Single line rope borders

March 31, 2011

Here are svg files for two single line versions of the rope border here.  These are for use with markers or gel pens.  🙂  Just like all open path files, be sure that the file doesn’t touch the cutting boundary or SCAL2 will close the paths by connecting the end points.

The download is a zipped folder with two single layer files for use in SCAL2. These files are for personal use only. Feel free to link to this post, but the files are not to be shared or distributed in any way.

Download the files from here.

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Single line knot borders

March 16, 2011

Here are two single line versions of the borders here.  These are for use with markers or gel pens.  🙂

The download is a zipped folder with a layered svg file for use in SCAL2 and two single layer files for use in either version of SCAL. These files are for personal use only. Feel free to link to this post, but the files are not to be shared or distributed in any way.

Download the files from here.


Flourish background LO

July 31, 2010

Here is the layout that I made using the flourish background svg here.  I ran the paper through my Cricut twice.  The first time I used Cricut markers to give better contrast with the other paper, and then again (without unloading the mat) to cut the design.  And yes, I’m a little behind on my scrapping.  🙂


Celtic knot corner svg

August 28, 2009

One of the features of SCAL2 that I like the most is the ability to import layered svg files into SCAL and use the layers as a design element. I don’t remember what brought the idea to mind, but a few days ago I thought how well suited Celtic knots are for a layered svg to do a combination of markers and cutting. I started with a corner I found on clker.com.  I connected pieces and welded others to make a file ready for cutting.  I used that as the marker layer, then I created the mat behind it for cutting.  Cricut markers are 1.5 mm, which is a little large for most images.  I used a mini gel pen to draw the knot, then changed which layer was visible and exchanged the pen for the blade holder/blade to cut out the corner.  I cut it at 2.5 inches, which was still a little small for the leaf details.

Celtic vine corner

This file is a layered svg file for use with SCAL 2.0. This file is for personal use only. Feel free to link to this post, but the file is not to be shared or distributed in any way.

Download the file from here.


Using layered svg files in SCAL 2.0

July 27, 2009

One of the great new features of SCAL 2.0 is that you can import layered svg files into SCAL and use the layers as they are, or use the ungroup feature to separate the svg layers and move them around.  You can get SCAL 2.0 here as either a new program or an upgrade.  I used Inkscape to create a card file with three layers, one to score the card for folding, one to use markers, and one to cut the card.  I created a separate layer for scoring rather than using dashed lines because you can use an old blade turned upside down in the blade holder to make score lines.    Here are the steps I used.

  1. Create an svg with a layer for each technique you want to use (ie a cutting layer, a scoring layer, a layer for each color of marker, etc).  Leave all of the layers that you wish to use in SCAL visible.
  2. Import the svg into SCAL.
  3. If the layer window in SCAL2 isn’t showing, from the menu, Window/Workspace/Advanced.  The layers window should be in the lower right corner.
  4. Click on the triangle next to the svg folder to reveal the svg layers.
    layer svg 1
  5. Open and close the eyes to determine what is in that layer, then click on the menu button at the top right corner of the layers box, select “Properties”, then change the name to represent that layer.  Do this for each layer.
  6. Close all of the eyes, then open them one at a time to use each layer.

Here is the card I made.  You could also use the marker layer to cut an overlay for the card instead of using a marker.  The download includes the svg file, a 2.0 scut for use with a 6×12 mat, and a 2.0 scut for use with an Expression.  These files are for personal use only. Feel free to link to this post, but the files are not to be shared or distributed in any way.

Download the files from here.

happy birthday card copy


Solid letters using Cricut markers and SCAL

July 21, 2009

One of the common questions on the SCAL forum is how to get solid letters with Cricut markers.    One option is to use a thin, even font such as Learning Curve.  I found a font called Multistroke that also worked well.  Another option is to use Inkscape and make a series of smaller and smaller linked offsets.  This method will work with any font.  My first attempt at this turned out pretty well.  There were a few spots that weren’t filled in, but one more offset would have taken care of that.     Here is how to do this in Inkscape.

  1. Change your Inkscape view mode to outline (View/Display mode/Outline)
  2. Type your text
  3. With the text selected, use the menu Path/Object to Path
  4. With the text still selected, Path/Linked offset
  5. Click on the little white square that appears somewhere at the top of your text and drag it inside your letters until you think you have a good distance between your offset and original letter
  6. With the offset still selected, Path/Object to path
  7. Repeat as necessary from step 4 until you have your letters filled in.  See below for an image from my sample file and the results with the markers.

text path inset

Here is a sample I made using Ariel with the linked offsets, Learning Curve, Multistrokes, and ALS Script.  I set the height at 1″ for all of the fonts.  The dots between the letters on Learning Curve and ALS Script are because I forgot to use Path/Union before importing into SCAL.

marker sample1