How to cut rhinestone templates using the Silhouette Cameo

While I was working on “It’s a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square” I fell in love with crystals – largely because it is so easy to apply them using the BERNINA DesignWorks software and the CrystalWorks tool. But what if you don’t have a CrystalWorks tool – and you do have a Silhouette Cameo? How can the Cameo be used to cut crystal templates?

Creating a Crystal Template

I’m assuming that you have a design file for the template that you want to create. This could be a design that you have purchased or one that you have created using the Silhouette Studio software.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Rhinestone template material
  • Rhinestone transfer film
  • Rhinestone backing board

The easiest way to get started is to use a Silhouette Rhinestone Template Kit which contains 3 of everything!

Silhouette Rhinestone Template Kit

Silhouette Rhinestone Template Kit

The template material needs to be placed on a cutting mat and then the cutting mat can be loaded into the Cameo.

Silhouette Template Material

Silhouette Template Material

The recommended blade setting for cutting Silhouette Rhinestone Template Material is 6. I decided that I would add some extra cutting power, so I set my blade to 7.

Silhouette Cameo Blade

Silhouette Cameo Blade set for cutting Rhinestone Template Material

You might be wondering why I’m using a blue “fabric” blade to cut the Rhinestone Template Material. There’s a really simple answer… it’s the blade that happened to be in the Cameo when I turned it on! It turns out that the black blade and the blue blade are exactly the same with the exception of the color of the housing. So… if you’re organized, you can have one blade for cutting fabric and another blade for cutting everything else.

Once the template material has been placed on a cutting mat which has then been loaded into the Cameo, start cutting! I was quite surprised how quickly the cutting happened, given that there are quite a lot of tiny circles being cut!

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Template Cutting

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Template Cutting

If cutting fabric generates lint, cutting rhinestone template material generates lint x 100! And it’s sticky lint. I used a pair of tweezers to pull all the lint and stickiness away from the blade.

Silhouette Cameo Blade

Silhouette Cameo Blade after cutting Rhinestone Template Material

There are little black dots everywhere when you have finished cutting. I found that it is a lot easier to rub as many as possible off while the template material is still on the cutting mat. Then remove the template material from the backing paper and remove any remaining dots by poking them from the back.

The template material can then be stuck onto a piece of backing board. Make sure that the template material is smooth and flat. There’s nothing worse that having little air pockets in a template that crystals can get stuck in!

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Template

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Template

Applying Crystals using a Template

Now that you have a template it is super simple to use it to apply crystals to your project.

In the beginning, I would pour out a few crystals at a time and nudge them into the holes. I discovered that it is a LOT easier to dump a bunch of crystals (more than you think you will need) onto the template…

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Template

Filling a Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Template

… and use a crystal brush to get the crystals into the holes. You may be pleasantly surprised how many crystals will fall into a hole the right way up! You can always use a pair of tweezers to flip any upside down crystals or fill the few remaining holes.

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Template

Filling a Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Template

Now it’s time for the Rhinestone Transfer Film. I apply one motif at a time using the smallest piece of transfer film possible. You can’t be too gentle when placing the transfer film on the crystals – you want to get it down so that it knows you’re the one in charge! Try to put it down gently and I think you will understand what I mean! The crystal brush can come in really handy here too – I rub it over the transfer film to make sure that all of the crystals have stuck to the transfer film.

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Transfer Film

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Transfer Film

Peel the transfer film away from the template slowly. If there are any crystals that did not stick to the film, you can usually catch them and rub over the film with the crystal brush. If you don’t catch them (see photo below!) you can always add the missing crystals later.

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Transfer Film

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Transfer Film

Place the crystals where you want them and make sure that the transfer film is flat with no kinks in it.

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Transfer Film

Applying crystals with Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Transfer Film

Now cover the transfer film with a piece of fabric and use a hot iron – held in place for the count of 10 – until you have covered the whole template.

Silhouette Cameo Applying Rhinestones

Silhouette Cameo Applying Rhinestones

It can be very tempting to pull the transfer film up as soon as you are done with the iron. Chances are you will bring up a whole bunch of crystals too. Let the transfer film – and the crystal adhesive – cool before very carefully lifting the film up and away from the crystals.

Silhouette Cameo Crystals/Rhinestones applied!

Silhouette Cameo Crystals/Rhinestones applied!

And there you have it!

Here’s a bigger glimpse of the quilt that I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks.

Inspired by Libby by Sarah Vedeler

Inspired by Libby by Sarah Vedeler

There is also a “sister” quilt in different colors, which is still a work in progress…

Inspired by Libby by Sarah Vedeler

Inspired by Libby by Sarah Vedeler

Which is your favorite color combo? Green and blue or light and dark pinks? Leave a comment below with your answer!

Until next time… Happy Stitching – and cutting!

Sarah Vedeler Designs

 

9 Comments

  1. Blue & green!

  2. Blue and green

  3. I usually opt for greens and blues, but this time, it’s definitely the pinks! I’m so excited to have just purchased a Cameo. Bling may actually be a thing, at least on my quilts.
    Thanks for this tutorial!

  4. I usually go with pink but to me the green is more pleasing to the eye.

  5. Love the pinks!

  6. Blue and Green!

  7. Miranda Flinders

    I love the rhinestone tutorial. I have not used mine as much as I should!

  8. Pink – love it 🙂

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