Print and cut is a wonderful feature on Silhouette machines. However, it can be frustrating, especially on the older generation machines. Making your own stickers opens a door to gift tags, labels, packaging stickers, and so much more! Today’s tutorial will go over the basics of print and cut for the Cameo 4, with a few tips along the way.
My go to sticker paper is from Online Labels. I use matte white blank labels for most of my stickers. Just keep an eye on printer compatibility to make sure the labels work for your printer whether inkjet or laser. Sticker paper can come precut, but for print and cut, you want to procure full letter size blank sheets.
Print and Cut Designs
There are special print and cut designs in the Silhouette Library. These will be labeled with a “P” in the design library. Look for designs labeled for print and cut or as stickers. These will have an outline offset around the design that will be cut.
Settings for Print and Cut in Silhouette Studio
To set up print and cut in Silhouette Studio, start with the Page Setup menu. Set the cutting mat to Auto and media size to Letter. Next go to the right tab of this menu. Turn the Registration Marks to “On.” The printer will print the stickers plus these registration marks. Then the Silhouette will read the registration marks so it knows where to cut.
For margins, this automatically sets to the default page margins of 0.625″. Personally, I try to maximize the sticker real estate. Click on the down arrow by Advanced Options to expand the margins. I change them to 0.394″ for all four areas. Next, place your sticker designs within the red print boundary.
Lastly, print the page on your printer. I use a standard HP inkjet printer. A fancy printer is not necessary. To help get more vibrant designs on matte sticker paper, use a matte brochure paper type and change the print quality to best. This adjusts the amount of ink and speed that the printer will print.
Cutting Stickers on a Silhouette Cameo 4
Next, place your printed sticker paper onto a cutting mat. Preferably one that isn’t too tacky. TIP: make sure that the outer edge of the mat’s grid are just barely covered by the sticker paper. The machine has an easier time reading the registration marks when the grid edge isn’t visible.
Load it into your cutting machine and go to the Send panel in Silhouette Studio. With a blade loaded in tool carriage 1, set the cut to “Cut Edge.” This will tell the machine to only cut the outer boundary of each sticker. Next, change the material to Sticker Paper. Depending on if you’re using an autoblade or not, your cut settings may vary. I first tested the Silhouette recommended sticker paper cut settings, but they didn’t cut deep enough. I increased the force and depth. You do not want to cut too deep because you will cut through the sticker backing. The cut we are trying to achieve is called a “kiss cut” where the blade kisses the backing, but does not break through.
Before you click send, make sure that your machine is pulled away from the wall. To read the registration marks, it will need to feed the mat all the way through to the end of the page. If the mat hits the wall, the registration will fail and you will have to restart it. Once the machine registers successfully, it will begin to cut around the sticker shapes.
After the cut, test to see if your settings have produced a kiss cut. If not, no worries! Adjust your settings and send it through again. Due to the registration marks, it will cut the same way every time. I didn’t want to cut too deep so I adjusted the force to get it where I needed it. That’s it! Check out your beautiful custom stickers!
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