Silhouette Cameo

EASY TO CUT MASK EAR SAVER TUTORIAL USING SILHOUETTE CAMEO 4

Today we will be learning how to make easy to cut mask ear savers using your Silhouette Cameo 4. I’ve included the free Studio files, too!

For the last couple of months a lot of you have been making face masks to combat this virus/germy thing. But many people have been saying how the elastic hurts their ears after wearing their masks for long periods of time. So a good friend of mine created a wonderful cut file for a Mask Ear Saver! What a brilliant idea!

I’ve also added Silhouette (.studio3) versions of the Ear Saver files to my Crafty Library, for those of you that aren’t able to open SVGs. Just fill in the form at the bottom of this post.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are going to use Dollar Store plastic index folders to cut your ear savers, here are the two I recommend…

ONE MORE NOTE: Do NOT use plastic flexible cutting mats in your Silhouette. Mainly these ones from Walmart (shown in pic below). They do not cut (except partially with the knife blade)! Save yourself the frustration!

Do not use Mainstay Flexible Cutting Mats

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I’ll be using the Silhouette Cameo 4 machine

Step 1: Open the Ear Saver cut file

Open File

Click on the Open icon and find where you saved the Medical Ear Saver file.

Step 2: Place Design On Mat

Ear Saver Place On Mat
FYI: This is the second design of the Ear Savers that you will also receive in the FREE .studio3 file.

If you are unsure if the cut settings will work for your plastic, I would recommend placing the design over an inch or so. That way you can use the first inch column to do Test cuts.

Step 3: Test cut

Click Send to go to the Send Panel.

Then select “Shrink Plastic” from the materials list. Or really you can select any material from the list (because we are going to create our own settings).

Now change the Blade Depth to “9”, the Force to “33”, the Speed to “5”, the Passes to “4”, and check off the Line Overcut (the triangle under the Blade Depth). Then click the Save As button.

Now name it something like Plastic Index Folder.

Step 4: Cut design

Now lets run a Test cut just to make sure it will cut the plastic. Once you are satisfied with the cut, go ahead and click the Send button to cut your design.

Now you should have some amazing Ear Savers! Way to go!

**And if you need a Cricut version of the Ear Savers, my friend Emily has them for you on her blog at: Mask Ear Saver SVGs by MinorDIY (**FREE Download)

Ear Saver closeup

MAKE A TON FOR ALL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND OTHERS! AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, WHY NOT SAVE IT TO ONE OF YOUR FAVE BOARDS ON PINTEREST!!!

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Ear Saver Studio Files Form

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19 Comments

  1. Thank you so much! I have an older machine, Silhouette Cameo (the original version). Any idea if settings need to be adjusted for this older machine?

    1. So glad you liked the tutorial! I don’t believe you would have to change the settings for the older machine. But that being said, they could change slightly (if your blade isn’t as sharp). That’s why I always do a test square (or 2 or 3 or…). 🙂

  2. I have a cameo 3 and it will not cut through the plastic. When I use the deep cut blade, it cuts through the mat. What is the settings for cameo 3 please?

    Thank you!

    P.S. Thank you for the free file, this is great! Now to get it to print without cutting through my mat (mat damaged).

        1. I’ve just sent you the instructions plus a link to a video that I did of punching out the Ear Savers. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. I love to help!

  3. Thank you so much for so kindly sharing these files! I’m going to try to make some for family (and friends) who are health care professionals using my Silhouette Portrait! I hope it works! Again, many thanks!

  4. I have a cameo 3 and would like the information for cutting these out on it. Thanks for the files and appreciate you doing this for us.

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