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Silhouette Portrait Cutting Machine | First Impressions

Hey there m'lovelies!

So it's been a little while since I first started to sell and design stickers here and there as a little hobby and not only did I sell them, I also relied heavily on making stickers for myself but hand cutting out loads of little stickers is 1. tricky, 2. time consuming and 3. it really hurts your hands after a while so I needed to figure out a way to get them cut for me.

I looked into sticker cutting services but by the time I had paid the company to cut them and ship them back it would of just cost too much and not be worth it in the long run, so I put off the idea of having electronically cut altogether. It wasn't until recently I heard about the Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting machine through someone who is part of a facebook group we're both in - UKPA Planner addicts. I looked further into what the Portrait machine was and instantly fell in love with the idea of it.

If you're not sure what exactly it is, I'm going to break it down for you. Basically, it's a machine that cuts papers, cardstock, fabric and vinyl by using a tiny blade that you can adjust to suit your material. You use the design software on your computer to tell the machine what and where to cut. You can cut and make so many different things with it but as I'm new with using it I'm just sticking with cutting out stickers and gift tags.

Opening the box it came with 2 disc's, one with the design software and one with instructions on how to use it, the ratchet cutting blade, a booklet instruction manual, power cables and the PC cable, it also came with a UK and US mains adapter. The machine is quite compact with a stylish, simple to use design.

It took me about half an hour to set up and start using the machine after a flick through the instructions and it took about 5 attempts until I got my machine to the right settings for kiss-cutting my sticker sheets. I have to admit that it is fiddly to begin with but once you've got the hang of it then it's really simple to use. One thing I really like about the machine is once it's set up properly with the correct program settings then you don't have to go through it all again besides altering the blade (its super simple).

So far I've been really enjoying using it, it's a little pricey but totally worth it - every crafter/sticker designer needs one! 

Have you every used a Silhouette cutting machine?

Don't forget to check out my etsy shop for cute sticker designs!


  1. Wow this sounds absolutely amazing and like a nifty bit of gadget. I'll have to have a little look at your etsy store x

    1. Honestly it's a great bit of kit, I've had it a little over 2 months now and I'm obsessed! I'd genuinely be lost without it!

      My etsy shop is closed until the 1st of May, so i'll be back pretty soon! Thank you for stopping by sweetie <3

  2. I've just bought the cameo for my scrapbooking, I used to have the old craft robo. I can't wait to start playing with it.
    I love your blog you are doing everything I need to to find more time for. Thanks for the inspiration x

    1. Ooooo I'd love the cameo, sadly I don't have enough pennies but luckily my portrait does everything I need it too!

      Thank you so much for the kind words sweetie, it really means the world!

      Stay creative!<3