I've had my Silhouette Cameo 4 for a couple weeks now, and I've used it quite a bit so far to create some new stickers. It's my new toy that I purchased with part of my stimulus check. I'd like to talk about what I think about the device so far, how it's helped my sticker-making game, and other projects I'm planning on making with it.
This is: Alla's Artist Reviews!
My old sticker-making habits weren't the best. I would print the sticker on regular copy paper and run it through this sticker maker by Xyron. The finished product was okay, but they weren't waterproof. I couldn't make a ton of stickers without having to buy a bunch of refills. I thought I could up my sticker-making game by buying a die-cut machine.
I had settled on getting a Cricut machine, but with the new updates to their cloud system, I decided to go with a Silhouette instead. Both brands do virtually the same thing, and this brand didn't have any pay walls to use their software. I got the pink color because, well, I like pink.
I ordered off of Amazon, so shipping was quick. The machine came in a comically big box; I live in an apartment building, so I wanted the Silhouette to be concealed. I was really excited when unboxing; as I was unwrapping everything I was thinking about how good my stickers are gonna be.
Once I put the Silhouette on my desk, it looked like it was meant to be there. I had to try it out as soon as possible.
Registering the machine wasn't hard at all. I downloaded the software that came with it, and it works a lot like any art program. At first I struggled with loading my designs on the mat and locking the cutter into it's slot; at first I thought I had to crank the settings way high to see a cut, but it was just loose. I'm one to not read too many instructions, so that's on me.
After testing a lot, I managed to successfully make my first kiss cut stickers. I made them with my Heart Moon Stickers, and they came out great! I love how they look on the matte sticker paper I bought. I also purchased glossy and clear sticker paper to play around with.
One thing I noticed was that I had to make sure the Silhouette was on a completely flat surface; I usually have a large cutting mat on my desk that the machine sat on top of, but this was making my cuts uneven. When I moved this, it worked perfectly.
I also noticed that, after watching a lot of YouTube tutorials, that the software is actually pretty easy to pick up. Even if you haven't used a lot of programs like Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint, you can do a lot of designing in the software itself. I made a lot of cute designs to decorate my sticker sheets in the program. You can make it so those shapes don't get cut when sending it over, and you can adjust pretty much everything. It's really nice!
There were a lot of delays, mostly caused by me, that made it so I couldn't create stickers right away. Mostly shipping errors and faulty printers. (A new printer is next on my list.) But now I'm a sticker making machine!
Right now, I am really getting the hang of using the Silhouette Cameo 4. I plan on recreating all my old stickers, and adding some new ones to the mix. I already came out with some Tokyo Mew Mew chibi stickers to add to my Etsy shop. I also expanded my Sailor Moon stickers to include the Outer Scouts.
Here's my final review: If you want to start a sticker-making business, or you want to make some stickers as a hobby, I would recommend the Silhouette Cameo 4. The software is easy to learn by watching YouTube tutorials, and I had a good time setting it up. You may have to do lots of testing before you really get into it; I made quite a few sacrifices of sticker paper, but once you get the settings right, the stickers come out beautifully. YouTube has tons of Silhouette resources too if you're really stumped on how to use the sticker maker.
I have included some links for you if you are interested in purchasing a Silhouette for yourself. Just so you know, these are affiliate links, meaning, if you click the link and make a purchase, I receive a small commission. This helps me and the blog keep running, but please don't feel obligated to make a purchase.
Thanks for reading Alla's Art Reviews! I'd like to review more art supplies and equipment in the future. trust me, I've used lots of different supplies in my past that I'd love to review.