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Getting Started with the Silhouette Cameo, Part 2

Way back in June 2013 I started a series about getting started with the Silhouette Cameo.  There I stated there would not be much new content here, just a place to get what I used to start with my Cameo in all one place.


Last time I suggested that you can go to Silhouette Top 40 and find some good sites.  I want to show you what sites I have found to be very useful from that site.


I am sure all the sites are great, but I only have a certain about of time online between my family and life in general so I am purposely selective on where I look for things. I have tried to include what I appreciate about each site in the description.


 Learning to Trace

Clever Someday – Kay, I believe is her name, has amazing stuff on her blog.  She has posts about fonts, including dingbats, she has some nice, free designs to download, but my favorite thing, she has taught me is How to Trace.   One of the first things you need to learn to do when you get your free Silhouette software is how to trace a design.  If you can trace, you can do anything, just about, with your machine.  It is very important that you watch this series of videos she created to figure out how to make just about any image into a cutting file.  It is not as hard as it seems once you get the hang of it.

When I watched the videos, I watched them on the iPad and followed what she was doing on the computer, going step by step through the video.  She would explain something and I would pause the video and do it.  I would rewind the video and watch it again.  I watched and did until I understood that process without watching it, until I could do it on my own.  They are simple videos, easy to understand and it goes step by step.  If you only have one computer, open the video in a window and watch it in a small window while you to the work, in the  program in another window.  You will not regret it.


 Print and Cut and other tutorials

Under A Cherry Tree – This site has some wonderful tutorials for print and cut, cutting out designs from cereal boxes, making 3D projects, really too many to list.  She writes them in an easy to understand manner, providing nice pictures.


Bird Cards – She has the most amazing variety of free cutting files, cutting files for all sorts of things.  Her files are beautiful and elegant.


Message Board

Silhouette Plus Message Board –  While this is not an very active message board, it is still a great resource for questions you may have.  You can search various topics as there is a lot of information there.  A great resource for those who are just starting out. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but make sure you search first to see if your question has already been answered.


Remember when visiting these websites you can learn these skills and then apply them to many different projects, not just card, not just vinyl, not just subway art.   One of the great things about the Silhouette is that there are very few limitations.  Two of my greatest limitations are time and money.  I need more of both, actually, that is not true, I probably need to use both more effectively.


Did you remember to get your free shape of the week from the Silhouette Store?


Next time I want to talk a little about supplies.


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