Saturday, December 24, 2011
Acetate in the Silhouette Cameo
I have a new favorite medium to work with in the Silhouette machine! I got a great tip from a friend on the Silhouette Plus forum and bought a pack of clear plastic presentation covers. They are letter-sized clear plastic sheets used for binding as a cover onto presentations. I bought these from Amazon.com, but you can probably also find them at your local office supply store.
According to my sources :) the thickness is 7 mil. My Cameo cut them with ease using heavy cardstock settings using the original blade (pink cap, 32-33 thickness, speed 3). If your blade has trouble cutting heavy cardstock, then you can use the Silhouette ratchet blade with more exposure or try a double cut. I can't say if the original or SD Silhouette machines will cut these sheets because the Cameo is stronger, but it did seem to cut very easily. (Edit: I've cut these pages several times with my ratchet blade on 3, still thickness 32-33, speed 3).
I cut these snowflake backgrounds for my Christmas cards (see my upcoming post) and absolutely love how they turned out! The weeding took some time because I had to pop out every single hole using a paper piercer or an exacto knife for the fine point, but they did pop out easily. I don't recommend such an intricate design unless you are willing to spend some time on it, but I was extremely impressed with how the plastic behaved. In all of those tiny details, for all 19 of those card fronts I punched out, I only had a few breaks. And creases did not show stress marks, so even the little breaks here and there are hard to see.
Next time I'm trying something 3D, like boxes. I'm really looking forward to working with these sheets some more!