Can the Silhouette Cameo 4 emboss paper?

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No, the Silhouette Cameo 4 does not currently have a tool for embossing paper, card stock or any other material. 

When considering a cutter for paper craft projects, a smart question to ask is “Can the Silhouette Cameo 4 emboss paper?” The toolset for the Cameo 4 includes a rotary blade for fabric and a Kraft blade for cutting thick materials. But 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, just half of the Cameo 4’s workspace of 12 inches. The Curio is just not equipped for larger projects.

Plus, buying a second machine to perform embossing 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 embossing options 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 do 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. The tips include 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. These third party tools expand the functionality of the Cameo 4. But they don’t quite cover everything that the Cricut Maker toolset does.

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2 thoughts on “Can the Silhouette Cameo 4 emboss paper?”

  1. I looked up the Amy Chomas tools and they explicitally say does NOT work eith Cameo 4. Is your comment not for the cameo 4 or is it misleading?

  2. Hi Gayle,

    The old Amy Chomas engraving tip could work in the Cameo 4 with the blue tool adapter, but now they have an engraving tip specifically for the Cameo 4 line: link here. I haven’t tried this one personally, but it looks like this one works without an adapter at all, and I have updated my link in the article.
    Thanks for reading! – Kerri

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