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Old 10-03-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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I have a Cameo already, but what a great little machine the Portrait will be and so affordable!!! Check it out
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Oh, I like this! Thanks for sharing. Hmm...maybe a birthday gift for me!! Must send hubby a link.
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Looks like the gave the Silhouette a make over and renamed it...
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I don't know that much about the Cameo, so can someone who has one tell from the limited info in the link what the major difference is between the two machines? I'm guessing that project size is one difference (I.e., 12 x 12 vs. 8 1/2 x 11).

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I don't know that much about the Cameo, so can someone who has one tell from the limited info in the link what the major difference is between the two machines? I'm guessing that project size is one difference (I.e., 12 x 12 vs. 8 1/2 x 11).

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yep, I'm pretty sure it's the project size. Here's what they said in the e-mail I received.

The Portrait is a smaller, lighter version of the popular Silhouette CAMEO®. But, while it's smaller in size, the Portrait is feature-rich. The Silhouette Portrait™ has the same motor and cutting mechanism as the CAMEO. (It talks about how they can cut the same media as well.)

With the release of the Portrait, we will still be offering the Silhouette CAMEO® so that our customers can choose between the extra features of the CAMEO (wider cutting surface, LCD display, SD card compatibility) or the lower price and portability of the Portrait.
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Cameo will cut 12 x12. Portrait takes 8.5 x 11" papers/cardstocks. I just got a Cameo for personal use and I love it. If the Portrait had come out first I may have gotten it as it is $100 less but I am not sure. I really love not having cartridges to store with this machine. Heaven knows my stamp room is ready to pop.
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Thanks, ladies! My space is very limited, but I don't really need the 12 x 12 capabilities and the Portrait just might be what I need. The only thing mentioned that gives me pause is the SD card compatibility - don't know if I would be willing to give that up.

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What is the difference between this and the original Silhouette?
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Thank you for sharing this - this one may just put me over the edge on an electronic cutting machine!
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I have the Silhouette SD. The difference appears to be that the newer portrait has the same cutting pressure as the cameo which means it can cut thicker materials than the SD. Its a pain getting the SD to cut heavier cardstock like Bazzil which is what I primarily use.
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I have the Silhouette SD. The difference appears to be that the newer portrait has the same cutting pressure as the cameo which means it can cut thicker materials than the SD. Its a pain getting the SD to cut heavier cardstock like Bazzil which is what I primarily use.
I was wondering what the big difference was. That makes a lot of sense. I thought Silhouette had lost their minds releasing a smaller Silhouette when they had the SD that was only recently retired.

That will be a nice machine for those who go to crops or do not want to store a larger machine. I loved my SD and still be using her. My DH accidentally broke it. I bought the Cameo and I have yet to use anything 12x12. I cut everything at letter size. I was always one of the first who said if Silhouette released a 12x12 I would buy it. They did, I bought it and don't use that size, lol.
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Those of you who have a Silhouette Cameo how does it cut chipboard and what thickness if any, can you cut? I am curious to know. Also, will it cut grungeboard?
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Hi. What are SD cards, please? I'm with Phantom that this may be the e-cutting machine that I've been waiting for.

Thanks for any info re: SD cards

Another question: does anyone know if I could cut out my stamped images with the machine (similar to how the eclips can register and cut out stamped images)?
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I have the Silhouette SD. The difference appears to be that the newer portrait has the same cutting pressure as the cameo which means it can cut thicker materials than the SD. Its a pain getting the SD to cut heavier cardstock like Bazzil which is what I primarily use.
I don't know why some have trouble and some don't. I can cut bazzill and SU cardstock with one pass with my silhouette SD.
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I don't know why some have trouble and some don't. I can cut bazzill and SU cardstock with one pass with my silhouette SD.
I wish I knew. I always have to double cut, and my blades dull quickly. I noticed some people have mentioned they use smooth Bazzill(in other topics, not regarding the use e-cutters). I have only used Bazzill with a linen type texture since this is the only kind my LSS sells. Perhaps that is the difference? It is very thick paper.
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Hi. What are SD cards, please? I'm with Phantom that this may be the e-cutting machine that I've been waiting for.

Thanks for any info re: SD cards

Another question: does anyone know if I could cut out my stamped images with the machine (similar to how the eclips can register and cut out stamped images)?
SD is the abbreviation for "Secure Digital" card. They are about the size of a postage stamp and are commonly used in digital point and shoot cameras. If you are familiar with compact flash cards, they are similar to this only much smaller.

I'm not sure if the Cameo takes SD cards or any other type of media disk. I think the Silhouette SD is the only one, but I'm not sure about this. I cannot find any info about using these in a Cameo.
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Thanks for sharing this!
I liked the idea of the Cameo, because I only make cards for family and friends . There are some dies I like, but would only be suitable for one person. Dies are too expensive for once use cards. Plus the Cameo was too large for me to store. I live in an apartment and have limited storage space. I have an old VCR cabinet where I store dies. I just measured it and the Portrait would fit in there

I found this on the Silhouette site. It shows the specs and comparison between the Cameo and the Portrait.
It also has a video for the Cameo and the Portrait.

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It says the Portrait does not have a SD slot , but since I don't have an electronic cutter I am not sure when an SD card would be needed. I think some people save files on an SD card, but I think they could store them on a flash drive and get the images from their computer

Hum-m-m-m is there a Portrait in my future ?
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The specs on the above link say the Cameo WILL accept SD cards
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Almost all of the bazzill I own is the textured and I have and have cut a few different textures. I'm not even sure if I've ever tried to cut the smooth bazzill. Usually if I want smooth, I grab the SU card stock.
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I'm not sure if the Cameo takes SD cards or any other type of media disk. I think the Silhouette SD is the only one, but I'm not sure about this. I cannot find any info about using these in a Cameo.
Cameo has an SD slot.
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There's a side by side comparison on the Silhouette site. I'd stick with the Cameo - the portait is 5" smaller and 3lbs less..of all the cutters I have, the Cameo is the lightest (I didn't realize it's 6 lbs.)

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someone had posted a link on FB to the video for the portrait. i looked at my fiance and said "i'm buying one of those. just so you know." i love that it's smaller. i don't need 12" wide things cut out. i'm good with the 8".
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Is the Portrait compatible with the Designer Edition software?
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Thanks for the helpful info, Arizona

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Can someone please confirm or correct me====>: If I understand correctly, I can manually rubber stamp an image, import that stamped image to my computer (i.e. via scanner or photograph) and then I can use the designer software that's included with the Portrait to create a register/outline of the manually stamped image that's saved on my pc (as long as the stamped image is saved on the pc as one of the correct file extensions that's compatible with the Portrait) and use the Portrait to cut that stamped image out?

I just read the info on Silhouette's website and it seems this might be the machine for me. I'm computer saavy, but I know nothing about ecutting machines and it's really important to me that I could cut images that I stamped manually.
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I am wanting to get a cutter to cut fabric - does anyone know what the thickest fabric than can be cut with the Cameo? Would it cut felt? Cotton Twill? Or will it only cut thin cotton fabric? I am needing to make some appliques. I have ask this on sewing forums also but no answers. Can anyone help?
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Yes, the trace feature of the Silhouette Design Studio is useful when you want an outline of an image you already have. I just spent some time tracing an image for a quilt I'm designing in the size I need. I used the trace feature, then I used the outline feature to give me the 1/4" seam allowances around the image. I would have done that by hand before I acquired the Silhouette.

So you could easily have a custom die cut for your stamps that don't have a matching die.
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Yes, the trace feature of the Silhouette Design Studio is useful when you want an outline of an image you already have. I just spent some time tracing an image for a quilt I'm designing in the size I need. I used the trace feature, then I used the outline feature to give me the 1/4" seam allowances around the image. I would have done that by hand before I acquired the Silhouette.

So you could easily have a custom die cut for your stamps that don't have a matching die.
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There are a few good tutorials for tracing stamp images on youtube that somebody had posted on another thread here. One is for simple images and the other is for more difficult ones. You may find these helpful.

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WOW Thanks. I didn't realize how easy it is to make a cut file . It looked like she was working in the Silhouette software that comes with the machine Correct??

Apparently you would use this if you wanted the stamped image cut out, correct? Cut out the outline and then stamp the image ?

Sorry for the dumb questions , but this is all new to me
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Apparently you would use this if you wanted the stamped image cut out, correct? Cut out the outline and then stamp the image ?

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I am wanting to get a cutter to cut fabric - does anyone know what the thickest fabric than can be cut with the Cameo? Would it cut felt? Cotton Twill? Or will it only cut thin cotton fabric? I am needing to make some appliques. I have ask this on sewing forums also but no answers. Can anyone help?
The Cameo is a lightweight cutter and can only cut cotton fabrics. It does not cut felt or twill. Most electronic die cutters on the market don't cut nappy type fabrics out very well because it gunks up the blade housing with fibers.

Some of the heavier duty cutters like the BossKut Gazelle, KNK Zing do cut out felt if it's the wool type felt. Most craft type felts gunk up the cutters but it can be done if you using interfacing first. I do want to add you can cut felt without interfacing but I would only recommend doing this sparingly. This is not a cutting technique that should be done often.

Have you tried the quilting forums. I know several of the quilting girls do have die cutters and use them extensively for their art quilts. They would have some better gem tips than I could provide for a good quality die cutter that will cut fabric.

I use die cutters a lot and one of my requirements when I was buying a cutter was one that would cut fabric. I make a lot of appliques too.

My favorite cutter for fabrics is the Cricut. The Cricut is a closed proprietary system that only uses cartridges. You would not be able to use your own designs. It cuts fabric out like a dream. I love it for felt. I also have a BossKut Gazelle too but I really don't like it for fabrics. I have had some skipping problems with the blades when using it on fabric. I also have a Cameo that I like for thinner fabrics.

I have a friend that makes quilts and she loves her KNK Zing which you can make your own designs.

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Terrific - thanks, Arizona. I added these videos to my favorites.
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The Cameo is a lightweight cutter and can only cut cotton fabrics. It does not cut felt or twill. Most electronic die cutters on the market don't cut nappy type fabrics out very well because it gunks up the blade housing with fibers.

Some of the heavier duty cutters like the BossKut Gazelle, KNK Zing do cut out felt if it's the wool type felt. Most craft type felts gunk up the cutters but it can be done if you using interfacing first. I do want to add you can cut felt without interfacing but I would only recommend doing this sparingly. This is not a cutting technique that should be done often.

Have you tried the quilting forums. I know several of the quilting girls do have die cutters and use them extensively for their art quilts. They would have some better gem tips than I could provide for a good quality die cutter that will cut fabric.

I use die cutters a lot and one of my requirements when I was buying a cutter was one that would cut fabric. I make a lot of appliques too.

My favorite cutter for fabrics is the Cricut. The Cricut is a closed proprietary system that only uses cartridges. You would not be able to use your own designs. It cuts fabric out like a dream. I love it for felt. I also have a BossKut Gazelle too but I really don't like it for fabrics. I have had some skipping problems with the blades when using it on fabric. I also have a Cameo that I like for thinner fabrics.

I have a friend that makes quilts and she loves her KNK Zing which you can make your own designs.

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How is the Cameo for cutting chipboard or grungeboard? Do you know?
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How is the Cameo for cutting chipboard or grungeboard? Do you know?
I am probably one of the only stamper's in the world that has never used Grungeboard. I know I am horrible, lol. I don't know if you can use it in the Cameo.

I have a BossKut Gazelle for chipboard. I use my Gazelle for all my chipboard work because it was designed for it. The old Silhouette (Graphtec) machines were made for detailed work. The Cameo still fits in that category. The motherboard is set up for detailed work and not heavy duty cutting. Heavy duty cutters are the Roland Machines- Gazelle, Eclips, Zing, Cricut

I have never cut chipboard in my Cameo. I do know some ladies have cut chipboard in their Cameo. They have used the cereal weight chipboard. I wouldn't even try an artist grade chipboard in the Cameo. I think it would be too hard on it. I know an artist that does beautiful acetate pieces on her Cameo. I am pretty sure thin chipboard would work.

Most of the chipboard creations I have seen the girls are using a different blade holder. They are using one of the aluminum blade holders. Construction wise that blade holder would work a lot better than the horrible blade holder that comes with the Cameo.

My DH designed me a new blade holder for my Cameo. I used it the other day to cut heavy cardstock and it cut like a dream. The blade holder that comes with the Cameo would not cut this cardstock.

Here's the blade holders that the girls are using to cut chipboard- graphtec blade holders | eBay

There is a Yahoo Silhouette group with a lot of hard core Silhouette users that have a lot of chipboard tips too. Here's that group- silhouetteusers : Quickutz Silhouette Users

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Old 10-09-2012, 08:28 AM   #36
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Wow! Looks like I'm going to need to try a Silhouette! You ladies are such a wealth of information! This looks wonderful. I love the idea of cutting out stamps I already have! Thanks! Adding it to my Xmas list!
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I am probably one of the only stamper's in the world that has never used Grungeboard. I know I am horrible, lol. I don't know if you can use it in the Cameo.

I have a BossKut Gazelle for chipboard. I use my Gazelle for all my chipboard work because it was designed for it. The old Silhouette (Graphtec) machines were made for detailed work. The Cameo still fits in that category. The motherboard is set up for detailed work and not heavy duty cutting. Heavy duty cutters are the Roland Machines- Gazelle, Eclips, Zing, Cricut

I have never cut chipboard in my Cameo. I do know some ladies have cut chipboard in their Cameo. They have used the cereal weight chipboard. I wouldn't even try an artist grade chipboard in the Cameo. I think it would be too hard on it. I know an artist that does beautiful acetate pieces on her Cameo. I am pretty sure thin chipboard would work.

Most of the chipboard creations I have seen the girls are using a different blade holder. They are using one of the aluminum blade holders. Construction wise that blade holder would work a lot better than the horrible blade holder that comes with the Cameo.

My DH designed me a new blade holder for my Cameo. I used it the other day to cut heavy cardstock and it cut like a dream. The blade holder that comes with the Cameo would not cut this cardstock.

Here's the blade holders that the girls are using to cut chipboard- graphtec blade holders | eBay

There is a Yahoo Silhouette group with a lot of hard core Silhouette users that have a lot of chipboard tips too. Here's that group- silhouetteusers : Quickutz Silhouette Users

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Thanks for the info on this and the blade holders. I will have to explore that Yahoo group too. I am really liking the advantages of the Cameo Silhouette. I have a Cricut machine and it cuts some chipboard but not the thicker stuff. Seems that the Cameo though is better for more intricate designs.

Would love a Bosskut Gazelle but they are very pricey!
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Yippie!!! I kept putting off buying the Cameo, and now I am happy I did... I think the Portrait will suit my needs much better as I do not do normal scrapbooking (more art journaling) .. nor do i do 12 x 12 layouts, and the smaller size and price difference helps out a lot! oooh.. maybe a November Christmas present to self?


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The Cameo is a lightweight cutter and can only cut cotton fabrics. It does not cut felt or twill. Most electronic die cutters on the market don't cut nappy type fabrics out very well because it gunks up the blade housing with fibers.

Some of the heavier duty cutters like the BossKut Gazelle, KNK Zing do cut out felt if it's the wool type felt. Most craft type felts gunk up the cutters but it can be done if you using interfacing first. I do want to add you can cut felt without interfacing but I would only recommend doing this sparingly. This is not a cutting technique that should be done often.

Have you tried the quilting forums. I know several of the quilting girls do have die cutters and use them extensively for their art quilts. They would have some better gem tips than I could provide for a good quality die cutter that will cut fabric.

I use die cutters a lot and one of my requirements when I was buying a cutter was one that would cut fabric. I make a lot of appliques too.

My favorite cutter for fabrics is the Cricut. The Cricut is a closed proprietary system that only uses cartridges. You would not be able to use your own designs. It cuts fabric out like a dream. I love it for felt. I also have a BossKut Gazelle too but I really don't like it for fabrics. I have had some skipping problems with the blades when using it on fabric. I also have a Cameo that I like for thinner fabrics.

I have a friend that makes quilts and she loves her KNK Zing which you can make your own designs.

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I don't think you are correct about felt. I have a cut file from Silhouette's store that is made for cutting felt to make a coffee to go cup cozy. So I am assuming it would cut felt. I've not tried it yet, but I am guessing the person or company that is selling that cut file on their site has successfully cut felt.
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I love my Cameo and would highly recommend the Portrait for anyone who doesn't need the larger cutting area. I personally love the 12x12 cutting area and would not want something smaller. But if you don't need the larger size then the Portrait is the way to go. I love not having to store a bunch of metal dies and being limited to the sizes they come in. I can resize my cut files to fit my needs and make a mat of any cut file I have. I use it all of the time with my stamping projects.
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