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Re: Cricut and glitter tattoos

Post by FunWithSparkles on Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:38 am

Darn! I don't know how to add a picture from my computerr!!!???
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Re: Cricut and glitter tattoos

Post by artyfacesbyluz on Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:50 pm

Manja wrote:Wow! Life just got way more interesting and a lot less frustrating. This is so cool... I can have an endless supply and limitless designs! I WANT one today. LOL

So.... where is the best place to buy one of these Sil Cam gems?

There's a lot of info on this thread but my brain is scrambled and I do not have time to sort things out, so....

Those of you with experience and willing to save me time honing it down - if you were to put together a shopping list for someone wanting to get started with cutting their own tat stencils and body art stencils (like BAMs) - what would be on the list? And WHERE would you buy it all?

Sil Cam
$50 designer edition software
Adhesive Vinyl - (specific brand/type)
Transfer Tape
Extra cutting blades?


Is that everything I need to do what I want? (Glitter/Mica Tats and body art stencils)

You need and extra mat, you can buy CRICUT ones, they are cheaper and thicker, I only use my SIL for the stencils for my glitter tats, and I don't have an special program, just look for the image I want and clean in in black and white and cut is as jpg, I am cutting BAM stencils too.
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Post by Manja on Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:57 pm

Goood to know, artyfacesbyluz! I wondered about cutting BAM stencils... what material do you use for those?
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Post by Manja on Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:01 pm

Okay - new question. How long did it take you all to make your money back on the investment of your machine?

My husband is questioning when my break-even point would be. I know it depends a lot on venues/number of gigs/etc. Just wondering what everyone's personal experiences are.

I'm stoked and have numerous ideas of how to generate income from it right away, but he's not convinced.
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Post by 1HappyNut on Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:09 pm

Manja, I don't know the answer to your question. But... Do you make cards? Scrapbook? Do anything paper-crafty? If so, this is a great investment just for the creative factor alone. They can do so many things. Our elementary school library has a similar cutting machine and it's used to do all kinds of things with it, from cards, to posters, to 3D display boards throughout the school. It does so much more than cut vinyl or paper. Just a thought.

If that's not for you and you only want to get it to cut glitter tattoo stencils and make money back on it, versus getting it to cut personalized stencils or for fun then I'm sure there are people on here with more experience in that area that can help out with your questions.
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Post by Noella on Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:08 pm

If I count the *time* I spent cutting stencils with my cutter, the break even point is further away, however on the outlay (third party) cost of the cutter and software and material, I made it back in exchange for purchases I would have had to make to do the very first job I had after I started to use it.

The creativity it allows me - to do what I want, when I want, with variations I want, without needing to plan ahead to allow for shipping and potential out of stock items is immeasurable.

I use it to cut reusable stencils mostly - for airbrush - it allows me to have identical sets, with size variations, and then add special event (like seasonal) designs, come up with layers of stencil work (to make multi colour), etc etc etc. And then I can take the same design set and do it to make a glitter tattoo..... and cut extra of popular ones, yet have some of each, and if doing a multi day event restock without needing shipping time (assuming I was prepared ahead, only a few need to be restocked).

I can't (won't) go back to being without one..... I spent far too much on my stencil addiction before - this is a huge cost/stress saving.
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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:35 am

Manja wrote:Okay - new question. How long did it take you all to make your money back on the investment of your machine?

My husband is questioning when my break-even point would be. I know it depends a lot on venues/number of gigs/etc. Just wondering what everyone's personal experiences are.

I'm stoked and have numerous ideas of how to generate income from it right away, but he's not convinced.
Question #1 : I use plastic dividers avery # 11900, that is the only plastic the cutter can cut.

Question #2: I did 157 glitter tattoos in 2011 I sell them at $4.00 so I made $628.00, the main question is that before I bought the cutter I bougt a lot of stencils that I still have, glitter colors that I never use, (like the pastels) they don't show up in tattoos and are no great for face painting.
I am counting the tattos I made for the paid corporate events, or birthday parties, when the kids pic between face paint or tattoos, I have never done a "tattoo" only party but I love the freedom of doing my stencils, I cut 3 of the same at the time and I replace them as I need it, I usually do them in 2 diferent sizes (for small or big hands).
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Post by scgilland on Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:03 pm

Ok, just found this thread, I was just about to sell my cricut cake, since I can't work that for the life of me, the fondant, frosting paper is too difficult to deal with, but I am going to turn it into a cricut expression and just use it for paper and never for food ever again(irritation). Anyone else try this? making my own tattoo stencils seems like fun too!
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Re: Cricut and glitter tattoos

Post by sweethavenarts on Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:10 pm

Yes, you can totally use the cake for paper. I've heard of people using the regular one for cake stuff (after they cleaned the daylights out of it).
Unless you purchased the make the cut software or the Sure cuts a lot software before the upgrade, though, you really can't use a cricut for glitter tatts. There is no way to get it to connect to a computer and make any sort of custom design. You are stuck with your cartridges- and they really don't work well for stencils. It would be a lot of fiddly work trying to cut stencils from a cartridge.
I DID have the old SCAL and a cricut, and I was never happy with my cuts. The Cameo is so much cleaner and sharper.
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Re: Cricut and glitter tattoos

Post by scgilland on Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:31 pm

darn it, so I probably should still get rid of it then,
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Re: Cricut and glitter tattoos

Post by vicky@addgo.com on Sun May 20, 2012 4:06 am

Ok, why dont you just take cheap plastic like laminate paper and cut them out?
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Post by scgilland on Sun May 20, 2012 10:18 am

vicky@addgo.com wrote:Ok, why dont you just take cheap plastic like laminate paper and cut them out?

because its hard-lol, and it never turns out good. I had to do it at first when I had some non painters helping me at a large sporting event.
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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Sun May 20, 2012 1:08 pm

vicky@addgo.com wrote:Ok, why dont you just take cheap plastic like laminate paper and cut them out?
You can use "CONTACT" paper but the cons are:
Glue gets thru it and dissolves borders and small parts.
When you cut that with scissors you leave irregularities that interact with the glue and then when you peel the stencil out it peels the glitter too.
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Post by vicky@addgo.com on Mon May 21, 2012 6:15 am

Hm, im thinking i will try to make some stencils out of plastic and let you know how they turn out.
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Re: Cricut and glitter tattoos

Post by vicky@addgo.com on Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:01 pm

The stencils were terrible and took me 3x as long as using the adhesive on the back of the contact paper. I had tired kids waiting in a long line. never again until i get a cameo!

vicky@addgo.com wrote:Hm, im thinking i will try to make some stencils out of plastic and let you know how they turn out.
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Re: Cricut and glitter tattoos

Post by vegas mom on Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:16 pm

Pulling up a old thread, but loads of information...I have been pricing stencils on amazon, ebay, faketoos etc. I realized that the cricut isnt the best for stencils now due to unavailable programs..I am curious about the silhouette SD which is the discontinued model before the cameo. Any thoughts???? Need to act fast checking to see if one is still available... Thanks for all the info here.


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Post by vicky@addgo.com on Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:52 pm

you could use a cameo.


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Post by vegas mom on Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:55 pm

Ugh thanks they are pretty xpensive. I wouldnt use them for anything else. Ill keep looking for a used one...
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Post by vicky@addgo.com on Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:47 pm

check the silhouette cameo site fb. a girl is selling hers on fb.
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Post by vegas mom on Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:02 pm

Im not sure how to do that...I hardly ever use Facebook
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Post by vicky@addgo.com on Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:03 am

Gal. i cannot help you unless you do this yourself. go to facebook. search silhouette cameo. there is a group there. in there ppl sell stuff.
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Post by vegas mom on Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:45 pm

Thanks Vicky
I went on the group sites of S C. scrolled thru the US sites, a lot of great paper crafting, but didn't see one for sale... Theres about 5 groups/ 3 seem to be from the US. One is closed and you must join to access the site. Thanks again I'll keep looking...
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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:48 pm

I have a question:
Does the vinyl that comes in a roll has a back or you have to put a back to cut it on the cameo?
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Post by SuzySparkles on Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:47 pm

vicky@addgo.com wrote:Gal. i cannot help you unless you do this yourself. go to facebook. search silhouette cameo. there is a group there. in there ppl sell stuff.

You could post the link..........................
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Post by vicky@addgo.com on Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:24 am

duh okay haha thx. http://www.facebook.com/silhouetteamerica

couldnt find the exact thread though sorry.
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