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Username Post: Do any of you use a cutter other than Cricut?        (Topic#327718)
Mojosmaddy 
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09-26-13 06:15 PM - Post#4080194    
    In response to 2deep4me

I have a silhouette Cameo (I found it last year at a pawn shop for $180!) and I LOVE it!!!!! I love how easy it is to use and that I can buy individual cut files. It's also great because you get a FREE cut file on Tuesdays. If I didn't find the Cameo at the pawn shop I'm sure I wouldn't have one, but I'm so glad we found each other.

I have a baby bug too and a gypsy. I found the cost of the cartridges to be a little spendy especially since I only used a few of the designs, but it was very easy to use and is way more portable than the Silhouette.

I also have a Sizzix Big Shot, but I only use it for embossing.



 
2deep4me 
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09-26-13 08:37 PM - Post#4080198    
    In response to Mojosmaddy

cool about a free cut file on tuesdays! and that is AWESOME you found it at the pawn shop! great find!!

I am not exactly sure what acetate is. I think I read one place it is like overhead transparencies. If I am leaning toward something thicker than that, it sounds like I need a Zing. At least the transparencies I am used to is kind of thin:) Does the Zing cut GSD?

 
Kazzam 
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09-29-13 01:17 AM - Post#4080420    
    In response to 2deep4me

If you check out page 78 of the manual if shows how to import the gsd file and steps to take like reducing the number of nodes and therefore the size of the cutting file.



 
Cricutgirlg 
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10-12-13 05:03 AM - Post#4082056    
    In response to 2deep4me

I own Cricut E, Cameo, Big Shot, Cuddlebug, and the new Scan N Cut, I've sold off the Baby Bug and gifted the Create to ds' old school. I use the manual die cutters and Digital Cutters daily. They do separate things, but I'm told my Scan N Cut will surprise me in what it can cut, Leather and cork paper. I'm excited about that.

 
Gramma - Claudia 
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10-12-13 09:40 AM - Post#4082074    
    In response to Cricutgirlg

H'mm - off to check out the Scan n Cut

 
RedSquirrel 
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10-12-13 10:52 AM - Post#4082082    
    In response to Gramma - Claudia

This Scan'n'Cut wonder-machine has a price tag of $500.

 
Gramma - Claudia 
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10-13-13 08:57 AM - Post#4082174    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I saw that - you know, my cutter is just fine

 
qaustriangirl 
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10-14-13 11:28 AM - Post#4082356    
    In response to Gramma - Claudia

I have a big shot and got a silhoutte a week ago from my dh and love both of them.

 
kaleidoscope 
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10-16-13 02:48 PM - Post#4082626    
    In response to qaustriangirl

I have a small cricut (gifted for Christmas several years ago). Then I got a cuttlebug - prize on a blog.
Then I got the cake machine to use as an expression - it was on a website for $50 and they had a free shipping promo. I sold the 2 carts that came with it and so it ended up being only $10 for the machine.

I have MTC - got that before the lawsuit prevented it.

So I have the convenience of the carts (which I really like) but can use the computer to cut other fonts and images if I want to.

And I use dies in the cuttlebug, too, not just embossing. I like the nice clean cut a die gives - and sometimes embosses them, too.

 
2deep4me 
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11-10-13 12:40 AM - Post#4085498    
    In response to kaleidoscope

I keep changing my mind every day lol. Right now I am leaning toward the Zing,altho an hour ago it was the Cameo.
My concerns with the Cameo are I want to do mostly stencils for now. I am concerned it would wear the blades out quickly since it has less cutting pressure and would have to work harder to cut.
I read mixed reviews on cutting thicker materials- that it does not do intricate cuts well. And, I would want to cut thicker material- probably a little thicker than overhead transparency would be. Think I read on the paper threads comparison that it does not do craft plastic. think i found what acetate is and that would probably work as long as it were not like overhead transparency, but still thinking it would wear out the blade doing a lot of it. hmm.

 
Kazzam 
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11-11-13 01:03 AM - Post#4085556    
    In response to 2deep4me

Hi Kelly, Here's a message board that you could try. They use Make the Cut program but it can be used with a range of electronic cutters. If you are unsure of cutting/blade wear they will answer questions. Both the Cameo and Zing can be used with MTC and the program is always being updated to make it easier to use.

I have a zing and use MTC program. There is a learning curve with the cutters and their programs but there are lots of tuts and videos out there to help.

 
2deep4me 
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11-23-13 11:35 AM - Post#4087340    
    In response to Kazzam

thanks so much!! from what i gathered, the cameo will cut everything i need so i think i am going to do that. been going back and forth for a long time, so it is nice to have that resolved !

 
Kazzam 
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11-23-13 06:16 PM - Post#4087354    
    In response to 2deep4me

Enjoy your machine.

 
RedSquirrel 
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11-24-13 02:16 AM - Post#4087370    
    In response to Kazzam



 
2deep4me 
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11-24-13 10:43 PM - Post#4087462    
    In response to RedSquirrel



On a side note, I may have (?) mentioned I am trying to do stencils with it, for painting. My paintings are on the unique side (See: http://www.pinterest.com/reveusetoujours/my-ar t/ :D), but I do want to put them on etsy at some point. I don't see any issue with that, but just wanted to see if anyone knew if there was some sort of copyright about using a file for something that is sold? Of course, it would not be files I would be selling, but just paintings.


Edited by 2deep4me on 11-24-13 10:44 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
RedSquirrel 
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11-25-13 02:23 AM - Post#4087470    
    In response to 2deep4me

No copyright issues, since it will be just one of many tools (including paint, canvas, brushes etc.) towards making your own unique art. If you were selling a straight stencil made from just a bought Silhouette image, there might be an issue.

Wow, your paintings are lovely!

 
2deep4me 
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11-30-13 09:40 PM - Post#4087942    
    In response to RedSquirrel

perfect! i wasn't sure since sometimes i see, for personal use only, and on the silhouette site it has something about for personal use or commercial. Thanks!

and thank you about the paintings! i put several of them in a local shop for now, but thinking about doing an et.sy:) (my mac doesn't like that word and keeps autocorrecting).



 
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