Top 10 Cameo Die Cutting Techniques with Ashley Horton

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Join Cameo expert Ashley Horton for this ten-lesson class where she breaks down her top ten favorite techniques using the Silhouette Cameo for creating layouts. Full Description.
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Lesson 1 - How to Create Layered Titles with the Cameo Die Cutting Machine

Create your own dimensional titles by cutting several layers of die cut words and adhering them together. A simple technique with big results! Lesson one shows an easy technique for creating a layered title that gives three-dimensional look to a layout. Simply by copying and pasting a word four times in the Cameo software and cutting it from cardstock using the machine, you can then adhere them on top of each other using adhesive.

Lesson 2 - How to Use the Silhouette Sketch Pens

If you have a Cameo and haven’t tried out the sketch pen option, now is the time! Ashley shows how easy it is to draw images with the Silhouette Sketch Pens and introduces a sketch pen technique combined with watercoloring to give a really beautiful look to a background. She creates a stunning background by die cutting her sketched images and watercoloring them too!

Lesson 3 -How To Design and Die Cut Your Own Background

In this lesson, Ashley shows how to use basic shapes to design your own unique background die cut. Lesson three shows a fun way to create and cut your own background using the ‘weld’ function in the software! Ashley uses the circle tool to create a circle and then puts another slightly smaller circle inside of it. The ‘compound path’ function allows those circles to stay together. Then a shape (heart) can be set inside the middle of the circles and the whole image can be welded together. She also explains how backing a die cut with patterned paper adds fun and interest to your layout.

Lesson 4 - How To Create Die Cut Layered Embellishments

Using basic shapes and various types of paper, Ashley shows how to use leftover paper pieces you already have in your supply stash to create layered embellishments. Ashley shows that you can use multiple papers in a variety of patterns and placed them all over the cut mat to quickly get a colorful variety in one pass through the Cameo.

Lesson 5 - How To Use Sketch Pens to Create a Template

Learn how to use sketch pens to create a stitching template for your layout. In Lesson five, Ashley uses the Cameo sketch pens to create a stitching template and then creates a beautiful stitched project.

Lesson 6 - How to Create Die Cut Shaped Text

Lesson six teaches how to use a “text path” to create a shaped text on a layout using a quote, song lyrics or special scriptural verse. You'll pick the shape you would like your text to form, and then use the Cameo to cut the words out creating an incredible and unique look. In this case, Ashley chose a circle but you can choose the shape you'd like.

Lesson 7 - How to Use One Die Cut File Two Ways

Get more uses out of your cut files by finding unique ways to use both the positive and negative of die cut elements. In Lesson seven, Ashley demonstrates how to use one cut file in two different ways to get two unique layouts from one process. Get more out of less! In this case, Ashley uses a star cut file and resized it for a large layout but you can apply these same concepts to a variety of shapes for the same results.

Lesson 8 - How To Design and Cut Your Own Pie Chart with the Cameo

Ashley shows how to design and cut your own pie design with the Cameo and then place different patterned papers behind each section for a fun display of the various designs. When you're done with this lesson you'll know how to use the circle and rectangle tool in Silhouette Studio to create this unique pie chart design.

Lesson 9 - How to Create Watercolor Die Cut Backgrounds

In Lesson nine, Ashley shows that you can get a variety of different effects by adding watercolor to your die cut backgrounds. You'll learn specifically to create a watercolor die cut background by taking a cut file that was originally cut from white cardstock and using watercolors to create an ombre effect over it.

Lesson 10 - How to Create Your Own Stencils

Learn how to create your own stencils and masks using basic shapes or cut files. These unique stencils can then be used with various mixed media items to create color and dimension on layouts. She shows specifically that you can use a circle as a stencil and fill in with a gelato or use a diamond as a stencil and fill in with modeling paste.

Class Details

Ashley Horton demonstrates helpful die cutting techniques for Silhouette Cameo users to create creative, inventive and stunning scrapbooking layouts.  Experienced Cameo users and newbies alike will learn helpful hints and discover the amazing things a Cameo can do!  Her step-by-step instructions are detailed and caution users of silly errors to avoid simply by always checking their blade setting on the machine and in the software before cutting.  Not only does she show a variety of awesome techniques for utilizing the Silhouette Cameo, she also explains how she finishes a layout and puts everything together--from the die cut images, to the photo placement, to the embellishments on the page. 

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About the Teacher

Ashley Horton


My name is Ashley Horton and I live in the Southern US with my husband and our three children.  I have been a SAHM for the past seven years and also teach homeschool.  I started scrapbooking in 2006, and I love creating traditional layouts using multiple patterned papers, die cuts, mixed alphas and embellishments.  Over the years, I have been published in several magazines and had the chance to serve on many design teams.  Currently, I am designing for Simple Stories, Hip Kit Club and A Flair for Buttons.  I also have an Etsy Shop, The Cut Shoppe, where I sell digital cut files that can be used with electronic die cut machines.  When I am not scrapbooking, I also enjoy cooking and reading.