My grandma passed away a couple weeks ago. I had the opportunity to get there and say my goodbyes before she returned to our Heavenly Father. For that, I’m very grateful. While I miss her, I know where she is and I know that I will see her again someday. It’s hard to be sad when you know without certainty where she is and who she is with. Still, I wanted to make something for family members to hold on to, a memory of her of some sort. So I bought a Tungsten Carbide Scriber Pen, which fits perfectly in my Silhouette pen holder, and I went to town. Allow me to show you how to engrave metal using your silhouette cameo!
Yes, it looks squiggly, but most elderly hand writing is! 🙂 So it’s perfect. Let me give you the walk through of how I did this.
I took a card with Grandma’s signature, scanned it to the computer, and traced it in my Silhouette program.
Pretty straight forward, and a common process.
Once I had my signature traced to my liking, I loaded print paper in the machine.
Replace the blade with a sketch pen (or marker, or pencil, whatever you typically use), and send it to the machine using the settings for print paper and sketch pen.
It’s very important that you do not unload the mat when it’s done scribbling the signature. You need it to stay loaded so you know exactly where to place your metal charm.
I bought my metal plates at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section. “The Paper Studio” Spare Parts, $3.99 a dozen were on sale this week 50% off. I chose to use the scrapbooking pieces rather than the metal plates that they sell by the stamping tools because they are thinned metal and fit under the rollers better. I used these CLICK HERE and these CLICK HERE.
So place the metal charm directly over the sketch, and tape that sucker down real good.
I use the chipboard setting when cutting this. It is already set to “double cut”, but once it finished the first time (and without unloading the mat!) I sent it through a second time… just so you know, if there is a difference, I couldn’t tell. So from now on I’ll just leave it as a double cut once done.