Hands down this is my favorite Cricut project yet. Styrofoam, spray paint and cut out numbers are all you need to produce a great looking 3D sign. The idea and detailed instructions came from this Instructable. Update 6/10. This sign is still mounted on the side of a building and holding up well.
Finding art that is legal to use can be frustrating, but here’s a tool for images you can know are OK for just about any purpose. The Open Clipart Library is a repository of SVG files started by the folks that develop Inkscape.
Update: Please watch the Paint Bucket Basic video here if you haven’t already Wow, the response to the first video has been overwhelming, literally. I am approaching my bandwidth limit at screencast and am looking for a different way to host the tutorials.
Update: these pre-youtube videos have finally lost their homes on the net. My latest videos on the Paint Bucket Technique are here: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/coeIYveKJL Did you know you can use the Paint Bucket tool in Inkscape to trace a bitmap piece by piece?
Update: These files are no longer free. I found a great source for free .scut files and information about Sure-Cuts-A-Lot software. Check out ScrappingTable.com for many great Valentine cuttables like the basket shown below.
Compared to the PC side, there is a dearth of font viewing software for Macs. In particular, none of the freebies and few of the for-pay font utilities I have found allow you to view uninstalled fonts.