ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Arts and Design»
  • Scrapbooking

The Silhouette CAMEO | Image, Vinyl Cutting Tool And More

Updated on March 11, 2015

What Is the Silhouette CAMEO™?

The Silhouette CAMEO™ is an electronic designing and cutting tool that's great for scrap-booking and card making. It also works well for cutting embellishments used on custom clothing. Though it works like some die-cut machines out there, the CAMEO is not really a die-cut machine as it needs no die-cut template to function.

The CAMEO uses the Silhouette Studio® software. This software is free and offers a wide variety of tools and functions used in creating custom projects. This software makes creating designs a cinch. Once the designs has been created, they can either be sketched or cut-out for the intended project.

The CAMEO is designed to work with a Personal Computer or Mac via a USB cable that comes with the machine. When connected to a computer, the CAMEO works very much like a home printer, except that instead of printing, the CAMEO uses a small blade to cut the designs into finished work or art. When the blade is replaced by a pen, the CAMEO will sketch out the design instead of cutting it. This process is controlled from a computer or a Secure Digital Card.

The Silhouette CAMEO™
The Silhouette CAMEO™

Cutting Fonts With The Silhouette CAMEO™

The Silhouette Studio® software can also make use of fonts that are already installed on your computer. These fonts can be cut and incorporated into your designs.

There are off-the-rack designs and shapes that can be purchased through the Silhouette Online Store. These designs and shapes can be stored permanently for use with the Silhouette. They cost about 99¢ each, which is far less than the cost of some die-cut machines cartridges.

Cutting Images With The Silhouette CAMEO™

The Silhouette CAMEO™ is a very flexible machine that's equipped with a cutting mat. It can however, operates with or without the mat. With the CAMEO you can cut any project of any length.

The CAMEO also has a print and cut feature. This feature allows the CAMEO the ability to cut out already printed designs, print images straight from the image library of the silhouette, or print images that are imported into the silhouette from the web. The Silhouette CAMEO™ has the ability to cut paper, card-stock, vinyl, fabric, and other materials. So no matter how difficult your project may be, the CAMEO is up to the task.

What Do You Like About The Silhouette CAMEO™?

See results

What Can The CAMEO Do?

The Silhouette CAMEO™ can be used on various types of projects from scrap-booking projects, to using it to create beautiful work of art for use on custom apparels, home and office décor accents. The possibilities are endless.

  • The Silhouette CAMEO™ can be used to cut intricate designs out of adhesive vinyl. Use it to create colorful wall arts and accents for use in the home or elsewhere.
  • The Silhouette CAMEO™ can be used to cut papers of various thickness and texture. Use it for scrap-booking, card-making, banner making and more.
  • The Silhouette CAMEO™ can cut fabric into designs that can be used for custom clothing and accessories.

These are just a few of what these sleek die-cutting machine can do. There's more to be discovered.

Intricate design and text on a pillow. Just one of the things you can do with the Silhouette.
Intricate design and text on a pillow. Just one of the things you can do with the Silhouette.

With The Silhouette CAMEO™, The Possibilities Are Endless!!!

What You Can Do
The Silhouette CAMEO™ is capable of cutting intricate desings, shapes and letters, allowing you to be able to cut your designs in any size for your choise of layout
Handmade Cards
The Silhouette cuts paper from thin to thick, letters and shapes too. So making cards for your friends and family just got easier.
Vinyl Wall Decor
Using adhesive vinyl, you can cut out letters, words, and shapes for use on your walls, car, and other decorating project. With The Silhouette CAMEO, it's that easy!
Custom T-Shirts/Shoes etc.
Yes, The Silhouette CAMEO also cuts fabric. For a custom-made apparel, all you need is your fabric, Silhouette interfacing, and Silhouette heat transfer material, and you'll be on your way to making those custom apparel with your very own designs and texts.

The Silhouette CAMEO Will Be A Great Investment

More and more people are choosing the Silhouette family of cutting tools due to their smooth, easy to use technology. The ease of cutting different materials, and the absence of heavy die-cut templates, which are a huge investment with the other types of cutting machines, makes working through project a breeze.


Do you love to write? Do you have a passion for sharing with others what you know? You can do that by signing up right here on hubpages. And guess what? You'll make some money doing it too. Writing, that is.

Author: Comfort Babatola - © 2013


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ComfortB profile image

      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @ alocsin - It can cut up to a thickness of 0.3mm of most cardstocks, vinyl,transparency film, and light, smooth fabrics. No felts or crafting foams, or other materials that are fibrous in nature.

      Thanks for the votes and comments.

    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great idea and I'm thinking of using this to cut small shapes and signs for model railroading. Do you know how thick of a material it can cut? Voting this Up and Useful.

    • ComfortB profile image

      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @sunbun143 - You're welcome! And you know those catridges can sure be expensive too.

    • sunbun143 profile image

      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you for this overview! I have a cricut machine (the competing brand) and it requires cartridges to get new shapes, which I'm okay with thus far. However, it's the fact I can't cut fonts on my computer that I'm frustrated about. Maybe I'll get this machine in the future...