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#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 27, 2010 6:20:05 PM(UTC)
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Hi I am fairly new to Cricut and I am finding it difficult to get the delicate cuts off the sticky mat without them ripping. I do have the tool kit with the spatulas that lift them off the mat but they are so delicate that the paper rips. Does anyone know of a way to stop this happening? There are so many cute things I want to cut but I'm getting frustrated as they keep ripping, Angry thank you BigGrin
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:17:46 PM(UTC)
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Can anyone help?????
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:50:55 PM(UTC)
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I'm not an expert but I know that when I use a new (and very sticky) mat, it is more difficult. Try using a mat that has been used a bit and isn't SO sticky. If all you have is new mats then try to "unstick" one of them and use that one for the delicate patterns. Hope that helps!
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, October 27, 2010 8:01:48 PM(UTC)
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With new mats it helps if you pat them with your hands a few
times to help make them less sticky.
Hope this helps!
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#5 Posted : Saturday, November 06, 2010 11:27:47 AM(UTC)
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Well this is what I do: I slow my speed way down, put the pressure toward the lighter side and put multicut on 2x's. it also makes a big difference what paper you are using. I do not seem to get good cuts on textured paper so I stick to the old flat stuff.
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#6 Posted : Saturday, November 06, 2010 11:30:32 AM(UTC)
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Hey, there's a post on "proper settings for Brazillian paper." It has tips that would help you.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, November 06, 2010 11:42:02 AM(UTC)
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I have found that a slower cutting blade works better for cutting, but the spatula that Cricut puts out doesn't work well on these. I use a regular thin metal spatula, and I work slowly, and rock back and forth. This is what I did for the snowflake cards I made last year for Christmas.

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#8 Posted : Monday, November 08, 2010 9:14:20 PM(UTC)
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For your new mat you have to pat your hands all over it several times and you can also lay cardstock on it and pull it off about 8-10 times or more if it needs it. Now for cutting cardstock put the blade on 5-6,pressure 4 and speed 3. Start with these and adjust as needed. Have fun.............
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#9 Posted : Sunday, November 21, 2010 9:35:49 PM(UTC)
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Honestly, and I love the delicate, intricate cuts, it's take time, patience and most of the time a sample. Each time I make something I get more of a sense of what I'm doing and can think of solutions to problems, which is why I do a sample. I know time is precious, so you can just cut the pieces you think will be a problem for the sample. Use scrap paper instead of your good paper. Even if it's a different weight, you will still be able to lay out the pieces in the right place, kind of like a puzzle.

Your mat may be too sticky. Some suggest you put the palm of your hands on it and that will make it less sticky.

I have several different spatulas. Some work best with certain papers, some work best for working with small pieces. I usually keep a spare mat or a portion of the mat I'm using to keep from losing my tiny, tiny pieces.

I hope you stick with it. I find these type of cuts to be the most interesting.

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