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Curio Features


Heard about the Curio? Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of Curio’s accessories and features. Today’s topics are the dual carriage feature, the emboss and deboss effects, and the new clearance level.



 Dual Carriage Feature

Curio is the first Silhouette machine that offers a dual carriage feature. This means that instead of just one tool for all your cutting and sketching needs, Curio offers you two. With this feature you can sketch multicolored designs and you can take advantage of the scoring and embossing features.

To use the dual carriage feature all you do is send your design to Curio. It works the same way as the Portrait and CAMEO. Once the design has been sent, Curio moves smoothly from one task to the other without needing to pause between jobs. You can get two jobs done for every one design you send to your Silhouette.

But it’s not just sketching that makes the dual carriage feature so handy. When it comes to embossing and debossing, the dual carriage is a must.




 Emboss and Deboss


A huge part of Curio’s draw is the ability to create emboss and deboss effects, but how does Curio make this happen?

When you first open the box, you’ll find that there’s a lot more than just Curio inside. Two of the most important accessories are the embossing tool and the embossing mat. Users of the Silhouette CAMEO® and Silhouette Portrait® will recognize the familiar design of the mat but will also notice a few differences. The thicker and softer design of the embossing mat provides a soft surface that cradles the embossing tool’s tip, allowing the tool to press an impression into the paper.

For a more dramatic effect, Curio can also use the ratchet blade to score along the edge of the shape before using the embossing tool to press into the shape. Curio’s unique two carriage design makes the task simple and you never have to switch out one tool for another.


Curio_wood clearance

Curio’s Raised Bar and Platforms

In order to accommodate more possibilities and more medias, Curio has raised the bar. Literally. By creating more space between the bar and the mat, Curio users can transfer their designs directly to new types of media. Wood, metal, canvas? Up to 5 mm, Curio can handle that. And Curio does this all without sacrificing the same quality cuts that made the Portrait and the CAMEO so effective.

What excites you the most about the  Curio?


Lauren Heperi

Lauren is the blog editor and copywriter at Silhouette America. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and avoiding the gym. She is a member of the Professional Sleepers' Association and never leaves home without forgetting to lock the door at least twice.


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  1. Can’t wait for this new machine. I love the cameo and use it all the time. The curio will just add to all the fun of crafting

  2. I am excited to be able to make my own thickers with adhesive foam sheets.

  3. love the idea of being able to cut through thicker media. now the question is, can it handle the slight (or not so slight) “drag” that polymer and metal clay produce when a blade slices through? if so, this baby is a winner!

    1. Cutting pressure is the same as the Cameo and with thicker materials, drag will be higher.

  4. Certainly the ability to emboss is a great feature as is the new promised 5mm cutting depth which is what excites me the most. Silhouette leads where others follow long may it continue.

    1. Clearance is 5mm, cutting depth is 2mm

  5. I’m really looking forward to the embossing & debossing function! The Curio has moved to the top of my wish list!!

  6. I have been waiting for all the new additions to the silhouette line and am really looking forward to getting my hands on one of these.

  7. Love the ability to draw onto thicker materials.

  8. I am very excited about the embossing feature. I am hoping for some videos showing the Curio in action.

    1. We anticipate having videos up before the end of the month. Thank you for your comment!

  9. The Curio looks interesting. I’m curious.

  10. I’m trying to talk my letter press printer husband into upgrading my cameo. He wants a machine that can cut leather for decorative designs. I’m thinking with some experimenting this might be possible? Perhaps the embosser can do some kind of gold leave rubbing? What are your thoughts?

    1. Thanks for the comment Judith! Curio’s embossing effect depends largely on what kind of media is used. Curio has a maximum force of 210gf, making it perfect for embossing lightweight papers like vellum and Silhouette’s Score & Emboss Paper. Other medias, like leather, would have to be handled on a case to case basis. Curio’s effectiveness depends on how supple the leather is and the elasticity in the material. However, Curio will be able to cut medias up to 2 mm thick with the new Deep Cut blade. If your husband is looking for more precise cuts with his projects, Curio would be the prefect companion to your CAMEO.

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