I love my Silhouette Cameo 2! I just purchased it this past summer and with leading pretty busy lives in our house, I didn’t have a ton of time to play with it at that time so I could figure out all the yummy goodness it has to offer. I ended up putting it away for a few months but this week I pulled it out of storage (really storage is just in the other room) and I set out to find a design to cut out of vinyl. (I prefer using the Oracle 631 & 651 vinyl because it cuts well – you can find some on Amazon HERE).
Like I said, I hadn’t used my Cameo in several months and even at that, I’ve only had it less than a year, so I still have a LOT to learn with utilizing all of its features and tricks. So after not using my Cameo for months what do I decide to use as my first image back into cutting? The pretty intricate owl I found online, that’s what. An owl? Yes, an owl. I think they’re pretty interesting creatures with their huge, wide eyes gazing outward at you and their feathers are so pretty. Plus they’re little fat creatures that look all cuddly, so yes, I chose an owl. This owl in fact.
Now that I found my image, I downloaded it into my Silhouette Design Studio so I could turn it into a file that is cuttable. After tracing and resizing, this is where I’m at.
Now I’ve got my design ready to cut so I switch over to cut settings and choose the proper settings for cutting this intricate design onto vinyl. (I used a metallic silver vinyl from Michaels – I can’t remember the brand, sorry!) I set my blade depth to 1, my speed to 1, and my thickness to 10. Before I hit the big red button, (it’s actually not a big red button but the effect worked so I went with it), I crumpled up some aluminum foil and stuck my blade into it a few times to sharpen it. Reinstall my blade into the Cameo and now I’m ready for the moment of truth.
I hit send and waited. Anxiously.
Sweet Success! It took about 15 minutes for the design to cut out but it worked like a charm! Oh how pretty it was!
Now I have to weed it. Ummmm…yeah. This is going to be fun. There’s a LOT of itty bitty little pieces that have to be removed to reveal the design. Guess I better quit wasting time and get to it.
First I removed the outer excess vinyl and then I set about weeding out all the itty bitty little pieces throughout the design.
For the next little-over-an-hour I bent over my kitchen table and continued to weed away, revealing 6 inch by 8 inch, this very pretty owl design. I used a reverse weeding technique so I had to place the backing paper underneath so you’d be able to properly see the design. Otherwise it’s on a clear transfer paper on my brown kitchen table and you wouldn’t see it very well. That’s why you see a shadow.
Now that I so smartly reverse weeded it (said to myself sarcastically) what am I going to apply it to? I wasn’t thinking that I could just put the backing paper back on and wait until I found what I really wanted it on. Of course I wasn’t! So now I needed to figure out where to stick this bad boy so I could enjoy the design I spent and hour-plus long getting an incredibly sore neck and shoulders weeding out the design.
I know! I’ll put it on my Cameo! I’ve been trying to figure out what to put on it for decoration. This will be great! Except that I have to put it on sideways, but that’s OK. I don’t mind at all!
I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! I posted it on a Silhouette group I’m part of on Facebook and it got so many positive comments! One lady even introduced me to Zentangle. It’s basically doodling but repetitively. I think she may have unleashed another artistic monster in me with that recommendation, but that’s another post for another day.
Ramble on ~ Missy