Welcome to my New Blog. This blog is for sharing my crafting ideas and my cutting files that I create primarily using the Make the Cut Software and my electronic cutters which include my 18" Black Cat Cougar, a Silhouette SD, and an original Expression.
All files and information shared here is for your personal use only. Please contact me if you wish to use any items commercially, for blog contests, or to submit for magazine publication. Thank you.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Treasures of the Sea
I have previously posted about getting patterns to cut from Scroll Saw magazines and websites that you can use to create cut files for use with your cutters. Obviously, to do this you would need to have a 3rd party software like Make the Cut (MTC) or Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) or another program that lets you bring in your own designs. So I always take a quick look at scrollsaw magazines whenever I see them to see if there are patterns I would like to use to make a cut file. As a result, I quickly purchased a news stand copy of Issue 39, Summer 2010 ScrollSaw Woodworking & Crafts magazine when I saw these "Treasures of the Sea" items. Interestingly, it wasn't until after I bought the magazine and had created the .mtc cut files that I actually read the full article and saw where it noted that these patterns were orignally designed as paper cuttings and that many paper cutting patterns are easily cut on a scroll saw! LOL
The website for ScrollSaw Woodworking & Crafts magazine is http://www.scrollsawer.com/. This site has lots of information including various patterns you can download directly from their website. Many of them can easily be used to create and cut with paper on your electronic cutters.
The particular article that drew my attention in the Summer 2010 edition was entitled Treasures of the Sea. The article and the patterns used were created by Gloria Cosgrove (the actual cuts shown were done by Linda Heigerson.) Gloria and her daughter, Alison, specialize in "scherenschnitte" (paper cutting) patterns. These patterns would have originally been designed to be cut by hand. They have a mail-order business selling original art work and paper cutting patterns. Their website can be found by visiting http://www.papercuttingsbyallison.com/. Be sure to check it out for some beautiful artwork that coud be made into files to cut with an electronic cutter that can use software like MTC or SCAL.
For these items, there were 6 patterns provided for different seashells and a sea horse in the magazine. I took the patterns and scanned them into my computer and used Make The Cut (MTC) to create cut files to cut.t. As you can see, there is a lot of delicate detail in the cuts. However, they pulled in quite well into MTC. I did end up pulling a couple of them over into Inkscape to do some node modifications in a few spots. They cut just fine with MTC. I used the items I cut to make cards. I think the cards could be used for a variety of needs such as sympathy, thanks, or any other need. They could also be used to create home decor items like framed art (this is what they were in the scroll saw magazine for) or even vinyl on a wall or used on a scrapbook page.
I really would love to share these files with you BUT unfortunately I don't think that I can! Since the patterns appear in the Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine, it indicates that the copyright belongs to them. The pattern pullout sheet then indicates that you can make up to 10 copies for personal use "for the buyer of the magazine". However, I hope by posting them here for you to see, that you will also see that there are other places to look for patterns and ideas of items to cut with your electronic cutters. In addition, scroll sawers may see a new way to get their patterns ready to adhere to their wood to cut with. Thanks for stopping by!