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TanyaWonderly Offline
#1 Posted : Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:30:35 PM(UTC)

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I finally got my cricut out of the box, baby napping in crib, and started playing with the machine but the paper got stuck to the mat and it took me forever to scrape it off! What did I do wrong? I am super excited to start creating for my baby's first birthday party.

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#2 Posted : Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:37:04 PM(UTC)

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Welcome to the world of Cricut!BigGrin

You did nothing wrong. Some of the mats come very sticky and some people recommend that you pat your hands all over the surface of the mat until it's less sticky or hold it in front of your chest and stomach area and pat once or twice.

Your cricut tools can be really helpful in getting your images off the mat. The plastic spatula works well with some and the green plastic spatula works better with some. Don't be in a hurry to remove you images. Find a corner and go underneath. If it doesn't give, try another point to access underneath. You don't want to squish your corners by trying too hard to get under a corner.

I would suggest you purchase the cricut tools kit. You can find it at cricut.com or some other cricut vendors online. There's one tool that's shaped like a toothpick that works really treat, and there's also one that's like an exacto knife that is also good in lifting images. I like to do small and intricate cuts so these all come in handy.

Hope this helps.

Happy Cricuting!
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#3 Posted : Sunday, May 29, 2011 3:26:08 PM(UTC)

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Sweetpea is right, you've done nothing wrong. You just got one of the super-sticky mats. Denim is great for taking off the "sticky overkill", I almost always roll my mat over the leg of my jeans before using, then still pat it down a bit with my hands. There are several ways to put the "sticky" back on, but permanently adhering your paper to the mat is not one of them!!!

Nice to have you here in CricutLand! Stick around, cruise the forums, and never be afraid to ask a question. There are helpful people all over this place!

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#4 Posted : Sunday, May 29, 2011 8:10:17 PM(UTC)

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The spatula tool and xacto knife are really the only tools I use. I also pat my hands on a new mat and take an extra sheet of cardstock paper and rub that on and remove it a few times as well. I would use thicker paper at first, if you use the thinner paper, it tends to tear quite easily.

Hope some of these tips help you out!
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#5 Posted : Saturday, June 04, 2011 8:10:44 AM(UTC)

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Yes it maybe because your mat is new but also be aware that some paper (cheaper paper) will tear or just simply crumble on it. I found an artist knife...longer spatula....helps remove bigger paper. Good luck!!
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