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Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutters

Cut cardstock, vinyl decals, fabric, and more with the Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter. It’s an excellent tool for paper crafts, cardmaking, or embellishing items like bottles, shirts, and tote bags.

Interested in learning more? Email [email protected] with your questions.

How does it work?

The Silhouette Cameo 3 uses a small blade to cut thin material like cardstock, adhesive or iron-on vinyl, stencil sheets, or sticker paper.

The machine follows a path defined in a digital cut file, allowing you to make precise, complex, and repeatable designs.

You can load premade designs or create your own, using Silhouette Studio or a vector drawing program such as Inkscape.

Where can I use the Library’s vinyl cutters?

To use one at the Library, make an appointment by emailing [email protected].

Access to the Makery is available to SWAN library cardholders in good standing.

Patrons must sign the Vinyl Cutter & Sewing Machine User Agreement prior to making their first project with the machine

For use outside the Library, 3-week checkouts are available from our Library of Things.

What do I need?

To get started crafting with the Cameo vinyl cutter, you will need:

  • Silhouette Studio — This program is necessary to send your design to the Silhouette Cameo machine. Silhouette Studio Basic Edition is installed on the Library’s computers; if you’d like to use your own laptop during an appointment or if you’ve borrowed a vinyl cutter to take home, you can download it for free from the Silhouette website to install on your own computer.
  • Material to cut
    • Cardstock, scrapbooking paper, adhesive vinyl, iron-on vinyl, sticker paper, shrink plastic (Silhouette brand only), and some thin plastics and fabrics
    • Maximum size: 12×12″
    • Users must provide their own material, though the Library has a limited selection of practice material for learning.
  • A design to cut — You can create your design from scratch within Silhouette Studio, import a design made with different software, or open a design you have purchased. Silhouette Studio Basic Edition can open .STUDIO3 and .DXF files. and import common image formats like .JPG, .GIF, and .PNG (raster/bitmap images can be converted to cut paths in Silhouette Studio).

Resources & instructions

Get started and find inspiration

From our Digital Branch

Find inspiration from these craft- and creativity-focused Library resources:

Craft Magazines on Overdrive

Overdrive and the Libby app are your source for current and back issues of popular crafting magazines.

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Enjoy more than 1,000 online art & craft video classes taught by designers and artists. Creativebug’s classes cover everything from drawing and sketching to sewing and bookbinding.

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