Beginner Setup & First Cuts with Silhouette

Get started with your Silhouette in the 1 hour 30 minute video class covering setup & first cuts. And, bonus troubleshooting tips!

Join me to get started with setup of the Cameo 4 just like an in-person class. Let's take the anxiety out of opening the box and getting started.
Class includes 1 hour 32 minutes of step-by-step video instructions to getting set up, tips along the way, your first cuts, and a bonus 24 minute video of troubleshooting tips!
Complete course outline below:

Cameo 4 Unboxing - available on YouTube and included in the class as the first steps

  • Unboxing the Cameo
  • Explanation of all parts included in the box
  • Setup of Cameo
  • First cut on camera

Cameo Setup & Blades - Part 1 - 20 minutes

  • Setting up the Cameo 4
  • Correct blade installation
  • Proper way to load the cutting mat
  • Explanation of blades and adapters

Designing in Silhouette & First Cuts with the Cameo - Part 2 - 1 hr 12 minutes

  • Creating a design from the Silhouette library
  • First cut with cardstock
  • Tips for cutting mat
  • Creating a design with text
  • Explanation of text and properties
  • First cut with vinyl
  • Tips on getting good cuts

Bonus: Blade cleaning & Troubleshooting - 24 minutes

  • Blade installation
  • Cut issues
  • Blade cleaning
  • Housing alignment
  • And more

Additional Resources

Terms of Use

Your Instructor

Silhouette Secrets+ by EllyMae
Silhouette Secrets+ by EllyMae

My name is EllyMae and I am the owner of Silhouette Secrets+.

I am a wife, mother, and lover of all things wine (as you'll notice in my projects & posts). I won a Silhouette Portrait in 2013 and the first time I used it, I knew I needed the bigger Cameo. At that time, there was not much information out there, but I found what I could and learned by testing & creating things. I love to learn new things that can be done with the Silhouette machines and have turned that into teaching others what I love to do.

I was encouraged by many to start teaching classes and when the TJC Instructor Program was announced in 2016, I signed up. It was one of the best decisions I've made and have met so many great friends & colleagues just because I took a chance. I now teach private lessons & local classes in the Northern Virginia area. I have also had the privilege to be on staff for the Curio Intensive Retreat in June 2017, staff at the All Things Silhouette Conference June 2017, Nov 2017, staff & an instructor at the ATS Conference in Nov 2018, June 2019, November 2019, Virtual ATS 2020, and the instructor at 2 virtual Curio events in 2020. I love to continue expanding my knowledge of what these amazing machines & software can do.

I look forward to sharing the love of Silhouette with all of you and welcome you on this journey!

You can find me on Facebook or my website:

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Facebook Group: Silhouette Secrets+ with EllyMae


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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