Silhouette Digital Cutting Tool Review + Coupon Code

With the economy the way it is, homemade gifts are coming back. I want to try and make my own invitations, birthday cards, and gifts when possible. Even though they will be homemade, I want them to look professional.



The Silhouette is a great tool to help me. It 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 found on the Silhouette Online Store. There are no extra cartridges to buy, what you see is all you'll need!!

We were sent the Silhouette Digital Cutting Tool along with the different supplies for review.


The Silhouette is 4 1/2" tall, 16" wide, 6 1/2" deep and weighs just 4.5 pounds. The Silhouette machine ships with the following items:
* Silhouette machine
* Software for Windows XP/Vista
* Power cable, USB cable
* 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)
* Cutting blade
* $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store


Like a printer, I had to download the software on my laptop. I couldn't get it to work properly, but my computer savvy husband fixed it for me. He said he had to download something to get the software to work with Windows 7. Having never used anything like this, I didn't know what to expect and took the time to watch the instructional DVD that was included. There was a learning curve and I took a good hour to learn about it before the first cut. I also went through the Silhouette Online Tutorial.


I am just completely amazed with everything that I am able to do with the Silhouette. In addition to cutting out different fonts and designs, the Silhouette is also equipped with an optical sensor to allow precise cutting of printed designs. Open your favorite clip art in the Silhouette software, arrange it how you like, then print it out on your home printer. The software will print small registration marks on the page which will allow the Silhouette to align the cutting blade perfectly with your printed artwork.

I knew that that the Silhouette is a tool that cuts cardstock, vinyl, vellum and other papers, but I didn't realize it could sketch. The Silhouette blade can easily be interchanged with special Silhouette pens in order to draw designs instead of cutting them. With a pen in the machine instead of the blade, the Silhouette will make the same motions, but will draw your design rather than cut it. I will have to get some of these pens to try them out!


The Silhouette Software comes with 50 free ready-to-use designs already included. Silhouette also has an online store where I can purchase other digital designs. I simply go through the Silhouette software that is downloaded on my computer and choose what I want. They are 99 cents each(on sale for 75 cents through July 31st) and there are also free designs each week. With a pirate/princess birthday party coming up, I can go in and search for images to use on invitations or decorations for the party.


While searching through the designs, I also saw these paper dolls. One day, I can download these and cut them out for Isabella to play with. There are several different outfits for the paper dolls that are ready for download as well.


I will be sharing more of my "creations" with you SOON, but I started with a small project. Even though my canisters are different sizes, my husband never has any idea what is in each canister. I decided I would use the adhesive vinyl to label them. I started with the Sugar and Flour. I was able to use the grid on the screen so that I would know how big the letters were. I made the Sugar a little bigger since it was going on a larger canister. I went to the control screen and it told me which blade to put on when using vinyl.


Here are all of the options. I put the blue tip on. Depending on how thick the media you're using is, you'll need to put different tips on.


I loaded my paper and watched it cut pretty quickly. It was a little loud, but that didn't bother me.


When it was done, it unloaded most of the media and I had to hit the button to unload the rest.


I peeled off the letters and put them on one at a time(starting with the middle letter in the center). Here is the finished product.


I am so excited to make gifts and many other projects with the Silhoutte. I will be sure to share all of the different things that I make. I have some great ideas for Christmas and Birthday gifts. As you all know, I love all things sparkly so I am thrilled to try the rhinestone starter kit.

Be sure to visit Silhouette to learn more and stay tuned for more projects that I am making with the Silhouette!

Buy It!
The Silhouette SD is $299.99. Silhouette gave me a coupon code to share with you. Use the code, 2OFAKIND, to get a Silhouette SD, two rolls of vinyl, one roll of transfer paper, a scraper, and a home décor CD for $249 ($350+ value). The Silhouette alone is normally $299.99-this is an amazing deal and just think of all the decorations, gifts, and invitations you could make. You'll never have to buy extra things like cartridges. The Silhouette hooks up to your computer like a printer so you can use your own fonts and designs that are included.

This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Silhouette who supplied the product for review.

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40 comments:

Momstart said...

That is Awesome, it would be perfect for scrapbooking. If I wasn't blogging I would NEED it. My husband would love it, he loves labeling things

Lisa P@www.isitmondayalready.com said...

Oh my what a super cool thing that is like the Cricut! I would love one of these!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This looks like a wonderful tool. I bet you get a lot of use out of it. Thanks for stopping by.

Dana said...

I was hoping they were going to give you one for a giveaway too! This machine is soo awesome. I could craft 24 hours a day with this baby!! Great review.

Nichol said...

I so need one of these. They look wonderful!

Nanbon44 said...

I love that you don't have to keep buying cartridges

Tired Mom Tésa said...

That's very cool. I'm not into crafty things but my sister is and I think she would love this.

Karen of 3G2S said...

OMG! I want one of these!! I wonder if Santa will be feeling generous this year?

candace said...

Wow this looks amazing...I can think of like a bazillion things I could do with this. Thanks for sharing!

Frantic Holly said...

I love that you can download the designs from their site. This is the first machine like this I've seen where you can do that!

Rhea said...

That's awesome. I want one! I'll have to add it to my Christmas wish list. :)

Kathleen said...

What an amazing product. I have never heard of anything like this before, but I would love to have one for projects around the house!

Shasta said...

OMG! This is awesome! My mom would love this for Christmas :) Thanks so much for sharing it! I would have never know about it otherwise!

Misadventurous Mommy said...

I have to have one of these...it looks so awesome! Great review!

Candy said...

I have got to get one of those not only for wall decals but for labeling stuff!!

Shawn Ann said...

That is so cool! I want one, going to send my hubby here to get a hint for a Christmas present for me ;)

Jayme said...

Oh I so want one of these! It's on my wishlist :)

tee said...

Wow! this looks awesome! Is this PC only? I'm a MAC girl. =( Have fun creating!

natalee said...

wow!!!!! very cool!!!!

Abby said...

That thing looks really cool! I can't wait to see what you make!

Simply Being Mommy said...

OMGosh...I totally want one of those. How cool are you canisters. Totally jealous...

Jennifer Leigh said...

I have had my eye on this for a while. I'm getting sick of how expensive all the cricut cartridges are! This looks fun!

Staci said...

This is at the top of my wish list! Seems like there are so many amazing things you can do with it. Love your canisters!

GrammyMouseTails said...

This looks really cool! I love making my own cards. and this would add a little extra bling to them. plus all the extra stuff it can do! Thanks for the info Dee! Faythe @GMT

Katie said...

I love that! It would be perfect to use for so many things, from scrapbooking to party favors!

Shop with Me Mama said...

Oh that looks neat! would love to have that so i can make those adorable things!! Great review :)

Lisa said...

Love this, I know there is another one like this but I have to say I like that you can buy images and things off line instead of having to buying the new kits for them. Love how you were able to make the labels for the canister. Would work great for making labels for my office and the kids rooms. Great Post

Alison said...

Wow it looks great! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Chelsea said...

Great product! Thanks for the fantastic review.

babyrocasmama said...

That looks so awesome! I have a friend who makes cards and she would LOVE this.

Blommi said...

I could think of a boatload of things to do with this.

A Happy Hippy Mom said...

Great review! This looks awesome! I want one! I could put it to good use by making personal cards, embellishments, cute gift boxes, and more. Thanks for sharing.

Tricia said...

so many uses wow thats great love ur canister idea

Lady V dZine said...

I think I just fell in love!

Nugglemama said...

Wow that looks like a fantastic tool! Great review.

Lynsey Jones, The Party Plan Coach said...

Oh wow what a NEAT little tool!! I would love one of those to cut like vinyl lettering for my cars and to recommend to my Divas to use... ohhh, I may need one! LOL

Lindsey said...

Wow, awesome! I wish I had it - and the paper dolls idea is adorable, too. :)

Yellow Tennessee said...

Wow, I don't get out much. I have never seen anything like that. Now I want one!

Kathy said...

Very cool. I had never heard of the Silhouette before. What an awesome product.

Karen Propes said...

This is so great!! I would love one of these, hard to cut because of my hands, this would solve that problem instantly. Thanks for the review!

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