Monday, July 23, 2012

Die Cuts from Digi Images Using Silhouette Cameo

I'm sure this isn't new to all of you "seasoned" Cameo users, but I just had to share. This will save me hours and hours of my precious craft time.
I just made my own die cuts from digi images I purchased from CC Designs and the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo.

I really love to color with my Copics, but I hate to fussy cut my images. I have problems with my hands going numb when I try to do small tasks. So the other day I decided to try and see if I could create die cuts using my Silhouette Cameo.

It took me a while to do the first one because I'm such a novice with this software, but after that, I was able to fly through them. Some of the images have interior areas that need to be cut out. I couldn't find a way to do this automatically with the software. Luckily, I'm familiar with Adobe Illustrator and Cameo software works in much the same way. So, I was able to "draw" in the interior cut lines.

I was even able to cut the images with and without a border. Although without a border won't work on all images. An example would be the girl on the swing wouldn't work well without a border because of the butterflies and vine. However, the image below works perfectly.

This was my first try cutting these images. They need a few tweaks, but overall, I think it was a success. It takes a little bit of time to create the cut files (I sat with my laptop in my lap while I watched a movie and created a whole set.), but once you do, you can save them to your library and you always have them to cut at any size you may need. Now I will never have to fussy cut these images again. Gotta love that.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting,
Dana Desmond


  1. Really clever; I'm getting sore hands from cutting and have just bought a Silhouette Cameo. Do you literally have to "draw" the cut lines with the cameo software? Thank you

  2. Some of my images, I can just trace the outline. Others I will trace the outline and then modify the points to make a better fit. I figure, if I only have to do it once, it is worth the extra time, because the time fussy cutting would amount to a whole lot more time.