on a page using ScrapColoring’s “Convert images to coloring pages” feature. For instance, to generate a set of 4 matching patterns on one page, I simply uploaded a .jpg with lines dividing the page into 4 equal quadrants.
Why is this so cool? Cricut owners will quickly recognize the 4 quadrants as a useful way to load different colors of paper on the mat. Well, now you can print your own solid, gradient or patterned paper for each quadrant onto a single sheet of paper! Sometimes I just use the quadrants to see how I like the different patterns together, as in the image below.
And we’re not limited to full sheets or quadrants but to any custom configuration we can imagine and upload. Not only that, but once you upload your custom template, a link is generated so you can go back to it or share it with others if you like (copyright restrictions apply, of course). My mind is racing with ideas for how this capability might be used:
- Generate “fabrics” for paper doll clothing, or patterns for scale modeling, in the scale and amount needed.
- Layout small areas of a pattern or color to do the intricate layered pieces of a Disney cartridge Cricut cut on one sheet of paper. Perfectly scaled gradients in the right hands would be spectacular for this.
- Easily color a coloring-book style digistamp or lettering digitally, or just preview/plan your colors before coloring by hand.
- Make custom paper so that each panel of a card, box, purse etc. would have it’s own color or pattern.
- Upload a digital card or layout sketch and fill with colors or patterns as a proof sample or to print. (For these last 3, a workaround to remove or tone down the black dividing lines may be necessary.)
The only drawback I have found so far is that ScrapColoring.com’s new color picker has no numerical reference for the colors, so it is impossible to use a Kuler color palette (which non-artists like me rely heavily on), for instance, or to recreate a color you used earlier.
So head on over to ScrapColoring.com and see what ideas you come up with. Don’t forget to leave a little love for Stéphane while you are there.
I dug out some high resolution seamless tiles I created for Valentines Day 2001, and made them into printable digipaper for the new decade. If you just want a pattern, click on a thumbnail below for a single 300 dpi tile.
Please enjoy these files on your personal and commercial projects. I would love to see what you create with these.
Note that I am withholding the right to sell the files or include them in a collection for sale. Thanks.