Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Product Spotlight: Silhouette Cameo



Hi crafty friends,

This is Shruti here and I am here to share with you some of my handmade cards as well as layouts I made using my beloved Silhouette Cameo plus to share my views and experiences on this amazing product.

It's been over a year since I've been using my Silhouette Cameo and, I am going to state right off the bat that, I am absolutely in love with it. Unlike the Cricut, you do not need cartridges for cutting files on Cameo. All you have to do is either buy graphics/fonts from the Silhouette Online Store (which are as cheap as $0.99) or create/upload your own images onto the Silhouette Cameo software, resize the image to your liking and CUT! As simple as that! :-) Note: Silhouette online store offers a free downloadable shape every Tuesday, which is today, so make sure you grab them.

(The butterfly as well as the lace background used on the card is cut using my Cameo)

(The lace background, chevron pattern, the butterfly as well as the name is cut using my Cameo)

 (Flowers used on this project, again, is Cameo cut)

(cutting intricate doilies like the one used on this layout takes barely few minutes)

(lace circle background is Cameo cut)

It might take you some time to get a hang of the software but it is totally worth the time spent! One of the best features of the Cameo is the fact that it cuts a variety of materials apart from paper like cardstock, vinyl, fabric, foil, heat transfer material and so much more. All you need to do is adjust the blade depth and cut. The software does come with pre-set cut settings for all materials that you can cut with the machine but it does not always work. Sometimes you have to figure out your own settings based on trial and error, every time you cut a new material.What I do is I keep a post-it note next to my Cameo and jot down the settings that work best for the paper or card stock of different brands I use.The only con I can think of is the fact that the replacement blades and mats are slightly expensive. But if you use your blade and mat wisely then you can prolong their lifespan. For example, you can extend the usage of your mat by cleaning it regularly with a clean cloth dabbed in warm water and air drying it later. This also helps in removing the tiny paper pieces stuck to the mat. 

Anyhow, here is a card I made primarily using Silhouette's Adhesive Cardstock, and I must say this product makes your job so much easy especially when you are working on intricate designs.  



I have always faced issues in sticking intricately cut designs or small fonts onto my project which most often than not makes my project messy with glue seeping from everywhere. But, with this adhesive cardstock all I need to do is cut, peel it off the paper and stick it on to my project. 

On this particular card the background as well as the sentiment was Cameo cut on to Silhouette's white Adhesive cardstock and stuck. I colored the sentiment using my Mustard Seed Distress Marker.The card shape and background was bought from the Silhouette Online Store. It is one of my favorites. 

As for the butterfly, that was made using the Silhouette Print and cut feature which is freaking AH-mazing! But we will discuss more on that in another post. 

That is all from my end for today. I promise to come back soon with more Cameo projects and new ideas. Until then,

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Love,Shruti

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