Friday, July 12, 2013

What Do You Mean I Can't Do That?

That is pretty much what I was saying after finding out the wonderful Samantha Script font couldn't be used in Make The Cut. Well, the font could be used which included the regular letters but it was all the gorgeous swirly, flourishy letters that I wanted to have possession of! After some research it was found that I would need a program like Adobe Illustrator to open the "glyphs", which are all the cool letters and such!

I found a free version, and very old version, of Adobe Illustrator and thought "this will be a piece of cake". I even watched a video tutorial that Jin of Under A Cherry Tree did showing how to convert what you wanted out of AI into an SVG. Only one problem, my version was different and didn't work quite the same way. My friend Pam who is techie, you might know her from The Bug Bytes, tried to give me instructions but yet again my version didn't have the options where she was telling me to go. I finally was just playing around and gave up on doing the SVG and decided to do the whole capture thing with the snipping tool and import the letters into MTC that way when I started clicking on a few things and POOF I found the tools I needed to make the outline and export as an SVG. You talk about excited!

When got all the capital letters opened in AI I looked like I had a jumbled mess but I wanted to see if I could export to SVG format and if the letters were overlapping if they would be single once imported into MTC. 

This is what it looked like when I finally got it in MTC - a bit of a jumbled mess. I then had to figure out how I wanted to "organize" all the letters.

I finally decided to just leave all the letter's together and then put different ones on different mats. Some of the letters had a ton of versions while others only had a few. I forget how many mats I ended up with in the file but here is how they looked after I got them moved around and enlarged. Now I can quickly go in and see which fancy letter I want to use! So with a matter of copy and paste I will be able to use the letters to make words I might want.

The font file also included something called "swashes" I think it was and this picture are the words in that feature. There are some flourishes that go with it as well but I am too lazy to do a capture and post it. If you check the link at the top of the post for the file you can see all the features this font has to offer. 

Now the odd thing is I have no idea if I will ever even use any of these letters. They are a big thin and swirly to use on cards or scrapbook pages but they would probably work great with vinyl projects. I guess I wouldn't give up because I do not like to hear "you can't do that" *okie sits with a smug smile on her face and thinks 'I was not defeated'*


  1. Pretty letters! I can totally see you going through all of the effort because you wanted to prove you could! LOL

  2. Ahhh dear Julieta you know me all too well!! LOL

  3. I sure wish I wasn't so technologically challenged, I feel so stuck with the cricut and carts since I just can't understand the other programs :(

  4. Good for you! Sometimes we have to find different ways to get the things done we want.

  5. good job. they are pretty! you could use the pens to write with also if you just wanted to monogram a card.

  6. Okie, Never would I think you couldn't do something that you put your mind to.
    Good for you, Glad you got it done!!!!!

  7. I can definitely relate to not wanting to be defeated by the computer - good for you! I hope you use this font after all that work, and as Kat suggested, you could use your gel pens to write a sentiment. Is this file available for download, I would love to see what my Cameo can do with it.

  8. When I have a font that is a little too thin.....I use the negative on the page or card. It works like a charm.