I recently purchased the Silhouette Cameo 2, so you can see that I have no biased view for I proclaim I am a purchaser of my own goods. I had a long debate with myself whether or not to purchase this or the Cricut. I have heard long debate that Cricut is much easier to use but with the Silhouette you can do whatever you like and really brings out your designer self out. Cricut on the other hand has improved and is allowing designers to express themselves by allowing the same feature in recent upgrades. And Cricut you can cut multiple materials and it’s easier to measure the depth in which you need your blade to be.
Ahhhh! Which one to choose?!
I opted for the Silhouette Cameo 2. I have not tried the Cricut so I can’t say whether I like one more than the other.
I love the Silhouette Cameo. First of all, it’s not only a great cutter and designer but I also use it to print things out too!
These are two projects I had done, let’s take a look.
Project #1 – Birthday Card
I don’t have any photos on the actual usage of the program via the computer. So I didn’t have any vinyl on hand but I had loads of cardstock paper on hand from a sale I committed mass destruction on at Michael’s (hehe). I bought a bunch of cardstock. Yes, paper. A lot of you are wondering, “Really, paper?!” Yes, paper. As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and there’s a bazillion things you can do with just paper if you have the imagination and drive to do something with it.
What I love about the Silhouette, sharp cuts on the teeniest and tiny-est of things. Ugh, I am in love. I used to do my own cut outs by hand but this saves so much time! For those who are a purist and believe you can do your own things by hand, that’s great. But machine will help build you an empire! LOL. Or at least a shop in Etsy 🙂
Here, take a look.
This is all cardstock. I glued on the pieces one by one because I didn’t have vinyl. Yes, it was painstakingly long and I probably could have just made the process a lot faster by purchasing vinyl, but I wanted to use less waste and spend less money and use things that I already have. Conscious spending, I am trying to do less damage to this earth. I pasted everything on with the use of Yes Paste. I had this on hand from a
Small tid bit on Yes Paste. It’s really great for those who like to work with paper for it creates a smooth look with paper instead of a bubbling effect that other glues may have. You know when you accidentally drop water on your book and the pages are no longer smooth, it’s forever ruined! But with Yes Paste, it creates a smooth look. I have yet to master using the glue in a fashion that doesn’t create waste of the glue or spreading out the glue with ease, but I’ll get there. I still love this product!
This is the final product of the card.
Added colors via Sharpies markers and Sakura Micron pens, also used the silhouette to cut out picture images onto the photo paper so I wasted less ink and cut out the photos by hand once printed. I had yet to use the pixscan mat. One thing at a time people!
So you can see, what lovely birthday cards you can make. Also, because I used cardstock, it has this embossing effect to the card. It was 3D on the card which added a great touch!
Project #2 – Wannabe Bob Ross Props
Yes, I went as Bob Ross. An Asian female, went as Bob Ross — Caucasian Male. If you don’t know who he is, you can check out the link to his website. He has passed but his legacy will continue on as the painter on PBS with the mile high afro. He has a voice that swoons you and makes you believe you can do anything with a paint brush. Anybody can be a painter and let us all paint some “happy trees.”
So the props I made utilizing the Silhouette Cameo 2.
Again, no images of the Silhouette program, but let me show you what I did.
First, I printed out a Bob Ross painting and blew it up to fit four 8 x 11.5 inch paper. What’s nice about the Silhouette, I can see which parts I printed because you can place your measurements of your material in the program. This program also shows you the printing borders so I was able to print each portion of the faux painting and not waste ink to the millimeter! Yes, it was fantastic!
Can you tell the painting was printed by using 4 pieces of paper?! Nope, with the combination of using Silhouette, Yes Paste, and my master skills of perfectionism to a T with crafts, the lines are seamless. Yeeeees (Wendy Williams way). Oh, I wish I could add a sound bite here! But I couldn’t find one nor do I want to make one at this point haha.
Anywhoo, I added my friend’s picture and a happy birthday saying to her using the Silhouette and my trusty Yes Paste.
Here’s the final look.
I also made an art palette which I found a picture of Bob Ross’s palette with the words of his paint colors on them so I had a cheat sheet when I would emulate Bob Ross for the night.
At the end of it all.
Well, this is the end of what you can do with a Silhouette. I made this!
Well keep on believing in yourself and express that imagination of yours to do anything and everything your heart desires. Waiting on my next mind’s expression. Till then, do you.