Monday, January 25, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Once upon a time...

Over on the Craft Edge forum is a prolific designer named Paulo. I have downloaded many of his beautiful and intricate files. This is my current favorite and I finally had an opportunity to cut it. When I first saw it I could immediately see it in 3d and when I showed it to my husband he was amazed and was anxious for me to cut the file to see it, so here it is and here is the link to Paulo's blog post if you would like to download his gorgeous file!

Gracias, Paulo!

Paulo's Blog link!

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The overall dimension of this is 8" x 18". After cutting the first side I flipped the shape in scal and cut the second side. I used Paulo's top design and then just used shadow blackout set at 2 for the black outline.

Several have asked how I made it 3d...and it's a very simple process I used. I made a basic box shape to attach each carriage to. The width is about 4" and sides about 2" high so in the pic below the dark center is the base and the line are the cuts I made and then I just folded all four sides up and glued it together by the tabs created by the cuts and then glued it to each carriage above the wheels.


I added tabs a little lower on the wheel to stabilize it (and slightly crooked) and tabs between the horses. They were 4" in width with about an inch fold over on each side to glue down.

Then I cut a longer 4"x6" piece of black paper that rests over the top tabs to hide them and bent down in the front. It looked nicer than having the tabs show.



I created these simple tabs with a slit to help stabilize the unit. If I did it again, I think I would cut another black silhouette to double the strength. I plan to mount it to a piece of foam core board and glue the tabs down to help stabilize it. I think I may use some modgepodge on it to give it a little more strength, too.




I hope this gives those interested in making this 3d a good idea how to go about it...you could do this with a number of different images.

Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing the fun! Hope it inspires you!

Laura

Monday, January 11, 2010

Leave only footprints...

Playing in Inkscape again... I used an image from the scal forum of a pair of sandals.


Files here - svg and png







Sunday, January 10, 2010

Let's spice it up!

I was working on some graphics for one of our local restaurants and thought I'd make some svg files while I was at it...

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Chili pepper files here

Friday, January 1, 2010

Mini Album

I thought I would post this simple file...it's a lot of fun to play with and I've made several mini photo albums to give as gifts and it incorporates another design...a mini purse. This design is posted with the svg for the mini purse.

SVG Link here!

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After it's cut you just need to crease it in fourths and thirds and then accordian fold following the cuts. The patterned paper should show and you will need a quick glue stick to hold some of the pages together. You can cut additional ones to increase the size of the album. Also, if the pattern is too busy you could use the white side of the paper or offset your pictures with a black border.

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This is creased for convenience but not necessarily for the accordian fold. When you have finished folding the inner pages should be a double thickness and the ends are a single that will be glued to a small book or the mini purse shown.

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Pages have not been glued down yet but you get the idea, right?
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Details for the purse in the April 2009 post.
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