Let’s Create with the Silhouette Cameo!

Hey everyone!  It’s Cindy here with another Create With Me Monday tutorial.  There is some seriously exciting stuff happening at Flourishes!  So many wonderful new products in the line-up, and THIS baby is my FAVE!

Isn’t it pretty? :-)  It’s the new Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine that everyone has been raving about!  My initial thought when I first saw it, was “Cool, but do I really need it?”  Well, I am here to tell you that you DO, my friends…you DO!  It is the coolest thing since sliced bread, and I’ll bet it can even do that! lol!

Today’s tutorial will give you a basic run-down of how to use the Silhouette Cameo in conjunction with Flourishes awesome Silhouette cut files (and any other cut files you find out there as well!).

I have about a million photos for you; but I thought it would be the easiest way for you to really see exactly how to use the machine.  Here we go…

First of all, I am going to spare you the details for setting up your Silhouette and installing the software on your computer.  Those instructions come with your machine, and there are also several videos out there on the ‘net that explain set up in detail.  So, we are going to begin as if you already have the software installed on your computer. :-)

The screen above is the first screen you see when you open the Silhouette program.  It defaults to a 12×12 blank page.

To use Flourishes Silhouette Cut Files, you’ll purchase them in the Flourishes Store, and then save them on your computer.  Where you save them is entirely up to you…just make sure you can find ‘em again!  Once you’ve saved the files, you’ll want to import them into your Silhouette library.  The screen shot above shows how to do that.  Click on the File tab, and then “Import to My Library”.

Locate your cut file; click on it, and then click “ok”.  I have my files in a folder entitled “Silhouette Cut Files”. (Crazy, isn’t it?!)


Next, a screen will pop up that looks like the one above.  Here you can give your file a new title, keyword, description, etc.  Go as crazy as you wish.  I do nothing other than give it a recognizable title.  In this case, I used the name of the company (Flourishes) and stamp set name (Garden Picks).


Once you’ve imported the file, you have the option to move it to a folder of your choosing.  It will automatically download into “My Own Designs”.  I made a folder specifically for Flourishes cut files; so I dragged and dropped the file into that folder.


I then opened the Flourishes folder, and double-clicked on the file I wanted to use.  In this case, I’m using the Garden Picks with Vases cut file…LOVE that set!


Once you click on the file, it is loaded onto that 12×12 blank page you started out with.


Since I only wanted to use one of the images for my project, I needed to get rid of the other two.


To separate the images, you’ll need to right click on them with your mouse.  You’ll then see the menu shown in the above screen shot.  Click on “ungroup”.


Once you click on “ungroup”, separate little boxes will magically appear around the individual images. Cool, huh?


You can then click on the images you don’t want to use, and delete them.


Voila!  How cool is that?!  (It’s the little things that make me happy! lol)


Once you’re left with just the image you want to use, you are able to move it around the page.  I like to move my images as close to the top left corner as I can to get the most from my card stock.


Let’s say you wanted more than one of the same image.  Yes, you can do that too!  Simply right click on the image, copy, and paste to your heart’s content.


How about that?!  Sometimes I like to do a couple of images just in case I make a stamping mistake.  You know, in the RARE and unlikely instance that THAT ever happens! haha!


You also have the option of changing the size of your paper.  If you’re using 8-1/2 x 11 paper, you can click that button on the left menu on your screen.  There are lots of size options, as well as paper orientation, etc.  They seriously thought of everything!


Once you have your file ready, you’ll need to send it to your Silhouette.  The above screen shot shows the button you click to do this.  Be sure that your Silhouette is turned ON!


Once you click “Send to Silhouette”, the cut settings menu will appear on the left side of your screen.  There are settings for all different paper thicknesses, as well as fabric, vinyl, and more!  It’s CRAZY what you can cut with this thing!  For Flourishes Classic card stocks, I just set it on the Cover Stock setting, and it does the rest. :-)  You’ll need to manually turn your blade in the machine.  There are instructions for doing this right inside the lid of your Cameo, and it honestly couldn’t be easier!
Now that you’ve got your settings the way you want them, you’ll want to load your paper and mat into the machine.  I should mention that you’ll need to “condition” your mat before you use it the very first time.  It is SUPER sticky, and you’ll be ripping card stock off it if you don’t condition it.  To condition your mat, find a nice fuzzy pillow or blanket and press the sticky side on it repeatedly.  I think I did it 10-15 times, just to be sure.  It’ll still be sticky; but you’ll be able to pull your card stock off without tearing it, which will make for a much more pleasant experience! ;-)  Adhere your paper to the top left corner of the mat, and load it into the machine with the arrow facing the machine.  To load your paper, simply push it up to the roller bar, and hit the “load” button on the machine.


Now you can hit that big button at the bottom, that says “Cut”.  Then you should hear the pretty little sounds of image cutting coming from your Silhouette.  (It really does make cute sounds!)  Once it’s finished cutting, hit “unload” on the machine, and take your paper and mat out.
Here are my cut files, ready to be stamped on. :-)


…AND here they are all stamped up with the Garden Picks stamp set.


Here’s a little tip for you:  Stamp your images before you pull them off the mat.  Having them held in place by the mat makes stamping them a breeze!  Once they’re stamped, go ahead and peel off that paper.


Before I forget, I want to make sure you know to keep that blue piece of paper that comes on your cutting mat (pictured below).  You’ll want to re-adhere it to the mat after each use, to keep the dust bunnies away. :-)


Silhouette has a fabulous store with about a bazillion cut files for you to choose from…and it keeps on growing and growing!
To access the store, just click on the little icon on the left side of your screen that looks like a lasso or something.  The screen shot above shows exactly where that link is on your screen.
Above is a peek at the store.  It is ENDLESS, and most everything costs just 99 cents!  If you’re looking for ideas for your Silhouette, head on over to Pinterest, and type in Silhouette Cameo projects in the search bar….and be prepared to be seriously blown away!  You won’t believe what you can do with this machine!
If you scroll the six miles back up to the top of this post, you’ll see the sweet little gift box pictured on the front of the Silhouette Cameo box.  Well, it’s so darned cute, that I just had to make one of those!  I used some pretty teal textured card stock, and set the Silhouette on the Textured Card Stock setting.
Here’s a detail shot of the cut image…amazing detail, huh?!


Here’s my finished project:
I put a sweet little candle inside, and added the Garden Picks image as a tag, hanging from a pretty pink bow.   Here’s a shot of the tag close-up:
I used the following Copic Marker Collections to color the image:
Now, another cool feature of the Silhouette is having the ability to have an image SHAPE without stamping the image.  For my tag, I stamped on one of the cut files, and left a second one blank.  I then attached them together with a tiny pink brad; so they can be swung open from side to side.  Like this:
Now, I have a nice spot to stamp or write a sentiment to the gift recipient.  Pretty neat, huh?
Okay, friends, that’s the end of my tutorial today.  If you’ve stayed with me, I hope you learned something new today, and are inspired to play with this wonderful new machine!  Flourishes has the Silhouette Cameo available for pre-order right now at a THIRTY DOLLAR discount!!!  That’s one sweet deal!
Before I go, I wanted to let you know that my fellow design team member, Stacy Morgan decided to show off some Silhouette creations today too — so, hop on over and see her HERE!
Have a fabulous Monday, everyone!
Thanks for stopping by today!
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  1. Cindy, thanks for taking the time to present such a clear tutorial. I’ve only had my Cameo for a couple of months and I love any tips for using it. I am so excited that Flourishes is offering cut files!

  2. Wanda Cullen says:

    OMGoodness, this is just perfect timing! My Cameo is due to arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait to use it! Your tips are wonderful and so easy to follow! I may need to quit my job so I have more time to play with paper – lol! I wish! Thanks again for sharing!

  3. Stacy aka Twinshappy says:

    Cindy your tutorial is fabulous. Lots of hard work for everyone and we do appreciate it. Your box is vibrant and fabulous with the flowers. Beautiful job girlie.

  4. Awesome tutorial Cindy! Even though I have a die cutting machine I may just have to get a Cameo so I can use the Flourishes Silhouette cut files! Super cute project!!

  5. Beth says:

    Great tutorial!!! I need to get this machine!!!! Thanks for sharing. Praying for you all during Isaac’s passage.

  6. Amanda Havon says:

    Wonderful Tutorial, Cindy!! You really helped me with the Un-Grouping part! I figured it out once (by accident of course) and couldn’t figure out how I did it! But your tutorial really helped me with that and how not to “waste” my paper :)

    Great job and I love your project (that’s my newest purchase), it’s the perfect candle lantern :)
    ~ Amanda :)

  7. Great job friend! Thanks for doing this tutorial and a great little lantern box too!

  8. Broni says:

    Thanks so much for your great tutorial, Cindy! I REALLY needed that!!!

  9. Kathy Jones says:

    Cindy, I just LOVE your tutorial – absolutely outstanding!!!! :)