Silhouette Cameo: using the right paper makes all the difference!

Is all cardstock created equal? Uh…no-o!

I was busy making a birthday card for my mom, today, when I discovered–or, let me say, confirmed–that the Cameo definitely works better with some papers than others. Here is a perfect example…

Shown in this first photo, is what happened when I tried to cut out some small autumn leaves, using Michael’s Recollections 80 lb. cardstock. What a mess!  I’m using the Silhouette Studio Designer software, with the upgrade that Silhouette America released, recently.My settings were: Speed 5; Thickness 30; Blade 6.Pretty disappointing results, right? In fact, I couldn’t even get it off the cutting mat because it wasn’t cut all the way through. Also, because this cardstock has what I call a “looser construction,” it pulls the paper fibers apart very easily and clogs the blade housing.

In this second photo, you can see that the cuts are very clean and the excess paper pulled away from the mat easily. I used exactly the same settings as I did with the Recollections cardstock. Just to give you an indication of the sizes, the smallest leaf is the size of the top third of my baby finger.

This time, I was using Stampin’ Up Whisper White 80 lb. cardstock. What a difference! This particular cardstock, along with Stampin’ Up’s Very Vanilla, is smooth and always cuts like buttah! I think of this cardstock as, “tighter, smoother, shinier,” and it doesn’t pull apart and leave bits of paper debris in the blade housing.

Does any of this make sense. As  you can tell, I am struggling to articulate exactly how the paper feels. I hope you kind of “get it!”

So, a rose is a rose is a rose, as they say…but not all cardstock is created equal.

Final thoughts:

  • Recollections cardstock from Michaels is great for the card base and for many other crafting projects–it just doesn’t work for me, when it comes to running it through the Silhouette Cameo.
  • Stampin’ Up cardstock is very reliable in the Cameo.
  • Before you blame your blade, try a different cardstock!

I hope this helps those of you who have been experiencing similar problems. If you have any suggestions or advice, please, oh please, let me know so we can help other crafters.

By the way, you can see my finished card in the next post. I came it quick and simple!

Silhouette Cameo: working with vinyl

If you bought your Silhouette Cameo with visions of all sort of wonderful vinyl projects in mind, raise your hand.

If you are having problems getting your Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl, raise your other hand.

Okay, so now you have both hands in the air, you’re frustrated and ticked off because you spent almost $300 for a machine that isn’t doing what you want. Right? Okay, put your hands down and read on.

As a Cameo owner, and self-professed research junkie, I have done extensive research on Cameo problems and solutions–and, happily, I have come across some fabulous sites that offer really helpful information. I’m listing them below for you to refer to.

Make-the-Cut has an post entitled, Silhouette Cameo and Skipping Issues. After your read the post, be sure to read the reply that follows it.

Expressions Vinyl Blog has a beautifully illustrated post that describes in great detail the steps, settings, etc., to complete a beautiful project using vinyl.

Also at Expressions Vinyl you will find charts that provide the speed, thickness and blade settings for a whole range of vinyls. There are separate charts for Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette SD and Cricut.

Hope this helps, crafters!!!


Silhouette Cameo–all is quiet on the home front!

OMG, it’s been a week since I last received a plea for help from a Silhouette Cameo owner. Does this mean that Cameos are being delivered with good blades? Could it mean that cutting mats, everywhere, are neither too sticky, nor too not-sticky? Is it possible that every single solitary Cameo owner now has conquered the Cameo? If the answer is, “yes,” to even ONE of these questions, then I am a happy, albeit lonely, little Globug!

I’ve learned so much from the questions that I have received over the past eight months, since I took delivery of my own Cameo. I have read every blog, viewed every tutorial and sought out every bit of information available on the care and feeding of the Silhouette Cameo. And, it was all worth it! Besides the fact that my Cameo has become my most precious crafting tool, I have met (through Globug Ideas) dozens and dozens of passionate crafters. We have worked through so many problems and issues, such as defective blades, broken blades and debris-covered blades; mats that are too sticky, mats that are not sticky at all, and ones that keep slip-sliding around. We’ve figured out settings for blades, thickness and speed; we’ve dealt with print-and-cut, trace-and-detach and cardstock issues.  Veni! Vidi! Vici! Or, as we North Americans say, “We came! We saw! We conquered!”

So, now, after a week with no questions to answer, no problems to solve (I mean absolutely none), I feel a bit like the Maytag man. I’m ready, willing and able to help Cameo owners go from, “I hate this @#$@$@% Cameo,” to

“Sigh…I LOVE my Cameo!”

Stop by anytime, and let me know how you’re doing. Or, if you have any more questions, are feeling confused or frustrated, remember, there are solutions to EVERY problem! And, if you have some tips or projects you’d like to share, we would all love to hear them.

Thanks, Cameo-owners! Have a wonderful weekend, and keep crafting!

Cutting vinyl with your Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette SD and Cricut.

There are so many different kinds of vinyl! Yikes!

Whether you are using a Silhouette Cameo, a Silhouette SD or a Cricut, you will want to save this chart as a guide to which settings to use for which type of vinyl. Many thanks to Vinyl Expressions, for posting this chart to their website. I hope you find it useful.