@mikibell Here are the cards I made for MIL’s great grandchildren. These are box cards that fold up to fit in an envelope. Someone came up with a way to add elastic to the bottom of them and when they slide out of the envelope (which I made, these kits come with patterns for everything needed), they pop open. It’s really pretty neat.
@jbartus Not moi! I just buy the templates, cut the paper out with a machine and glue it together. It’s kind of like sewing. You buy a pattern and cut out the fabric, then use a sewing machine to stitch it into something usable.
All of the below kits have at least one box card. But you can get a feel for what can be done with a cutter, cardstock and glue. And, what makes it even easier, is Mary has video tutorials up on YouTube. She takes you step by step through the assembly.
@lisaviolet@mikibell @ anyone else with a silhouette cutter. Does anyone ever have issues with the cutter just stopping in place mid cut, and the machine reading “done”? Or it making a diagonal cut from top left corner down to bottom right, then a straight cut along the bottom?
Everything is a cut line, they were dinosaurs from the silhouette store and it cut most of the line and then stopped midway through the line. Machine says done but the cutter doesn’t go back to its start position and it doesn’t shoot the mat back out like it’s done.
@Ignorant The only time I have problems with cutting is when I need to replace the blades. I’ve never had happen what you described.
I don’t use the bluetooth option or flash drive, I have my Silhouette connected to the computer. Could you try that? Connecting directly to your computer and see if you get the same result? (With test paper of course.)
They are working on software upgrades right now, the latest beta version is 4. something. The last version is 3.8.194.
@Ignorant The only time I have a problem with cutting is when my blade is getting dull. I’ve always worked connected to the computer or laptop (I bought a refurb laptop - HP elitebook 8530P - on ebay for $125 a while ago, just for crafting). I’ve never worked from a flash drive or bluetooth. Too lazy to try the flash drive and bluetooth is just too damned magical for my liking. I trust that cable that I can see.
@ruouttaurmind moving chat to here… silhouette store has subscriptions and credit boosts… I did the credit boost recently because I was buying designs for the school play.
They typically have a 50% off sale twice a year… I wait til then and use the credit boost to make things even cheaper…
Also in this page are links to places @lisaviolet buys designs… they are GORGEOUS…
@ruouttaurmind thank you!!! I have been annoyed that I had to change my silhouette blade, and I have one of the “premium” blades – but I bet I used this guy with the reflective vinyl … that stuff is nasty to a blade… by listing what I used, you reminded me of this … so, not so annoyed now.
@ruouttaurmind Yes. Go through the silhouette store when you’re not busy and start adding things to your wish list.
That’s what I do.
As for the SVG files from dreaming tree and svg cuts, here’s a little money saver. You know the “freegift” thing? Buy a $10 gift certificate, that works as a $9.98 purchase. Then you get a freegift. The next freegift, put it in your cart and use the certificate. Two free gifts on one certificate.
If you plan on doing a lot of cutting, consider CB09 blade holders and blades on eBay. I have some regular silhouette blades that I use to compare depth settings. The CB09 blades are about a buck each. Three different angles depending on the material you want to use. 30, 45, and 90.
They come from China so you have to order in advance, but one of my major problems when I started was giving up a dull blade. I just couldn’t do it and I ruined all sorts of paper.
(I’m trying to type as fast as I can think, I threw out my back, sciatica and have been down for going on two weeks now; spent last Friday night in the ER. Ambulance - the pain was really messing with my blood pressure. That sofa is getting boring.)
Someplace in my weblog I think I have a list of stuff I use, but I don’t have the patience to look for it now.
These. For sure, these. Some things the Beacon just doesn’t work well with and these things are great for glue control.
(Oh, my oxycodone is kicking in…whew…)
I got most of my vinyl at imprintables.com. I started getting HTV when I got my first heat press. Back then there wasn’t nearly as much available as there is now. And back then, I got most of my heat transfer paper from tshirtsupplies.com. I had been making those shirts for our Disney meets for a while. Then when I got the first Silhouette, I started with the vinyl. It was a trade off with my husband. I make his shirts, I get the machine.
Oh, and these. Get a set of these. Very handy to have. I have a set for each of my machines.
@ruouttaurmind sorry ran out of time at the drive thru…comment about designs, save money …if you want a scalloped circle and it is part of one you already bought, you can separate the scallop from the designs
@mikibell I don’t even have my machine yet and I already have gathered more knowledge from you and @lisaviolet than some who’ve been using their machines for months!
As far as designs, I have just barely enough graphics experience to be dangerous, and the full Adobe CC suite. I expect to upgrade to the Designer edition of Silhouette Studio, do my designs in Photoshop and Illustrator and import to Silhouette Studio as vectors. I run a publishing company and have a full suite of vector graphics at my disposal. Better still, a have a full staff of graphic designers at my disposal.
@mikibell I see that I can get 15 CB09 blades for about $13 on Amz with Prime, so not bad. I understand cutting life depends entirely on the material being cut, but I’m curious appropriately how long a blade will last. For example if I cut a 12 inch design in cardstock (similar to the attached pic) how many should I expect to cut with one blade?
@lisaviolet If my experience with my 3D printer is an example, I’m sure I’ll be running the Cameo pretty much non-stop for the first few weeks as I explore it’s capabilities and limitations. I ran out of filament for the 3D printer, and was stuck waiting for more material. I’m trying to avoid an encore of that with the Cameo, attempting to ensure I have enough material and blades to last a while.
Initially I have no doubt I’ll be cutting anything I can get to stick to the cutting mat. But my primary interest is vinyl. So let’s say I cut the shark (scaled full-sheet size) out of 631 or 651 vinyl. Any guesses how many I could cut reliably before changing blades? How about the same experiment with cardstock?
I can tell already… the price of the machine is probably going to pale in comparison to stocking all the fun material you keep pointing out. Patterned vinyl, glitter paper, metallic, reflective, 64 different color choices of every medium, blades in 3 angles, and we haven’t even talked about pens yet!
@ruouttaurmind I am sorry, I don’t know the typical life of a blade. I just use them until the quality of the cutting starts degrading, i.e. little nicks on the corners, etc. Then I make sure the blade is clean… And finally get around the replacing it!
We didnt talk mats!! They need to be conditioned before you use them!!
Some people use their hands to eliminate the excessive stickiness, but mine tend to run on the dry side. The oil from your hands helps…it doesn’t need much to get there… Others use tshirts to get a bit of fuzz on the mats.
I will see if I can find the video that splains it better.
Cricut mats will work in a cameo…I personally prefer the silhouette brand. Cricut comes in different tackiness too. Buy in bulk from amz or overstock.
I like having at least 2 mats available to use…one in the machine, one being cleared/ re-setup.
Going back to sleep…very jealous of your vector library and knowledge
@ruouttaurmind you can download the basic silhouette software before you get your machine and play with the different techniques…group, ungroup, trace…
Fair warning 4.0 was just released in May and is a major gui change. Most tutorials will be in the older versions. The functionality is all there just in vastly different places!
The upgrade allows you to import svgs. Lisaviolet had recommended where to buy the upgrade… I decided on amazon because i was in a hurry
@mikibell Thanks. A few more days. I learned a lesson, I was feeling better last Wednesday, pushed it, have been down since. Not doing that again. Crawling to the bathroom on hard tile floors was brutal. Killer on the knees.
@mikibell@lisaviolet, the Model Maker app was one of the factors influencing my decision to jump in. I’ll certainly wait for more feedback from the community before jumping in, but it’s high on my list of interests.
@mikibell Yes, AliExpress became a valuable resource for my drone parts. It’s just like doing business on eBay or Amz Marketplace… you must do your due diligence to select a reputable seller to ensure a no-hassle transaction. But also like eBay and Amz, AliExpress provides buyer protection if a transaction does go south. I’ve had 100% success rate with AliExpress in perhaps 30 or more purchases.
@ruouttaurmind I wonder how often you need the springs replaced – the blades look the same as the cricut blades I have, but they don’t come with springs. I guess I have to bite the bullet and maybe load one this weekend…
@lisaviolet, @mikibell, Cameo arrived today. 3 days ahead of schedule. I was a little surprised that it didn’t include the “basic starter kit” I assumed all Cameos included. In fact I was very surprised it didn’t come with a single scrap of sample something-or-other so I could test it out. I’m mildly regretting not spending a few extra quid for one that at least included a pen or two, a pick and a little paper or vinyl.
No worries though… the Oracal 651 vinyl pack ordered from Amz will be here in the morrow, plus there’s a Michaels and a Craft Mart only a couple minutes from the house.
@ruouttaurmind hmmm… I do not think mine came with any materials…it has been a while… I remember trying construction paper the first time I used the cricut… I had card stock from something I crafted, so I was lucky!
Now have fun and quickly exceed my knowledge!! (I really am a hack)…
My Oracal vinyl assortment from Amz showed up this morning. I went to the dollar store and grabbed some markers, card stock and contact paper, then a stop by Michaels and Hobby Lobby looking for a pen adapter.
Too bad the Cricut pens don’t work on Cameo. With Michaels BOGO50% they would have been reasonably priced. I may still go back for mats.
I was really surprised at the very limited selection of Silhouette stuff at both stores. Maybe Joanne’s has a better selection, but the nearest store is maybe 20 minute drive.
I did find the pen adapter at Hobby Lobby for the budget busting price of $10, but I sucked it up and grabbed one. I figured I’ll get my money’s worth having a go at it this evening.
So now I have all the bits I need to draw, and to make my first decals. By Monday morning I’m guessing my office window will be filled with various decals as I experiment with technique.
Quick question about paper to @mikibell, @lisaviolet, @Ignorant and whoever else can weigh in. What kind of paper is best to cut? I just want to play around and test the capabilities and limitations of cutting.
Can I just use printer paper? Scrapbooking paper? Construction paper? What thickness should I be looking for to ensure the least frustration and best cutting results?
And what about foam sheets? Is there something specifically I should be looking for in foam sheets? I’m guessing thinner is better, yes?
Anyway… on to the setup of the hardware right now!
@ruouttaurmind printer paper works fine and is what I use when testing stuff since it’s cheap, you can use the auto blade and select copy paper in the software. As said way up there somewhere, try to prep the mat first otherwise paper might stick too much.
Print and cut is another cool thing you can do, where you send an image to your printer, then put the printed paper on the mat use the cutter to cut around the image. Good for stickers, cards, scrapbooks.
@mikibell Thank you for asking. I hope you’re feeling mo bedda this morning?
Some minor growing pains while learning how to use Silhouette Studio. I encountered a handful of bugs in the application. At first I wasn’t sure if it was me or the program that was messing up. A little frustrating when learning new things.
Eventually I gained the confidence to try a few sketches with my dollar store markers and some regular copy paper. Finally I threw caution to the wind and cut some vinyl. I did a 2 color decal which I would not call a success (alignment issues; I think I need a light box).
What I learned: much respect for all of you who can make this equipment sing. It’s not as easy as building hot rods.
I also learned:
The Silhouette pen holder, although functional, isn’t exactly precise. Getting the pen aligned exactly perpendicular to the paper required lots of fussing. Maybe because my dollar store pens were too narrow? Dunno. I can see me investing in genuine Silhouette pens if I find a bargain on them.
Dollar store contact shelf paper just barely has enough stiction to lift the 651 vinyl off it’s backing (as a transfer tape). I will try a sheet or two of Oracal transfer film to see if I have better luck.
However de-stickified one gets their cutting mat, it’s not enough! De-stickify that sucker to within an inch of it’s very existence!
Last but not least, I am reminded (yet again) that my fastidious nature and excruciating attention to precision and detail isn’t exactly a blessing when being crafty!
Gonna try that same 2 color decal again today, maybe taping it to the window as a improvised light box to see if I can get the alignment right. I cut registration marks on my color layers, but it’s difficult to see them through the backing paper.
@ruouttaurmind a few tricks for alignment…cut an outer square around the vinyl to minimize amount of vinyl in play (saves material too) and cut small squares at outer edge and use them as alignment points…
Also, only peel back a little of the backing at a time on the second layer…helps if you have to start again and helps eliminate bubbles…will see if I can find videos to splain…
Head still hurts even after medicine…next step is knock out drugs but I have too much to get done this weekend to take the down time. I may have to though…kid graduates this week…lots of festivities…
@mikibell Love the weeding box! So this allows me to lift my image from the main sheet of vinyl, leaving the rest of the sheet intact for another project. Yesterday I used scissors to cut my images from the sheet of vinyl, but this will be much cleaner.
I did have registration marks on my layers last night, but getting them aligned was my challenge. In the first vid she peeled the backing from the registration marks, then cut off that bit of backing, leaving the rest in place. This will most definitely make alignment easier.
@ruouttaurmind You are welcome… but I am just pointing you to where to look… you are doing all the hard work! Keep in mind, you are not starting with easy projects! I haven’t done double layered vinyl yet!!
You know they sell window cling material, right (evil laugh)…
I’d love to post more, but am on the kindle and it’s a pita. Hopefully I’ll be up to sitting at my desk tomorrow.
The above video was how I finally got the alignment of multicolored vinyl to work for me. I got that light box here on meh. Was happy to finally figure out a way to put it to use. There is a link to my blog post in the description.
@mikibell Thanks for asking. More time trying to get familiar with Design Studio. I installed it on a newer PC which helped quash many of the bugs I was experiencing yesterday. Played just a little with cutting and scoring. Mostly with copy paper. Then did a little jpg import/trace/sketch.
@Ignorant I suppose I should try marking a standard mat first, before spending $9 on the Pixscan mat. If the Pixscan mat was full-sized, I’d just get it. If I never used it with Pixscan, at least I’d have a full-size mat. But alas, it’s 8.5x11.
@ruouttaurmind I don’t have a pixscan mat and haven’t played with the advanced features of the silhouette. I saw a cool video about how you dont have to accurately center you paper and such. Told you you would soon exceed my knowledge.
@mikibell I wound up just ordering a spare standard cutting mat, though I immediately regretted not spending the extra $2 and getting the light hold mat. But Pixscan is still on my radar for some future experimentation. I just today learned about scannable registration marks. A feature I was unaware of before now. The ability to print reg marks on a laser printable vinyl sheet, then have Cameo accurately cut out the printed object… this opens new possibilities for me. I ordered some very pricey Avery 60501 printable vinyl sheets to do some exploration ($35 for 50 8.5"X11" sheets, but they’re supposed to be really sturdy and durable).
If you’re using glossy or shiny paper, there’s a trick to getting the Cameo to “see” the registration marks.
After wasting more paper than I care to admit, I finally did a search to see if this was a problem that had an easy fix. And it did! More paper!
Removable matte sticker paper. I used the Cameo to cut strips an inch deep and place those across the top of the foil sheet before I print it. So, the Cameo has no problem seeing those marks and cutting is a lot less frustrating now.
Some of our customers have uploaded videos to youtube, here’s one of them where you can see the labels on the cylinders. Amazingly, without any extra work, like spray clear, they hold up well in weather.
@lisaviolet Thanks for the tip about gloss/shiny stock. I did some playing with the reg marks print/cut stuff and I’m duly impressed. As long as my Xerox color laser produces reasonable color results, I can see the potential for some interesting sticker fun!
@ruouttaurmind Okay, we already know I’m some sort of papercraft addict, I think that’s been well established.
I have an Epson R1900 printer. It prints 13" wide paper. A few years back, I decided to install a continuous ink system (saves a ton of money) as well as a waste system (so the waste goes outside the printer into little bottles that can be emptied, not into the spongy foam on the bottom of the printer).
I had gotten a bunch of 12" x 12" white cardstock on HSN for cheap (they haven’t had it in a couple of years). I started printing out my own cardstock.
I took a photo of an afghan I made for a friend, printed the paper from the afghan pattern and made a bag for the afghan.
Well, earlier this year I got a new toy from We R Memory keepers, an envelope punchboard. It’s pretty cool and simple. It will be great for cards I make from the Silhouette store, since they don’t come with envelopes. But what to use for the paper? I have paper stacks, but I like my stuff to be color coordinated. So, I headed over to B&H Photo and bought a roll of Epson enhanced matte paper. Alas, it was too thick for what I’d planned on using it for and I got a roll of Epson single thickness matte paper. It will be perfect. I’ll have to cut it down, the roll is 24" wide.
Now, the first roll I got? Yeah, I’m gonna do cardstock with it. I cut a couple of sheets from it, printed them out with a few different digital papers I got over on Etsy and I’m really happy with the way they turned out. Nice and clear and sharp.
One of my friends who does sign and window tint work has a glass topped 8’ long table with 2x4s extending up maybe 3’ high on the left end. They have 2" holes bored through them several inches apart with pvc pipes placed through to hold 4 rolls or so at once. (Actually, more than that, because the table is wide there can be more than one roll side by side.) It’s a nice setup if you have a dedicated work table.
I’m not as smart as I once thought I am. Perhaps @lisaviolet or @mikibell may have some wisdom they’d be willing to impart upon me?
TL;DR? I’m a moron. Please help!
I’m having a bit of a topology conundrum while thinking through a pop-up card (kinda wishing I had paid more attention in geometry instead of ogling Kimberly O’Connell through the whole term).
So I get the basics of a pop-up card. Let’s say I have a 8.5x11 piece of card stock.
Edge-to-edge score through the center of the page so it folds in half nicely
Two horizontal scores and two vertical cuts to make a “hinge”
Fold page, with “hinge” folding into the inside
Attach the pop-up image to the hinge thustly (proof-of-concept mock up made with some scrap paper)
The result is a nifty little 3D scene:
The conundrum: I want the card to open all the way up, and lay down flat, and leave my cutouts standing up. If I use the hinge method described above, when the card is opened all the way up, the cutouts wind up laying flat, as such:
So what’s the topology solution for a hinge that permits the card to fold into an envelope, but keeps the cutouts standing if the card is folded all the way open??
@lisaviolet Thanks for the link! As I was waiting for a reply, I sat at my desk trying to invent a better mousetrap when I was struck by an idea. I needed a bigger hinge! I came up with this:
Not overly elegant, but I’m a beginner, so hopefully elegance will come with experience. For this particular project, I think it’ll be suitable. Especially if I tart up the card with glitter and gewgaws. Imma have to stop by Michaels or Hobby Lobby on the way home for paper supplies. This’ll be my first real project. Looking forward to it!
@ruouttaurmind or a different hinge… thinking about it… but I like yours… the first one is a rectangle, but made of 2 sides of the card, what if you made a rectangle of 1 side attached to the card and 3 free standing??? been looking at numbers all day, so my mind is numb!
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@lisaviolet I was thinking Christmas ornaments and jewelry could be made from the shrinky stuff too… Yes, if I could use up some of the supplies in my house, it would give me a good excuse to keep buying more!!!
@mikibell I had enough challenge trying to find space for the machine… not realizing all the supplies and materials were going to need their own space. Between the Cameo, my 3D printer and all my paracord supplies my office has been consumed by hobby/crafting stuff! Now I work at the kitchen table and create in the office.
@ruouttaurmind yeah…well, we won’t discuss the disaster I call a house… I have lots of rooms fulllll of sewing crap and machines…a few paper machines…oh yeah and a room full of cake decorating things…and boxes and boxes of wilton pans and chocolate molds. I have finally gotten rid of the crafting stuff related to scouting!
I blame my husband who suggested I needed a hobby! (And who indulges me whenever the right tool is needed)
He recently informed me that with his silkscreening equipment, he has a heat press…gotta find a place for that soon!
Paracord?? Where were you when I had a dozen cub scouts to teach knots to!
Oh and the kid…he has a 3d printer and now a laser engraver…I have a HUGE house by most people’s standards and I have run out of room!
I just tried my first print-n-cut test with the Avery vinyl labels mentioned here.
Initial forecast is “promising, with a chance extreme success”.
I printed a 8.5x11 sheet at work on my Xerox color laser. Minor image quality issues unattributed to the label (converting RGB colors to CMYK; I’m frustrated by Silhouette Studio’s lack of CMYK support). I brought the sheet home and cut it out on the Silhouette. Simply selecting “Matt vinyl” as my medium worked perfectly.
I believe the primary challenge will focus on the durability and UV resistance of the Xerox toner pigments.
My next experiment will be to print a blank page with registration marks from Silhouette Studio, scan that page and import to Photoshop or Illustrator and layer my design on top of the scan. This will give me the CMYK color space control I need to ensure an accurate color map on the Xerox.
@mikibell I understand. When I made my choice a few weeks ago, and ordered the Cameo, I was really laboured over the decision. I’m really interested in the deep cut and etching/stippling/embossing capability. Though I’ve watched some vids about using an etching pen in the Curio, I haven’t tried it yet.
Want to know where to get the material (not necessarily silhouette brand) for cheap
I’m betting just about any piece of thin aluminum, copper, brass, even stainless steel would work fine. The Ace Hardware hear my house sells sheets of these materials in various thicknesses, from paper thin up to 5mm, and the prices are reasonable. I use these kinds of sheet metal in my car restoration projects very frequently.
@mikibell I didn’t have much luck with the Silhouette stamping material. I got more frustrated than anything, lots of fucks given.
So, I don’t have any advice. I do have the mint and for polymer stamps, I got an Imagepac Stampmaker kit. I got it to make stamps for Brian. The Silhouette stamping stuff just didn’t blow my dress up.
I ran out of glue today. I can’t even believe it. I cut out paper for twenty cards last week (four each of five styles). I have one set finished. I started on another yesterday and fucked up so badly that I redid part of them because I didn’t watch the tutorial before pulling the paper. Once those were done, I started putting the cards together and I also had to redo those pieces. Because I glued one piece into the wrong spot on each of the cards.
So, putting them together this morning, my glue is low (I’m not using the Beacon for this, the areas I’m gluing are very small, I’m using Scotch Tacky glue in one of these which gives me a lot more control).
@mikibell Yay! I’ve gotten to the point that I do almost all of my craft shopping online. I’ll occasionally hit Joann’s, but not often.
So, cool! You’ll love it, I’m sure. You can get acrylic (hubby went to a plastic shop and found remnant sheets for cheap) and have it cut to size to put the stamps on and I bought empty thread spools on eBay for handles.
@mikibell I like the knife blade concept. I could see cutting balsa, HD foam, leather… I could make use of those features probably. I’m thinking this would be most useful for someone who sews. If I was advanced enough to do my own upholstery in the hot rods, I could see this being exceptionally useful.
is there an easy way to isolate just the black circle and detail within it in this sign without losing any quality (not that there is much to begin with My daughter took the picture crookedly!) I have to silk screen this emblem for the food bank and I am having trouble cleaning it up – I also have a copy of the image on a business card that is about 1/2"x1/2" that I could scan…
@mikibell Photoshop is a perfect tool for this kind of task. A few minutes watching a YT tutorial is time well invested in the long term for your crafties. The basic selection tools make short work of this kind of task. With variable thresholds and such, colored backgrounds like in your photo are a non-issue. I can tell you from experience… WAY less annoying than spending an hour zoomed in with an eraser tool trying to manually clip.
@ruouttaurmind that is why I purchased the software, I just don’t get the concept of layers (I think!) … I think I am editing and then bam, it isn’t what I thought it was. I think I just need to spend some time with it. Otherwise, paint eraser is a mindless way of getting rid of beige
@mikibell You are kind, thank you. I have yet to order a single paid design from the design store. Although that day will eventually arrive, for the time being I find I’m well occupied by simple tasks and the learning curve.
I had hoped to be up to speed in time to make holiday cards this year, but I don’t see that being the case. But eventually I want to churn out some of that awesome, complex stuff like @lisaviolet has posted in the past.
So I will eventually buy some fancy card designs and some of the fun box stuff she’s shown us. From there I will learn all the trade secrets and maybe be able to go totally rogue, doing some designs from scratch.
For the time being, I’ve managed to make a few fun cards for family members birthdays, and have churned out a ton of vinyl labels for work (media racks for books, magazines, newspapers for our distribution points). So at least the equipment hasn’t gone unused since I acquired it back in June.
If you can’t wait, go ahead and purchase now from Silhouette and use the code “LORI”. That one was made active yesterday. That was in an email from Lori Whitlock. I used it yesterday morning and my purchase has already shipped.
@mikibell Ya, as you anticipated, there is no way to pay for credit boost with a download card.
Well, for no reason known to me, I purchased two $25 DL cards from Swing, plus a software upgrade to the Business Edition of Silhouette Studio. I’m curious to try some of the extra features exclusive to the Business Edition, and I’m sure I can find some project or another at the office for vinyl, so I purchased the software as a business item.
@lisaviolet I like the concept of media layout view, matrix copy, and nesting, along with the enhancements which are included in the Designer version. Tiling I don’t see much application for in my use, or the export feature, but you never can tell until you get into the program on a regular basis I suppose. I found with 3D design apps a long time ago, I wound up using features I never thought I’d have a need for, to solve challenges in ways which would have been more difficult using traditional tools.
@lisaviolet Question you might be able to answer: I wanna fuss with some reflective vinyl, and maybe some glitter vinyl, but I’m concerned it’s going to eat blades. Do you have any experience with these?
@ruouttaurmind reflective vinyl and metallic vinyl like chrome can dull your blades more quickly (and you may have to tweak the blade pressure) because they both have metallic elements in them but the effect can be worth it.
@lisaviolet, I keep putting off getting a Graphtec blade system, but the variety of blade angles is compelling. Right now I have 4 unused auto blades, so no worries for a minute, but once I start fussing with reflective and metallic and wood, etc, I’ll have to keep track of which blades are used on what materials so I get a better idea how each material affects blade life. Also not a bad idea to keep a couple blades dedicated to softer materials like lighter vinyls to ensure maximum performance.
@djslack, do you have a cutter? One last blame on the Goat for me not already knowing the answer to that.
@ruouttaurmind I did some time in the sign business a few years back and got my dad into it for some of his vehicle work. I don’t technically have my own but I have access to his 24" roll cutter and a couple of Zing cutters he uses for portable work.
I keep flirting with the idea of getting my own but with the limited amount of time/already long list of projects, it hasn’t been a priority for me. Probably best to just borrow his stuff.
@djslack I wouldn’t mind having a big Graphtec, but it’s impossible to justify the expense for a tool I don’t have a consistent purpose. I would have to make a buttload of signs and banners just to break even. So better just to mail order anything I cannot cut on my 12” Silhouette.
@ruouttaurmind a while back I picked up some jobs cutting replacement decals for 18 wheelers when a friend worked at the peterbilt dealership. Lots of calls for chrome, reflective, and prismatic vinyl. My dad fussed at me about the chrome making his blade dull on the big cutter. It was very metallic, though, almost like adhesive backed foil.
If I still have a goat by my name, I’ve still gotta giphy…
@ruouttaurmind I have used reflective vinyl – in my opinion, it did eat at the normal ratchet blades. I bought the premium blades and them seem to do better. The glass in the reflective is hard on the blades and on the fingers, make sure to wear gloves when weeding the vinyl (trust me on this!)
@ruouttaurmind@lisaviolet – I am getting up the guts to try the cb09 blades. I have crap to get done and don’t want to mess with a learning curve, but I think the blades will be more useful - deep breath I also have the business edition and haven’t upgraded for the same reason (amazon shipped wrong card, that is the only reason I have business edition)
@lisaviolet I keep a pair of 2.5 readers for really scrutinizing stuff. Particularly useful when I’m doing electronics repair or rebuilding a carburetor (more tiny parts and springs than anything has a right to).
WTH? I was browsing the Design Store ready to spend some of my $50 DL credit. Started eyeballing the Handwritten Font bundle and the Dingbats bundle. FIFTY BUCKS for the pair??? ON SALE??? HOLY COW! I don’t spend that much on REAL fonts for a publishing business! LOL!
If I recall correctly, I should have access to all my system fonts in Silhouette Design Studio. I have access to a library of 280 Adobe fonts via our Creative Cloud subscriptions at the office, so I’m probably well enough on fonts for the foreseeable future.
Well, I finally managed to spend $29 of my $50 DL credit before my eyes rolled into my head and I just had to stop looking. There will be other sales. I’m not sure how long the DL credit is valid, but better to keep a few bucks on hand for those last minute things I may need as flourishes or whatever.
@mikibell I was fixin ta cry, but that’s $12 from Designer Plus. Upgrade from Designer standard to Business is $23. I paid $45 for the straight path from free to Business. I could have saved $3 by going to Plus first, but spent the extra $3 to be lazy.
@lisaviolet hhhehhehe I carted 20 packs before I knew they were 50% off…my sil is getting married in June, figured I could make some of the heart seals for her invitation envelopes…but there are on 3 per pack of each color.
I use the hell out of mine. I hate using brand new ones because the adhesive is too strong. (I know, I know, put a teeshirt over them to help weaken the adhesive.) So, I have a bunch of old mats that barely hold anything, but I have a lot of 1/4" painters tape that I use to keep the paper in place.
Well, I noticed a slippage in the cutting (double cut on some of the thicker cardstock) and the second cut is offset from the first. And I figure it must be the mat no longer holding even a little teeny, tiny bit. I have some new mats in my stash, but I figure maybe not enough for what I need to do (I’ve been having ten loaded at a time for this year’s cards, since the Cameo 3 has the repeat thing on the machine). And for some reason, the blades aren’t lasting very long at all. Maybe they’re old? Dunno, got some more on eBay last week and they arrived yesterday. A dollar a blade is a lot cheaper than official Silhouette blades.
So, I head over to Amazon to see how much damage getting a few or ten would do and up pops this. 4.3 stars? Decent reviews. The first one mentions that the CB09 blades last longer with it. Hmmmm…
Ordered two sets. Works out to four bucks each.
I hope they work, doing the painters tape takes time.
@lisaviolet i have heard…haven’t tried yet, to use warm water, a little soap and a magic eraser to revive mats…worth a try if you are already giving up on the mat
I purchased the mats you linked to…in both sizes… I swear except for the brand name, they are the same! Perhaps a little less tacky out of the package…and very very stinky, but I haven’t bought new mats in a while.
So far, they are awesome! Mind you, I can’t speak to the longevity of the mats yet…and don’t do the quantity you do!
I suspect they are eating significantly into Silhouette’s profit margin, because there have been lots of articles about “counterfeit” mats…
@mikibell Funny you should mention washing the mats. I decided to try reviving a couple, found some adhesive spray that I had on hand (elmer’s repositional stick and re-stick over and over, light tack in seconds, dries clear).
Mat scraped off, washed and semi-dried, waiting for full dry and it seems sticky again…hmmm…
I have fifty three sheets of card stock to cut for the next (last) set of cards. Fifteen of those are for the envelope!
Good to hear from someone about the quality of the mats, that’s for sure. Looks like they’re something I’ll use.
@mikibell I sprung for those yesterday. Thinking of embossing the paper for the buildings with a brick embossing folder.
Probably not for this year, though. After the last set of cards, I want to make two of those trees.
And I still have to set up my new computer (we had problems with my husband’s, the monitor kept going off, after putting in a ticket with lenovo, they sent downloads for flashing the BIOS, graphics card and some other thing, it turned out to be the thermal printer USB connection…took a week to figure that out). And finish the last three months of paperwork.
This morning I headed over to Michael’s to use the 50% off coupon for a big pack of assorted card stock so I can get busy building some holiday cards. 100 12x12 sheets of 65lb matt in assorted colors was $10. IDK if that’s a particularly great price, but it certainly gives me a head start for my cards.
While I was there I found a big pack of 12x12 embossed 65lb stock in various colors and patterns. Will pre-embossed 65lb stock cut ok in the Silhouette?
@lisaviolet, @mikibell, thanks to you both for the reply. I feel a little silly geeking out over paper, but when I saw the pack of pre-embossed stuff I thought “I need that.” The colors, the patterns… I can imagine the silly stuff I can bodge together with that.
There’s also another coupon in the ad for 20% off your entire purchase, including sale items good for tonight only (4pm-close). Of course it excludes the usual categories and brands like Silhouette and Cricut. Although they’re offering BOGO 50% off on Cricut tools and consumables.
@lisaviolet … I made these with glitter cardstock… what a pia that was… I ended up putting the glitter side down and cutting it that way. While blue taping the parts that might get stuck I even made the window part with the window material from the ornament boxes. 14 ornaments for co-workers, 9 Merry Christmases out of one vinyl sheet… plus the earlier ornament.
@mikibell It’s always easier with the glitter side down. The other way doesn’t seem to cut as well, plus it’s really messy.
The last glitter cardstock I got was a bitch to cut. Three passes. And it was one of those annoying papers that had the sticker on the back for single resale (I bought a pack) and that little bit of thin paper interfered with the cut. I had to use a blade and cutting pad to clean it up. A couple of places where I was working, a glitter section kind of just peeled off. Not really noticeable, I was able to glue it back on, but whooda thunk the paper was layered?
@lisaviolet… brain fart here… I know I have to mirror my image for heat transfer… but which was does the vinyl go on the mat? carrier sheet side down or up? I know I did it wrong the first time I tried, but I can’t remember which way I tried first Help!
Nevermind!! I found it… the holographic htv confused me… carrier side down, but carrier is shiny, not dull (note to myself when I forget again!)
@lisaviolet, @mikibell, please help! I’m trying to assemble cards and goodies for my friends and family. This is my first attempt at presentable paper projects, and I’m really fighting with adhesives.
Until now, the paper stuff I’ve done was really just experimenting with cut types and paper thicknesses and such. I’ve been using glue sticks to assemble, and it seemed well enough to prove concepts and prototypes. But I discovered the first few projects I assembled are now falling apart. The glue sticks just aren’t holding well, and frankly the sticks are a bit difficult to use on smaller bits.
So I tried Elmer’s white glue. Two problems there: it’s puckering much of the papers, and when it dries it gets really hard and chunky.
So what’s your recommend adhesive? I’m planning 144 paper flowers and the last thing I need is to have them falling apart as quickly as I put them together.
Glue dots? Two sided tape? Preschool paste? Rubber cement?
Please give me some direction here? Please and thank you.
@lisaviolet Thank you for the tips! I just saw this on the shelf at Michaels but thought I’d wait to hear from the experts.
Something I discovered as I was wondering through the adhesive section at Michaels: crafters are much like car people. Chevy, Dodge, Ford… every car guy has a hundred reasons why his favorite brand is superior to the others. I discovered this is also true with craft supplies when the Michaels girl asked if I needed help finding something. Two employees and at least 3 shoppers were all too willing to sell me on the ideal adhesive. And of course there was no agreement among them.
EDIT: do I apply directly from the bottle? Or use a brush or some other kind of application?
@ruouttaurmind sorry…we had a storm today, which quite literally, put me under the weather…
I took @lisaviolet’s suggestion and bought the 3 in 1… It was wonderful… I also used glue tape like @ignorant’s suggestion on less textured items…didn’t work well on the glitter card stock …it really depends on what type of flowers you are making. Also, with the glue tape, I make a mess because I have terrible aim/vision and go off the paper, so the work space gets very sticky… Ooopps…
@ruouttaurmind p.s. the glue tape is double sided…and typically has a dotted configuration. It comes in a variety of strengths, make sure to get permanent if you got this route. I made the mistake of buying repositional tape and not keeping it separated from the permanent! Kinda like sewing with water soluble thread!
Everybody is different. I see these Christmas ornaments @mikibell has made and am in awe.
I look at the things I’ve done and think “I could have done better” because I see all the flaws. Like the blood stain on the back of one of the little blue flowers hanging over the vase. (Stuck myself with wire.) I didn’t share that link to make you feel bad, I shared it so you could see the steps I went through to make the flowers.
And keep in mind, every. single. project. of mine has a step by step tutorial behind it. Designs from Silhouette do not. Those tutorials are a HUGE help. I learned about the petal cupping from a tutorial.
FWIW, the vase is back with me (MIL passed away in 2016) and the flowers are dropping off. I guess the adhesive on those foam dots doesn’t bond forever.
@lisaviolet heheh we are teasing you… right now I am cursing this holographic htv… no idea why I can’t get it to cut at all. Of course, my pc decided to hang in the middle of all of this… and I dropped the galvanized buckets on my head and arm – the hurt!! Just want to get it all done today! I am tired.
@mikibell Ow! I’d probably sit down, then lay down, then close my eyes to the pain…for an hour or so. lol!
When I made the shirts for our Disney meets, after I got my first cutter, I started cutting vinyl for the pinwheels on the front. I got some prism type htv (it would blind someone in the sun, I loved it) and I don’t know what went wrong, but it started to peel off after the second or third wash. It cut okay, but I never figured out why it did such a crappy job of bonding to the fabric.
@lisaviolet hehehe…if only…I am working on the buckets…last presents for Christmas. I finally got the htv to cut…made the bags for my kids, great niece and nephews and another niece… Check that box!!
Put Merry Christmas on these sleds…for mom, mil and hard to buy for aunt!
Want a resolution that you can keep? Here’s one: CRAFT MORE!
Today through the 2nd all designs in the Silhouette Design Store are 50% off. Load up on all the designs you can so that you can make the coolest projects this year.
@therealjrn I just checked the included items in the bundle. This really is a decent bundle if you have any interest in vinyl and HTV. Includes two cutting mats, two blades, 24 pens, HTV kit and vinyl kit.
I made some box cards last year so I’d have something on hand for birthdays and whatever. Box cards and a couple of other cards. (I really need to get these up on my weblog, but life…) I grabbed one of those and found the same paper for this free project. I made some changes, got rid of the holly leaves on the inside, cut out some gold foil paper and put that under the cut outs. I actually had to do some learnin’ for this one, but it was something I should have already known. Maybe I did and just forgot…anyway, I replaced the holly leaves with “Happy Birthday”. I like how it turned out. It was quick, (it would have been quicker had I known what I was doing).
The cardstock used was DCWV Happy Day (and a sheet of plain light green).
@mikibell Well, it’s not quite valentines day just yet… but, you and @lisaviolet were spot on. My goal of a gross of flowers was overly optimistic. The first few dozen were fun. The next couple dozen were… less fun. The next couple dozen after that were maybe mind numbing. The dozen after that were… well, are sitting on my craft table in bits still awaiting assembly.
@ForumWhisperer@lisaviolet I am still weeding mistakes from Christmas gifts – I can’t bring myself to throw out the wisemen! My next playing will be with the curio… the kid likes the idea of engraving bracelets.
The other kids in the house bought an eggbot, which will be here Saturday! (and they will be away, so momma can play!!!)
Plus I have to figure out how to make a fat unicorn out of fondant for a birthday cake…
“The EggBot is a compact, easy to use open-source art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects. Super adjustable; designed to draw on all kinds of things that are normally “impossible” to print on. Not just eggs but golf balls, light bulbs, mini pumpkins, and even things like wine glasses — with a bit of work.
Use it to personalize Christmas ornaments or impress your friends with masterpiece Easter eggs. The EggBot is not just a cool gadget; it’s also a great introduction to CNC (computer numerical control) and do-it-yourself robotics. All of the electronics and software are designed to be hackable and repurposable, so you could easily computer control an Etch-a-Sketch or create something totally new.”
I don’t know if that is where they ordered it, but they found a sale this week and I caved – with the caveat that I get to use it too!
@ruouttaurmind@mikibell Luckily, I never looked it up. My first thing now is storage space. No matter how cool and fun something looks, where would I put it (let’s not even mention the prospect of when would I use it?).
But reading @ruouttaurmind’s comment about the price, I could almost hear the screeching brain breaks…I know them well.
@lisaviolet@ruouttaurmind hehehe that is why they had to wait until it was on sale!!! Space is an issue. I told them they have to get rid of something. It is kinda a reward for the kid being accepted to the high school of his choice (and it is FREE!!)…
@lisaviolet It’s super cool. I see loads of potential for the snowy scene, such as using glitter glued to the hillsides as snow, and maybe a micro LED above, or even translucent vellum used as a backer, and the tree silhouettes as cutouts, so when the card is tented as in the pic, the vellum would be creating a glowing effect.
@lisaviolet yup! I thought about offering to do them for my nephew’s wedding but nope… I would be heart broken (no pun intended) if I had to make hundreds of them. I did similar pumpkins for my son’s Halloween party filled with mini m&ms, but only 25 of them.
@mikibell I had borrowed a Zing cutter from my dad to do a project and he needed it back, so I decided that I’d keep an eye out for one. The cameo is probably better as I understand it will cut vinyl on a roll not limited to the mat size while the curio seems to need a rectangle cut out and put onto the cutting mat but for that price it was worth a shot.
@djslack yes, the curio’s main limitation is the size…it makes up for it in the ability to etch/emboss yada yada materials up to 5mm think. I have the wider base too…keep an eye on woot, they sell silhouette stuff occasionally. The cameo does upto 10 feet by 12 inches without a mat, but with the business edition software, you can create “tiles” to make wider images…oh if I only had more play time!!
@PlacidPenguin they have multiple listings… such strange $$s…but most of them are out of stock now.
I am seeing quite a few people complaining that overstock is canceling the orders for “pricing error” and having the items returned while in transit… so far, mine is still on its way! – well updated, it is in the distribution center near my house and has been requested to be returned to sender!
@PlacidPenguin still waiting for a refund… and while I do understand the analogy to Dell’s computer prices, it really doesn’t hold well to a discount site arguing that an outrageous discount should be considered a pricing error. Right now, they haven’t even communicated to me that they retracted their item. So they have my money, and I have no product. Will wait and see
@PlacidPenguin I totally get cancelling orders because of a price mistake. I’m curious that it was a mistake, especially given several iterations of pricing around the $30 level. My question is about recalling the packages when they’re already out on trucks, but I guess the only time it’s clearly too far is if they have delivered you the item and then say they’re gonna need that back.
@djslack nope…nothing from overstock…all from ups site!
My less than satisfactory chat with Sylas:
Are we talking about the Silhouette Curio Ultimate DIY 5-in-1 Machine?
Sylas: I checked and see that as per the UPS tracking it states: The sender requested a delivery change for this package. / The package will be returned to the sender.
You: yet, your system sent me an email that it was delivered to my home… and that is what your site states
Sylas: I understand.
Sylas: Let me explain you.
Sylas: Once the tracking shows delivered, the system will automatically update the status of the order as delivered. However, the item has been returned back to our warehouse.
Sylas: I apologize for this inconvenience. In this case, I’ll go ahead and arrange for a full refund for you.
You: ok? so what happens to my order? If I didn’t question it, would you have refunded it??
Sylas: Yes, the refund will be issued within 1-2 business days from today.
You: and if I hadn’t noticed the package was not delivered to me?
Sylas: I completely understand. In this case, I will forward this issue to a specialized representative in our warehouse department and you will be contacted via phone or email within 1-2 business days.
Skipped a couple of lines of personal info…
Sylas: Once again I really apologize for this inconvenience. Would you like to have a replacement?
You: I don’t understand why it was requested returned. I would like to have my order fulfilled, yes
Sylas: Sure, I’ll make a clear note on your account of this.
You: thank you.
Sylas: Thank you for the details. We will contact you shortly, and I look forward to resolving this for you soon.
@ruouttaurmind I am very surprised by the way it was handled. I have been doing business with overstock for quite a while…I want to say close to 20 years, can that even be possible? I remember ordering things for our house when we first moved in…
@ruouttaurmind I actually signed up at Walmart on overstock’s listing because overstock apparently doesn’t like Hotmail addresses (where I send my junk type emails to). I figure the reliability of that to be dubious at best, but I’d also bet in stock alerts run on some kind of schedule and aren’t actually triggered by stock addition in real time.
That said I can’t see a reason they would change the price without having some to sell, unless it was to mess with some kind of price matching algorithm. Price checking Amazon does not bear that out yet.
Michael’s does list the curio as clearance ($119 right now) so the theory that something new is coming is a good one.
@mikibell@ruouttaurmind overstock is weird. If I search for silhouette mint nothing comes up. It just takes me to all silhouette stuff, but I saw the mint in related items for $78. The $28.49 is definitely the curio when I look.
I don’t mess with this stuff, so I don’t know if these are any good for HTV, but the price seems reasonable. Beginning Sunday, 3/18, Michael’s has Gildan 100% cotton tees on sale for $2 each, including extended sizes. Rumor has it these are the Gildan 2000 shirts which are the heavier 6oz cotton.
Available in 6 sizes and 24 colors (depending on your store’s stock?). Colors include the standards, plus the fun “safety” colors.
EDIT: I also just noticed they have all their 12x12 open stock paper for $0.15/sheet.
@ruouttaurmind I’ve used some of the Gildan shirts from Michaels for HTV in the past. They worked perfectly fine and held the HTV for as long as I needed them too. I’m not a huge fan of the fit or feel of Gildan shirts but when you just need/want a cheap shirt they are fine.
The HTV I use is Siser EasyWeed.
@ruouttaurmind you are quite welcome – someone posted on fb about how cool the “new popup tool” was, but for the life of me I couldn’t find what they were talking about – finally, I saw the blog and it made lots more sense
These things are so much fun to make. I made one years ago for a friend and added all sorts of fun things to it, like personalized fake tattoos. I really wish I’d taken more pictures of it, not that it would matter, I can’t find the ones I did take…
And the one before that, the pop up cards. Butterfly, dragonfly and eagle.
Last week a friend calls to alert me to a great sale at Michael’s crafts. $5 cardstacks. Nice. But, no storage, so I had to pass.
If you watch the video, at about 1:30 you’ll see two of the same project. A new hot air balloon!
I put all of the files on one page in the design studio, grouped them so the scale would stay the same, resized them and then ungrouped and split them into separate files.
I used a print I made about fifteen years ago and printed it out. I printed enough sheets of card stock so that if I really screwed up, I could start over.
I really screwed up. The top pieces did not line up nicely with the base and it was getting ugly (the one on the left). The one on the right, on the table, was much more amenable to having the black twisted rope added.
I’ve been waiting for the weather to cooperate, I want to take a photo of this outside and make it look like it’s really flying, but it’s been too breezy. I’ll get it one of these days.
@ruouttaurmind I haven’t made up my mind. I’d like to try a Cricut, but I have all the tools for another Cameo. And I like the idea of running all of them from the same software (like I do when I’m making lots of cards).
@lisaviolet I want to play with that new Maker from Cricut, but I really don’t need to own one when my current machine doesn’t get nearly enough use. It has some features I could see might be useful though.
That’s Spotty, so named because he’s a calico male. He has one spot of black on him and a little black on his back. Definitely three colors.
He also has no penis. That was removed when he kept blocking. His urethra was too small to pass the crystal his bladder kept producing and nothing we did got rid of the crystals. He was in and out of the vet for months with blockages (one time he was blocked by the time he got home from an overnight, that was pretty bad since I thought he was okay and he was definitely blocked for over 24 hours when I took him back in). After all avenues of getting rid of the crystals with no success, the last resort was the surgery. We spent so much on his care that summer, I actually took up a collection to help with his vet bills (over five thousand total for all of his treatments). Before he did the surgery, the specialist sat us down and told us “if the urethra isn’t long enough to do this, there are no other options”.
It was pretty scary. Waiting for the phone to ring to let us know one way or the other is really tough.
@lisaviolet – saw this in one of the fb pages for curio:
“Just a headsup about the latest release v 4.1.441 and beta 4.1.442. There is a bug in the connections area where if you update or unplug a machine or restart Silh Studio you will likely lose the Curio features in your software (emboss fills, stippling, cutting area, platform settings, etc). If you are someone who designs away from your Curio this can be a nasty surprise. So if this is an issue for you, my advice is not to update at this time. Silhouette is aware.”
Tangentially related - today I found a cricut explore one for $89 in a local store (one only, open box type deal, may be gone tomorrow). I didn’t bite immediately; i haven’t really studied cricut’s offerings as I remember how limited they made the original cricut machines, and I know this model is a basic version now and a couple of years old.
I’m aware that it only works with a mat so 12x12" is the largest work area. I get the impression that the entire design software is browser or app-based (if I added the Bluetooth module). I’d mostly want to cut vinyl, with occasional heat transfer and paper work. And it’s really for occasional use, which is why I haven’t jumped on any of the $200 cameo bundles on Woot yet because I haven’t fully justified that kind of spend. Anyone have any thoughts on whether this is a worthwhile machine today and is this a price worth jumping on?
@djslack hi! Sooo… I have a brand new in the box explore one that I will try selling on tag sale site or such for about $125… Presuming all the parts are in the box… $89 is a great price!
I would be surprised if it is limited to 12x12, I would expect it to be limited to the 12x24. Amazon mentions the larger length, but Cricut does not, in the description I read…
I do not like the Cricut software as much, but the biggest turnoff for me was the “free” items were only free for a limited time, whereas Silhouette is free and in your library like a normal purchase.
The upsides on the Cricut, for me, are the BSA cartridges they were able to get license to, and the blades are dirt cheap. Silhouette sells the housing and blade (stock), Cricut sells just the rod/tip blade.
I still have my cricut cake, but I use the silhouette more.
@mikibell Thanks! I didn’t know about the longer mats.
I didn’t see a mat in the box with the unit, but wasn’t sure about that until I did my research afterward. I didn’t open the machine itself up to check for the blade.
After talking to some family members yesterday I think I’ve talked myself into holding out for a Silhouette both because of the software (no one gave me a good opinion of the cricut’s software) and because with a Silhouette I can skip a step and cut vinyl right off the roll instead of requiring a mat for everything. Vinyl will probably be the majority of what I cut anyway.
I wonder if my sister knows about the BSA cartridges. My twin nephews should make eagle scout next year and then my younger nephews are following in their footsteps. I think she has one of the original cricut cartridge-only models.
I try to be fair to each brand, but I will say, the scale tipper was the software! So easy to use, free for basic, and on sale, upgrades were relatively cheap…
I just have to get a roundtoit for clearing the shelves of the cricut gear… Lots of $$ wrapped up in it!
As for the BSA, if you are better at tracing and stuff than I am, making your own designs is easy in Silhouette. I am normally in a hurry though, that is where the cricut licensed cartridges/designs come in handy!
@djslack@mikibell I paid $45 for the Business Edition Studio software for my Cameo from Swing Design on one of their (frequent) sales. IMHO, it was a good investment. The features it adds make a big difference in what I can do and how easily I can do it. Automated nesting, matrix copy, tiling, weed line, advanced warp features… all in addition to the Designer features added to the basic Studio. Heck, being able to import SVG and PDF files has easily paid for the upgrade cost versus having to purchase designs.
@mikibell@ruouttaurmind Thanks. I’m thinking about finding a little box thing and making the little balloons for Christmas and putting them in a little box with a cellophane window and sending them out with cards. (Looks at watch.)
I have so many pictures to put in my blog of the stuff I’ve made. Just haven’t felt like it. Lots of work, choosing, resizing, watermarking, narrating, uploading large size to gallery, thumbnail to blog. But, I’m getting there.
@mikibell I saw that. I’ve been looking at 3D printers and honestly, I can’t think of anything I’d use one for.
Maybe if I had kids, it would be different. As cool as they are and as much as I’d like to have one, just to have one (like my Curio), I’d rather have more embossing powder and embossing folders and stamps and and and…
Oh, new glue works good. No paper warping. I still like the Beacon 3-in-1, but this will replace the white glue I use.
@lisaviolet oh, I can imagine all sorts of ways for you to use a 3-d printer I won’t share so you aren’t tempted…
The kid and I have been discussing using his laser engraver for Christmas presents using the svgs from Silhouette. I am not sure what input he uses for the 3-d printer. I have taken over the eggbot though and am working on Christmas ornaments for the family, nascent stage as it isn’t quite put together properly. The pen keeps flipping to the side. Need to trouble shoot it still.
I concur with @mikibell’s hubby. Print volume is much too small, no heated material bed, PLA-only filament support. For about half the price you can get a XYZprinting Da Vinci Minimaker which has a 20% larger print volume.
@mikibell It’s ok, I’d recommend waiting for SLS and SLA printers to come down in price anyway.
IMHO, FDM (currently what most people think of when they hear 3D printer) has come about as far as physics permits. Even the best consumer grade printers produce “just ok” results. SLA and SLS use a very different process and it shows in the final output. Higher tolerances, smoother, more complex prints, stronger, etc.
The up and comer is holographic laser technology. Whereas a traditional plastic filament FDM printer may take many minutes (or even hours) to complete a printout, holographic printouts are completed in a few seconds.