March 2, 2015

Silhouette Sketch Pens - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Hey everyone, Katrina here from Paper Scissors and Glue, on the 17turtles blog to share a tutorial on using the Silhouette Sketch Pens. I admit, I hid my Sketch Pens in the back of a drawer for quite awhile before I put them to use. I HAD to buy them, didn’t mean I had to use them, right?!

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Well, I am here to show you one way to play with your sketch pens and create a fun title on your page. I started with the “Coffee Is A Hug” cut file.

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I originally planned on making an 8.5 x 11 inch layout, but changed my mind at the end. So, I had changed my paper size in Silhouette to match my original plan! I sized the entire cut file around 4x4 inches, because I knew how that was how big my picture was and I was going to center everything.

Once, I got my title sized, then I started working on tracing my letters. The reason being is that I wanted to have smaller pattern paper letters inside the sketched letters. You will need to click on “select trace area” and then draw a box around the set of letters you are tracing. This will turn them yellow (see below).

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

If you move the high pass filter up, it will fill in the entire letter yellow and then when you hit trace it would cut out the outer edges of the letter. But, I wanted to cut out a smaller letter. To do this, I moved the “high pass filter” to a lower setting and then select trace. This will trace your letters or shape and they will look like this. This creates a letter you can cut out within the bigger letter.

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

See below, there is a smaller letter inside the bigger one. To separate these letters, you will do have to do a couple of steps.

Move your selection that you just traced. I do this so I don’t mess anything up and I can see what I am doing. Then with your letters selected, you will right click and “release compound path”. This will allow you to move that smaller letter that is inside the bigger one. I moved all my smaller letters over to one side of the mat, leaving the “extra big ones” moved over to the other side of the mat. I never moved my actual title. By tracing it, you basically create a working copy, leaving the original fine.
Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Make sure you have all your pieces and parts off the mat before you begin using your sketch pens to draw the title. The V3 software for Silhouette is a little confusing as to where the sketch pen setting is. It is in the cut settings, under Silhouette Sketch Pen. And I always select double cut, because I use textured cardstock and this ensures that I get a good solid line with my pen.

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Once you have your title sketched onto your layout, you can now begin the fun of picking out the colors for the letter that you want to fill in.

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

To save time, if you want letters the same color, cut them all out at the same time by placing them on your mat together!

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I also used the “I Love Coffee and Tea” cut file for the steam coming out of my cup!

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I hope I have given you an idea for using your sketch pens! There are so many fun things you can do with them. I love to journal with them, but that is for another blog posting! I am always sharing sneaks on my social media so follow me if you want to see previews!!



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3 comments:

  1. Great layers and I love that quote!

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  2. I love how you made this title ... I'm going to dig out my sketch pens and give it a try!

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