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Why Use Silhouette Sketch Pens Rather than Print?

I get asked quite a bit about why you could want to use Silhouette Sketch Pens rather than simply printing.

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It's a fair question...and one that I often think about as I spend time laying out, fiddling with sketch fills, and then sketching a sketch pen design - when I could simply print it in a quarter of the time.

In fact recently I sent my good friend Terri Johnson from Terri Johnson Creates a card and left her a little Silhouette joke on the bottom of the envelope...we both giggled over it.

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Some of the 'reason' comes to down to personal preference. Some people want the look of a pen rather than a printed ink from a printer.

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For example on wedding invitation envelopes, you might prefer to have them addressed with a pen rather than a printer.

I like to use sketch pens and a handwriting font for things like notes from Santa and the Easter Bunny so I don't give myself up by using my own handwriting, but yet it's not so obvious it was printed.


The other big reason you might want to use sketch pens over printing is because sketch pens are available in metallic and leave that little extra sparkle where printer from an ink simply can't compete.

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I think it's important to point out I did not edit the below photo at all. I simply drew with the metallic sketch pens, angled the paper so you could see the sparkle and took the photo.  It has not been enhanced in any way.

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So why use Silhouette sketch pens when you could simply print and cut? The answer is pretty simple...because you can. ;)


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6 comments

  1. I use the sketch pens because I have HORRIBLE handwriting! LOL

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  2. I would like to copy my handwriting much larger. I plan to copy a few bible verses frame them and hang them in my grandson’s room. I like the touch of it being in my handwriting for a gift from grandma. How do I trace the letters without having every letter as an outline. I wanted to use sharpie marker to
    to reproduce my handwriting in about 1.5” lettering, too big to do well in my normal handwriting, too small for outlining.

    thanks for all your amazing help I love your books and reference them often.

    Margo

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  3. I would like to copy my handwriting much larger. I plan to copy a few bible verses to put in my grandson’s room. I like the touch of it being in my handwriting for a gift from grandma. How do I trace the letters without having every letter as an outline. I wanted to use sharpie marker to
    to reproduce my handwriting in about 1.5” lettering, too big to do well in my normal handwriting, too small for outlining. I was hoping to use a 12"x 12" frame size too big for printing.

    thanks for all your amazing help I love your books and reference them often.

    Margo

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  4. Hi Melissa,
    I love the thought of using sketch pens, and I thought I'd read a while back that you really didn't like SA's brand as much as others. Has that changed? And there was some discussion on pen holders, but I'm thinking with the Cameo 3 that you no longer need one? I have the original Cameo but hoping Santa will upgrade it at Christmas :)
    Best,
    Leslie Ann

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  5. I like to use sketch pens because they add dimension whereas ink from a printer is flat. I use pens for subtitles and to add dimension to arrows and other embellishments on scrapbook pages. They are also great for adding a little pizzazz to labels on household baskets and containers or on a gift tag. Yes, they are a little more trouble but the effect is worth it.

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  6. Half the time my sketch pens "stutter" in their writing and I'm left with incomplete letters/sketches. Any recommendations for this?

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