Sure Cuts a Lot

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coolmama72's picture
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Sure Cuts a Lot

If you have a Cricut, do you have Sure Cuts a Lot? I think I have had my head in a hole in the ground about it. Lol I had heard of it, but hadn't really checked it out. Well, I just tried the demo version (which cuts a line through everything, so you can't use the demo for anything other than just trying it out) and I think I'm going to ask for it for my birthday. Smile

It will cut any font, dingbat, or SVG file (which I've found a bunch online, and now I get what they're for). That being said, there's not much of a need for new Cricut cartridges ...

I have hundreds of fonts, and would love to use them all like this.

Here's the link so you can see what I'm talking about - http://www.craftedge.com/index.html

If you have it, please let me know what your experience has been with it.

Joined: 09/01/04
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Where would you find these picture type fonts and what is an example of an SVG file?

coolmama72's picture
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Just found this blog with free SVG files

http://svgcuts.com/blog/

And you can find free dingbat fonts at fonts.com dafont.com etc

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Joined: 09/09/08
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I have SCAL. I like being able to cut any font. And also you can make things on paint and cut things out. I like it because there are some carts I want for like 1 picture, but I can find or make something similar and use SCAL. You can also download Inkscape (FREE) and you can use that to turn just about any image into a file that can be cut with SCAL. You can do layers and such. I haven't done much with that, but have watched a tutorial on it.

I use fontspace.com and they have a really big selection of fonts including dingbats.

I especially like it for the fonts so that not every title on all my pages has to be the same font.

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Sold! Me thinks I need an Expression now! Biggrin

K9Trainer's picture
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I have looked into it, but it really confuses me still. I get the fonts, but not so sure I get the pictures or other things I guess.

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"K9Trainer" wrote:

I have looked into it, but it really confuses me still. I get the fonts, but not so sure I get the pictures or other things I guess.

What is confusing?

I can try to explain how you can do pictures.

Like I wanted to cut out a peace sign for some of my cards...I went on google and found an image of a peace sign. I saved the picture, then I can go into SCAL and select "trace image" then I will be able to cut out the peace sign. This method works very well for simple pictures. You can also find many free svg files that are already ready to be put into SCAL for cutting.

If you find a picture you want that has several colors and layers you can use Inkscape to separate each color into a different layer and that way you can cut each layer and assemble it like you do with many of the complicated images on the carts such as characters and animals.

With the fonts you can also weld letters and create shadows for any font.

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Joined: 08/10/08
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SCAL is amazing! Smile I love it. I'm just starting to learn Inkscape, but the FREE SVG files online are great! I'd recommend joining the Sure Cuts a Lot Yahoo group, they share tons!!!

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I just got SCAL a couple months ago so I haven't done a whole lot with it but I LOVE it. I have so many different fonts on my pages now, I felt like I was using the same ones over and over.

LMCH's picture
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how much does SCAL cost? I have heard about it before, but I never looked into it...but Christmas is coming soon Wink

coolmama72's picture
Joined: 10/20/01
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it's about $75

my birthday is a month from tomorrow, so it's number one on my list. Smile