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Silhouette Cameo Essentials

When you first buy or shop for your Silhouette you might feel like you need everything. My #1 recommendation for people who are just starting out with their machine is to pick a project that’s already been done and purchase the supplies for that project. If you don’t have any supplies yet, look around and find several projects you’re interested in, then buy the supplies that allow you to do the most of those projects.


Want to make baby onesies? Personalized t-shirts? Check out Iron-On Materials from Vinyl Outlet or Avery Iron-On Printable Transfers.

I’ve used these products many times with my heat press (I don’t use an iron, but the product info on both has instructions on how to!) and love making new, unique designs for clothing!


Paper Crafts

Cardstock. I buy a lot of Recollections Cardstock Packs from Michaels. I’ve always been a big fan of paper crafts, and the Silhouette makes short work of it! I go through the cardstock pretty quickly, but it’s $2/pack at the time I’m writing this so it’s definitely something I can budget in : )


Layered Valentine Cut Files – Flower Cutout – Painted Wood Palette Signs from Cardstock

And the Silhouette’s usefulness in paper products is not limited to its cutting abilities. It can also draw and write for you! Silhouette America offers their very own Sketch Pens including a Metallic Variety, or you can use writing utensils you already have lying around by adding the Silhouette Pen Holder.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, however, you can give my own hack for using a wide variety of pens, pencils and markers in This Video.


Mugs, Frames, Hard Surfaces – Endless Possibilities

Once they start, many Silhouetters find ‘Vinyling’ (the act of applying vinyl) to be a most satisfying and addictive pastime.  Most are die-hard fans of Oracal 651 as it is a permanent, professional-quality vinyl.

I’ve used it on glass, plastic, acrylic, coated stainless-steel, ceramic, paper, over Mod Podge and more I’m sure I’m forgetting!

Below are a number of items I’ve done with my Silhouette and self-adhesive vinyls. The first is a photo frame ($1, from Michaels) that I painted white and then topped with a seal and Oracal 651 in black. Next is a Christmas ornament that I added my son’s name and the year to. A shadowbox that I filled with paper flowers cut with my Silhouette, then put a personal message on. A jewelry box that I masked off before painting for a gift. And two mugs decorated with gold vinyl, one of the designs is available for download here: Baby It’s Cold Inside.

Silhouette Cameo Picture Frame Silhouette Cameo Dr Seuss Christmas Ornament Silhouette Cameo Paper Flowers Shadowbox
Silhouette Cameo Jewelry Box Silhouette Cameo Personalized Cold Cup Silhouette Cameo Stainleses Tumbler

Make Money with your Silhouette Cameo

If you are hoping to make a business out of cutting, I do highly recommend a small additional investment- Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. It’s about half the price on Amazon as through Silhouette America Inc., and it will allow you easier access to a lot more cuttable files through SVG access.

Since selling .studio and .studio3 files is a violation of the user-end agreement of the Silhouette design software, you won’t find reputable designers selling in that format. This makes the free version a bit limiting.


I hope this little guide is helpful, and I’m certain I’ll update it!

If you think there is an essential new-silhouetter item I need to add, feel free to get in touch and let me know!