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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Sketched Note



This is another card that I've made using the Sketch feature of my Silhouette Cameo. You can see the tutorial on how to do this here.

For this card, I used a Silhouette Shape that I sketched (rather than cut). I stamped the sentiment. To add a bit of color, I used my Copic Markers to color in some of the typewriter keys.


For this one, I used Kraft paper. I inked it up with some white on the edge. I colored just the heart shaped keys on this one. I thought it made it a bit more personal.

Won't these make great Teacher Thank You notes??

Happy crafting!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sketching with The Silhouette


So, last week I shared those cards that I made using the sketch function of my Silhouette Cameo. Today I thought I'd share with you how to do it.  This works on both the Cameo and the Portrait. These machines are not just for cutting!  You can draw with them too!

I've only started to use the sketch feature on my Cameo and I have instantly fallen in love!  I've been using it to write sentiments on cards, but titles and journaling on scrapbook pages, and to create designs for cards too, You can do so much more with it, I've only scratched the surface.


To use the sketch feature on the machine, you'll need to have either some Silhouette sketch pens or have an adapter to hold your pen or marker.


I bought the Amy Chomas Adjustable Marker Holder to use with my Cameo.  It's quite easy to use. You remove your blade from the Silhouette machine, and replace it with the holder.  You place a Popsicle stick (provided when you purchase the holder) underneath, insert your pen in the holder with tip touching the Popsicle stick and tighten.
I've tried a few different pens and markers in it. One of my favorites is the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. These pens are photo safe, dry-safe (they can be left uncapped for days without drying up) and best of all, they are fine point!  I'm kind of a freak for fine point writing implements! Plus you can get them in various colors. I found my 10 pack at Staples.


So now that we've got the tools, let's use them to create a card.  Open up the Silhouette Software and create a card base. I'm using a shape from the Silhouette online store called "cut out flower card".  Choose the text tool, your font and size and type your sentiment. Position it where you want it to print on your card. I used a font called Lavenderia.  For a great list of thin fonts that work well with the sketch feature, check out this post by Gigi at One Day at a Time.


After you have your text where you want it, open the cut style window (little scissors). Select all but the text and click "no cut".  This way the only thing that is set to be "cut" is the text.  Don't worry, we're not going to "cut" it. But the machine doesn't know that!

Now set up your Silhouette Sketch Pen or holder and pen in place of the blade.


Here is a close up of the pen tip resting on the Popsicle stick:

Put your cardstock on a cutting mat and load it in the machine. Open the cut settings window and select Silhouette Sketch pen. Then send it to the cutter by pressing "cut".




Watch as your machine sketches out your sentiment (above)!!


Don't unload your met. In the Silhouette software, open the cut style window again (little scissors). This time set the text to "no cut" and all other items to "cut". Go to the cut setting window and this time set it to the appropriate paper weight (in my case "cardstock"). Remove the sketch pen or holder and pen from the machine and replace with the blade. Now send the design to the cutter to cut out the card base.

Finish up cutting all of your pieces and assemble your card.


Now when you don't have just the right sentiment stamp. you can sketch the sentiment instead!

Spend sometime visiting Amy Chomas' blog. She shares lots of inspiration and ideas for creating projects using the sketch feature on the Silhouette machines. She also has tutorials and videos to help you be even more creative.

Did you happen to notice the engraving tip in her shop? I love working with metal, so this is definitely going on my wishlist!







Friday, April 12, 2013

Sketchy Butterflies


This butterfly image is another sketch that I thought would work well for many different cards. So I create a few.  This one has my niece written all over it, I think she will love the pink sketch and pink paper!


I also did the pink sketch on Kraft apper and backed it with white cardstock.  Stickles adds the bling throughout.



And I did this in a few other colors too!  Yep, I really like this one!!

To see the other sketch cards that I've recently made, scroll down, or click the blow links for:
Sketch Your Dreams
Sketchy Daisies






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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sketchy Daisys


Another one of the sketch designs that I love is this large daisy. It looks like hope and happiness and peace. I think it lends itself to many possible card uses.  So I created some cards with the design set off to the side.


As you can see, I did them on both white and Kraft paper. Which do you prefer?  I think they evoke different emotions.  I'm going to keep these cards in my stash. I can easily add a sentiment and have a card ready to go!

For my previous sketch post, scroll down or click here.





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Simon Says Stamp
Stampotique Designers Challenge SDC95 
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Challenges 4 Everybody
One Stitch at a Time
Robyn's Fetish
Scrappy Frog


Monday, April 8, 2013

Sketching out Your Dreams


What do I love about my Silhouette Cameo machine?  Everything!  It is so versatile!  I was playing with the sketch feature recently. Love it!  I whipped up some cards.  I'm going to share those with you over the next few days.


For this set I used a simple design that evokes emotions. I decided to do this is blue and white. They are the colors for my son's high school. I think this will make a great graduation card.  The pen that I used is Staedtler triplus fineliner.  Great fine tip markers!


This rainbow colored one came together quite accidentally. I had a sheet of paper that included several strips of different digital papers printed on it. They were left over from another project. I happened to lay the sketched Kraft card on top and thought "wow, that looks great". Then I found this rainbow colored rick rack in my stash which finished it off perfectly!





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Monday, April 1, 2013

Butterfly Card


I had so much fun working with the Easter Retrospect kit by Quirky Twerp (see yesterday's post) that I decided to make another card with it.

For this one I rounded the corners of the green paper and stitched it to a Kraft card base.  I then cut scalloped circles from pink and cream using my Spellbinders dies and Grand Caliber. The butterfly is punched from the pink paper using a Martha Stewart punch.


The lace and ribbon ad the finishing touch. This would also make a great card to welcome a baby girl. or to send to someone that just needs a lift to their spirits.





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