I’ve been having fun trying out some sketches on fabric using a pen in my KNK Zing. I have learned that drawing to make things look good is one thing, but drawing to make them sketch out correctly (or cut )….. is quite another. I have taken some of my previous designs and re-worked them for this purpose. It has been a bit of trial and error, but I think I am getting the hang of it.
When I first tried this, I sent a PNG to my software and traced it. Look closely at the image of the Fan Club bag I made. I think it turned out pretty cute, but you can see that the image was traced. See all the double lines?
I have since learned that I can send my SVG directly to MTC, or save it as a DXF and send to Silhouette. Now what was I thinking! This makes so much more sense and produces a much better result! But…. I have to make sure things are drawn correctly….. no crossing lines, etc.
Another problem I had sketching on fabric was getting the fabric to adhere to the mat and stay put during the sketching process. However, Kay Hall at cleversomeday.wordpress.com created a great tutorial and suggested using freezer paper on the back of the fabric for stability. With this method there is no need to use a mat.
Here are a couple of projects I worked on today. Not perfection….. but I like them much better!
Here are a few easy projects I created using my Silhouette Cameo, a little bit of vinyl, and a few thrift store finds. I probably have about $1.00 wrapped up in all three. The glass jar and the old box were very easy to complete. I just used the Silhouette Studio software as there was no drawing involved.
The bike was a little tricky, and it didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted, but I still think it’s cute. I used a design that I had drawn in Inkscape for this, but had to do a lot of work to it in order to cut it out in three colors. Also, I had to think about which parts were going to be weeded out after cutting the vinyl. (If you’ve cut anything complicated you know what I mean!)
Oops! I almost forgot the vintage butter dish “Welcome” sign. The design is from Silhouette but I modified it (with an X acto knife) after I cut it. I have it sitting on a half table in my entryway. Cute, eh?
With the holidays rapidly approaching, and so much to do, I felt truly blessed to have 3 days in a row at home. Best of all, I’ve had a chance to play around with my new Silhouette Cameo. Oh how I love this new toy! (More about my Cameo in a future post.)
Today I worked at designing and cutting some place cards. I am planning to have a dinner party with several couples and wanted something to put at each place that looked seasonal and rustic. I didn’t want anything too “Christmasy” since the dinner is just a couple of days after Thanksgiving.
The first one you see here I created in the Silhouette Studio software that comes standard with the cutter. I did not draw the bird. The pattern comes from a Martha Stewart Bird Mobile and is a PDF, so I used the Windows 7 clip feature to capture and save it as a JPG. I then opened it in Silhouette Studio and traced it.
For the next place card I used Inkscape to draw the pinecones. I’m sure they could have been done in the Silhouette program, but I am more comfortable with Inkscape for anything with that much detail. As you can see I made two layers of this card. The underlayer is just slightly bigger and doesn’t have the cutouts. I liked the effect that it gave me.
I’m not sure I am completely satisfied with these… I may have to keep tweaking them. Perhaps I’ll combine the two because I like the bird, but also like the layers. Layering meant there was nothing to print so I didn’t have to worry about using the registration marks to line things up for a “print and cut”. I’ll try to post if I come up with a new idea.