Friday, June 30, 2017

Still experimenting with sketching

Although my printer isn't printing, the scanner works, so here are my steps
I slathered ink all over a 12" x 19" sheet of white label paper. I order these label sheets here: 

I used a stash of Distress Inks I have and just covered the whole sheet with the ink. Here is a picture:

Then I scanned in that big sheet, I couldn't figure out how to scan it in its entirety, so I did it in sections then grouped them together like a puzzle.  I only use this to put on my mat so I can figure out where I want to sketch and cut.  Here is a pic of my screen and a butterfly which I had sketchfilled, sketched with a pen, then cut around edge with blade.
Here is the sheet coming out of the Cameo:

Then I lifted the sticker off the sheet and placed onto wax paper to use in a project later:

I can now insert that painted label sheet any time I want and place other designs on it to sketch and cut.  Very handy to have the scanned version of the sheet for color placement, etc.

After design, getting Cameo to sketch

Following video shows how I get pen ready to sketch, also how to test adjustments so pen will sketch, then included a few missteps in process, so you can see nothing always works perfectly, but you then can see Cameo sketch over a watercolor background.  NOTE, when I say PRINT, I really mean SKETCH, no printer used.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stop the presses, hold the phone, Thanks to Kay Hall a much better way!!

I am so excited as you will see in this video.  Thanks to Kay Hall of I have taken a new shot at Version 4 of the software and it makes Sketchfilling so much easier.  Hope I don't confuse you at the end when I emphasized the very important thing you need to do (and of course I had not done it), but the oops might just help you if you find yourself in the same situation.  And I was relieved to know I could go back to the design phase and click that little old "release emboss Button," to enable the Cameo to sketch the filled design.

Here is a short video of the Cameo in action sketching a tree onto watercolored cardstock:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Another Freebie file and pics showing how fill sketch was created

I just sketched out a file I have been working on filling and you might like it.  Here is the link
found this image and thought I could do a trace, then fill for sketching:
Of course, you could print it, but if you wanted to use sketch pen in your Silhouette Studio/Cameo, and get the same "filled in" result, you can. 

Here is how design looked on my screen after multiple internal offsets:
This image is a closeup of the fill showing the butterfly, using the fill technique I covered in this post

and here is how it sketched
If you look closely, there are a few missed spots, it only took a few seconds to fill those in with pen manually, I could have packed another internal offset or two to make it fill with the pen in the Cameo.
Here is a video of the pen in action, sketching this design, ignore the Happy Birthday since that was another experiment trying to get that text as a border for a card.

Well, then I thought, I should use my glitter gel pen to try this again.  I had a few adjustments to get the gel pen down far enough to sketch, but not drag, as a result, I sketched it twice before unloading the mat.  As you can see, it put down a lot of sparkly color which you cannot get from your printer:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Apologies-- Link corrected for Freebie file of filled in Sentiments

Thanks to Trudie Case who called my attention to the link that was empty on the freebie file that should have contained the filled in text sentiments I covered in this blog post:
I have corrected the link so you can now download the file if you want to try it.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Some basics on tracing, cutting, patterns and all the things you can do

I have made a quick 15 min video showing how you can trace virtually any image you find, etc, then some fun things you can do with it.  I cover the registration marks, and print and cut too.  This might be helpful to anyone who is just starting out with this fabulous software and cutting machine. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

FREEBIE, filled in Sentiments ready for sketching

Yesterday I posted a group of sentiments which I sketched on Vellum, it occurred to me that I could share with you my file for this sketch.  For those who do not have a lot of time but would like to try sketching with sentiments I have already filled in using internal offset, you can download this file from dropbox.  All you have to do is select your pen of choice and material settings (which really do not matter much in this case), then send to Silhouette.  Here is link to the file

Here is how the design file looks up very close on the T in Thank You
When you zoom out, it looks like this:
and here is a picture of the vellum sketch off the mat 

I cannot make out the type of pen I used, I think it says "Jetstream" but I am not certain, here are a couple of pics of pen and pen holder I used.  Did wrap a bit of blue tape around pen for snug fit before sketching.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Using sketch plus fill technique on vellum

In my previous posts using pens in Silhouette Cameo, I showed and explained how to fill in fonts using internal offset, which is most like the method you would use to fill in a font or design by hand.  I think it creates the best results and is worth the little time it takes to create filled text and images.  I am just so pleased to be able to do this.

 In the video in last post, I covered Pros and Cons of using the sketch function in lieu of a printer.  One of the advantages of being able to do this is using a variety of materials that would not easily go through printer, and you don't need stamps or inks, that are fraught with other challenges, placement and smudging, etc.  Regular rollerball, or gel pens and your Cameo are all you need.

 We recently got a catalog in the mail with two 5.5" x 11.5" pieces of vellum, One

had only "Summer 2017" printed on it and lots of blank space, so I thought I would try to use my fill then sketch technique.  I scribbled with several of my pens on the edge of vellum to see which pen I wanted to use.  This is the result, vellum is still on cutting mat which you can see beneath the vellum.

Friday, June 02, 2017

SKETCHING designs and fonts using internal offset Fill Technique

Again experimenting with "no printer"  I have made this video to show you how designs, not just fonts, can be filled in and sketched with pens/markers.  At the end of the video I share what I believe the pros and cons of doing this in lieu of printing.  I do ask for your patience, still have not figured easy ways to edit.  Apologize for all the mouse movements too, I talk with my hands and apparently do same with mouse which is all over the place, need to work on that.  At the end, when discussing pros and cons, I mistakenly said something like if you like the cons (meant to say Pros!)

Now see the video where this "filled" veining is sketched onto wax paper painted with a thin coat of paint, one of the pros, it is easy to stick small pieces of material on the mat to work with than to print from your printer, this is where sketching and filling comes in handy.  

now for some still camera shots of  just some of results I have obtained