This tutorial will show you how to cut a vinyl sticker that says “Make to Grow.”
This is for the Fab Learning Academy Week 2 assignment.
First, the design of the sticker will be created in Inkscape. The first step is to make a circle with a diameter of 5 inches.
Click the Circle tool from the toolbar on the left side of the environment.
Then, go to your canvas and click and drag to create a circle.
The dimensions can be adjusted (Width and Height) in the toolbar directly above the canvas.
This step will begin the process of adding text to the design.
Click the Text tool from the toolbar on the left side of the environment.
Then, go to your canvas and click and drag to create a text box.
Use the “Ink Free” font.
Make the font 100 pt.
Select the text box.
Click the Path option at the top right of the screen, then click Object to Path.
Then, click the the Path option at the top right of the screen, then click Path Effects.
On the Path Effects menu, click the “+” sign to add the Bend Effect.
Adjust the line that appears on your text book to curve the text around the circle.
Add the rest of the design's text and bend it around the circle, as shown below.
Use the Text tool to add the rest of the text shown below.
Use the same font and size.
The “Grow” text should be bent around the bottom half of the circle using the Bend Effect.
Add a gear border to the design to make it look like a flower.
Search “Gear Clip Art” on Google Images to find an image of a gear.
Import the image into Inkscape by going to File (top left corner of Inkscape), then Import, then Select Saved Image.
On the right side of Inkscape, click the Trace Bitmap menu.
For Detection Mode, select Autotrace.
This will create a transparent version of the image and remove its background.
Delete the original image and resize the gear so it fits around the text.
To prepare the design to be cut from vinyl, change the stroke and fill color and settings of the gear shape.
Change the following settings in the Stroke & Fill menus.
Stoke Style: 0.008 inch width
Stroke Paint: Red
Save the design as a PNG so it can be imported into Silhouette Studio. This will enable you to cut the design on vinyl.
Import the image into Inkscape by going to File (top left corner of Inkscape), then Export.
Select PNG as the file type.
To prepare the design to be cut, import it into Silhouette Studio
Find the image in your computer.
You can simply drag-and-drop the image into Silhouette Studio.
The vinyl will need to be placed on a cutting mat and loaded into the vinyl cutter to start the fabrication process.
Align the vinyl to the center of the cutting mat.
Load the mat into the vinyl cutter.
Make sure the settings for the vinyl cutter are set for the vinyl material.
You are now ready to start cutting your design!