Just got a new Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait®? Congratulations and welcome to the world of awesomeness that will make you question how you have lived without it before!
While it may seem intimidating at first, your Silhouette is really easy to operate once you get the hang of things.
And worry not, advanced users. These tutorials might teach you a thing or two as well—or at least inspire you to create your next project!
Check out these awesome tutorials that are helpful for a Silhouette beginner like you.
Setting Up Your Silhouette CAMEO®
All of the good stuff comes after setting up your Silhouette CAMEO®! Don’t be intimidated by the big box.
Watch this video on how to set up your brand-spankin’-new machine.
Your Cutting Mat
Your cutting mat is what you will be using as a holder to cut paper, fabric, smaller pieces of vinyl, and heat transfer. Knowing how to use your mat correctly will save you a lot of heartache in the long run!
Check out this post for an introduction and helpful tips about different mat sizes and holds.
Cutting Regular Vinyl and Heat Transfer
One of the first things to learn before cutting regular vinyl or heat transfer is being able to tell them apart. Some people (like my husband) regularly confuse regular vinyl with heat transfer material.
You can easily tell what is vinyl and what is heat transfer material by their backing. Regular vinyl comes with a paper backing, while heat transfer does not—it comes with a plastic carrier sheet. Regular vinyl is also noticeably thicker than heat transfer vinyl.
Why do we need to learn how to tell them apart? Well, see below!
Cutting with Regular Vinyl
Regular vinyl is what you use to create awesome decals to customize your home décor such as mugs, water bottles, signs and other objects such as those cute family decals that you see on cars!
This jewelry dish tutorial is a really easy, step-by-step tutorial to create your first vinyl decal from setting up your design to applying it onto your chosen surface.
Cutting with Heat Transfer Material
Heat transfer material might be my favorite medium. As a DIY girl and beginner letterer, I love creating custom apparel and bags using my own designs!
You can use heat transfer material on plain-weave fabric, select pile fabric, and even specialty fabric such as leather.
This easy throw-pillow project will introduce you to the world of heat transfer—but be sure to follow the step-by-step tutorial to ensure your project turns out perfect!
Cutting Paper And Cardstock
Did you buy your Silhouette CAMEO® for papercrafting and scrapbooking? Well we have tips and tricks for you as well!
I’ve heard so many people who have trouble cutting paper and cardstock, but all they need are the right settings for the job.
Dip your toes into the world of papercrafting with this easy tutorial for paper flowers.
Making A Test Cut
Having cutting issues? It may be the type of paper you are using, or the settings you have it on.
Use the Test Cut feature to correctly determine the right settings for your paper or cardstock!
Cutting Other Materials
There are a slew of other materials available on the Silhouette America website that you can cut with your Silhouette machine. Don’t be afraid to test them out—just remember to follow the recommended settings and test cut them first always.
For example, you can create fabric appliques with your Silhouette CAMEO®—check out this easy fabric wall art to show you how!
Print & Cut Feature
Perhaps one of the best features of the Silhouette CAMEO® is the ability to Print & Cut. Cut printed designs on cardstock, sticker paper, vinyl, and other printable media easily! No more using scissors and having sub-par looking projects.
Check out this tutorial, which shows you how to use the Print & Cut feature successfully.
Using Silhouette Pixscan™
Finally, we have the PixScan™ mat.
Seriously, this is a game-changer. Not only can you cut printed items and cut around stamped images, it can do a slew of other things as well that expands the capabilities of your machine.
This detailed tutorial shows you how to use your PixScan™ mat to cut and sketch on pre-printed tags on the Silhouette.
Want More Tutorials?
There are a ton more tutorials that I could include on this entry, but these are the top items that as a beginner one would want to learn (and my beginner husband agrees!).
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