I am so excited about this post today! Why?
Because I finally got a Silhouette Cameo machine!!! What is a Silhouette Cameo? It’s an electronic cutting machine! It can cut paper, card stock, fabric, vinyl and there are sketch pens to draw designs as well. The ideas for using it are endless!
I’m joining The Silhouette Challenge bloggers to do a project each month with my Silhouette machine. For the month of April, it’s anything spring related.
Because I’m in love with anything French and vintage, I made a cute little Eiffel tower artwork.
I’m a total newbie so if you have a Silhouette yourself but haven’t used it yet, you can follow me and we can make projects together. Hopefully we’ll get more advanced as times goes on. For now, I have a SUPER EASY project for you.
Making Your Design
I wanted to try something really easy for my first Silhouette project. I decided to write a springtime saying then add a graphic. I Love Paris in the Springtime sounded perfect!
When you open your Silhouette studio program, a blank white page will pop up. You can also click the white paper in the top left-hand corner just like in Word.
Find the letter A icon on your left sidebar of your dashboard. Click it.
Now find the A icon on your top right sidebar. Click it and you’ll find a list of all the different types of fonts.
Click the blank page to start writing.
Next I wanted to add a design. When you click the book icon on the left sidebar of the dashboard, it will take you to your library of designs that come free with your Silhouette Cameo.
When you click the blue S icon on the left sidebar, it will take you to their online store where you can order more design patterns and fonts (most are 99 cents). There are sooo many designs, it’s incredible.
I downloaded a few Eiffel towers. Double-click the design you want and it will automatically display on your white page.
You can then move around and play with the words and shapes on your blank page.
Now you’re going to get your machine ready for sketching!
Loading The Silhouette Cameo
Here is my beautiful Silhouette Cameo!
Make sure to follow the instructions for set up. It’s pretty easy, just plugging a few cords in and one goes to your computer.
Press power button on and this screen will pop up:
Load Cutting Mat
Using the arrows, make sure it’s on Load Cutting Mat.
Here is the little black Sketch Pen I used.
It goes in the same area of the blade. Turn the blue dial to the left to release, take the blade out if it is in there, pop in the pen and turn the blue dial to the right to lock.
This is the adhesive kraft paper I chose for the project.
Make sure to line up your paper product to the left hand top corner of your cutting mat.
The first time you use the cutting mat it will be super sticky. Try rubbing the mat on a T-shirt or carpet to add some lint to it so it’s not super sticky as the paper might tear when you are peeling it off the cutting mat.
You want to line up your cutting mat with that little line and two arrows.
Slide it in just under those white plastic covers on the metal bar. Then click enter on the Silhouette machine and your cutting mat will load.
Now go back to your computer and click the pencil icon to prepare for sketching.
Select which type of product you are using, in this case it was Silhouette Adhesive Kraft Paper.
Click the sketch pen icon then click cut.
Now sit back and watch the Silhouette Cameo in action!
Once it’s done, you’ll see ‘unload’ on the Silhouette’s screen. Click the enter button and it will release the cutting mat.
And here is how it looks!
The sketch pens seem to have a tiny bit of glitter in them which I love!
I added glue to the Eiffel tower so I could glitter it up!
Over a drop cloth, I sprinkled a lot of silver glitter then shook the excess off onto a paper plate.
And here it is! Voila!
I taped it on my kitchen chalkboard with washi tape.
And because the kraft paper is adhesive, later I can peel the back off and stick it on a frame or book for a fun home decor idea.
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
1. Dream a Little Bigger // 2. So Much Better With Age // 3. Adventures in All Things Food // 4. Creative Carnival // 5. The Kim Six Fix // 6. feto soap // 7. One Dog Woof // 8. The Experimental Home // 9. From Wine to Whine // 10. Architecture of a Mom // 11. Grey Luster Girl // 12. Minted Strawberry // 13. Designed Decor // 14. Tried & True // 15. Silhouette School // 16. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 17. Weekend Craft // 18. Practically Functional // 19. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 20. McCall Manor // 21. unOriginal Mom // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. A Tossed Salad Life // 24. A Glimpse Into Barb’s Life // 25. Kate’s Paper Creations // 26. Simply Kelly Designs // 27. Cutesy Crafts // 28. Persia Lou // 29. Whats Next Ma // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. The Frill of Life // 32. Nearly Handmade // 33. Get Silvered // 34. Ginger Snap Crafts // 35. Life After Laundry // 36. The Sensory Emporium // 37. Monograms & Cake // 38. The Thinking Closet // 39. My Paper Craze // 40. Chicken Scratch NY