I got an email from someone who wanted to create a wordart pattern where half of the word is cut out, and the other half is not. This is a really neat technique that is surprisingly easy to accomplish. So I thought I’d put together a quick tutorial and show you how to make one of these neat designs in Inkscape. Enjoy the show!
First, we must start with the bottom half of our design. Here, I draw a pink rectangle. I use off the wall colors, mostly so I can see what’s going on.
Next, we type in our word. We can use any font. I’m choosing to use Times New Roman in bold. I resize the word so that the bottom half is in the box and the other half is above. You can resize the bottom box to accommodate the words.
This will create the effect where the top part is the lettering and the bottom part has the lettering cut out. Now we need to create a bridge so the top part doesn’t fall from the bottom part when we cut it on the scroll saw.
Now it’s time to add the bridge. Select the pink box. Right click a color (I used Green) and select Set Stroke. This will add a green outline around the box. Click the red X in the color bar at the far left. This will remove the fill. Now you should be able to see through the box and only see the green outline. Change the thickness of the stroke to something that looks nice. You can do that by right-clicking the number next to the stroke color (lower left corner).
Then select both the green square and your text object and go to Path>Union. This will weld the two objects together.
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