Ok I know I have explained a few times how sketch pens relate to the Silhouette but I just love them so I thought I would give you a little more inspiration, to get you excited about the sketch pen possibilities.
I started this card by choosing a shape, today I am using: birds_on_a_wire_C00604_21585.
From this image you can see that I moved my birds off the screen and created the base of my card, which is a 5×5. So I used my rectangle tool on the left hand toolbar and drew a 5×5 square. I then used the inset tool to create nested squares that will allow me to mat my project.
Once I had the base of my design I resized the bird to fit, added a little bit of text using the text tool and another bird flying away.
One of my favorite things to do when I am sketching is to cut out the middle of my sketch so background color can pop through. I like the texture that is added when I use this technique. In order to create this, you will need to select the image you want to inset cut and then go to your offset/inset button on the upper right hand toolbar.
Select the inset button and then using the slider you can choose how much you want to have cut.
Now you are ready to prep for sketching. Remove the cap on your pen and replace your blade with the sketch pen of your choice.
When you click on the Cut Style button, all of your lines will be a dark red. You will want to select everything you don’t want sketched and click the button that says “no cut” the others you will want to make sure say “cut edge”. Load your paper into the machine and select the sketch pen preset button in your cut settings.
Once you are done sketching do not pull out your carrier sheet. You will want to go back to your cut style and select everything you want cut now back to “cut” and those that you dont want cut you will need to select “no cut”.
Go to your cut setting and select cardstock or what ever material you are cutting and cut out your sketched shapes. Make sure you replace your pen with the blade again.
Of course you are now ready to assemble your project!