Essentials – Page 2
First Cut

Hand Tools

If you’re confused about what the function of each Silhouette tool is, you’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll give you a brief description of each tool and show you how it’s used. Hook Use the Silhouette hook tool for weeding vinyl and heat transfer cutouts. Simply use the hooked end to remove unwanted pieces until only your design remains. Spatula Use the Silhouette spatula tool to lift delicate designs from the cutting mat without curling or tearing. Slide the flat end under your cut-out design to loosen it from the cutting mat. Scraper Use the Silhouette scraper tool…

Vinyl

Vinyl is a staple in the Silhouette universe because it’s so versatile and can be used for so many different things! In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to cut vinyl and apply it using transfer tape. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Cutting Mat (if you cut a small piece of vinyl) Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Vinyl Silhouette Transfer Tape Roll Feeder (only use with Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait®) Silhouette Hook Silhouette Scraper Design ID#245842 Step One: Preparing the Design 1. Open the design in Silhouette Studio® and resize it as desired. 2. If you’re cutting…

Heat Transfer

Heat transfer is one of the most popular materials to cut with your Silhouette! Using heat transfer, you can design and create custom-made apparel, home décor, and so much more. Do you want to learn how to apply heat transfer material to your projects? Read below to find out how. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO® Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Heat Transfer  Silhouette Hook Iron Light-weight fabric Tote Design ID #133442 Design ID #80334 1. Download and open the Sailboat Monogram Frame design (Design ID# 133442) in Silhouette Studio®. Ungroup light blue elements and delete circle. Place waves closer to…

Double-sided Adhesive

If you love to add embellishments to your paper crafts, then one product that you need to know about is the double-sided adhesive sheets. In the tutorial below, we’ll show you just how easy it is to cut your design and add glitter, embossing powder, or flocking powder to make the design stand out. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Double-sided Adhesive Sheets Silhouette Glitter – bold colors Cardstock – white Silhouette Spatula Brush Design ID#260063 Design ID#9273 Design ID#126935 1. Open the designs in Silhouette Studio®. 2. Position a double-sided adhesive…

Shrink Plastic

Working with shrink plastic material is so much fun, and today we wanted to share all the tips we have about working with the shrink plastic material. To do that, we will show you how to make a shrink plastic dog tag. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Shrink Plastic – White Printer Oven Baking tray Parchment paper Flat tool Jewelry jump rings Plyers Design ID#75000 1. Open or create your designs in Silhouette Studio®. Resize them. Keep in mind that a baked piece will be approximately three times smaller than a…

Rhinestones

Create your own rhinestone designs or purchase rhinestone designs from the Silhouette Design Store that you can add to any fabric surface you want. Follow these simple steps to see what you need to do. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ (with the large 12-inch base) Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Pick-Me-Up™ tool Rhinestone Template Kit Rhinestones (233 10ss rhinestones and 168 16ss rhinestones) Rhinestone positioning brush Iron T-shirt Piece of cloth or fabric Design ID #62253 1. Create or open your rhinestone design in Silhouette Studio®. DO NOT resize the design. Each tiny circle will fit an individual rhinestone. Depending…

Minting a Stamp

The Silhouette Mint™ utilizes thermal printing to create a stamp out of your chosen design. And with Silhouette’s specially designed Mint inks, the ink absorbs through the stamp, and you can stamp up to 50 times without having to reapply ink. Creating custom stamps is easy. Just follow the instructions below! Supplies Needed: Silhouette Mint™ Silhouette Mint Studio™ Silhouette Mint™ stamp kit 45 mm x 45 mm Mint Ink – Red Design ID#237394 Design ID#14199 1. Open your design in Mint Studio™ and resize it to the stamp size of your choosing. 2. By clicking “Send to Mint” our Mint Studio™…

Fabric Ink

Create your very own designs to put on fabric, like a t-shirt or a bag, with Silhouette’s stencil vinyl and fabric ink. Silhouette’s fabric ink is soft drying, so it’s soft to the touch and less prone to cracking and peeling. Want to see how easy it is to add a design with fabric ink? Just follow the instructions listed below. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Stencil Vinyl  Silhouette Fabric Ink Silhouette Hook Tool Paint brush or sponge Mixing tray Piece of cloth Iron Design ID #238972 Step One: Cutting Out…

Glass Etching

Using a Silhouette machine, you can create a stencil and apply glass-etching cream to a glass surface to create a custom glass-etched design. It may sound a bit daunting, but the process is fairly simple. Just follow along to see how it’s done. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Studio® Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Stencil Vinyl Transfer Tape (If using Silhouette’s stencil vinyl, the transfer tape is already included.) Etching Cream Silhouette Hook  Silhouette Scraper Gloves Paper Towels Design ID#110476 1. Open the design in Silhouette Studio®. Make sure you have plenty of room on the…

Stamping Material

You can use stamping material to create your own unique stamps. Just cut out the image, stick the material on a stamp pad, and voila! You’re very own stamp is ready to go. Keep reading to see how it’s done. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait® Silhouette Cutting Blade Cutting Mat for Stamp Material Stamp Material Acrylic Block (must be larger than your planned stamp size) Ink Stamp Pad (color of your choice) Design ID#1882 1. Open the design in Silhouette Studio®. Select the Stamp page size and the Stamp cutting mat. 2. Remove the liner from the perforated cutting mat…

How to Print & Cut

What is Print & Cut? Print & Cut projects involve sending a project to be printed from the Silhouette Studio® program then cut from your Silhouette machine. You will use the registration marks feature to add marks to your file, print your project to your home printer, place your printed material onto a Silhouette brand cutting mat, and then load it into the Silhouette machine. The Silhouette’s optic scanner will find the registration marks on your printed material and know accordingly exactly where to cut your defined lines around the printed content. All current Silhouette models have the optical sensor…

How-to PixScan™

What is “PixScan™ technology? “PixScan™ technology allows you to cut precisely around any printed image or position cut lines in a specific location on your material using a camera or scanner.”The PixScan™ feature cuts according to an image’s actual size, whether it be to provide a contour cut around the image, to nest images into an oddly shaped material precisely, or to replicate a pattern at its original size. The PixScan™ mat comes with its own registration marks, which allows it to use the Silhouette’s optical scanner to find the right place to cut. Any material placed on the mat can be imported into…