(Closed) Silhouette Cameo machine?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

tiffany7:  I’ve had my Silhouette for a couple of years and I love it! I used it to make many of my wedding projects, including our entire favor boxes. I considered making my invites with it but husband wanted pocket fold invites and it was easier to buy them. I say go for it. You might want to check out some tutorials ahead of time to familiarize yourself with what it can do. I love http://www.silhouetteschoolblog.com- she’s very good at breaking down the complicated parts and her projects are amazing.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

tiffany7:  Sure, but only out of paper. That looks like wood or resin.

Post # 5
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283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have the Curio, and I’m loving it so far! I’ve been using it to cut leather and make jewelry with it. 🙂 Here’s one of my recent projects.

I’m also working on designs for intricate packaging for my jewelry projects, and my friend is getting married soon so I might help her with pop up or cutout invitations. In my experience, silhouette products are super easy to use. Really enjoying my machine so far!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I have the Cricut Explore.. did a lot of research on that and the Silhouette before gifting it to myself with my Christmas bonus check the year before last. I love that I can upload my own files into the program and design all my own cuts. I used it to create my wedding invitation pocketfolds that were very intricate. Wish I had a good pic to upload now.. but just want to throw this out there for you to look at the Cricut machines as well.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Oh, and I don’t have any experience with the Silhouette, but with the Cricut Explore I used the pen attachment which addressed all of my envelopes.. made it look like they were all “hand-addressed” and I could use any font on my computer. I was able to cut vinyl to make lovely signs for our wedding, and I cut freezer paper to create stencils for painting on fabric. I love my machine!!

I also know they sell attachments for engraving thin metal as well, and it also is supposedly able to cut through thin wood sheets.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I have the cricut explore and I love that thing!   Before I bought it I compared it to the silhouette,  and it blew it out of the water.   As the PP stated you can use the pen attachment to address envelopes.   And it cuts so much more than paper.   I’ve cut thin sheets of balsa wood to letters to make a sign and it worked great.   Before you buy,  look into it,  because for me and my crafting needs there was no question at all.   It offered so much more versatility than the silhouette.   But think honestly about what you will use it for.   Are you crafty anyways or will this be used just for wedding invites? 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I have the silhoette cameo and as a graphic designer I think it’s the best option in terms of flexability, I wanted to be able to draw my own shapes and box designs etc. I’ve had it for about 5 years and love it.

I did all of my sisters wedding invitations on it, they were like a card style, the front was navy and had a great gatsby lattace pattern cut out, with silver glitter backing. They got loads of compliments.

Post # 12
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595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I got my Cricut through Amazon for $230.

Edit: just noticed I linked the older machine since that was the exact one that I bought a year and a half ago. The Air is the newest one, I believe

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I00RAUA/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_r7wgxbRC3DVCS

 

As far as the PP saying the Silhouette was more versatile, that actually probably was the case 5 years ago. The Explore is fairly new.. I think only 2-3 years old. Here’s a machine comparison chart

http://us.cricut.com/home/learn/machines/machine-comparison-chart

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by  michellia.
Post # 13
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Helper bee

tiffany7:  Go for the cricut then!   You’ll love it,  it’s an amazing machine.   I believe the difference is that cricut air is already Bluetooth ready,  and is the newest model.   Cricut one can be Bluetooth ready if you buy the adapter.   But otherwise they are the same machine.   It’s pricey,  but if you craft a lot then it’s totally worth it. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I got a silhouette cameo after I first got engaged (December ’15) and decided to DIY my STDs/Invitations and am so happy I did! I absolutely love the machine! It takes some time to learn ,but I’ve been able to make all my bridesmaid proposal glasses, wine glasses, t-shirts, STD’s, invitations, writing envelopes, and even learned how to do glass etching. I love this machine

Post # 15
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Helper bee

tiffany7:  Love my Silhouette Cameo and I wouldn’t trade it for the world (including the new Cricut!) The Silhouettes are still more versatile and user friendly.

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