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Inkscape, Silhouette, and Shrinky Dinks

Written By: eyedrawit - Sep• 09•13

I had been searching for Inkjet Shrinky Dinks but was unable to locate them. I finally found them at a Hobby Lobby while I was downstate visiting Mom. I wanted to see how some of my Inkscape graphics would look on one of those cutie patootie little shrinkable plastic thingies. Oh what fun!

The teeny, tiny little bike is one of my Inkscape designs printed using our inkjet printer. Pretty cute, eh?  Oh….. but my favorite one is the black and white. I decided to try using a pen (Sharpie fine point) in my Silhouette. I changed my bike design to a black and white line drawing and opened in my Silhouette Studio. After tracing with the software, I had double lines, but I didn’t mind that. So I inserted the pen in place of the blade and let the Silhouette do it’s thing. Wha-la!

After baking and letting them cool, I sprayed each Shrinky Dink with a clear sealer. Then, each got a couple of coats of gloss finish. I wasn’t sure what to do with them when I was done. I had punched holes in the sides of the bigger one, so I grabbed some leftover card stock from our daughter’s wedding invitations, a little ribbon, and made a little note card. The little bike was attached to another note card.

There are so many things that could be done with these. I’m thinking place cards for the holidays….?

Happy drawing.


Fun with Silhouette Cameo and Vinyl Wall Art

Written By: eyedrawit - Sep• 04•13

Have you ever noticed that life never slows down? It just keeps rolling along. We can choose what we do with our time and we can determine what our attitude will be regarding the the passage of time…. but we certainly can do nothing to slow it down.

As I worked in my craft room this week, I was blessed to have my mom sitting beside me. She was happy to read, work puzzles, and enjoy the occasional cat nap, and I was happy to have her there with me. Spending time with Mom was another reminder that time marches on and life “is a vapor”.

It was great to finish up a couple projects this week. One of them is a gift, so I won’t go into details. But I can tell you about some wall fun wall vinyl I created. I’ve wanted to do something over our bed and decided to draw a tree branch with a cardinal perched on it. I used Inkscape for the drawing. The bird is designed in two layers, with the background being black and the top layer red. The rest of the design is all black. I think I might add just a touch of white to the eye for a bit of dimension, but it probably isn’t necessary. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. I was a little nervous as I had to divide the design into four parts and it was still quite large. But the Silhouette handled it just fine and it fit together perfectly.

The quote I added isn’t very original, but I think it’s kind of cute.

Happy drawing… and always kiss the one you love goodnight.


Wedding Guest Book, Jenga-Style

Written By: eyedrawit - Aug• 07•13

Our daughter Angie, wanted a Jenga Style “guest book” for her wedding last summer, so she asked her talented brother to make her one.

Jake is a perfectionist. Simply making the game pieces would just not be good enough for his sister and her hubby. He wanted to personalize the game pieces and he asked me for help. Since I had already designed the wedding invitations,I incorporated part of that Inkscape design into the graphic for the blocks. I sent the design to rubberstamps.net to have a rubber stamp made. They did a wonderful job making the stamp and I would definitely use them again.

Using the stamp and dark brown ink, Jake adorned each piece with the bride and groom’s names, the date of their wedding, and two little birdies . They turned out beautifully and the graphic actually looks like it is burned into the wood. Jake also made a beautiful wood box and stand which you can view here.

The guestbook was a hit and has made a wonderful keepsake for Jon and Angie.

Happy drawing.


Inkscape Print on Canvas

Written By: eyedrawit - May• 29•13

It seems “Old Man Winter” is not giving up his grip on us here in the north country without a fight. With the weather most unsuitable for getting my flowers planted there is only one thing to do: get crafty!

I wanted to try printing on canvas again. I have artist canvas that I’ve run through my inkjet printer in the past with less than desirable results. The problem I experienced was that the ink bleeds; the darker the color, the worse it bleeds. But this time I had better luck.

I decided to try spraying a clear finish on the canvas before printing on it. If you look closely you can see that the ink still bled a little bit. I’m not sure if I didn’t get enough clear finish on the canvas…. or perhaps it wasn’t quite dry enough when I printed on it. Next time I’ll try letting the first coat dry thoroughly and then spray on a second coat before printing.

The frame is a plastic three dollar frame that I painted and distressed. The crackle finish was an accident. After painting the frame and roughing it up with some sandpaper, I sprayed it with a clear finish. Apparently the clear coat was not compatible with the base coat… thus the crackle. But I LIKE it! The print I used was designed in Inkscape.… of course!

For a free SVG of “Tuesday is for Ironing”, click here. (Free SVG is slightly different than the design shown in this post.)

Happy drawing.