Friday, 23 February 2018

Using the Pen Holder to draw Dingbats - Eclipse Card

Hello again.  Janet here with a cardmaking project using the Silhouette Pen Holder and the Cute Bunny Dingbats Font (#247342) from the Silhouette Design Store.  The dingbat font has lots of cute bunnies (unsurprisingly), and some additional decorative elements, totalling 26 images in all.

Once you have installed the font, it is easy to select the individual images using the Glyphs panel (available in the Designer Edition of the software in v4.1 and later). Read about this in more detail in my earlier post, Using the New Glyphs Panel. If you don't have access to the glyphs panel, type out the alphabet on your virtual mat, select it, and display it in the dingbat font. Then you can then simply copy and paste the images that you want to use, or delete the ones that you don't want.

I selected the images associated with the letters "vjhlce" to use on my card (N.B. Some of the bunnies have been flipped horizontally to face the desired direction).

I made the card using the lettering technique known as 'Eclipse', where letters are cut from the background and then raised above the background on several cardstock layers. Originally this technique was used with traditional metal alphabet dies, but by using the fonts on your Silhouette there is much more flexibility in terms of font, sizing, style etc.

Once I'd arranged the bunnies I added a font over the top spelling out the word 'party'.  As I later planned to cut these letters from the bunny piece, I chose a bold block font, LW Super Font (#80746) that would cut well.  The image below shows multiple copies of the card front. It was possible to fit three copies of my card front on one piece of A4 cardstock. This demonstrates one the major advantages of using pens over Print & Cut; less wasted space and cardstock.

Using the Silhouette® Pen Holder allows you to use your favourite pens too.  The holder comes with three sizes of insert, and the picture below shows some of the pens that I tested with this design.

Here are the results (note that the top two drawings are in reverse order compared with the pens above).  

Instructions for loading a pen into the holder are included with the packaging. Ensure that the pen tip does not protrude too far through the end of the holder or unwanted stray lines will result. I'd also advise using the Force to as low as it will go and still draw a continuous line. The image below shows the settings that I used to produce these drawings.

I chose to use the pen from the top drawing, a hybrid gel pen and the medium (white) insert. The letters were cut from pink cardstock and the pictures below show how the layers were built up.

1. Adhere the drawn background to the card base.

2. Adhere one layer of coloured cardstock letters into the letter-shaped holes and locate the original small letter inner pieces in their original positions.

3. Layer up the remaining letter layers with the original drawn layer on top.

I made a couple of variations, and you'll notice that my final design also includes some text using the Sisters Sketch Font (#76091).

I loved using drawn versions of these bunny images, and I hope you'll try out a dingbat font with your pens. You'll find that the Silhouette Pen Holder gives so much flexibility and variation.

Bye for now,

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Design of the Week - Watercolored Layered 3D Flower - 20 February 2018

Hello, hello - Karen here with this week's Design of the Week - Watercoloured Layered 3D Flower.  This design has two options, you can use it as a print and cut file or just as a cut file, which is what I chose to do.
I always like to be prepared in advance and decided that this pretty little flower would look lovely on a gift box ready to be filled for Mother's Day.

I cut the flower out twice from patterned paper and assembled,curling the petals slightly on each layer and added leaves, also cut from patterned paper.

I then used this file to cut out a handbag box in white.  I used the internal offset tool to cut the main body of the bag in patterned paper.

Once assembled, I was really pleased with the resulting box and all that was needed to make it perfect was a few pink and teal pearls.

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Mail art using your pen holder

Hi everyone. It's Verity here from Pretty Little Button bringing you another project. Today I've created a fun project using the pen holder from Silhouette. Mail art is quite popular, and many crafters also use their machines in conjunction with weddings, whether its your own, a family member or a friend. So, today I am showing you how to add some beautiful decoration to your envelopes without having to pick up a pen, other than to put it in the pen holder!

Mail art using Silhouette Pen Holder details:

To start off, find a design from the store and download this. I used a selection of floral bouquets from . I thought these would look beautiful on an envelope. The outline would provide beautiful decoration without overpowering the envelope.

In the design panel, I drew an oblong that measured the same size as my envelope. I also drew a small oblong in the centre of the envelope so I would remember to leave this space blank to write an address. Once I had my 'envelope' in my design panel, I added the floral design I downloaded from the store. I resized and rotated the designs until I was happy with the layout.

To prevent the envelope lines intersecting the floral designs and to avoid these being drawn along with the design that expands the edge of the envelope I cropped the image. This will ensure the pen won't draw of the envelope and onto my mat.

However, as you can see from the photo above, there is a still a line denoting the edge of the envelope where no design intersects. This isn't too much of a problem, however I didn't want my pen to draw this either. An easy quick fix is by using the 'knife' tool. Once I had selected the knife, I just drew along the outside edge of the 'envelope panel' from one corner to another. This removes any straight lines of the edges of the flower.

With the design as above, I was ready to draw this out. I selected 'copy paper' as my medium and 'sketch' as the action. From the toll drop down, make sure you select 'pen holder' as opposed to sketch pen. I used two different pens for these envelopes, one a gel pen and another Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. I used large 'white' thread for the gel pen and the medium 'grey' thread for the fineliner.

Now, when you come to send your project to draw, I would practice on a scrap of white paper. If the pen nib is poking out the bottom of the pen holder too much, you could get drag lines on your project, as seen below. Now I had made sure this was just right by doing a test run, and this didn't happen until the end. I drew the silver envelope first and realised the mistake of the pen nib too close to the mat. So I had adjusted the purple pen so there was enough clearance when not in use. I even did a test draw and it wasn't catching where the silver pen had - I thought success, and stopped half way through. However, this little scrape was towards the end, so if I had pulled the pen up slightly it might not have happened.

I hope this has inspired you to attempt mail art and spice up your envelops. I know if I received an envelope through the post like this, I would have a smile on my face and look forward to opening it. Beats junk mail and bills any day!

Until next time,


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Simple floral - Rhonna Farrer, Design ID #153157
Floral Bunch - Rhonna Farrer, Design ID #151892



Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sundays with Steph - It's all needles and pins (pens)!

Hello - and welcome to this weeks blog post!

So I've been using the regular cutting facility for a few weeks now and getting on quite well - with a little help from my friends (I'm sure that there is a song about that 😜) so I decided to try something new - pens!!!

So first things first break out the new set of glitter pens I used the black one loaded it into my machine with some smooth white paper then I got busy choosing which design I was going to draw out.  I went for this one in the end

I centred the design,

then ungrouped it to remove the arrows

I then sent this to my cameo to draw the image.

So just a word of warning try not to be a clever so and so (like me) and think that just because the Cameo has a spare holder, the pen automatically goes in there - it doesn't 😂 my lovely drawn design was now being cut - arghhhh!!

So remove the blade and replace with the pen - ta da!!

Sooooo that was ok, not too many mistakes and that started me thinking.....maybe I'd try something a little different.  I'd heard that people use their machines to puncture holes in so that they can sew the designs on to paper and what do you know, they were right!!  On the top left hand side of your design page you can alter the cut line to dashes (third one down) and it cuts tiny little slots in your paper that you can sew through. Genius!!

And here is the beginning of my sewing adventure :)

I'm off to a crop this weekend so I hope to update this before it goes live with the finished article - or if not it may be on Sunday afternoon!

Best wishes and happy scrapping

Steph x 

The finished article :-) Quite impressive x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Alternative Uses for Rhinestone Function in Designer Edition Software - Part 2

Hello, hello - Karen here, back again with a second alternative use for the rhinestone feature in the Designer Edition software.

This idea came about as I had seen lots of pages, recently, using a template to make string art hearts.  I thought - that's something I could do on the Silhouette and once I decided to try it was super easy.

  • Choose a heart shape and size it to 10in x 10 in.

Open the Rhinestone panel.

Choose the outline option, change the size to 4 and the spacing to 1.1ins

Then you have your design ready to cut the holes and add the brads.

I have numbered the order in which I strung mine.

This technique could be used for all sorts of shapes.