I've decided to go ahead and invest in a vinyl cutter to make all sorts of new custom crafted items for our shop. As I begin to learn my new machine, I've discovered a new fan club of Silhouette Cameo users. I've found that many people are not just using it for the crafting needs but to establish small home businesses across the nation.
Prior to my discovery of the SC I was only aware of the Cricut cutter and had it in the back of my mind as to what I wanted to purchase. However I am very glad I came across the Silhouette Cameo and all it's reviews and have been even more pleased with my purchase. From what I could find the Cricut becomes very expensive because of the need to purchase cartridges to create and different designs.
The best part to the Silhouette especially once the designer portion of the software was unlocked was my ultimate freedom for designs. Having my graphic design background makes my crafting addiction an explosive outlet of creativity. Paper, Vinyls, Stencils...Oh My! I can literally create anything through my Illustrator program then transfer it to Silhouette and have it cut out whatever it is my heart desires...it can't get much easier than that.
I found using the cutter for the first time wasn't as scary or as intimidating as what I thought it was going to be. It's essentially like sending something to a printer only here its to a cutter with only a couple more settings to have to worry about such as the presets for material that is being used. That's it. There's also the fact that since it's been out for a little while there's already a large source of quick how to video tutorials to get anyone up in running in no time with no previous experience of using any type of cutter.
So...it's not really fair to say this is a full review being it's completely one sided. It's more accurate to be put it's simply my two cents. Bottom line is that I'd like to say here is if you've ever considered getting a cutter or wanted to do some vinyl cutting...Go For It! Silhouette Cameo is the way to go for ease. Along with the mound of tutorials with step by step instructions...it will make getting comfortable with one a breeze. The best part of course is the freedom of creating anything you could possibly think up to.
It will definitely find a place here for Moore Refine, LLP. A great tool to be able to make quality custom and personalized pieces which I'm all about. I will also be selling Silhouette Graphics on our site for other SC fans and users which will hopefully come about in the near future even before we get the storefront up and running.
The pictures are of a couple of Christmas gifts that I got for my family. One of my fave gifts that I like to give is a amaryllis bulb that is to be planted to eventually bloom. This year I was able to custom design and label them myself, in just in the nick of time. Being able to pick exactly the perfect quote and words I think makes this gift extra meaningful. These creations were only the 4 or 5th items I have made with my SC. It's only sealed how much more I want to do with this machine and can't wait to really dive in.
With that being said...watch out for new custom vinyl creations in the near future to be featured on our shop on line and to eventually be in our brick & mortar store.
If a cutting machine is something you've been considered to own...below is a direct link to my start-up Silhouette Cameo kit at a very reasonable price. Notice you may find some that are cheaper but it is most likely because they are the older version of the machine. This is the newest one as of New Years Eve of 2014. It has a digital touch screen where the older version has buttons instead of it being a touch screen. It's even cheaper than buying from the official Silhouette Cameo website...which at the time of me purchasing mine was out of stock.