Sketch and cut with a Silhouette Cameo 4 is a two step process that you may use to create cards, tags, etc. The Cameo 4 has a dual tool carriage, but only the left spot is available for pens and standard blades. Unlike the Cameo 3, you will have to do both sketching and cutting with this left carriage location. This is not a show stopper!
Today, I am making an autumn birthday card for a friend. Isn’t it cute? Both designs are from Silhouette. However, only the “happy birthday” text is a specific sketch design. The pumpkin border is a regular cut design. Let’s start with setting this up in Silhouette Studio for sketch and cut.
Preparing the Design for Sketch and Cut in Silhouette Studio
There are three main parts to this card: the card shape to cut, the pumpkin border to sketch, and the text to sketch. I find it frustrating to always have the card cut file on top even when I send that shape to the back. Pro tip: place the card in its own layer and then lock that layer. As a result, you can move the sketch design around to position it without worrying about the card file floating. Side note, I am using the Business Edition of Silhouette Studio. Layers are available in the Designer Edition and higher.
I am making an autumn themed card, so I am using autumn pen colors. Cricut’s fine point pens work very well! I am using Indian Red, Adobe Clay, and Sour Apple colors. Next, I am changing the line colors in Silhouette Studio to match the pen colors that I want for each part of the design. This really helps things flow when you send everything to the machine so you get the right colors for your sketch and cut. Also, change the fill color to transparent to help visualize the final product.
The pumpkin border is a regular cut file, so it sketches as an outline. Let’s use the Line Effects menu to fill in a pattern and add some oomph to it. This menu button on the right side menu bar looks like a diagonal line sketch doodle. I like to fill a line pattern into areas that are fairly large. On this design, I will add a pattern to the pumpkin and the green leaf motif. You can adjust the pattern, spacing, and angle until you have it where you would like. For the pumpkin, I am using the spiral and spacing at 0.040″.
Only the card shape will be cut out. Use a fill color that represents the color of paper you are using. This just helps to visualize as you set things up. Next, set your Line Color to a color that you are not using for sketching. I selected purple because my pen colors are red, orange, and green.
Cameo 4 Set-up for Sketch and Cut
I like to sketch first and then cut. I use Cricut’s fine point pens for all of my sketching with the Silhouette Cameo 4 Pen Holder. The Medium (white) adapter fits these pens. There are two styles of pen adapters for the Cameo 4, but this one is the most robust. The small cap on the bottom will act as your pen cap so it doesn’t dry out while you get your paper loaded into the Cameo 4 and get the pen holder in place.
Take the cap off of the pen, and slide the white Medium adapter on to the pen. Next, screw it into the pen holder while the tip is pressed against the bottom of the cap. Put the blade in the handy tool storage because it will be needed in a few minutes. Remove the small cap on the pen holder and insert the pen holder into Slot 1. Lock it in place.
Sketch by Line Color
In Silhouette Studio, select the Send tab. Next, select “Line” to the right of “Simple” for the cut settings. Check one color box and make sure the others are unchecked. Under Action, the purple will cut, and the remaining three colors are sketch. Hit send for color one. After the Cameo 4 completes sketching the first color, DO NOT REMOVE THE MAT. Simply remove pen 1 and swap it for the next color. Repeat this until all sketching is complete.
**Do not remove the mat after sketching. By leaving the mat in the whole time, the machine has the same zero point for each color and for cutting.**
Cut by Line Color
Lastly, cut the card shape. Select only the purple box. Remove the pen holder and replace with the blade. Send to cut! Before hitting the down arrow to remove your mat, double check that the blade has cut all the way through the paper. Mine wasn’t quite through so I increased the blade depth and sent it through again.
That’s it! It seems long, but I promise it is quick when you get the hang of it! Here are a couple of other things that I have made with this method.
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