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Always Thankful Sign – A Silhouette Sketch Pen Project


I have a pile of stained wooden blocks sitting just inside the craft room door. Aka, I’ve been tripping over them for about a year. So when my sketch pen holder (finally) came in I decided to use it for the November Silhouette Challenge. The links to all the other posts are at the bottom so don’t forget to check those out too! I believe there were 31 people this time around.

Thanksgiving Sign - #Silhouette sketch pen project #tutorial

 This is my first project using the sketch pen holder. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using different pens but thanks to a few youtube videos and some trial and error I was able to figure out this project with only one marker fatality!

I set up this design to be drawn and cut on two colors using 3 pen colors. It was a little confusing making sure the correct outlines were selected (I wish the cut lines were highlighted when you were choosing your cut settings *hint hint Silhouette!*)

I used the font Courier New for the whole project; I believe it’s one of the basic ones that comes on all computers. The text was skinny enough on the green pieces to completely fill itself in but on the yellow pieces I had to go back and fill in a few spots with the marker.

Silhouette File - Thanksgiving Sign

I used Bic Markit markers for the text and a metallic pen for the outline on the yellow boxes. During my testing process I managed to completely destroy the tip of one of the Bic markers, luckily I was smart enough to do my practicing with an ugly color so it wasn’t much of a loss.

I was having trouble with the tip of the marker sticking out too much and getting flattened when I tried to sketch. I turned the thickness all the way down to one and I tried to put the markers in so they were hardly sticking out at all but my lines were ending up all wonky. I found a you tube video that recommended putting the pen in all the way (so you know it’s centered) and then adjusting how far you put the pen holder in the machine. There is a little guess work involved but it’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. If you plan on using felt tip-style markers I 100% recommend you watch this video.

Back to the project! The metallic outline on the yellow boxes is ‘sketched’ on the same line as the cut line. The pen leaves a wide line and if you draw your outline and then cut on the same line it makes a nice outline for you. DO NOT unload your mat until the end when you are done sketching and cutting.

Here is the whole process outlined for you:

Green paper:


Select black text, select “cut” and sketch in brown (you can select more than one piece at a time by holding the SHIFT key)

Select red shapes, select “cut edge”  and cut with blade

Yellow paper:


Select green text, select “cut” and  sketch in red

Select blue shapes, select “cut edge” sketch in metallic and then cut with blade

After the pieces were all cut out I attached them to a 5.5 x 8 inch piece of 2×6 stained with dark walnut stain with 3D foam squares (same one from the Pumpkin Garland).

You can download the .studio file or .svg file to make your own sign – please keep these for personal use only!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies are all sharing projects today on their blogs, so peruse the links below for a blog-hopping good time.

DIY Ironing Board Hangerby The Turquoise Home

Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Artby Nearly Handmade

Santa’s Christmas Countdownby Tried & True

Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorialby The Thinking Closet

Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut Fileby unOriginalMom

Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Signby Architecture of a Mom

Itching to Etchby Get Silvered

Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challengeby Whats Next Ma

DIY Horse Silhouette Pillowby Rain on a Tin Roof

Sketching on Fabricby The Sensory Emporium

Paper Leaf Garlandby Lil’ Mrs. Tori

DIY Blessing Board – Silhouette Challengeby One Tough Mother

Christmas Pillowby Create & Babble

Glass Painting with Reverse Stencilsby Givemeapaintbrush

Chalkboard Thankful Treeby Cutesy Crafts

Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tagby From Wine to Whine

‘Happy Holly-days’ Tags for the Swapby An Elegant Touch…

Thank You for Dinner (Card)by Everyday Paper

Advent Star Christmas Countdownby My Favorite Finds

Geometric Fabric Bowlsby Please Excuse My Craftermath…

Paper Carnivalby Home At Eight

Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cardsby Black and White Obsession

In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tagsby Tossed Salad Life

Christmas On My Mindby Creative Turn

Jingle all the Way!by My Paper Craze

Christmas Lights Garlandby Making Home Base

We Are Thankfulby 4 You With Love

Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle

DIY Stenciled Mugsby Coley’s Corner

Do you have a Silhouette machine?

Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we’d love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.


  1. This is really quite stunning! I love your color choices. I tend to go for more muted colors, so it’s always nice to see vibrant colors in other people’s projects. Hmm… maybe that’s a sign that I should use more vibrant colors. Thanks for sharing your project!
    Kristy gd recently posted…Geometric Fabric BowlsMy Profile

  2. This turned out so cute! Great job!
    Kirsten @ One Tough Mother recently posted…DIY Blessing Board – Silhouette ChallengeMy Profile

  3. This is so cute! I love this quote! I think I need to make one to display all year.

  4. What a great job!!!!! I love crafts with wood and I think you did a great job with this one! Cheers!
    Randi Sowders recently posted…Seattle Skyline SilhouetteMy Profile

  5. I love the 3D nature of your sentiment on the wood block (and such a great reminder that quote is). It really is a stunning finished piece, Alecia, so way to stick with the sketch pen learning curve and come out on the other side, triumphant!

    Thanks for participating in this month’s Silhouette Challenge and for inspiring us with your creativity!
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet recently posted…Nautical Anchor Pillow TutorialMy Profile

  6. How fun! I haven’t tried out the sketch function, but I love the result of your project. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom recently posted…No Sew French Number Pillow CoversMy Profile

  7. Really nice. I like how the elements work so well together. Great sentiment also. A good reminder for this time of year.
    Lynne Fenbert Neumann recently posted…Christmas On My MindMy Profile

  8. Very cute project. I love how warm and rich the wood looks, it goes great with the saying you used.
    Valerie recently posted…Thank You for Dinner (Card)My Profile

  9. Nice sign, thanks for the tutorial!

  10. This is a great sign. Lovely sentiment for Thanks Giving and I love the colours you’ve chosen.
    Pam @ GetSilvered recently posted…Itching to etch!My Profile

  11. This turned out so beautifully! I’m still a newbie and just did a sketch pen project but it was WAY simpler than this one! Thanks for inspiring me to try using more than one color next time!
    Marilyn recently posted…Homemade Kahlua Part 1My Profile

  12. What a gorgeous sign!! I haven’t tried sketching but you have inspired me to try it out!!
    Tori recently posted…Tell Me Tuesday! #45My Profile

  13. Finally having a chance to go through all the Silhouette Challenge project inspiration– I’m like a [big] kid on Christmas but earlier!!

    Gah, I love how your project incorporates reclaimed wood! I love how you ventured outside the typical Fall/Thanksgiving colors, yet it seems perfectly festive!!

    I’m so glad you worked with sketch pens this round. I’ve been considering a pen holder for quite some time. Do you like yours? Where’d you purchase yours? Does it pay to have multiples?

    Keep rockin on!!
    Trisha D. recently posted…How to Throw a Last Minute Party, Part 3: Budget and Checklist (Freebie)My Profile

  14. Very cute! I love holiday decorations!
    Brooke recently posted…Thank YouMy Profile

  15. Did you have any problems with your pens leaving lines all over the page? I am currently trying to find a reason/solution for this somewhere on the internet. When I use the actual sketch pens, it works fine, but now that I am using a pen holder, it is like the pen is in too far and it leaves slash marks where the pen is moving around on the page.

    • I had to experiment a lot with them, on some pens I don’t push the holder all the way in. Unfortunately it took a lot of trial and error. I killed the tip on the first maker I tried to use.

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