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Maker Lab

Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Curio, and Heat Press

Photo of silhouette cameo 

 The Silhouette Cameo is a cutting machine for making vinyl stickers, heat transfer t-shirts, working with cardstock, etc. The Silhouette Curio is a cutting machine that is also capable of stippling and embossing. The Heat Press is used for applying heat transfer vinyl to fabric. In the Maker Lab we have a Silhouette Cameo1 machine, two Silhouette Cameo3 machines, and a Silhouette Curio.

Quick Reference

Training Required: Basic Training

Workspace for Silhouette Cameo: 12" wide by up to 10 feet long

Workspace for Silhouette Curio: 8.5" x 6"

Workspace for Heat Press: 9" x 12"

Materials for Silhouette Cameo and Curio: Cardstock, adhesive vinyl, heat transfer vinyl, chipboard, and more.

File Types: dxf, or trace images in software (jpg, tiff, bmp, gif, png)

Material Fees: We have rolls of adhesive vinyl available for standard use. We sell heat transfer vinyl in the Maker Store. You can also bring your own materials in to use.

Common Terminology: Weeding- the process of removing the excess material after the machine has cut the design; Stippling- the process of drawing or engraving using numerous small dots; Embossing/Debossing- the process of creating raised or recessed images in the paper and other materials

PDF Links

Tool Overview_SilhouetteCameo

Silhouette Cameo Sticker Workshop Instructions

Video Links

Silhouette Cameo Guide Video

Heat Press Guide Video


Silhouette Studio Software

Manufacture Information

Silhouette America

Silhouette Cameo Product Line

Silhouette Curio Product Line

Siser Easy Weed Heat Transfer Guide

Sample Projects


Cut out custom stickers using adhesive vinyl. Stickers can be used for a variety of applications including laptops, waterbottles, windows, and more.

Stickers made with silhouette cameo


Use the Silhouette Cameo to cut out your design on heat transfer vinyl (be sure to mirror your design!) and then use the heat press to adhere it to your t-shirt or other fabric.

Heat transfer tshirt

Other Resources for ideas include--

Silhouette America Stories to see videos of projects others are creating with the Silhouette Cameo