A gel pen card with the Silhouette

September 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm 5 comments

I’ve been waiting for a chance to post this card, but my busy summer has kept me away from the blogging. Thanks for your patience! There a several things I’ve been wanting to show you, all demonstrated in this simple card.

I found a beautiful free dingbat font of state birds that I thought would work great with gel pens and it gave me a great chance to see what I could do with my Silhouette SD and the gel pens and holder from Chomas Creations. As you know from my prior posts, I have been disappointed with the “jiggle” issue when using gel pens in the Cricut. Well, that problem goes away in the smooth drawing Silhouette, opening up all sorts of new possibilities. I love the look I got from the glittery metallic blue ink in the Chomas pens.

The South Carolina shape is from the Every State Cut It set from Lettering Delights. I used 2 identical files deleting the cut outline from one and the drawing image from the other since Silhouette Studio does not have layers. Otherwise the procedure is very similar to what I show in this older SCAL video.

The striped background was extracted from a discontinued Lettering Delights graphic set tag image that did not have a matching background paper or tile. For stripe patterns it is really simple to crop down to a short strip that contains a full repeat (see selection box in graphic below) to create an efficient, seamless tile that works wonderfully in Silhouette Studio, MTC and other programs that support tileable patterns.

Hope you’ll find something in this post you can use in your projects, especially since you had to wait all summer to hear from me.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debbie  |  September 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    You’ve inspired me to give this a try with my Silhouette. I just purchased the Chomas holder and the gel pens – and this looks like a lot of fun.

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  • 2. dorajacobs  |  September 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    So nice to see you post! You always do neat-o stuff! This is what I need to remember when my Expression finally bites it (or they find a way to remotely disable my SCAL!): other machines can do things better! Thanks!

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  • 3. Tammy  |  September 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    u know u simply amaze me. I wish I had some of your talent. U make everything sound so simple. Love the blue bird and SC state. Thats where I am at. I have the Silhouette but no pen tool. Boo Hoo.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  • 4. Pat  |  September 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Glad you are back! I have been checking regularly…I was afraid another of my favorite sites had closed! Thanks for all you share!

    Reply
  • 5. Amy Corbin Chomas  |  September 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Kay I told you that you would love the SIlhouette with the gel pen holder! I’m impressed with how smooth it writes! Amy

    Reply

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