I have spent much of today trying to cut peel-off stickies with the Silhouette Cameo. There is quite a long process but the end result is nice. The file to be printed should be in either Illustrator of CorelDraw – or using some of the many images designed for cutters.
My files are in Illustrator but are far too complex, I only need an outline. The easiest way to get this is to use either the trace function or to hand draw an outline on a new layer, often faster and no messing with artwork.
Once the file is ready it can be printed and also sent as a file – without the full image, just the outlines I made – to the cutter software – a plug-in called Silhouette Connect – where registration marks can be added, and then to the machine control where there are many parameters to choose from.
Taking the file from the printer, choosing the correct settings, aligning the cutting mat: there are plenty of pitfalls, registration being the most tricky although the Cameo has automatic registering. After a frustrating evening I am still not getting accurate registration, the file is cutting at an angle of several degrees from true.
These machines are not cheap, around £300, but they are versatile, cutting thin leather, fabric, vinyl and a wide range of paper. They will accept A3, unlimited length. They also can be made to draw and engrave.
More when I get it to work correctly.