Silhouette Cameo 4 with Bluetooth, 12x12 Cutting Mat, Autoblade 2, 100 Designs and Silhouette Studio Software - White Edition
Rotary Blade for Cameo 4
The Rotary Blade for Cameo 4 provides an alternate method of cutting by having the blade roll across your material. This enables you to cut a variety of specialty materialâincluding cotton fabrics, leather, felt, wool, and moreâwithout a special stabilizer backing.
The Strong Tack Cutting Mat may be recommended for use with some materials when using the Rotary Blade for Cameo 4.
- Blade Material: Tungsten carbide
- Adjustment Method: None
- Blade Length Range: 1 mm
Kraft Blade for Cameo 4
The 3mm Kraft Blade for the Cameo 4 allows you to cut specialty craft materials, such as acetate, craft foam, burlap, and leather. The 3 mm depth is designed specifically to take advantage of the increased clearance the Cameo 4 has to cut even thicker materials.
- Blade Material: Stainless steel
- Adjustment Method: Manual adjustment (turned by hand)
- Blade Length Range: 0.1 mm - 3 mm
AutoBlade for Cameo 4
This Silhouette AutoBlade 2 is available exclusively for the Cameo 4. With the AutoBlade, you donât have to manually adjust your blade! Simply let your machine do all the work for you. The Silhouette Studio software program will provide recommended cut settings for common material types, and you can adjust them in the software as desired. Then, when you send your design to your Silhouette, your machine will automatically adjust your AutoBlade to the blade setting you chose in the software.
- Blade Material: Sintered Tungsten Alloy
- Adjustment Method: Automated adjustment (controlled by software setting and adjusted by machine)
- Blade Length Range: 0.1 mm â 1 mm
You want to first start by making sure you have the proper type of vinyl - that in and of itself can be overwhelming. But don't worry - we'll get you covered in one of the most popular tutorials ever on the Silhouette School blog!
Vinyl Types and Transfer TapeFor this Silhouette CAMEO project you're going to want to use adhesive vinyl - specifically Oracal 631. You'll likely hear people talking about 651 and 631 vinyl or permanent and removable and glitter and HTV - use this vinyl guide to understand the different types of vinyl for Silhouette CAMEOand when to use them.
For a wall decal like this you want Oracal 631which can be removed without damaging the paint or the wall. You'll also need transfer tape. I recommend the Oracal transfer tapeas well.
Recommended Vinyl Tools for Silhouette CAMEOYou'll also need a few basic vinyl toolsincluding a weeding hook, spatula, cutting mat, and a scraper. I like the Silhouette Americabrand cutting mats, spatula and scraper - but find this hook to be the best vinyl weeding tool.
Preparing Your First Silhouette CAMEO Vinyl Cut
Note: This Silhouette CAMEO beginner tutorial has been updated to reflect Silhouette Studio V4.
Now that you have all of your tools you're ready to get started with your first vinyl cut with your CAMEO.
For this Silhouette CAMEO vinyl project we'll cut a design that's in the library - one of the free Silhouette America designs that came with the machine. Open Silhouette Studio and Silhouette Studio and click on the "Library" button along the top tool bar.
Tip: Check out these Silhouette beginner tutorials if you heed help installing Silhouette Studio or Setting up the Silhouette Studio Cloud for the first time.
All of the free designs that come with the machine will be located in your Cloud folder in the "Recent Downloads" sub-folder. Click on that folder and then browse through until you find the design you'd like to cut. (You can also search your library using keywords in the search box at the top). Once you find a design, double click it to open in the work area.
Click the design (right on the red line) to select it. You can then re-size or scale the design by pulling on the corner nodules.
The red lines indicate the cut lines and will not determine what type of material or what color material your are cutting on.
Now you're ready to make your first vinyl cut! Click the "Send" button along the top tool bar. This will open the Send panel. For this Silhouette CAMEO project, we want to pick "Vinyl, Matte" if you're working with (Oracal 631) or "Vinyl, Glossy" if you're working with the more popular Oracal 651.
After you make the material type in the Send panel, the recommended cut settings for vinyl will be displayed.
Verify that the Tool is set to Autoblade (CAMEO 3 or Portrait 2 only) or the Ratchet Blade (CAMEO 1, 2, Portrait).
You also want to make sure you have picked "Cut" which will turn ON the cut lines. Cut lines are on when the design has bold red lines. If the lines of the designs are red, but are not bold, they are likely set to "No Cut". This is one of the most common reasons the Silhouette CAMEO isn't cutting.
Place the vinyl onto the Silhouette Cutting mat with the backing (paper) side down onto the mat making sure the vinyl is covering the same area where the design is placed on the virtual mat in Silhouette Studio.
If your Silhouette cutting mat is brand new, you may want to de-stick the cutting mat somewhat by blotting it with a clean t-shirt. This will prevent the vinyl backing from sticking to the cutting mat and tearing when it's removed after cutting. (It is possible to cut vinyl without the mat, but I only recommend that when the vinyl won't fit on the mat...and even in that case I would suggest a Silhouette Roll Feeder.)
How to Load the Silhouette Cutting MatLoad the mat with the vinyl on it into the machine...positioning the mat is the same for each of the machines, but actually "loading" it is slightly different.
Start by gently positioning the top edge of the Silhouette cutting mat along the white rollers. The left edge of the mat should be aligned with the line and two arrows.
To load the cutting mat into the Silhouette machine:
- Silhouette CAMEO 3: Press "Load" from the control panel on the front of the machine
- Silhouette CAMEO 2: Press Load Mat
- Silhouette CAMEO 1: Press the up arrow button on the front of the machine
- Portrait: Press the top button indicating the gridded mat
Place the blade into the carriage and lock it into place. If you are using the Silhouette Autoblade with a CAMEO 3, it must to be placed into the Red Tool/Left carriage. Make sure it's completely down into the holder before locking it into place.
The ratchet blade must be manually adjusted to the recommended blade depth in Silhouette Studio. Use the built in ratchet on the front of the cutting machine to twist the blade to the correct depth.
Go back to Silhouette Studio and make sure your CAMEO is connected either by USB (all machines) or Bluetooth (CAMEO 3 and Portrait 2) and from the Send panel > Send window click "Send".
This will begin the cutting process. If you are using an Autoblade watch to make sure the red line is actually moving when the blade taps to the correct blade depth.
After the design is cut, unload the mat from the machine and carefully remove vinyl from the mat. If necessary, use scissors to cut off the area of the design from the larger piece of vinyl.
How to Weeding and Transfer Adhesive VinylUse your vinyl hook tool to remove the excess vinyl from the backing leaving just the design. This is called weeding.
When you're done weeding vinyl, it should look something like this.
Grab your transfer paper or transfer tape, cutting off a piece that's the same size as the vinyl or slightly larger. If the transfer tape or paper is on a paper/waxy backing, remove the backing. Transfer tape doesn't always have a backing, especially if it's on a roll.
With the sticky side down, lay the transfer tape on the vinyl trying not to get any wrinkles or bubbles. (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.)
Use your Silhouette scraper to burnish the transfer tape onto the vinyl.
Starting at one corner, slowly peel the transfer paper up with the vinyl attached.
The entire design should be stuck to the transfer tape with the adhesive side of the vinyl out and ready to be applied to the final surface.
Now you can move the Silhouette vinyl design where you want...a wall, a wood sign, a glass container (that won't be handled much or washed at all). Tumblers, mugs and glasses, in general, should get Oracal 651 vinyl.
Press and smooth out as much as possible with your hand and the Silhouette scraper to really burnish the transfer paper and vinyl design onto the surface.
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.
And there you have it - easy peesy...and it looks so beautiful!
Congratulations you have completed your first Silhouette CAMEO vinyl cut!! If you're still feeling a little overwhelmed with your Silhouette machine, use the search box on Silhouette School blog to find beginner CAMEO tutorials or check out what many have referred to as my "Silhouette CAMEO for dummies guide" The Ultimate Silhouette Guide, Second Edition for V4- it's 160 pages and 2+ hours of videos on pretty much anything you need to know about using your Silhouette CAMEO.
In case you're looking for more Silhouette Studio V4 tutorialsto help you get started with your Silhouette CAMEO - check out the Silhouette Studio V4 help sectionof Silhouette School Blog found under the "Find Tutorials" tab on the main menu bar!
Thanks for checking out this Silhouette blog post on cutting vinyl with CAMEO.
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Between the numbers, the finishes, and the adhesive types it can be super confusing and overwhelming to figure out the best type of vinyl for your Silhouette CAMEO projects.
There are two main types of vinyl: adhesive and heat transfer. Adhesive vinylor sticky vinyl or "sticker" vinyl goes on hard surfaces. Heat transfer vinyl (HTV)has a heat and pressure activated adhesive that goes on textiles.
Adhesive Vinyl Types:
Vinyl for Cups, Walls, Signs, Windows, and Car DecalsUp until recently there were two main types of adhesive craft vinyl used by the majority of die cut crafters: permanent and removable. You may have heard references to Oracal 651or 631, indoor, outdoor, glossy, matte, permanent or removable vinyl. Basically all those references refer to just two different types of adhesive vinyl.
Oracal is the brand. 651 and 631 are two of their vinyl types. They've become the industry standard to the point that 651 and 631 have become pretty much household names in the craft room and synonymous with the type of adhesive vinyl itself. Keep in mind though, there are other brands so that's where the keywords permanent, glossy, removable, and indoor/outdoor come in.
651 = permanent = glossy = outdoor
*use on pretty much everything but walls, black and white are also available in matte 651
631 = removable = matte = indoor
*use on indoor walls and areas where vinyl needs to be easily removed
More recently, due to demands by crafters, Oracal 641 and 751 have been introduced to the crafting market.
Oracal 641is a permanent matte vinyl which essentially combines the best of both 651 and 631: it's matte, yet has an adhesive strength closer to permanent vinyl. It's slated for 3-4 years outdoors.
Scrafte Artise also makes a permanent matte vinylwhich is slightly thicker than Oracal 641. It comes exclusively in 12x12 sheets and is shipped flat, rather than rolled making it easy to store and easy to place on the cutting mat. You can read my full review of Scrafte Artise vinyland recommended Silhouette CAMEO cut settings here.
Oracal 751has long been used by the sign and auto industry, but is now being cut down into sheets and smaller rolls by distributors so it can be sold and used by crafters. Oracal 751 is manufactured differently than the other craft vinyls giving it some advantages. It has a permanent adhesive, but is thinner and conforms to textured surfaces easier making it ideal in harsher conditions where otherwise a corner may get nicked and raised leading to peeling.
Heat Transfer Vinyl
Vinyl for TextilesHeat transfer vinyl (HTV) or iron-on vinyl is a little more straight forward. The large majority of HTV comes on a clear carrier sheet with the adhesive side exposed. The adhesive side, or back, is not sticky to the touch. The adhesive is activated when applied to a textile surface with heat and pressure.
Siser Easyweedis a smooth, general-purpose heat transfer that comes in lots of solid colors - and some patterns. It's by far the most popular type of heat transfer vinyl used by crafters, but it's certainly not the only type.
As HTV becomes more and more popular with home crafters, the manufactures including Chemica, Siser, and others are constantly bringing new types of heat transfer vinyl products to market.
A few other popular types of HTV are flock, stretch heat transfer, glitter, Ultralite, metallics and foil. There are also lots of specialty HTVs that can be used on various types of materials such as nylon. All of these types of heat transfer vinyl can be cut with the Silhouette cutting machines.
The rule of thumb for cutting HTV designs is the design needs to be mirrored in Silhouette Studio and then cut with the shiny side (carrier sheet) down on the cutting mat. Here is a Silhouette CAMEO beginner Heat Transfer Vinyl tutorialif you need a refresher or help getting started.
The goal is to have the correct blade depth and force so only the heat transfer vinyl is cut through and not the clear carrier sheet.
Once the excess vinyl is weeded, the heat transfer can be flipped onto the surface where it will be correctly oriented when applied with heat and pressure (both based on the type of HTV being used). The carrier sheet is then peeled away leaving the HTV on the surface.
When getting started, I suggest beginners start with a bundle of both HTV and adhesive vinyl. This will give you lots to practice with and lots of color choices.
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Vinyl is a staple in the Silhouette universe because it’s so versatile and can be used for so many different things! In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to cut vinyl and apply it using transfer tape.
1. Open the design in Silhouette Studio® and resize it as desired.
2. If you’re cutting vinyl directly from the roll, feed a vinyl roll directly to the Silhouette cutting machine using the roll feeder. If you are using the CAMEO, don’t forget to adjust the rollers according the size of the vinyl roll you are going to cut.
3. In Silhouette Studio®, go to the Page Setup panel, choose None as your mat option, and adjust the page size.
4. If you use a cutting mat, in the Page Setup panel, choose the type of cutting mat you will use and adjust the page size according the size of vinyl piece you will cut.
5. Place a piece of vinyl on the cutting mat on the same spot as you placed the design on the working space in the Silhouette Studio®. Make sure the piece of vinyl is not smaller than your design. Adjust the rollers if needed, and feed the mat into the cutting machine.
1. Under the Send panel, select “Vinyl” as your material type. Adjust the blade if necessary, and click Send.
2. Once the image is cut, select Unload on your machine and remove the vinyl from the machine.
3. Remove the excess vinyl from your design in a process called weeding with your Silhouette hook tool.
1. Place the transfer tape over your design to help move your design over to the tumbler. Use the scraper tool to adhere the transfer tape to the vinyl.
2. Slowly peel away the vinyl from the white backing. If parts of the design are not adhering to the transfer tape, place the design back on the white backing and try adhering the design again.
3. Apply vinyl on the tumbler.
4. Slowly, peel away the transfer tape to reveal your vinyl decal.
Now our project is ready!
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