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Cutting Vinyl with Silhouette CAMEO for Beginners

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Cutting vinyl with the Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait is arguably easier than cutting anything else on the machine.  First things first - get your vinyl (details here on where to get cheap Silhouette vinyl).

Get your design all worked up in Silhouette Studio.  For this project, I just used one of the free designs that comes standard with the Silhouette.   I had to pull out that card when the Mr. tried to accuse me of writing the popular phrase backwards...(did you pick up on that?)

Place the vinyl onto the mat. (It is possible to cut vinyl without the mat, but I only recommend that when the vinyl won't fit on the mat.)

Load the mat with the vinyl on it into the machine.

Send the design to cut on the Silhouette and sit back while the magic happens.  It really is magic, don't you think?


After the design is cut, unload the mat from the machine and remove the vinyl from the mat.
The vinyl may want to curl up, but lay it flat as best you can and remove the excess vinyl from the backing leaving just the design.  This is called weeding.


Get out your transfer paper or transfer tape.   You can get the Silhouette Transfer Paper with grid here on Amazon if you can't find it in the store.

Cut the transfer paper down so it's the same size as the vinyl or slightly larger.   The grid side is what you're actually going to use to transfer the vinyl - the other part is the backing.

Separate the grid transfer paper from the backing.


Now with the grid side up and the sticky side down, lay it flat over the vinyl.  (It may help to gently put the vinyl backing onto the mat to help keep it flat while you're putting the transfer paper on top.)
Press the transfer paper really flat to get out any bubbles and to make sure the vinyl comes off the vinyl backing.
Slowly peel the transfer paper up with the vinyl attached.


Now you can move the Silhouette vinyl design where you want...a wall, a wood sign, a glass container.   I used a wood shelf that I removed from an old bookcase.  Position the vinyl exactly where you want the design because once it's on there, it's nearly impossible to move it cleanly (not nearly impossible to remove it - just nearly impossible to remove and reuse it).

Press and smooth out as much as possible with your hand and then use a popsicle stick or a credit card or the Silhouette scraper to really burnish the transfer paper and vinyl design.

Starting in a corner slowly pull back the transfer paper using the scraper at the same time to ensure the vinyl design does not peel off.

TIP: Don't throw out your transfer paper or the backing! You can reuse it!

And there you have it - easy peesy...and it looks so beautiful!

Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School.  If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!







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9 comments

  1. Hi! I'm new to the Silhouette Cameo.
    I'm trying to cut contact paper and I'm using the lowest blade setting 1, but it still cuts through the paper (both sticky and paper part). Is there a way where I can cut through the sticky part only? Am I missing something with the Cut Style maybe? Thank you for all your help!

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    1. check your settings in the Designer software

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  2. Hi! I'm new to the Silhouette Cameo.
    I'm trying to cut contact paper and I'm using the lowest blade setting 1, but it still cuts through the paper (both sticky and paper part). Is there a way where I can cut through the sticky part only? Am I missing something with the Cut Style maybe? Thank you for all your help!

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  3. I'm new with my portrait. I am having an issue where EVERY SINGLE TIME I attempt to use my transfer paper to the vinyl it will not lift. I am using Silhouette brand vinyl and transfer paper. I also use the scraper for pressure but am having no luck and wasting a lot of time/supplies. HELP!

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    1. I am having the exact same problem. It will not life the design off to the transfer paper. Can someone help us with this question?

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    2. did you peel the backing off the transfer paper

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  4. Hello, I'm looking to print my own tee shirts for my mime ministry, so I need to find drama and mime faces/hands pictures (silhouettes). Do you have any tips and links where I can find these?

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  5. I have problems with the weeding part with small, thin letters or shapes? Any tips??

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    1. Get yourself a dental tool. Works great!

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