Sunday, March 30, 2014

You Can Use Your Silhouette to Cut Cricut Images!!

If you're anything like me, you've invested a fair amount into your Cricut cartridges and love so many of the wonderful images. I'll never tire of those sweet Doodlecharms characters! However, now that I have my Cameo, I find that I'm using SVGs more and more.  I love the variety of cuts available and I also love the ease of the Silhouette software.  Although I do continue to pull out my Cricut now and then, I wondered if it was worth it to me to invest in the new Cricut Explore.  I have read some reviews about how much better the Silhouette cuts.  I have to admit that my Silhouette cuts much more cleanly than my Expression.  (Note: I have not tried the Explore so can not make a comparison with that.)  

Earlier today, I was trying to cut the reindeer from Very Merry Tags and was using my Cricut.  I needed the cut to be on the smallish side - 2.75in.  I tried several times using several methods and had no success.  The antlers ripped each and every time. I then wondered if there was a way to use my Silhouette to cut the image so mucked about with things for a bit... and there is a way!! Using Cricut Design Space, Paint and my Silhouette Cameo software, I was able to import the reindeer image and cut it out using my Silhouette.  Here's a photo comparison:

I find that the Silhouette cut is more defined than the Cricut cut.  Plus, the antlers cut out beautifully! I'm so excited to continue to use the Cricut images that I love so much and combine them with the SVGs that I also love to use.

I created a video tutorial which provides instructions on how to use your Silhouette to cut Cricut images.  I humbly request that you demonstrate integrity in using this method to cut only images which you have already purchased.

NOTE: Cricut has had my video tutorial removed from YouTube. I have spoken with a lawyer and there is absolutely nothing wrong with what I am doing. However, it's simply not worth it to "fight" the issue.  If interested in this method, please feel free to email me at and I'll be happy to send you written instructions.


Yoshira cricutalltime said...

Thank you for the tutorial Kate!!!I will finally cut those intricate cuts from my cricut carts.

Yoshira cricutalltime said...

Thank you for the tutorial Kate!!!I will finally cut those intricate cuts from my cricut carts.

cricaholic said...

SUPER FANTASTIC!!! can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing.

Susie Craft Happy! said...

This is awesome Kate! Thank you so much sharing!!


Sin City Chix said...

Ahhhhhh-mazing! I tried to follow along with Cricut Craft Room and it did not work for me because it picked up the lines from the mat. I'll have to see if I can get this new Cricut Design Space with all my 200 + carts can't afford to waste all those images. Thank you so much for sharing!

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing, my dear Kate! Your video is amazing, too! :o) I use a Mac and have never seen Cricut Design Space, but I'll have to fiddle around to see if I can work something out, too! This is so exciting. Thank you for sharing with us, my friend! :o)

Hugs and blessings,

Sin City Chix said...

Just wanted to let you know it works fabulously! I just posted the card I made on my blog and thanked you by posting the video so others could see.

Sherrie K. said...

Fabulous tutorial Kate!! I don't know much about the cricut design space...I am going to read up on it and check it out. TFS!
Sherrie K

Scrapper69 said...

That is AWESOME Kate! I don't have the Explore either... nor do I want it... but I'm thrilled about using my 250+ cartridges with my Silhouette... Just knowing I can save the files is perfect! Print & Cut here I come!!! LOL :o)


Creative M said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial!!I must try this!!!
I still use my Cricut!!
Have a wonderful day my friend,
*Crafting With Creative M*

Nana Donna said...

I will have to watch your video. Just something I wanted to note. I have a few Cricuts and I also have a Cameo, by far the cameo cuts cleaner than the Cricuts do. I cut out that exact reindeer for my Christmas cards this past year. I used my Cricut and cut one from some white cardstock from Walmart, it torn up the antlers like your did. Using the same settings on my cricut went and cut out the reindeer again using Cutmates cardstock and they cut perfect. So card does make a huge difference.

Nana Donna said...

Kate here is a link to that paper I was talking about. I learned about it from the Make the Cut forum. It is fabulous cutting paper, whenever I have to cut something small and detailed I use it.
Thanks for taking a peak at my blog

Kellie Broady said...

They have taken your video down and I have searched everyway to do this and tried some things but I cannot get it to work! Would you care to email me how you did this?
Thanks in Advance!