Stunning Die Cut Detail with Pen Tool

If you’re already in love with your Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles Vue or other die cutting machine, I’m about to take that love to a whole new level! The Sketch Pen feature or Pen Tool Holder is often overlooked when deciding to purchase an electronic cutting machine, but in my book, its one of the best reasons to get a machine in the first place. Adding tiny journaling to pages or small sentiments to cards is just the beginning. You can make your basic die cuts into WOW embellishments with pen detailing!

Stunning Detail with the Pen Tool

Today I’m sharing my secret sauce recipe for Pen Details that POP! The process is a bit backwards from what you might expect, but the result is polished, stunning embellishments for your paper projects.

The key here is to do the pen details AFTER you’ve inked your paper. Weird, I know, but adding the pen detail last makes it bright and vibrant, but you still get the look of the distressing ink or color mists.

So lets get to it. Here is how to make your pen detailing stand out.

Pen Tool Technique1. Cut your design out. Without removing your mat, lift the cut designs off the mat, leaving the remaining paper on the mat. It helps to use a pick tool to lift the cut designs away from the page.

Pen Tool Detail

2. Ink around the edges of your design heavily. (These chalk ink pads are my favorite.) Use Heidi Swapp Color Shine or another spray mist to add dimension to the die cut. I used Cherry and Gold Color Shine. Let the ink dry.

Pen Tool Tutorial

3. Carefully place your cuts back on the mat, using the remaining paper as a guide for placement. Think of it like putting a puzzle piece in place. Press these down firmly. Now go ahead and draw with your Pen. Set it on double or triple pass so you get a nice thick line.

Pen Tool Tutorial

And that’s it! The pen on top of the distressing stands out beautifully! Give this a try on flowers and leaves too!

~Michelle

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Pen Tool Detail Feathers

Pen Detail Feathers Cut File

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Heidi Swapp Color Shine

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Prima Chalk Edgers

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