The Cricut got quite a workout today. Between soccer games and making dinners and lunches for the younger crowd, I had it going almost all day. I actually cut out two copies of the roundhouse shed patterns as The Boy has asked for a set for his own use.
They look pretty good, if I do say so myself. I am impressed that the battens mostly cut okay. I lost only one completely when pulling out the waste area between battens; another broke, but is salvageable.
The design confirms my suspicion about mixing cuts of different depths. To make it work, I created the initial design with semi-transparent lines. This way, I could see the places where the lines were doubled up. Then, when I flattened the drawing to upload to Cricut, I combined the two sets of lines into a single path (/Path/Combine in Inkscape). This makes the doubled lines disappear on-screen in Inkscape, but the path still has all the lines, which is why I saved this step until flattening. Then when I cut the part with a slightly lesser pressure – “Iron On” rather than “Cardstock” – the repeated lines cut through, while those that weren’t doubled were merely scored.
I followed the same process for colouring these parts as the main walls. First I separated the boards, then I hit them with a layer of Yellow Ochre wash, mixed with a bit of Raw Sienna up near the eaves. The battens are similar, but needn’t be separated. Once the walls are assembled, I’ll tone them down with some grey and black.