This card is constructed from two overlapping sheets of cardstock, folded in half to form a 5” wide and 7” tall card. The silhouette design is cut out from the outer layer of the card.


  • Two pieces of contrasting cardstock paper, each trimmed to 10 x 7″
  • Rubber cement or other adhesive suitable for paper
  • An image about 2.5 x 3″, suitable for cutting

    Note: When selecting an image, make sure it does not have any areas of enclosed negative space, such as in the first image below, as these areas will be lost when cutting out the material. If the negative space is continuous, such as in the second image below, the final result will match the original image.
  • Silhouette Studio
  • Silhouette Cameo

Set up your card document

  1. Open Silhouette Studio (download).
  2. Set the page size and display settings, so your canvas is 10″ wide x 7″ tall. more
    1. Open the Design Page Settings silhouettestudio_designpagesettings panel from the upper right corner.
    2. Set Page Size to 10″ wide by 7″ tall, either using the sliders or entering the dimensions directly.


    3. Set Cutting Mat to Cameo 12 x 12”.


  3. Load your image file (JPG, PNG, GIF, etc) in one of three ways: go to FileOpen and select your image; or go to FileMerge and select image; or import the image to your library and double click to add to project. Scale the image as necessary.


  4. Use the Grid to align your image so it is horizontally centered on the front of the card (the rightmost 5″ of the total page area).
    1. Open the Grid Settings Window silhouette_grid from the upper right.
    2. Check Show Grid under Options.

    3. Change the Spacing to 2.5 inches and Divisions to 1.


    4. Move your image so it is centered on the third grid line from the left (or the first from the right).


Prepare your image for cutting

  1. Open the Trace cameo_tracingicon window from the upper right.
  2. Click Select Trace Area. Your cursor will change to crosshairs when hovering over the image.


  3. Click and drag to create a rectangle encompassing the entire image.


  4. Uncheck both the High Pass Filter and Low Pass Filter if they are selected.


  5. Adjust the Threshhold slider until the entire positive area of the image (the part you will not use when assembling the card) is highlighted in yellow but NOT the negative space (the part to be used).


  6. Under Apply Trace Method, click Trace Outer Edge.


  7. Your image will now appear to revert to the normal, unhighlighted mode. To see the tracing results, which are outlined in red, click on the original image and drag it off to the side. If the red outline looks correct, you can delete the original image. The Silhouette will use the red path as the cut line.


  8. Set cut settings. more
    1. Open the Cut Settings silhouettestudio_cutsettingspanel from the upper right corner (open image)
    2. Set Cut Style to Cut. Your design should now be outlined in red, indicating the path of the blade.


    3. Select Cardstock under Material Type.


    4. Scroll down within the Cut Settings panel to find the appropriate blade setting for your material (in this case, 4). You’ll use this number in the following steps for machine setup.


Set up the Cameo machine

  1. Set the blade, using the blade adjustment tool. more
    1. The blade and adjustment tool are stored in a compartment on the left side of the Cameo. The blade assembly is a black tube with numbers along the bottom, corresponding to different blade settings. Don’t touch the white part of the blade assembly; it’s sharp.


    2. The blade adjustment tool is a grey, plastic barrel with an arrow on one side. Align this arrow to the red dot on the bottom of the blade and insert the white part of the blade into the narrow end of the adjuster. Now use the adjuster to turn the blade to the appropriate setting: turn the adjustment tool until the arrow points to the number indicated in the Cut Settings panel (in this case, 4).


  2. Install the blade. more
    1. Lift open the front of the machine. Find the white barrel on the left that will hold the blade. Turn the locking mechanism on the front of the barrel to the left, so the blade can be installed (or later removed). Insert the blade numbered-end-first and push it down gently (the ridge on the blade between the smooth and ribbed plastic will rest on the top of the white holder).


    2. Lock the blade in place by twisting the mechanism on the front of the blade holder to the right until it stops. You shouldn’t be able to move the blade now.


  3. Load the cardstock, using the 12 x 12″ cutting mat. more
    1. Orient the cardstock to be used for the card’s outer layer so it is 10″ wide x 7″ high. Align the upper left corner of the sheet with the upper left corner of the cutting mat grid. The top of the mat has a black arrow for orientation. Press down to secure the cardstock to the mat.
    2. Insert the cutting mat sticky-side-up and arrow-first into the Cameo. Align the left edge of the cutting mat grid with the teal arrows on the left side of the machine’s feed area. Push the mat in gently until it just reaches the silver roller shaft.


    3. Press the Load Cutting Mat (or Load Media) button on the Cameo LCD screen. The rollers should pull the mat into the machine partially. If it doesn’t grab your material, you may need to adjust the position of the rollers or insert the mat a little further


  4. Cut your cardstock

    1. Double check cut settings. If you aren’t sure they’re right for your material, you can perform a small test cut. more
      1. The Test Cut button is at the very bottom of the Cut Settings window. You must have a material type selected for this option to appear.


      2. The test cut is a small square about 1 cm across. You may want to perform a test cut on a scrap of material.
    2. Click Send to Silhouette when ready (at the bottom of the Cut Settings window).
    3. When the machine finishes, press the Unload button that appears on the LCD screen.
    4. Carefully peel off your pieces from the cutting mat.

    Assemble your card

    1. Layer the cut cardstock over the contrasting sheet, and glue the layers together using rubber cement or other paper adhesive.


    2. Once the card is dry, fold it in half to be 5″ wide x 7″ high.