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Teacher Gift – SVG & SCAL SCUT Freebies

First, I apologize for posting another mock-up instead of an actual picture, but, in case you haven’t seen my previous post of today, my Canon is officially dead. 

I’ll replace it sometime in the coming week, but in the meantime, I wanted to get this up since I have a few free hours without the children whining or tattling on each other.  “Mom! She touched me!”  “Mommy!  He made me mad!”

I don’t get to pick when the lightening of inspiration strikes, and yesterday it lit up the sky at almost midnight, just when I was about to give up the ghost and shut down the Internet.

That’s about the time I stumbled upon a website for Uppercase Living, which motivated me to make a special present for my DS’s teacher for Valentines Day. 

I did not duplicate Uppercase Living’s exact design in the creation of this project, though it was very very tempting because it was so adorable.  However, I did take broad creative license with it and leaned on it heavily as I created my own.    (As always, I try to give credit where credit is due.)

Anyway, the idea was so cute, and I just happened to have all the supplies on hand that I needed (one of the benefits of hoarding supplies — also one of the curses) and four hours later I had a very cute gift to send to a wonderful teacher and a serious case of sleep deprivation.

Juan!  Juan Valdez!!!  Paging Senor Valdez!!!!!!

Midnight Inspiration, Anyone?

Midnight Inspiration, Anyone?

 

Please don’t let the four hour thing freak you out.  It will not take you as long.  I swear!!!  A good part of that time was spent using Photoshop’s custom shape tool to create the jpegs for the heart apple and all its pieces, and to resize the text and little hearts to fit on the path I wanted.  Then of course, I had to convert the jpegs to svgs in Inkscape.  And because I painted the board and its edges as well as the heart apple with stencil paint, I spent quite a bit of time waiting for paint to dry so I could move on to the next step.  If I had vinyl in all the colors I needed, it wouldn’t have taken quite so long to finish because I could have rubbed instead of stenciling, but this is a great example of how flexible the Cricut is. 

Instructions for this project can be found on my Projects page.

The svg file for the lettering can be found here.  The heart apple is in several different pieces in several different svg files: the heart apple can be found here, the stem can be found here, the leaf can be found here, and the apple seeds can be found here.  And last but not least, I’ve also created a scut file with all the pieces of the apple in it for ease of use, and it can be found here.

I only hope DS’s teacher enjoys the finished project as much as I enjoyed creating it.  I hope you enjoy it, too.

As always — happy Cricuting.

February 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm 7 comments


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