So, I recently purchased a Cricut Explore and have been playing a little with cutting SVG files created from photos and graphics. Crafting images with Croatian symbols are not easy to find. Also not easy to find are sentiment stamps in the Croatian language. This card combines both:
A red and white checkerboard pattern is a common symbol associated with Croatia. Another lesser known symbol is the pleter (sometime referred to as a Croatian wattle) which is a geometrical braid design used in the 9th-12th century by Croats to decorate churches and monasteries. The churches often include crosses with this geometric pattern such as the one found on the Baptismal Fount of Duke Višeslav . Using Google, I found a black and white graphic image of a pleter cross posted by a graphic artist on a message board. I contacted the graphic artist through the message board and asked his permission to use the image on a card that I would be posting on my blog. The artist kindly granted his permission and I am very grateful.
I used Inkscape to turn the JPEG of his image into a SVG file. I then cut the file with the Explore and I was quite impressed with how well the Explore cut the thin lines of the pleter cross. I also welded and cut two rectangles using Design Space to create a background for the cross.
The sentiment stamp on the front is a custom rubber stamp I designed and then ordered from http://readystamps.com/ . They were wonderful to deal with and I highly recommend them if you are interested in designing some of your own custom rubber stamps.
Cricut Explore & Design Space Online Softwaer
Cricut CTMH Artiste Cartridge (roses)
Cricut Craft Room Exclusive: Chess Image Set (checkerboard)
Cricut Cake Basics Cartridge (retangles)
Pleter Kris SVG file
Recollections card base
Stampin'Up Word Window Punch
Die-Namites Die - Winter Branch
Spellbinders Page Maps Die - Tags & Flags
Fiskars Red Ink Pad
Croatian "Happy Easter" Custom Rubber Stamp
Dollar Store Ribbon
Self-adhesive foam mounts
Thank you so much for checking out my card.