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SusanStone8 Offline
#1 Posted : Monday, February 14, 2011 5:54:28 AM(UTC)

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I am starting out with the cricut, but seem to have problems removing the remaining card from the mat without putting crinkles in the card. Would it best just to use a smaller peice of card to fit the design cut
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I generally use the Cricut Spatula on very sticky mats. (They'll get less sticky over time).

And I never use a full sheet of cardstock on my mat. It's difficult to know what size cardstock to use as you only know the height of the object when using the Cricut alone. If you use Design Studio or the Gypsy you can see exactly how big your object is then you can use the appropriate size paper.

You can download the trial version of DS from http://www.cricut.com/CDS/Update.aspx

Whilst you can only cut with the cart/s that came with your Cricut (George for the Personal, Don Juan for the Create and Plantin Schoolbook & accent essentials for the Expression) you should find it extremely useful for working out how big objects are going to be before you cut them.
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#3 Posted : Monday, February 14, 2011 7:41:23 AM(UTC)

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I also use the spatula. I find that lifting a corner and then rocking and sliding the spatula under the cut piece works for me.
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Welcome to the boards Susan:) One thing that might help with a brand new sticky mat is to pat your hands over it before applying paper to make it a little less tacky. I also dont use my really great paper for my first cut or two because it is so sticky.

Best wishes:)

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#5 Posted : Monday, February 14, 2011 9:07:45 PM(UTC)

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Welcome to the MB, Susan!BigGrin

I find that the metal spatula and the metal tool with the pointed end works best for me. I cut a lot of small pieces, and the metal spatula helps lift the cut, and I can continue with the plastic/rubbery one if I think it will make it all the way without crinkling. I think the plastic/rubbery one is easier on the mat. These all come in the cricut essential tools set. If you don't have it, it's a good investment. I have several cricut tools so I don't have to lose crafting time looking for a lost tool. HTH
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