Cutting Thick Material with the Cameo 3
First Cut

Cutting Thick Material with the Cameo 3

Stay wild, Cameo 3, Stay wild. Oh hi there, my crafty peeps, Kathi here again showing you the wonders of my new Silhouette CAMEO® 3. If you haven’t gotten yours yet or need an upgrade I highly recommend purchasing this new machine.

There are a couple of first times on this particular blog post. Number one, it’s the first time I’m using my new Cameo 3 for a post and second, I finally got to work with the Silhouette Faux Leather Paper.

Now the Faux Leather Paper comes in 3 colors (Natural, White, and Black) but for my quick and easy project I just used the colors Natural and white. It is a much thicker material than vinyl or sticker paper and more pliable and bendable than thick card stock and that’s why they’re perfect for making flowers and feathers.

Materials Used:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® 3
  • Silhouette Faux Leather Paper (Natural and White)
  • Silhouette Sketch Pen (White)
  • Pearl Beads (or Buttons)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Like I said from the beginning, this is a quick and easy project so I picked the easiest flower to create. This 3d rolled rosebud flower can be found in the Silhouette Design Store with Design ID #116427. Just start your roll from the middle of your cut flower and continue rolling and adding small amounts of glue to keep your flower petals in place. I created 2 flowers that were different sizes, but still quite easy to make regardless of the size.

Lastly I finished off these beautiful flowers with some pearl beads but you can also use buttons too. And I just like to add that making these flowers with the Silhouette Faux Leather Paper instead of card stock makes it stronger. I didn’t have problems of accidental rips or creases, and it will probably last longer too.

Next I created a feather using Design ID #40563 with tribal writings using the Silhouette Sketch Pen which I placed by the way on the second cartridge holder on my Cameo 3. I don’t know about you, but it’s a complete game changer. I just love that the Silhouette CAMEO® 3 includes double cartridge capabilities.  Cut and sketch all in one swoop. Pretty rad, right?

Here’s my favorite part about these Faux Leather Paper, as you can see from the feather picture above. It has a slight bend. It’s not stiff like card stock it’s actually pliable (which is exactly how real leather is suppose to be). Isn’t Silhouette a genius?

So I have been on an embroidery kick lately (which relaxes me more than wine…truth) and when I finished this Stay Wild Bear I felt like it needed a flower and definitely a feather and I was able to do so with my Silhouette CAMEO® 3.

If you’re more curios about these leather papers, there are more tutorials on the Silhouette Blog from other crafty talents.

I hope I gave you guys some inspiration, the will to try something new, and to always (and I mean always) stay wild.

Till next time, my crafty peeps. Happy 2017!

Kathi Arbiso

Just your typical California girl here surviving the realities which is life and trying to make pretty things. I've been married for almost 5 years now and have two very funny kids. As a family we enjoy hunting for treasures at flea markets...cause you know what they say, "Teach your kids to love antiques and they'll never have money for drugs."

Designs Used:

3d rolled rosebud flower

floating feather

Products Used:

faux leather paper

Faux Leather Paper - Natural


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  1. Hi, Kathi, this looks really pretty, lovely combination of colors and textures!
    I recommend next time you try to roll the flowers the other way, start rolling on the outer and thinner part of the cut out (which would be the center of the finished flower), and leave the middle of the cut out flower, which is rounded, to be the last bit rolled. This way it can be used as the base to glue all the rest of the rolled flower (that is why it is rounder and bigger than the other petals), and you will make a very pretty rose and you won’t even have to put a pearl in the middle because it will have a lovely center.

    1. Thank you, I will try that next time.

  2. I LOVE THIS!!! It is so beautiful! I want it in my house. I love the way the roses are more open by reversing the way you roll it. I never thought of that. Great way of showing various ways to use a design.

    1. Thank you, Amy! You’re absolutely right, it makes purchasing this floral design worth it for the different ways to create.

  3. Fabulous project, the added flowers really make the project “shine” – thank you for a great post 🙂

  4. I love this project and also do embroidery. Where did you find the bear?

  5. I’m curious, did you sketch the bear and floral design on the material with the Cameo before you did the needlework? Looks great!

  6. What cut setting did you use when cutting the leather? I have tried several different settings and it doesn’t seem to work for me…

    1. Eliza, I’ve cut this faux leather paper with blade 3, speed 5, thickness 33. You may need to slow your speed, increase the number of passes, or raise the blade setting if that setting doesn’t work.

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