Most Design Studio users have been wishing for a true "grouping" feature ever since the Design Studio software came out. I have been able to make many designs that are "adjustable" by using the nudge arrows to move items into position while keeping them all in the same selection box, but this is a slow and tedious process. It is also impossible to change the angle, stretch or skew and individual element within the selection box.
I made a sort of snowflake design using an element from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge (one of the two exclusive cartridges preloaded on the Gypsy).
This screen shot shows the keypad position of the element that I used - I think it is a clock hand or pointer of some sort. I took a screen shot of the actual element since the keypad icon is so small!
I made a pair of hands by overlapping two images and aligning the holes.
Once I did this, I grouped the two together by selecting first one hand, touching the "group" icon (it turns yellow) and then selecting the second hand and touching the "group" icon again. Once the items were joined into a group there was a light grey box surrounding them.
I then used the "duplicate" button on the Advanced tab to create additional grouped sets of hands. The "duplicate" button is to the right of the preview eyeball and looks like two overlapping squares.
I made eight pairs of hands and arranged them by turning them at a rotation of 22.5 degrees and aligning the center hole. I wanted a solid center so I added a circle that I sized to fit on top of the hole.
When I had the elements arranged, I grouped all of the items and touched the weld button. Since they were grouped, I only had to touch the button once.
When I previewed the design, I was not happy to see that, except for the center cutouts in the tips of the hands, the lines were pale gray which means they would not cut. Obviously, this was not working so I thought about how I might be able to "fix" it. In Design Studio, the order in which items are added to the design is sometimes significant, so I decided to have another try.
I tapped the eyeball to preview and watched the little hour glass for a very long time.....probably 8 - 10 minutes. Finally, the preview was built and there was a red cutting outline indicating that everything was welded together properly - Eureka!
But now for the really exciting part! I could have easily made this design or a similar one in Design Studio up to this point. The magic of the Gypsy is that I was now able to select the grouped design, duplicate it by tapping the duplicate button and then resize the design all at once! I did a "save as" of the file and made a new file with five inch snowflakes - quick and simple.
When you remove the cut from the mat, a wide plastic putty knife is a great help. I was able to lift the design , leaving the small center bits from the tips on the mat.
I saved the teardrop cutouts and interspersed them with the tips to make this design - if you want to do this be sure to take care in lifting the pieces.
The outer offcut is also attractive and could be used in a project - I always like the positive/negative effect!
I hope the explanation I gave about how I did this is helpful to new Gypsy owners. If you like this design and don't have a Gypsy you can do something similar but it won't be resizable due to the angles of rotation required. This LINK will take you to an old post where I made snowflakes using elements from Fabulous Finds.
I will still try to get a video made but I am not happy with the screen resolution with the Flip and when I use my larger video camera I get a nice recording but I have trouble with the video format for editing and uploading to YouTube - I'll keep trying!