Chalkboard Vinyl Sketched Cupcake Topper
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Chalkboard Vinyl Sketched Cupcake Topper

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chalkboard vinyl cupcake topper



I’ve been wanting to make chalkboard vinyl cupcake toppers for a while, but the parts I dreaded were 1. making it look ‘finished’, and 2. trying to make them look pretty with my handwriting.  There is just something about a computer font that brings consistency and makes my wanna-be-perfectionist heart happy. So, I wanted to be able to sketch on the chalkboard vinyl using the CAMEO. I tested a few pen options, and found that a white gel pen works nicely. Awesome! Sometimes it just takes a little trial and error to get the result you have in your head.

If you want to try your hand at making your own, here’s what you’ll need…




By replacing the blade in your Silhouette with either a sketch pen, or the silhouette pen holder , you can sketch just about any regular cut shape you find in the online store. In the cut settings window, instead of selecting a material to cut, you’ll just select Silhouette sketch pen, then ‘cut’ as normal and watch the silhouette work it’s magic.


For the chalkboard cupcake toppers I loaded the vinyl right into the machine. {no mat necessary when working with vinyl}  Then, I put the gel pen/pen holder in my CAMEO and sketched the design right onto the vinyl. The first time I tried it, the sketched design was pretty light, so the next time I did it, I selected double cut and I liked the result of that better. Then, once it was finished sketching, I left the vinyl loaded in the machine, put the blade back in and cut the outline. I think this just opened up a lot of possibilities for me and  the chalkboard vinyl! My pantry is getting a makeover this weekend and this little trick is going to come in handy with some labeling!





Silhouette Shapes | Fonts:

chalkboard label arch

sketch lisa font


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Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

silhouette pen holder


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  1. The link to join the party doesn’t work. It says it opens in 5 days.

    I love the idea of using pens for “chalk”. Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Hi Morena,

      The link should be working now. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your project!

      1. Thank you! I am entry #6. Instead of using my 3D cut files, I used 2D shapes to make my own 3D mouse valentine. 🙂

  2. Does the gel pen wipe off of the chalkboard vinyl? If not, would the result be the same with plain black vinyl. I have not seen the chalkboard vinyl, so I do not know if the texture is different and would affect the outcome. Thanks for this great project!

    1. Hi Laura,

      The gel pen won’t wipe off of the chalkboard vinyl unless you use a baby wipe, or a damp paper towel. The chalkboard vinyl has a definite texture to it, and the ink doesn’t seem to adhere to the regular vinyl as well.

    1. Hi Karen,

      The link has been updated. 🙂

  3. The link wont allow you to attach a project!

    My “something new” was making a stencil from transfer paper using fabric paint to decorate a valentines shirt

    1. Hi Jessa,

      It should be updated now so you can go in and add your link. Sorry about that!

  4. I can’t get the link to upload my pic to work. Could you please check it out?? Normally I don’t have a problem. I will try again a bit later.

  5. Me again!! It says “Collection OPENS in 4d 4h 15min”.

  6. I think I’m poster #2 for the challenge.

    I’m new to Silhouette (I got it for Christmas), so my something new is cutting with Vellum to create a card. I also played with different types of glue. Craft tacky glue does not work. It makes the paper bumpy. Glue sticks lose their stickiness after a while. I still haven’t found the best type of adhesive to use on velum and card stock. Any suggestions?


  7. My entry is link #3. I had never used vinyl on such a small scale before. The Silhouette did such a wonderful job with the tiny vinyl letters for the personalized pencil.

  8. Hi friends – I am #14 but my photo isn’t pulling thru. By connecting 6 flower shapes from the plastic used to wrap Easter baskets I created a fun gift topper. If you try this, use your WORST mat–otherwise it is difficult to pickup the shape without it tearing. Next time I’m gonna try using Mylar from a deflated balloon.

  9. #15 – using the pen holder was great so that I can use so many more options (next will be the embossing markers….) but I did end up placing the pen too far down and so it didn’t quite clear the paper as it was moving around. Added butterflies covered the marks nicely, but be aware…..

  10. My entry is #17. I bought lavender vinyl a while back and I can’t remember why… anyway, since it’s close to the new Pantone color of the year, I really wanted to use it! This is my new craft room’s door; I like how I can see the sentiment with the door opened from in the room, or closed as I walk by in the hall.

  11. My entry is #21. I made a personalize photo frame for my mother in-law. I’m new to the silhouette, so I had to play around a lot with the fonts and the sizes to figure out what would cut out nicely. (It’s still not perfect!) I placed colored scrap paper behind the letters to really make them pop. I also learned that I should invest in adhesive card stock as it was tedious to glue all the little pieces back where they belong!

  12. My entry is #22.
    I used the card cut in a different way than it was designed to be used.
    Crafty hugs,

  13. My entry is #23.
    I used the card cut in a different way than it was designed to be used. I used the negative cuts from my other card.
    Crafty hugs,

  14. My entries are:
    #26 – First time to use HTV (so much fun)
    #27 – First time to put such a complicated decal on a round jar
    #28- Print and cut for an image I traced – love it!
    #29 – First time to use the sketch pens to create a card – love the possibilities!!

  15. Hello, My entry is #30.
    For the Mac Laptop card I used transfer paper for the black keyboard keys. This was my first time using Silhouettes premium transfer paper, it worked Great!

  16. I’m #32 and I made my first gift box, plus I finally figured out color management so it actually looks nice when I print it. Yay!

  17. I had trouble using a Gel Xtreme white pen. Then I bought a Pen-touch paint pen which was too thick to fit in the pen holder. Next I tried a Sharpie paint pen which did work! What brand did you use?

    1. Hi Jamie!

      The pen I used is a Jelly Roll.

      1. Thanks so much! I will try one, as I am looking for something with a finer tip than the Sharpie.

  18. Trying this out right now. Would love to know what font you used. Thanks for sharing!

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