What goes perfectly with Silhouette Cameo? Which is the perfect material to use with the tool?
These two rank among the most frequently asked questions when it comes to Silhouette Cameo. The answer varies, but not much. Heat Transfer vinyl is the choice that most experts make in this regard.
Because of the various advantages of heat transfer vinyl. It has incredible versatility, comes in all sorts of colors, and even as smooth, flocked or glittery! This vinyl can stick to cotton, polyester or blends. Simply put – you can decorate whichever items tickle your fancy.
The instruments that you would need:
To use the heat transfer vinyl in conjunction to Silhouette Cameo, you need a few items: a Silhouette Cameo machine, heat transfer material, the fabric you want to decorate (which can be anything), and an iron.
Cutting the vinyl:
The very first thing that you need to do is cut the vinyl according to your design. The design can be anything, if your Silhouette Cameo can cut it. However, for starters, a simple design should be the first choice. Dabbling with intricate design is best left for the experienced hand.
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Creating a mirror image:
Cutting the heat transfer vinyl using a Silhouette Cameo machine needs a few steps to be completed. The first step among them is to flip the material to a mirror image. The process is quite simple in itself. After loading the design into the Silhouette Studio software, you can flip it by selecting the graphics menu. Then click on “Replicate” and choose either of the two options – Mirror right or left.
And voila, you have successfully mirrored copy of your design!
Loading the material:
You can load the material directly into Silhouette machine, or you can use a cutting made. If you are opting the direct root, then remember to set the rollers accordingly. Then place the material on the machine and select “Load Media” on the software.
The next step needs you to click on the cut settings icon and select “heat transfer vinyl.” Then simply change the depth of the blade in the proper setting menu and press “Cut.” Your work is done.
To come close to your design, you may have to trim the heat transfer vinyl. Most only cut through the plastic backing, forgetting the material. This, as you can understand, is a big “No-No.” You can even use the Silhouette hook tool to weed out a smaller piece or just pull it off.
When all is done, you have your design. Only the last step remains. As you have used “Mirror” technique before the cut, your image or text will now face the correct way. After weeding the smaller pieces or extra vinyl, merely put the material on your project. Just remember to put the plastic backing side up.
And thus, your project is done!