Silhouette Cameo for Beginners Mini Series

Hey everyone!

Today we are kicking off a brand new Wild Wednesday Mini series. This is just going to run through March & by the end of this mini series, you will have the basics so that you can confidently cut with your Silhouette Cameos.

Silhouette Cameo Basics with

In this mini series, we’re just covering the practical stuff so that you can get cutting. We’re not going to go into anything fancy, but I will cover some more advanced things down the road. This is only the beginning of my Cameo fun πŸ™‚

In this first video, I talk about the REALLY basic stuff like how the machine works, why I got the machine in the first place, what it can do, & the components of the machine. I also share my most used settings with you.

Sit back and enjoy!

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The settings I use for heavy cardstock are:
Blade Depth 7
Speed 5
Thickness 33
These settings work for me with Stampin’ UP and Papertrey Ink cardstock. I do get scratches on my mat, but I would much rather have a scratch mat than paper fuzzies left on my cuts because the paper didn’t get cut all the way through. πŸ™‚

I honestly can’t say enough wonderful things about my machine. I find it really easy to use & I have only begun to tap into the Cameo’s capabilities. If you are thinking of getting an electronic die cutting machine, I would highly recommend going with the Silhouette Cameo!

That’s all for today, folks! I will be back tomorrow with a Project Life tutorial for ya. Don’t forget to check me out on Instagram & Facebook. While I am out of town, I will be posting updates on those two places.

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4 thoughts on “Silhouette Cameo for Beginners Mini Series

  1. I loved your video on the very beginning of using the silhouette cameo – how to cut the circle
    however, I would like to know if you have videos step by step in using the video as I am at a lost as how to get started. I do have the designer studio so I can cut svg, I just don’t know how. I also need to know how to color the design so they don’t come out with blank.

    Please can you help me.

    1. Here’s a tutorial for cutting SVGs:
      Not sure what you mean about coloring the design. Do you mean for print & cuts? Up at the top menu bar there is a button for coloring in shapes. It might be a paint bucket icon (I can’t remember). Click that and you’ll get to pick colors for things.

  2. Sami…How do the cutting mats and blades for the Silhouette compare to the Cricut mats and blades? I have a Cricut Expression and was totally disappointed with the stickiness of the newer Cricut cutting mats. How long does a Silhouette mat last based on your experience? I’m primarily using Stampin’ Up cardstock and other thick cardstock. I also started using Pazzles blades in my Cricut because they seem to last longer.

    1. I think the mats are WAY better! They weren’t overly sticky at first like sometimes the Cricut ones would tear your paper to shreds because they were sooo sticky at first. I haven’t had to resticky my first mat yet, but it is getting close to that point. I think that is really good that it has stayed sticky this long.

      I’m still using my first blade too. I always thought the Cricut blades lasted pretty well so I am not sure I will have much of a comparison for you on that.

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