Sizzix Eclips2 – Using SVG files
Today I decided to try using some free SVG files I found on the internet. An SVG file is kind of a universal format that can be imported into most electronic die cutting machines. The possibilities are endless and files are widely available – there are even some free cut files on the Canadian Scrapbooker website! Check these out here http://www.canadianscrapbooker.ca/cut-files/. If you google ‘free svg files’ you will begin to get an idea of some of the images that are available. There are even more wonderful svg files available for a small fee. A couple of great websites that I have discovered so far are http://www.misskatecuttables.com/ and http://svgcuts.com/blog/.
In order to cut svg files with the Sizzix Eclips2, you must upgrade the Ecal ‘lite’ software that comes with the machine to the full featured Ecal software. This costs around $60 but having it opens up a world of opportunities at being able to cut almost any shape, importing custom artwork or even designing your own projects.
I found that using svg files on the Eclips2 is very easy. After you have downloaded the svg files from the internet, make sure they are unzipped and then simply import them into Ecal.
The images in the file will be placed on your virtual cutting mat. Resize and move them around are you like, and cut them out.
These are what the images look like after they have been cut out of white cardstock. Aren’t they pretty? The svg files I used in today’s project are all from http://www.misskatecuttables.com/.
I used a Xyron sticker maker to put adhesive on the back of these delicate die cuts
And here’s the finished project – I chose to do a Christmas layout with Carta Bella patterned papers and embellishments, but just imagine what gorgeous Christmas cards you could make with the svg die cuts.
Supplies used: Carta Bella patterned paper and buttons, Sizzix Eclips2, Xyron sticker maker, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, May Arts ribbon.
Have a wonderful weekend
To see more of Connie’s work visit her blog – Every Day’s an Adventure
Thanks Connie – I am just not comfortable with my computer to try these. I have trouble enough with the Gypsy and Cricut.
wow! i have a cricut Expression, & did not know what an svg file was. Well now I do so should be on my way. I do all my cricut downloads from digital and think its the next best thing to sliced bread, as my mom would say!
this is great!