I saw this adorable ice cream cart file at Designs on Cloud 9 and just had to make it up into a shaped card. Sometimes you just know! I’ve never seen an ice cream cart this cute in real life, but I’d buy a cone if this one came my way.
This file did not have a base svg to build on. This is how I solved that problem:
First I brought the png file into Silhouette studio and enlarged it to the size I wanted.
Next I brought in the svg file, placed it over the png and dragged the corner until the umbrella part of the svg exactly covered the umbrella part of the png.
I moved the svg file aside. I traced the png file. Now I had a base to start with.
To make the card base, I first made an offset of the trace.
See that little hole to the left of the Umbrella pole? I didn’t want that hole.
Choose Object, release compound path. Move the main image over and delete the little hole.
(I filled the image with color so you can see it better.)
I mirrored the image to the right. (Also filled with brown so you can distinguish between the original and the mirrored image.) If I stopped here and made this into the card base, there would be no place for me to stamp my sentiment, so this is what I did.
I used the knife to extract that little piece in the middle.
Discard the umbrella and the bottom part of the cart. I don’t need those.
When I moved the brown piece onto the cart, it didn’t exactly fit. I needed to make it just a little bigger:
I stretched the piece to fit nicely.
Merge the pieces by choosing them both, group and weld. Now I can make my card base.
I mirrored the card to the left.
I nudged the left image to overlap the right. You see how the umbrella is overlapped but there’s a space between the two carts? That would be a really weak fold for the card, so I needed to get the two carts together. If I nudged them together even more, the carts would overlap, but the umbrellas would be overlapped too much. So . . .
I added a rounded rectangle between them.
Select both carts and the rounded rectangle, group and weld. There’s my card base!!
I thought it turned out cute!! And, of course, I made four of them 🙂