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Silhouette with iPad: Custom Lettering

I’ve been on a lettering kick recently – last month I took a pointed-pen calligraphy class at Meant to Be Calligraphy and I’ve been obsessed with Jenny Doh’s Creative Lettering: Techniques and Tips from Top Artists – but struggled with adding my lettering to my traditional and Project Life layouts. Finding the right ink/paper combinations with my very limited lettering supplies (I seriously have over 100 pens but only a few of them are right for the loopy lettering techniques I’m in love with), is very challenging. The Higgins Eternal black ink we got in class absorbs straight into the Becky Higgings Project Life paper. It looks okay on water color paper but as a newbie to pointed-pen and other technique-centric pens, I’m still getting used to the scratchiness. The Mister Huey’s inks work on the Project Life cards but the pointed pen part leaves weird scratchy marks for this nube….

Complaining aside, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to add personalized/custom lettering to my projects without the hassle of figuring out what ink to match with what medium and the solution seems to be the Silhouette Cameo. For the layout below, I tried some brush script techniques using a tablet, drew the image, saved it as an image file (e.g., jpg), and then cut the file out using water color paper. Voila! No special inks needed!


Then I colored the words using some Faber Castell Gelatos. My favorite part was distressing the outline of the words using the Black Soot distress marker. I originally created a harsh line, but using a water brush, I was able to blend the gelato and distress marker for a unique look. 


For the rest of the page, I used scraps from my Gelato swatches and other projects. I seem to use up a lot of my scraps in the scrapbooking process and generate a lot of scraps working on greeting cards and Project Life. I don’t scrap very much, but I’d be very curious to know if that happens to others.

The most recent Amy Tangerine/Kal Barteski woodblock stampset is perfect for so many layouts that I created a cut file so I could easily create embellishments. I used Delicata Gold ink to stamp it and then distressed the paper using Mowed Lawn and Black Soot distress pens. 

Using Silhouette with an iPad


While designing my sister’s bridal shower invitations, I couldn’t find any letter stickers that matched the level of personalization on the rest of the card.  Below is a short tutorial on how to create personalized fonts and images that can be cut using a Silhouette machine.


1. Using a drawing or note app with a “free style function,” write or draw something. For the invitation, I wrote “jen” multiple times and played around with the thickness of the pencil function to get everything just right.

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2. Take a screen shot of the image. To do so on an iPad, first press the iPAD’s “on” button — which you can find at the top of the device — and then the home button until you hear a camera sound and a still image appear.

3. The screen shot turns into an image file that’s saved in Photos that can be emailed to your computer and opened in Silhouette Studio.

4. Use the trace function to trace the image.

5. Replicate as necessary. I added 20 outlines of jen onto my page so that I’d have one “jen” die cut for every invitation.

Here’s the finished card. I also used the silhouette to cut the few patterned pieces that fit behind the yellow splotched arrow cut out. Mad props to my friend Carey for helping me assemble all 20 of these cards. There were so many little pieces. She has patience AND pays attention to detail like nobody’s business!