Welcome to Back to School Week here on the Silhouette Blog! Guiseppa here and I have a sketch tutorial to share with you. I have older school age kids. I have a son that will be a Senior and a daughter that will be a Junior. It ‘s so hard to believe that my kids are almost out of school. I’m getting a little sad about that because they are getting ready to face the big, bad world…I am not ready for this at all! Well, because I have older kids, I have a hard time scrapbooking their school pictures without making them look so childish. So, here’s a simple way to scrap those older school age kids.
Let’s make some chalkboard shapes to embellish those layouts and let’s sketch them out. The whole point of this tutorial is to make fun embellishments and keep the layout simple for those older kids in our lives, but these can be used for any age as well.
First off, choose your shapes. I picked a few, but I will show you what I did with the Sketch Apple. Since we are sketching out our shapes to make embellishments look like chalkboard pieces, use black cardstock and a white sketch pen. Select the cut setting and choose the Silhouette Sketch Pens option. Make sure your pen is in place and select Send to Silhouette.
After you have sketched out your shape, leave your mat in the CAMEO, don’t unload your mat. We are going to cut the shape out. Click on the Open Sketch Window and under the Basic Options choose plain. Now, your shapes looks like a sketch is in black, not red.
Next, click on the Offset Window and click on Offset. It should look like this.
Let’s get rid of all those scribbles. Right click on the shape and select Release Compound Path. Now all the scribbles are gone.
Click on the Open Trace Window and select the Trace Area and then highlight your shape.
Finally, select the Trace Outer Edge option. Now you have a red trace area around your shape.
Now to cut out your sketched shape. Go to the Cut Setting option and click on it. If the Cut Edge option is not highlighted, click on it and your shape should now have a bright red trace line around it. Select the type of media you used and adjust the blade. Hit Send to Silhouette.
Look how mine turned out!
To add a little more of chalkboard look, you can fill in some of the areas of your shape. Just have fun with it!
To get ever more of that chalkboard look, use chalk! Lightly brush some chalk over your shape and then using a cloth or tissue, wipe the chalk off. It will leave some chalk behind giving it more of a chalkboard look.
Now, you have some chalkboard looking embellishments! I did the same process with the rest of my embellishments!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you give this a try! What a fun and simple way to embellish layouts of those older school age kids! Have a good week and make sure you are checking back every day this week to see all of the design team’s Back to School projects!