Becoming More Intimate with my Silhouette Cameo!

I have dabbled in using my Silhouette machine (I have the Silhouette Cameo 3) but I really haven’t used it to it’s full potential.  And I still haven’t, but I am learning something new every time I use it. And man, it is full of potential!  I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned/figured out over the past few nights of crafting!

My main focus of todays post is using the sketch pen tool! When I first started using the Cameo I couldn’t figure out why the sketch pen tool was useful. Like, why not just print on my inkjet printer? It’s faster, you can do solid letters, etc. Well here’s why!

I’m working on putting together some paper boxes for an upcoming event!  And I really wanted to decorate the faces of the boxes – which brings me to the sketch pens.  The beauty of the sketch pen tool is that you can cut and sketch in one fell swoop; so there is no chance of your writing being crooked or off-centered. My other option would be to print out what I wanted using my printer and then praying that I could get it lined up perfectly in my Cameo to cut the box out.  Or I could cut out the box, and pray that my printer would pull it through evenly and it would print exactly where I wanted.  Have you tried this? The chances of producing gift worthy results are hardly attainable.

So let me get some pictures in here so as to not bore you with too many words. I laid out my box in the silhouette studio program and put what I wanted on each face of the box.Screen Shot 2018-08-03 at 9.29.09 PM

Each area inside the dashed lines is a different face of the box.

So – how do you cut and sketch at the same time? The silhouette studio program makes that really easy!  After you have everything laid out just like you want it, you set up the cut and sketch in the send menu.

  1. Set Tool 1 (red) to cut and choose the settings you need for your media.
  2. Set Tool 2 (blue) to sketch.
  3. You select everything you want to cut and click the cut button.  It should highlight all the cut lines read.
  4. Then you select everything you want to sketch and click the sketch button; all the sketch lines should now be blue.
  5. Double check all your settings for your media.
  6. Before you hit send, you need to make sure your blade and sketch pen are in the machine correctly.

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Once everything is highlighted the correct color for the tool you want to use, you simply hit send and the machine does it’s thing.

I used the silhouette brand pen holder so that I could use ultra fine point Sharpie markers.  The silhouette pens were just not working well for me on the textured card stock I’m using.  To say the least, the pen holder took some figuring out.  The instructions on the package were beyond vague.  When you get your pen holder, these are the contents.  IMG_3305Maybe it was obvious to some of you, but I didn’t know the white piece was actually three pieces that needed to be disassembled…  Once I figured that out, it was pretty self explanatory.

In the third picture, you can see the pen tip poking out from the bottom, which is want you want. Then you put that assembly into your machine, just like you would a sketch pen!

So back to why I wanted to use something different that the sketch pens.  Exhibit A below.

See how there are areas that look not filled in, or unwanted line breaks?  That’s what I was getting with the sketch pen.  I tried several gel pens before I decided on the Sharpie, and I must say I’m very pleased with the result.

img_3301.jpgSee how much better this looks?  At least it does to me! The lines are smoother and more solid.

So there you have it! Cutting and sketching all at the same time.  I’m really happy with how these came out and can’t wait to gift them to all the girls attending!


    • I put several things – I hope to do another post showing that. It was all really fun to make! The girls really liked them!


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