My latest hobby has been making my own greeting cards. This week I came across a design that had a window frame that overlayed a landscape image. I began thinking about how I could do something similar using Electric Quilt 8. I wanted to be able to cut the design out on an electronic cutting system. For me that meant incorporating Cricut Design Space and my Cricut Maker.
In the video, I will take you through my process. At a high level:
**What is Inkscape?
The extra piece of software I used for creating the SVGs is Inkscape. Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's free and open source.
Inkscape can seem overwhelming to use when you open it for the first time. However you only need to use a couple of tools within Inkscape -- so this really is a piece of cake. You can download Inkscape here.
Inkscape will allow you to create an SVG file which may be used in any electronic cutting system (Cricut Design Space, Silhouette Studio, or Brother Canvas Workspace).
So what is an SVG file? An SVG file is a graphics file that uses a two-dimensional vector graphic format. Unlike raster formats such as JPG, GIF, and PNG, an SVG image remains crisp and clear at any resolution or size. My Translation -- Much cleaner of an image than any trace in a cutting system.
The video is broken into three parts (in case you don't want to watch the entire video):
Window Card Construction
Step 1: Cut out the Window Frame svg on your electronic cutting system.
Step 2: Cut out the card front with the foldable window frame on your electronic cutting system. I used the Cricut Maker to score the left and right edges and cut the rest of the SVG.
Step 3: Fold back along score lines and press with a bone folder.
Step 4: Glue black frames to card front.
Step 5: Select a background. Trim to 3-1/4" x 4-3/4", Glue to back of card front. I was thinking that if you had a fun landscape photo from a trip, it might be nice to use that instead.
Step 6: Cut a card base using Black cardstock 8-1/2" x 5-1/4". Score at 4-1/4".
Step 7: Glue card front to card base.
Step 8: Add greetings and embellishments.
Step 9: Create inside panel for card. Stamped items from Paper Pumpkin kit.
Let me know if you use Electric Quilt 8 for uses other than quilting? I love hearing how you are using the software.
Tech Know Quilters Showcase
Current Tech Know Quilter members have been sharing their class projects along with their original designs (and in some cases quilts) in the membership's private Facebook group. Enjoy this show of some of their recent creations.
You can learn more about the Tech Know Quilters membership program and sign up for the wait list for the next open enrollment period here.
Pad Norrad My very dear Aunt and Uncle, who are in the mid 80's, asked if I could repair their favorite quilt they've had for over 40yrs. It wasn't repairable so I said it would be easier to just make them a new one. OMGoodness - what did I just say, LOL Along with my EQ8 Program, I also enjoy Digitizing. I put the two together and was able to create my pattern in EQ8 and Digitize the Embroidery needed to go into each of the blocks. I took the Advance Border Design Class (along with many others) and thank goodness I did. I've learned a lot more than I thought I would; thank you Kari Schell. In the end, this is a Bedspread that is quilted, not your usual quilt. I've decided I would make the Pillow Shams that match.
Pat Norrad We were given Challenge to only use two colors to make a project. The two crayons I pulled from a brown paper bag was Brown and Orange (go figure). We could have a cream, white or black background. I created this Quilt using the Storm at Sea block with shades of the two colors.
Pat Norrad This is another quilt I just finished. It is a Grad Quilt for our next door neighbor's daughter. We've good neighbors for 19 yrs and have watched their 3 children grow up. Their daughter finally got her wish to have her 'own' dog and she is just crazy over this dog. I drew the pattern in EQ8 and I'm so glad I did.
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