Well, its officially last minute — with only 6 days left until Christmas! And I haven’t sent out my Christmas cards yet! However, I actually did get pictures of our entire family when we were together at Thanksgiving, managed to order the cards in a timely manner — and they just arrived! So, I started to address them by hand today -(my handwriting isn’t too bad — I used to get A’s in grade school when penmanship was graded!) — but it takes soooooooo long — and I get bored!
So I decided that it couldn’t take too long to do this with my Cameo and my sparkly Silhouette Sketch Pens! And it doesn’t! It is soooo fast & actually fun! So — here’s a quick tutorial!
First, I open the Page Tools Window & size my workspace to the same size as my envelope — in this instance, its 5″ high x 7″ wide.
Next, select the Text tool, click in the workspace & type in your return address. You’ll see a green box around the text — click on it so that you have the “select” boxes around the text. At this point, you can size it — I used 24 pt. You can also change to the font that you would like to use. The font I used is LD Charming Bold font that I purchased in the Silhouette Store. I like this one, because when you use the Silhouette Sketch pens, it looks like a single stoke – instead of an outline.
Finally, you can repeat this process & type in the name & address for your recipient! Only this time, I sized it to 36 pt. I love it!! At this point, stick your envelope onto your mat — and I LOVE the new low tack adhesive mat from Silhouette! This is great, so that the envelope doesn’t stick too much to the mat — and has NO sticky residue on the back when its removed!
Feed your mat into the Cameo & click on “Send to Silhouette”. Now, your Cut Settings Window will open.
Select the “Silhouette Sketch Pens” – and the settings will automatically adjust for the pens! You’ll notice the blade setting changes to Sketch Pen! Just remove the blade from the housing & drop in the Silhouette Sketch Pen in the color of your choice. I used the black metallic pen — as I’m all about the sparkle!
Now you are ready to ” cut” or write! Its so easy — and after the first envelope began “sketching” – I deleted the first recipient’s address & began typing in the next one! So, when the first envelope was finished — the next one was ready to “send to Silhouette”. I loved it!! Even my husband came in & commented on how cool it looked! “Just like Calligraphy!” he said. (Well, not really — but I’ll take it! He isn’t often impressed with what I do!) But it does look professional — and fast!! Just wish I had the Cameo when I wrote out invitations for my girls weddings! That would have saved tons of time!
That’s it! Your done! Now, stick on your Christmas stamps – get them in the mail — and get to finishing up your gifts or wrapping! Have fun, Terri