Can the Silhouette Cameo 4 emboss paper?

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The Silhouette Cameo 4 does not currently have a tools for embossing paper, cardstock or any other material. While the toolset for the new machine released in late 2019 includes a new rotary blade for fabric and a Kraft blade for cutting thick materials, the Cameo 4’s toolset does not include an embossing tool.

Silhouette’s embossing solution is the Curio machine. The Curio is designed to compliment the company’s flagship craft cutters with features like embossing, stippling and etching.

The drawback is that the Curio’s workspace is only 6 inches wide, compared to the Cameo 4’s workspace of 12 inches. For larger projects, the Curio is just not equipped. Plus, buying a second machine to perform these functions when the Cameo 4’s main competitor – the Cricut Maker – performs these tasks with its Quickswap tool system…that’s a definite downside!

So, what are the options for embossing when you own a Cameo 4?

First, you could wait and see if Silhouette releases a new tool for the Cameo 4 and revises their software.

Second, you could make due with a Silhouette Curio, but do you really want to buy two machines?

If you are deciding whether or not to buy the Cameo 4 in the first place and embossing is on your “must have” list, consider the Cameo 4’s main competitor, the Cricut Maker. The Maker has a new set of Quickswap tools with a universal tool body and interchangeable tips that includes tips for debossing/embossing and also for etching.

The Cameo 4 does come with a set of tool adapters to fit tools from older Silhouette machines. These adapters also work with third party tools like the Foil Quill and Amy Chomas etching tips. While these third party tools expand the functionality of the Cameo 4, they don’t quite cover everything that the Cricut Maker toolset does.

Read our complete review comparison of the Silhouette Cameo 4 versus the Cricut Maker here.


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