Using drawn patterns in your creations: Part 1

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Posted on May 7, 2021 by Natalie Ballard
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The ScanNCut has several drawing patterns built-in which it can automatically fill even complex shapes with. For other machines, or for different patterns, you can use design packages to create a similar effect.

Using the built-in drawing fill patterns on the ScanNCut

Please note: for the following process we recommend calibrating your machine both before drawing and after drawing for best results. If you are creating an element that both draws and cuts, on this occasion cut first.

CM machines

  1. Import or place your chosen designs on your mat.
  2. Go to the canvas button so you can edit the shapes.
  3. Click on the resize button to access the shape properties of the current selection.
  4. Press the square with the pen icon (fill) to turn on the fill. The button will turn purple and the shape will fill with the current pattern setting in blue.
  5. Press OK.
  6. Press the spanner button to the side of the screen.
  7. Scroll down to page 4. Press the screwdriver/spanner icon next to Fill/Additional Line. Please Note: The same fill/additional line settings will apply to all filled and all non-filled shapes respectively.
  8. Fill Pattern: tap the screwdriver/spanner icon to choose one of 5 built-in patterns. Options 1-3 are stable and are useful for creating a solid fill, stripes or a grid/trellis pattern. Options 4 and 5 will require you to recalibrate after use, but can be used to great effect within our designs. Consider the pen you wish to use when setting this option and those below as this will dramatically alter the effect.
  9. Fill Line Spacing: use this to alter the gaps between lines. For example, if you are getting a patchy or stripy effect with solid fill, decrease this value. For patterns 2-5, increase this to enlarge the pattern.
  10. Fill Direction: this rotates the pattern. so if you are using Pattern 3, this is how you change it from a grid to trellis, setting this value to 45º. You can also use this to get a smoother solid fill in some shapes.
  11. Press the scroll down icon to see the next set of settings. These are the Additional Line settings and these will only apply if the fill is turned OFF on the shape. There is nothing stopping you filling, then swapping the setting to use the Additional Line to add this effect as well.
  12. Additional Line: this is where we can create an offset border on the CM models. Choose how many lines you wish to add (max. 2). This can be used as a decorative feature, to thicken a line (useful for foiling) or an alternative to the solid fill in intricate or small designs. You can also use it to tidy the ends of the fill when using finer tip pens. One line will go to the inside of your cutting line and one to the outside, bear this in mind when settings your spacing so you can create different shapes.
  13. Additional Line Spacing: this works the same as the fill spacing.
  14. Press OK twice.
  15. You can then proceed to draw as normal with any pen. Remember to use the Foil setting for slow drying or smudge-able pens.
  16. You can also use the seam allowance function with fill/additional line to create another effect on the built-in designs but not on text.

SDX machines

On the SDX, we have more options to play with in terms of the designs themselves. Offset in particular is a good option to consider when creating effects with drawing. For this first part, I’m going to keep it simple.

  1. Import or place your chosen designs on your mat.
  2. Go to the Object Edit button to access the shape properties of the current selection.
  3. Press the square with the pen icon (fill) to turn on the fill. This will open your fill settings.Fill setting screen
  4. Fill: Set this to ON to fill the shape. Please Note: The same fill settings will apply to all filled shapes. Use multiple passes to change styles.
  5. Fill Pattern: tap the right arrow to choose one of 5 built-in patterns. Options 1-3 are stable and are useful for creating a solid fill, stripes or a grid/trellis pattern. Options 4 and 5 will require you to recalibrate after use, but can be used to great effect within our designs. Consider the pen you wish to use when setting this option and those below as this will dramatically alter the effect.
  6. Fill Line Spacing: use this to alter the gaps between lines. For example, if you are getting a patchy or stripy effect with solid fill, decrease this value. For patterns 2-5, increase this to enlarge the pattern.
  7. Fill Direction: this rotates the pattern. so if you are using Pattern 3, this is how you change it from a grid to trellis, setting this value to 45º. You can also use this to get a smoother solid fill in some shapes.
  8. Press OK.
  9. Press the triangle icon to access Additional Line. Note you can only Fill OR Additional Line, do one and then the other for another effect.
  10. Additional Line: Set this to ON to urn on this setting on the selected shape. Please Note: The same line settings will apply to all shapes using additional line. Use multiple passes to change settings.
  11. Number of Additional Line: Choose how many lines you wish to add (max. 2). This can be used as a decorative feature, to thicken a line (useful for foiling) or an alternative to the solid fill in intricate or small designs. You can also use it to tidy the ends of the fill when using finer tip pens. One line will go to the inside of your cutting line and one to the outside, bear this in mind when settings your spacing so you can create different shapes.
  12. Additional Line Spacing: this works the same as the fill spacing.
  13. Press OK twice.
  14. You can then proceed to draw as normal with any pen. Remember to use the Foil setting for slow drying or smudge-able pens.
  15. You can also use the offset/contour function with fill/additional line to create another effect on the built-in designs but not on text.

Project Idea: Decorated bag

This project uses one of the handbag designs from Gentleman Crafter alongside the fill function built into the ScanNCut. It is easier to do this process using the online Canvas Workspace so you can use the cut & draw line setting.

Filling shapes

Using the patterns we can start to build effects within our inking. I used the grid and stripe patterns as a guide for quilted effects with Distress Inks.

Inking with Distress Inks to create a quilted effect

You can also use Additional Line to help give a stitched effect like I have with the lining piece.

Additional line for stitching effects

This way we can create a variety of effects even if we only use the shapes and designs built-in to your ScanNCut. However, when you are ready to spread your wings, we can extend out options using design software to use fill patterns from the software itself, from downloads or create our own.

Close up of the drawing and inked texture

Advanced users can even use an embossing tool in place of a pen to add a textured design for additional stamping and inking effects.

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The finished project


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