Inkscape Inset Command – Add Dimension to your SVGs

Add interest and dimension to your SVG files with the Inkscape inset command.

This winter’s project has been to remodel my craft studio. I purchased several pieces from Ikea, which I  love.  One of my favorites is the Alex six-drawer unit on casters. I have 3 of these units in my studio; one is next to my desk, holding my KNK Zing Orbit, and another one holds my original KNK Zing. (The third unit is in my sewing area.) Because it sits out in the room, I decided to decorate the back using vinyl and my “Create Joy” SVG.  The Inkscape inset command was used to design the extra pieces I need to spruce things up a bit.Photo of Craft Room with Alex Drawer Units


After applying the vinyl design to my unit, it needed a little something more. The black and gold combination I used was just a little… boring. So, I choose yellow-gold to add more interest and layered that on top of the gold.Photo of Alex Drawers with Create Joy

The new yellow-gold pieces were inset so that the gold still shows around the edges.

Close-up photo of Vinyl on Ikea Drawer Unit

This was completed by modifying the original fill portion of the SVG, using the Inkscape inset command, as shown in my info graph here.Infograph Tutorial - Inkscape Inset Command

A similar effect could be accomplished with the Paint Bucket tool, as covered in my last tutorial. However, when an SVG file is going to be cut out with an electronic cutter (Silhouette, Zing, Cricut, etc.) the inset command, I feel, is the better choice. (Cutter software usually has an inset command as well. However, I prefer to use Inkscape for most of my design work.)

I love the way this turned out! I’m working on more “Alex decor“; it’s a work in progress. Perhaps I’ll post more about that later. In the meantime, I’m CREATING a little JOY for myself… by making my happy space even happier  more JOYFUL!

Happy Drawing!


Photo of Ikea Drawer Unit with Vinyl Decal on the back


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