Monday, 7 March 2016

What can I make with my Silhoutte Cameo

Well they say the possibilities are endless and I am inclined to believe this.  The cameo has a 12x12 cutting area which is perfect for creating scrapbook pages and it does a lot more besides.  

I toiled for weeks over whether to purchase a Brother Scan and Cut, a Cricut or this machine and opted for this little beauty because it offers the crafter the most flexibility in the way they want to craft.

Now that I have my Cameo I can cut elements for my cardmaking to whatever size I require unlike the conventional way with dies. 

I can cut around my own stash of images or those available in the Design Store with the option of cutting around the edge or adding a slight border.  I can even turn my craft stamps into images for printing.

Vinyl decor is becoming a popular way to decorate your home and with this machine it is easy to cut and length is not an issue.   

Changing the blade to a sketch pen adds the drawing element.  My cameo will also cut fabric and heat transfer material meaning I could design my own tee-shirts and do etched glass.

This machine will revolutionize the way crafters craft in the near future.

Since my Cameo arrived on Saturday I have been getting acquainted with it.  It wasn't as hard as I expected to use and already I have created a couple of tags, cut out an element for a card and made a card.  All easy to do through online tutorials available on YouTube and Craftsy website.

Here is what I have made in the first 24hrs of using it.

First I cut a tag which was available as a free image with the Design Studio software.  All I had to do was re-size appropriately before cutting out.  

I wanted to use my Foundation Card which I purchased from Joanna Sheen's website.  It is the same card used by Creative Expressions and is 200gsm. All I needed to do was place the cardstock onto the 12x12 cutting mat and load this into the machine. I used a blade setting of 4, one up from that recommended, due to the weight of the card.

I left it on the mat after the initial cut because I then wanted to sketch the hearts onto it and would reload the mat when I was ready. This would ensure the hearts were drawn where I expected them.

The next stage was to add the sketched image (again free with software) to my tag and then switch my blade out and replacing with the sketch pen before sending it through the machine again.

What I have learned from this experience is that you can identify different areas of an image to cut, or not cut so it means you build the complete card then select what you want to do with it at the end.  i.e. select the area you want to cut or sketch.

This time I created a tag from scratch by drawing a rectangle and a circle and welding them together to create one uniform shape.  I then added the word "love" to the edge of the tag and welded that together.   Finally, I wanted another go at the Sketch Pen so I added a word "you" in the middle.

Here is one of the free images I chose to cut out.

And here is my first purchase.  This Easter Egg image was 65p.  Much cheaper than purchasing a die and as I said before, I can make this to any size within the parameters of my 12x12 cutting mat.

and finally this was the last project of the day.  Here I cut direct onto an 8x8 card which was quite heavy so I set the cut speed down and checked the box for a double cut.  

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