Silhouette PORTRAIT Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Happy Monday-Before-Thanksgiving! Have you heard about the NEW Silhouette PORTRAIT digital cutting tool? Well, I’m going to review the Silhouette Portrait AND give one away today. YAYY!

This is the 3rd Silhouette model that I’ve used and owned. My first Silhouette was the SD that my hubby surprised me with for our 5th anniversary. Since then I upgraded to the CAMEO and now got the chance to play with the new PORTRAIT.

Silhouette PORTRAIT

silhouette portrait Silhouette recently launched the new Silhouette PORTRAIT. It is very similar to the CAMEO, but there are a few differences.

PORTRAIT differences:

  •  8″ cutting width {Cameo has 12″}
  • Weighs 3.5 pounds {Cameo weighs 6.5 pounds}
  • No LCD screen
  • Load Media only button

PORTRAIT Similarities to the CAMEO:

  • Hooks up to your computer, like a printer, but instead of printing, it cuts with a small blade.
  • Precise cut
  • No cartridges
  • Cuts all fonts and designs on your computer for free
  • Cuts vinyl, cardstock, magnetic sheet, fabric, and more.
  • Download individual designs from
  • Silhouette Studio software is included.
  • Cuts designs up to 10 feet long
  • Optical scanner so you can print designs on your printer and then cut them out.
*Check out this video on the Portrait.
My Thoughts


So I have had loads of fun playing the new Silhouette PORTRAIT! It is very similar to the CAMEO, just smaller and lighter. Silhouette made a few small changes to the overall design. One thing that I really liked about the PORTRAIT, is it is easier to load just vinyl. {you don’t need a cutting mat the cut vinyl} The PORTRAIT seems to have less of a lip for the vinyl to get caught on, so I felt it was easier than all the previous models to load vinyl.

silhouette portrait review

The PORTRAIt has only 5 buttons, no screen. It has a button to load Media on a Cutting Mat {ex: scrapbook paper on cutting mat} AND a button for when you load Media Only. {ex: vinyl} I liked the simplicity of the PORTRAIT design the the rounded look. It is easy to use and the cut is the same high quality precise cut that is a Silhouette standard.

Overall Thoughts on the PORTRAIT

It is a fantastic little machine! If you will only be cutting smaller designs and have limited space, then the PORTRAIT will be perfect for you! The Portrait has a lot cheaper price point, so its a great way to get your feet wet in digital cutting tools. But I have to say, the wider width of the CAMEO is very handy. I cut a lot of large designs, so I will probably still use the CAMEO most of the time, but I think the PORTRAIT will be nice to use for small projects and small cuts. And it will be easier to transport to craft parties and classes because its smaller and lighter.

Silhouette Black Friday Discounts 

Silhouette is having a HUGE Black Friday sale starting at 12:01 am EST! These are their BEST prices of the year! I will be posting details and discount codes at 12:01am on Black Friday. So be sure to stop by and get all the details on Silhouette Black Friday discounts and check out the Handmade Black Friday that will start at the same time!

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happy crafting,


Disclosure: I received free product to try. All opinions are 100% mine. I only promote products that I think you will enjoy. Please see my complete disclosure here.


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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    This little machine looks amazing! Would love to win! :o)

  2. 2
    Becky Greene

    I would love the flexibility and size of the Cameo, but would be so happy to have the Portrait, too!

  3. 3
    Martha W

    Because I would probably do smaller projects I think the portrait would be perfect for me. Thanks.

  4. 4

    I like the smaller size of the Portrait. It seems like it would be easier to get out & use.

  5. 5

    I think I’m a Cameo girl just because I would like the versatility of a larger design. But the Portrait I would take to travel with to friends houses. Both are great!

  6. 6

    I have been wanting to get a Silhouette so I can start cutting vinyl and the Portrait seems like a good starting point for a newbie with limited space!!

  7. 7
    Amy Clayburn

    Either would be GREAT!

  8. 8

    Either would be awesome!!

  9. 9

    Glad to see they made a mini-me version! I’d be more apt to use the Portrait since I’m working with limited space at home:)

  10. 10

    I think I prefer the cameo – but I love them both!

  11. 11

    I think I will stick with the Cameo. Like the bigger mat size.

  12. 12

    I would like to win either one.

  13. 13
    The Clines

    I’d prefer the Cameo, but the Portrait sounds wonderful!

  14. 14

    I love the smaller size of the portrait. But I love the idea of larger projects on the cameo.

  15. 15

    I’ve never used anything like this before. I’d like the versatility of the Cameo, but I’d certainly use a Portrait (and I like the affordability). The Portrait would be more portable, too, which is nice since I don’t have a dedicated craft area.

  16. 16

    I think I would prefer a cameo so I have more options!

  17. 17
    Lori o.

    It would be awesome to own a silhouette. I am not picky!

  18. 18

    Thanks for the chance to win! Love Silhouette.

  19. 19

    I think it’s great that that Cameo cuts up to 12 inches which I would love but I don’t have a lot of space in my house so I might prefer the portrait.

  20. 20
    Jen V.

    I would put a Portrait to use starting with holiday cards!

  21. 21

    Would like to try with “Silhouette PORTRAIT” ! would suit a bignner like me better. Thanks

  22. 22

    the cameo, but I’ll take what I can get : )

  23. 23

    I think the portrait so I’d be able to take it with me when I go to my parents because they always want me to do something while I’m there!

  24. 24

    I think I would dive right in to the Cameo. I’ve been following Silhouette on pinterest since it came out and I have pinned so many projects I would like to try!

  25. 25

    Winning this would make my year!!!!

  26. 26
    Kari M.

    I just want to be able to cut vinyl myself, so I would love either one!

  27. 27

    I would take either, but the Cameo would be on my list first!

  28. 28
    Sarah Rowan

    I love how this could be easily put in a bag and head to craft night!

  29. 29

    I would rather have the cameo I think. But I would take the portrait too!

  30. 30

    I’d prefer a Cameo. But the portrait would be easier to find a spot for in my tiny home.

  31. 31

    I think that the Portrait would be a perfect starter cutting tool for me! I like the smaller size, and the simplified design.

  32. 32
    Karen Partin

    I’d be happy to own either the Cameo or Portrait

  33. 33
    melissa clark

    i am new to the digital cutting machines & would love a new portrait!

  34. 34

    I am thinking i would choose the cameo, based on your reviews. I have never used either…bith sound great

  35. 35

    I am thinking I would get the portrait. I have limits space and I really only make cards. Thanks for sharing the review love it!

  36. 36

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this great little cutting machine!!! I’d love to have it to take with me when I go to my friend’s house to craft ~ actually, that would make it a double win because she doesn’t have a cutting machine, so she’d get to use this one, too!! Keeping my fingers crossed that I’m lucky this week!!!!!

  37. 37
    Anna ballinger

    I have been wanting some kind of cutting machine for a long time now. This Portrait machine would be perfect for me!

  38. 38

    I would love to try out the Silouhette Portrait. It really look like a lot of fun!! Thank you for the chance to win this great product!!

  39. 39
    Becki F

    Would LOVE to win this

    1. 39.1
      Becki F

      ooops, hit enter too quick, I would LOVE to win the Silhouette Portrait.

  40. 40
    tammy b

    don’t think i really have a preference, i would love either! thanks for the chance to win one!

  41. 41

    I would LOVE one of these…thanks for the chance!!

  42. 42

    I would love the Cameo, but the Portrait sounds wonderful also!

  43. 43
    Chelsie M

    Either would be GREAT!!

  44. 44
    Sarah Lilley

    For my needs the Portrait is PERFECT :)

  45. 45
    Jaylynn L.

    I would prefer a cameo just because there is more that it can do BUT I would take either because I have been drooling over it for so long. It would make my Christmas!

  46. 46
    Sue D.

    Really, I just want a Silhouette, but I am thinking the Portrait would be a good starting place for me.

  47. 47

    Mini version would be a great starter

  48. 48
    Tessa Green

    I would love either but I thinks the large cutting size of the Cameo would be better.

  49. 49

    Cameo has more versatility. But loving the portrait, too!

  50. 50
    Heidi J

    I have never used either of them. So I would love to win!