Review of Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Meet the most amazing cutting machine, perfect for your precision designs. By Sian Hamilton

The Silhouette CAMEO™ is an electronic cutting tool for personal use developed by Silhouette and distributed in the UK by Graphtec GB Ltd. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut intricate designs out of paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, shrink plastic and more.

The cutting tool comes with design software that is very easy to use. You can cut any font on your computer, download shapes from the Silhouette Online Store, or draw your own designs. The maximum cutting area is 30.5cm x 30.5cm (12in x 12in) with a cutting mat, 30.5cm x 3m (12in x 10ft) with a lined media; it can also cut as small as 6mm (1/4in). A Silhouette sketch pen is available to sketch digital designs to enhance your projects. The pens come in a variety of colours including metallics and glitters.

Wanaree Tanner is an American metal clay artist who uses a Cameo machine to make the bezels for her work, visit to see more of her work. Later in the year Sian will be attending a class with Wanaree at MCSJ, look out for her workshop review in a future issue.



The Silhouette CAMEO™ package contains:

Silhouette electronic cutting tool

Silhouette Studio™ software for Windows® XP and higher, and Mac OS® X 10.6.8 and

51 exclusive cuttable designs

Power cable, USB cable

30cm (12in) cutting mat

Cutting blade

$10 gift card to the Silhouette online Store

Basic Instruction Guide



The Silhouette Portrait™ is the latest addition to be stocked
by Graphtec GB. It is the ideal entry-level machine and will cut and shape a wide range of materials up to A4-size; it also comes with its own Silhouette Studio design software.


Silhouette CAMEO™
retails for £269.99

Silhouette Portrait™
retails for £179.99

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