Using patterns in Inkscape

December 12, 2013

This is a tutorial on how to use patterns (such as seamless patterns, elements, or digi papers) in Inkscape. I’m using Inkscape 0.47 due to compatibility issues with some cutting programs and the newest version of Inkscape.

IHM Inkscape pattern tutorial

  1. Open Inkscape and create a document that is the same size as your paper you will be printing on. I want to print strips to make paper tapes, so I made a rectangle that is 1.5×11 inches (I’m printing on US letter size paper and will run the strips through a 1.5 inch Xyron then cut the strips into smaller widths).
    IHM Inkscape pattern1
  2. Create or import a pattern into your document. In this example I used four circles with gradients and a white background square. Digi-papers or seamless patterns also work very well.
    IHM Inkscape pattern2
  3. With your pattern selected use Object/Pattern/Objects to pattern.
    IHM Inkscape pattern3
  4. Click on the Fill and Stroke icon to bring up that window.
    IHM Inkscape pattern4
  5. With your shape to be filled selected, click on the Pattern button.
    IHM Inkscape pattern5
  6. If you have created multiple patterns in your document you will need to use the drop down box to select your new pattern fill. The newest pattern will be on the bottom of the upper section.  Unfortunately they are given numbers by Inkscape and I don’t know of any way to change it to something else.
    IHM Inkscape pattern6
  7. The pattern fill can be adjusted using the Node tool. Select your filled shape and then select the Node tool.
    IHM Inkscape pattern7
  8. The X on the pattern will adjust the position of the fill, the circle adjusts the rotation, and the small box will adjust the scale. Hold down the Control key to constrain the proportions or angle.
    IHM Inkscape pattern8
  9. Here are two strips that I made. The one on the left was made using a digi-paper and the one on the right was made with my vector pattern.  I would fill my page with either strips or digi paper before printing.
    IHM Inkscape pattern9

Inkscape has a bug that can result in white lines through shapes filled with patterns.  If you have a main color other than white you can put a duplicate shape filled with the main color behind the shape with the pattern fill.

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Rose petal heart printable cupcake wrapper

February 12, 2011

Here is a printable cupcake wrapper with rose petal hearts for Valentines day.  The width should be 8.6 inches for cupcakes that are the same size as mine.  🙂

The svg version for cutting with electronic die cutters is available here.

The download is a png file for printing and hand cutting (300 dpi).  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 300 dpi file from here.


Candy heart printable cupcake wrapper

February 11, 2011

Here is a printable cupcake wrapper with candy hearts for Valentines day.  The width should be 8.6 inches for cupcakes that are the same size as mine.  🙂

The svg version for cutting with electronic die cutters is available here.

The download is a png file for printing and hand cutting (300 dpi).  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 300 dpi file from here.


Printable cupcake wrapper templates

October 6, 2010

I have had some requests for printable versions of my cupcake wrappers for those without electronic cutters.  Here is a plain cupcake wrapper and a scalloped wrapper template.   Set the height of the plain wrapper to 2.62 inches and the scalloped wrapper to 2.97 inches for cupcakes that are the same size as mine.  🙂

The svg versions for cutting with electronic die cutters are available here.

The download is two png files for printing and hand cutting (300 dpi).  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.


Milk carton box template

August 6, 2009

Here is an svg template for cutting a milk carton box.   Set the height at 7.5 inches for a box that is a 2.5 inches.   The baby bug will cut a box that is just over 1.75 inches if you set the height at 5.5 inches.  The layered file has a layer for scoring with solid lines.

If you don’t use the scoring layer, score at the dashed lines shown below.

Fold all of the score lines except for the single diagonals next to the pour spout.  Apply adhesive to the tabs on the side and the bottom flaps.  Do not put adhesive on the pour spout unless you want to completely seal the box.

milk carton diagram

The download includes a layered svg for use with SCAL 2.0, a single layer svg for use with SCAL 1.0, and the png file for printing and hand cutting. 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.


Box template for a square box

August 5, 2009

Here is an svg template for cutting a square box.   Set the height at 8.75 inches for a box that is a 2.75 inch cube.   The baby bug will cut a 1.75 inch box if you set the height at 5.5 inches.  The layered file has a layer for scoring and a layer with the window so that you can easily cut either a solid box or use your favorite shape for the window.

You can turn a blade upside down in the holder to score and it works well, but I’m not sure what that might do to your holder if you do it often.  I decided to try leaving the blade down, and I lowered the pressure setting all of the way down.  The settings will depend on your machine, but for cardstock I decreased the blade depth by one setting.  The fold lines were very sharp with this method, but were also a weak point where tears are a little more likely.

If you don’t use the scoring layer, score at the dashed lines shown below.

square box temlate

The download includes a layered svg for use with SCAL 2.0, a single layer svg for use with SCAL 1.0, and the png file for printing and hand cutting (this version won’t make a 2.75 inch box unless you have a wide format printer).  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.


Wine bottle gift bag svg files

July 25, 2009

Here are two wine bottle gift bag templates.  Both require the use of a 12×24 mat to cut a bag that will hold a typical wine bottle.  I did not put the dashed lines in the svg files.  Score and fold where the dashed lines are shown below.   I would reinforce the top of either bag if it will have a handle and be used for anything heavy.  The first file is for a square bottomed bag.  Set the height at 8″ and cut two of this pattern for one bag that is 13″ tall with a 3.5×3.5″ base.

square bottom bag

The second pattern is a circular bottom bag.  It has a separate bottom piece.  I would cut two circles if the bag is to be used for anything heavy, one for the outside and one for the inside, with the tabs from the sides sandwiched in between.  Set the height at 11.5 inches for this pattern to make a bag that is 13″ tall with a 3.25″ diameter base.  Cut one or two circles at 3.25″ tall for the bottom of the bag.

circle bottom bag

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.
http://www.mediafire.com/file/tmmydwyf2wm/wine gift bags.zip