I have been wanting a Silhouette Cameo for a few years. Amazon had a Black Friday deal this year that I couldn’t resist. I have been pinning all kinds of ideas for the holidays and decided these two projects would be perfect to get started with my Cameo.
First off, inspired by Jennifer’s mirror art, I thought it would be fun to do something in vinyl using some of my calligraphy. I scanned the calligraphy “Merry Christmas,” then using Illustrator, I converted the image into a vector image and re-sized it. Once I had the size I wanted, I converted it into a JPEG and traced it using the Silhouette software. I love how it turned out.
I had originally planned to design my own Christmas cards but ran out of time. I ended up buying some at Target. Since I didn’t do the cards, I thought it would be fun to at least do some tags for my gifts. I designed a tag template in Illustrator; you can download the JPEG here. I then imported it and traced it using the Silhouette software. After applying a piece of cardstock to the cutting mat, I loaded it into the machine and cut the tags.
I enjoyed using the Silhouette; once I learn all the ins and outs it will definitely make many projects easier. There is a bit of a learning curve. I suggest you use it for the first time when you aren’t rushed and can take some time to experiment a bit. Here are a few things I learned about the Silhouette:
- You do not have to purchase the additional Silhouette software plug-in to use your own art, just convert the image into a JPEG. You can then open the image in the free Silhouette software and trace the image.
- It will probably take a few attempts to figure out how to load your machine correctly. Only the right roller on the machine lifts up. You want to use the far right guide (the one with the two arrows) to line up your paper/vinyl.
- Apparently Silhouette sells their own chipboard. I attempted to use another brand of chipboard and it stuck to the cutting mat.
- The best way to clean the mat is to soak it in warm water and wipe off what’s left. It will become tacky again once it’s dry.
Do you have a Silhouette? What have you made with it?