Friday, October 26, 2012

The Odd Girl..31 days of svgs

I am super excited to be a part of an AWESOME month of giveaways, tutorials, and how to's on The Odd Girl blog this month!

Lately I have been playing around with creating SVG files, so I thought I would make a few to share, and then show you how I used them!

I have a Cricut Expression and Sure Cuts A Lot 2.  It wasn't until the recent surge in die cutting techniques started that I really sought to learn just what SCAL2 can do.

I started with a vision in mind of a geometric pattern using circles.  I played around with the arrangement and came up with two patterns that I liked.  You can download EACH svg file by clicking the links below.

So now that I had these, what do I do with them?

For my first page, I decided I wanted the pattern to be big and bold. I used the Circle Burst 1 cut file.  I enlarged it and moved it to the side of my layout so it went off the edges.  I cut it directly from my background paper.

I wanted to use an ombre look with my accent papers, so I choose some shades of yellows and oranges and glued them behind my background.

I layered a few bits and around my photo, and created a visual triangle with some washi tape and embellies on the side and the title in the top corner.

 And how about those die cut leaves??  Are they adorable, too?  I'm so excited about these because I drew them and turned them into cut files myself!   Here's how:

First I drew my leaf shape on a piece of white paper with a pencil and then traced over it with a thicker black pen/marker.  I took a photo of it and edited it in photoshop adjusting the contrast and brightness so it was a very stark black on white image.

In SCAL2, I opened the image and traced it, and voila!  I simplified the cutting nodes, and it was done!

You can download this Leaf Veins cutting file HERE.

Next, I wanted to do something else with my circle burst patterns, so I decided I was going to use them to create little embellishments.

This time, I reduced the size of the pattern into 3 smaller designs.  I cut the designs out, and then cut each of the three circles out by hand.

My background contained some paint, splattered mist, and some tiny circles that I machine stitched over.  Guess where those tiny circle came from?  They were the leftover bits from the cut outs!  :)

I am just getting on a roll with these files and am starting to come up with all the different ways I can use them!  Here I have been playing around with using them as stencils for misting:

and here I cut one into a doily shape!

So many possibilities!  If you use ANY of these files, I would LOVE to see what you do with them!  Please share or drop me a note on my blog!



Marianne said...

Just left a comment on your post on the Odd Girl blog. Thanks for the files.

AmandaR said...

You rock! I love how you've shown how to use these files, and thanks for sharing them for free too - I hope you have more in the future too - I love your designs.

Diana Waite said...

I SO LOVE the colors AND cuts that you used on your layouts--FANTASTIC!!

Denise said...

wow. this is so cool. I think I need one of these machines!!

Christa said...

HOkey Doodle! I mean HOKEY DOODLE!! Girl you are insanely talented. I love your use of that negative pattern especially. Also the covered background on the second design. I am in love.