Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy Father’s Day!

My husband is a mountain biker.  He didn’t want a big gift for father’s day.  So I had to get creative.

I’ve been wanting to get him a vinyl sticker of a mountain bike for the back of his truck for a while.  But I didn’t know how or where to find one.  My initial searches were unsuccessful. 

Then I thought: Hey, maybe I can make one!

I searched for a graphic online but couldn’t find one I liked so I decided to make my own.

I took a picture of his bike in front of the garage so I could get good contrast.


I brought the picture into Inkscape and used the trace bitmap feature to create an outline of his bike:


This took me a while of trial and error and figuring out how it all worked.  But finally I was successful!

I brought the vector outline file that I created into my Sure Cuts A Lot software so that I could cut the vinyl sticker.  I didn’t think it would work the first time I tried, but it did!

He loved his gift and thought it was pretty cool.  The white is pretty bright.  I may get some grey vinyl and re-cut it.


I just love it when I have an idea and I work really hard, and I figure out how to do it!  So fun!


Bonnie said...

That is too cool!!

Trisha said...

That looks awesome! What a cool, original gift. You are so creative and talented, Tina.

Laura said...

Very cool Tina!

conner posse said...

WOW. Tina!!! I am in AWE of you!! You are amazing, to come up with such a creative idea and figure out how to bring it to fruition. Incredible!! I wouldn't even know how to begin doing such a thing, let alone come up with the idea in the first place. You rock, sister!!!