Happy Silhouette Saturday friends! Have you tried using the Sketch Pens with your Silhouette yet? I just started recently and now I’m an addict…They are so fun! But you’re not just limited to the Sketch Pens. Silhouette recently released new pen holders that allow you to use most pens and markers to make your own creations. I used the pen holders and Sharpie® markers to create this festive “Give Thanks” art print in about 15 minutes. It looks great on my mantle and the possibilities of what you can create with this method are literally endless! This is what you’ll need to create your own:
- Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait®
- Cutting Mat
- Pen Holders
- Cardstock (I use this linen coverstock)
- Sharpie® Markers (I used Gold and Black)
Start by opening Silhouette Studio® and creating your design. I used this wheat design and this “Give Thanks” phrase from the Silhouette Design Store. I drew a 5″ x 7″ rectangle around my design just so I’d know how much room I had to work with for my overall design (I used a 5×7 frame). After your design is complete, select all the elements of the whole design and in the “Cut Settings” window, click “no cut” as shown in second image below. Next determine which pen holder piece fits your pen best. The Sharpie® I used needed the large grey piece. Once you slide that piece on the marker, then you screw it into the white piece. Put it into your machine where the cutting blade would normally go. Now, select only the designs you want to be sketched in gold (the wheat) and click “cut edge” as shown below. Then sent to Silhouette. (NOTE: If you’re doing your print all one color, you select everything.) After the machine sketches the gold, DO NOT REMOVE the mat from the machine because we still need to do the second color. I like to re-select everything in my design again and click “no cut”. Then change out the gold Sharpie® to the black Sharpie® and repeat the steps, this time selecting only the “give thanks” to “cut edge”. After you’re done doing these steps with all the colors you wish to use, then you can remove the mat/print. I decided to color in the outlines with gold. Then just cut to size and frame! This Silhouette tutorial on using Sketch Pens and multiple colors has great step by step instructions too. Once you do it a time or two, it becomes much easier and faster! Oh, and the picture frame I picked up a TJ Maxx this week for $6 and I loved it so much I bought a few of them!