Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Free Halloween SVG files!

Hi Everyone!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Just for stopping by I am giving away the following Halloween Witch Spider just for visiting my blog. This file comes with a JPG, SVG and a V2 and V3 for Silhouette Studio.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/h1kjn54twepjh7e/Halloween%20Spider.zip?dl=0



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Making Text easier with the Silhouette

Sometimes when I need to cut out words or sayings in my Silhouette I want to use the negative
space instead of the positive space. You know, you cut it out, and then have to glue it onto your work,
hoping there is space on the cutout to glue and also hope your machine cuts it out, since some are
intricate.

In most cases, when you use the negative you get this.


Well my friends, I am going to show you how I use the negative space. So you get this.



You are going to want to first make yourself whatever shape you are going to use. In this case I am
using a rectangle. You want to then make a copy of that shape and move it to the side.


Next you are going to want to type out your text.

And now center your text into the shape. 



You are now going to want to make a compound path. You can do this by selecting both your shape
and your text, and right clicking, make compound path. Or you can use the icons below.


Make a copy of your shape you just made the compound on and move it down.
Your are now going to work on the copy. You want to double click the text portion until you see the
text turn into points. At this stage you are going to want to use your pointer and the delete option on
the side to delete the OUTSIDE shapes, leaving the centers.



Here you see I have removed the outside of the word Happy.

When you are done you will have this. I have filled it with color to make it easier to see what
will cut out.

You are going to now bring back over your shape copy you made in the first step. I have colored 
it the same as the text layer. You are going to want to cut the top piece and the bottom piece the same colors. So in this case the text layer and the solid layer will be cut using the same paper color. The center layer or the layer with the strange shapes will actually be your text color. 


When you put them all together you get this.

Hope this helps, as its been a great help for me. It may seem like a lot at first, but once you get
the hang of it, it's quite easy. Happy Crafting!

DezinesbyEM
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Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeZinesbyEM
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Welcome

Hello and welcome to my first blog and post!

I'm not quite sure what to write so I am going to start writing about my hobbies.
When my son was born I couldn't find the right birth announcement's I wanted to send. I ended up using a generic one I bought online through a big box retailers.
I started to think about the process of creating my own. I had a little knowledge of graphics and then decided to start 'trying' to create my own invitations using the programs I had on my system. Mostly paint etc. I ended up taking a Photoshop class (2 actually) and really started to learn this graphics process.

Once I started making my sons party invitations, holiday cards, etc people starting asking me to create their child's invitations etc. I normally just designed the image and let them print the design at their local 1 hour photo shop on 4x6 prints. The problem was that they couldn't find envelopes that fit. Now if I supply something I want people to have no issue. That is when I discovered Silhouette Portrait. I could not only design the invitation, but could print it out in the size I wanted (to fit envelopes I had!!).

That worked for a while. I later found so many cool and neat things you could do with the Silhouette, like the different cards and 3d projects you could make. That started me on the whole SVG designing process. People loved the 3d projects I made for the kids or what I brought adults. Things like purses holding gift cards, holiday themed projects I brought for potlucks etc.

I opened an Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeZinesbyEM where I attempted to sell just a very few of the designs I created. The ones I posted are the ones I felt were the most easily cut and assembled. I do have more intricate designs, but I want the process to be as easy as possible.


That venture hasn't been too successful as opening it 4 months ago.
So that brings me up to now. A blog? Me? I don't know anything about that. Can it hurt? How much time does it take? What knowledge do I need to have? Well I can tell you, I click on a few links and within a few minutes I am typing my first blog post. Although I can't be sure what the web address is, lol,

As I am looking at this form, there are a lot of options for adding links, photos etc. I don't know if I need to any any photos. I know on the blogs I follow there are lots of photos. I haven't really tracked a blog back to the beginning to see what the first post was like. (In retrospect that might have been a good idea!)

I do have a Facebook profile. If you are interested in following please check it out! I love feedback from people with constructive feedback. (There is a difference) https://www.facebook.com/dezinesbyem

Well I have listed how I got started and where people can see my stuff and Facebook, I guess the only thing left is an email. DeZinesbyEM@gmail.com

I would love comments if there is a space for that. Like I said I am not even sure how this works.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Mike
DeZinesbyEM
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