Sketch Camera
First Cut

Sketch Camera

 If you are a fan of the sketch pens I think you are going to love this week’s sketch shape, and if you haven’t tried them yet, this little shape is a great reason to give them a go!
I really like the hand drawn look of this shape and I can see using it quite a bit in my scrapbooking. Like here on this journaling card…
To make the card, I used the rounded rectangle tool to draw my 4″ x 6″ card shape. Then, I opened the camera shape, re-sized it to fit in the corner of the card and deleted the border around it. Then I added the cute sketched border to the card. {This is one of the perks of the designer edition of Silhouette studio!}
To create the border, I selected the rounded rectangle shape, opened the offset window and selected internal offset. Then I adjusted the offset to .110 and clicked ‘apply’.
Next, with the smaller rectangle selected I opened the sketch window and chose ‘Scribble’ from the Edge Sketch menu. Then, I clicked on Advanced Options down at the bottom of that window.
Here I used the toggle under ‘Loop Size’ and reduced it to 23%.
Now that my shape was designed and ready to sketch, I replaced the blade in my CAMEO with the black sketch pen and loaded the mat as shown in Silhouette studio. Then, I opened the Cut Style window and with the outside rectangle selected I clicked on No Cut. This way, the CAMEO will know to only sketch the camera and scribbled border.
Then, I opened the Silhouette Cut Settings window and selected Silhouette Sketch Pen from the menu and clicked Cut.

Once the shapes were sketched, I left the mat in the machine, and replaced the sketch pen with the blade.  {if you unload the mat between sketching and cutting, the rectangle shape will likely not cut perfectly around the sketched shapes}
Then, back in the Cut Style window I selected no cut for the sketch shapes and cut edge for the rectangle shape.
Voila, all ready to cut out!
Once it was cut out,  I added the fun print and cut thought bubble with a couple of foam squares to give the card a bit of dimension. It’s got such a unique look, I can’t wait to use it on my next layout!
Happy sketching!

Shape: click on the shape below to link to it in the Silhouette Design Store.
word bubble collection

sketch camera



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  1. I think so, too! I ‘d like to see More sketches! Thank you ;p

  2. Love the addition of the fonts you used. Thanks so much.

  3. I’m finding more and more reasons why I should upgrade to the designer edition of the software. Thanks for the free shape. Looks like a fun one!

  4. Yes…I would like to give this a try. Thank You!
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  5. Ooooh I love it! I am loving the sketch pens and this shape is adorable, thank you!
    Quick question — it is possible to “buy” the free shape using my smartphone and later upload it onto my computer right? My computer is getting fixed and I hate to miss the free shapes.

    1. Yes! You can always purchase shapes and download them once you are able to log into silhouette studio.

  6. Is the sketch feature only available in the designer edition or can it be done with the regular one?
    I’m really, really new to Silhouette. (Portrait)
    I love the freebie but only have the regular edition so far.
    Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorials!

    1. I have a Cameo, not a Portrait, but you can use the sketch pens with the Cameo regardless of which version of the software that you use. I am pretty certain this is also the case for the Portrait.

      The difference, however, is if you want to create sketches rather than just using ones that are on the online store. In this example, Jeana uses the sketch window to make the border. You couldn’t do that with the free version of the software.

      Hope that makes sense.

    2. Thank you that makes perfect sense.
      Now I need to get the pens. lol

  7. how did you delete the frame from the camera?

    1. You can delete the frame by selecting the shape, right click and ungroup, or select the shape and click on the ungroup icon at the bottom left of your screen, then select just the frame and delete. Hope that helps! 🙂

  8. Cute! It was fun to follow along with your easy instructions. Thank you

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