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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Silhouette Electronic Cutter

The Silhouette is a digital cutting tool for personal use. It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you'll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs. It's a little computer-controlled craft robot with very sharp teeth! Use it to cut out designs for all sorts of things: paper crafts and scrapbooking, vinyl lettering, glass and metal etching, stencils, and anything else that involves precision cutting of small planar materials. There's some pretty neat stuff out there: sticky vinyl, flocked vinyl, magnet sheet, even temporary tattoo paper.

It can *cut fonts already on your computer *Download thousands of designs *Get designs from your favorite companies.

The creative possibilities are endless with the Silhouette. Click on a project type on the menu below for samples of projects you can create. To view projects created by other Silhouette owners, visit the official Silhouette Flickr Group.

What Can it Make? Scrapbook pages, Cards Custom apparel, Vinyl d├ęcor Etched glass, Sketch designs, Temporary tattoos, Paper crafts.
Lamp by Meg Allan Cole 
What Can it Cut? Paper and cardstock, Adhesive vinyl, Fabric Heat transfer material, Rhinestone templates, Specialty media.

The Silhouette online store, accessed from within the design software, is generally stocked with shapes and lettering appropriate for scrapbooking or greeting cards, and designs are usually 99 cents. You can find some interesting box shapes reminiscent of those found in one of my favorite design books, Structural Package Designs. 

It's priced at $249.99 on Silhouetteamerica.com  and is available on Amazon for a 33% saving


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