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5 Tips for Cutting Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive (and a Silhouette CAMEO Beginners Tutorial)

You know when you email me and tell me you were just about to throw your machine out the window and then one of my tutorials helped talk you off the ledge? Yeah, well that was me trying to cut Silhouette brand double-sided adhesive sheets. GRRRRPPHHHHH if you heard that noise it was me!

Seriously that stuff gave me a run for my money! But now that I've got it figured out I'm going to share them with you so you don't end up making those weird animal-like noises too and scaring your children out of a nap.

Now, I've built Silhouette School on just being real with ya. And if that means I gotta give a big ol' thumbs down to something well...then that's just the way it's gonna be.  That being said - there's definitely a lot to be said for "user error" -  in this case I'm the user.  So while I made a whole lot of not-nice noises through the process I'm happy to report with some tweaks of a few settings, I finally made it work with what I found to be the not-so-user-friendly Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive Sheets.

1) First of all...when using the double sided adhesive you really need to think about your design. Small, intricate designs are tough - nearly impossible - to cut on the Double-Sided Adhesive sheets. Keep that in mind and give your design a small offset to help it out a bit.

2) Remember, that you will need to manually move the design by hand (without the use of a transfer material) so welded fonts and designs without m/any free pieces are easiest to move.  See how a portion of that "M" above is free-floating? That's a toughie to work with.

3) When you go to cut, use the recommended settings in Silhouette Studio for "Double Sided Adhesive" BUT click the option to turn the "segment overcut" on. I adjusted to a distance of .03.  This will help you so when you have a sharp corner the blade isn't dragging the corner. Instead it will overcut slightly and then lift the blade and re-set the blade before cutting the connecting lines.

4) Make sure your mat is sticky!  My two 12x12 mats that I have going right now are plenty sticky for vinyl and htv, but the Double-Sided Adhesive is so thick it tends to move...a lot. Ask me how I know. I ended up taping it down to keep it in place while cutting.

5).  Test cut. No seriously TEST CUT! If you don't you'll end up making those weird animal grunting sounds because you just ruined an entire sheet of Double-Sided Adhesive.

Now that you know the tips and tricks for cutting Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets here's a quick beginner Silhouette CAMEO tutorial to make your first cut!

Open your design in Silhouette Studio.

From the Cut Settings Window pick Double-Sided Adhesive.

Click Advanced Settings and turn on Overcut.

Place the adhesive sheet on the sticky mat with the yellow side down.


Remove the design from the mat.

Remove the yellow sheet from the cut design.

Flip the design onto the surface where you want it applied with the sticky side down.

Remove the white sheet to expose the clear adhesive.

Apply glitter, foil, cardstock or whatever material you want to stick to your design. In this case I used DecoFoil Foil Sheet-the same foil sheets I used when applying foil to adhesive foam and paper


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  1. I SO agree. I've used up plenty of sheets of this stuff and not accomplished anything. One of the sides of cover sheet is also much easier to remove, but then you would have to remember which. I think it's the sheet that would be on top, but it should be the one on the back... It's impossible to cut and move. And why does the cover sheets need to be so thick? This would be so easier to cut if it was thinner. Never buying this again.

    1. I agree - while I got it to work, I'm not 'sold' on it! Not sure I'll be using it again.

  2. I love this stuff, but I will admit I only tried once to cut it in my silhouette, and never again. But I do use it all the time when card making. It's cheaper than many of the other full sheet double adhesives, and just as strong. I was wondering if you have found a way to cut this once mounted (one side) to cardstock? I would love to try that. Thank you for your tutorials I have learns so much!

    1. The only way I think it would work if you cut after you apply to cardstock is maybe with the deep cut blade. Not sure the regular blade would go through's pretty thick!

  3. I received a pack as part of a bundle when purchasing my Cameo 2 years ago, and have been looking at it since warily! I am also thinking along the lines of Military Mom above - first stick it to paper and then cut and remove the backing. Do you think this would be feasible? I only cut cardstock and paper - never vinyl, so something to make sentiments stick easier would be fantastic! Thanks for your super blog.

  4. Hey, just fyi your email links are not working. It says error 500? Thanks for your great instruction.

    1. When you say 'email links' what do you mean? Trying to figure out where the error is, but I'm not sure if you mean in the email newsletter or somewhere on the blog.

  5. I LOVE this stuff! I've never had a problem with it (though I totally get why this would be frustrating). When I cut (I do always tape down the sheet, because my mat is super unsticky), I usually cut the reverse image and then ONLY remove the yellow backing that is part of the cut shape. Then I put the entire sheet with that tiny bit of exposed adhesive directly onto my paper/phone cover/craft and rub over the top. Then it's already in place and ready for glitter to be sprinkled on, or foil or whatever. Easy peasy, and it acts as it's own transfer paper in the process. I'm sure there are things this doesn't work for, but in general, it saves SO much effort. Good luck!

  6. Thanks for the tut! I've not tried the foil process, is the adhesive on the paper strong enough that it neatly separates the foil image from the foil sheet? Without seeing it, this is hard to imagine-- Thanks!

  7. Thank you for the "segment overcut" tip.
    you've saved me a lot of agony...


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