Silhouette Mat Too Sticky?

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Posted 12/1/2012 by minna40 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 12/1/2012 10:36:14 PM
Could this be my problem? I used the recommended settings for textured cardstock, which is fairly lightweight in my Cameo. The fine detail is all torn. Complete mess and waste of yet another piece of paper. I noted this time (and it has happened other times) that I can't get the paper to peel off easily even with the scrapping tool. I tears and sticks to the mat. I then have to go back and put some elbow grease in it and scrape the rest of the paper off the mat.

I am really trying, but feel so frustrated every time I use this machine. There are so many people making gorgeous things and saying how much they love it...I know I can do it. Also, if anyone has the link to the great Silhouette resource thread here I would appreciate it. Forgot to bookmark it last time.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 12:43:37 AM
It's a true nightmare and I don't have a good answer, I've tried the stick to your clothes or pants leg trick and then it slipped in the machine. I swear, I only get about 60% of my cuts useable. I just did a sheet of different snowflakes and none of them were useable for every possible thing that could go wrong. Little things, but every snowflake was unusable.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 1:20:49 AM
I have had the same thing happen to me when I got my cricut it annoyed me soo damm much that I don't even use it anymore I used my machine a few times and haven't touched it since funny thing is I just bought a cameo it's still in the box! If you find a way to make perfect cuts and get them off the sheet easy please let me know! I really don't wanna have to throw the the towel in on two machines lol.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:44:08 AM
If my mat is super sticky I try not to rub my paper too much to the mat. You said that you already tried the tshirt trick. Maybe you could you adhesive remover and strip down your sheet, tape the edges, and spray with removeable adhesive? At least them you could control how much you are spraying.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:02:09 AM
If the cuts are ripping on the mat, before removal, your blade may have a nick or burr , which can happen during shipping.
If the paper does not sppear to be cut all the way through, lower your speed and increase cutting depth slightly.

Sometimes it is easier to remove the cardstock that is left-over first, and then remove the shapes.
Also, if it's really sticky, you can desticky the mat some more by blotting it multiple times with a clean tshirt.

Also, little bits of paper stuck to the mat or on the blade will cause tearing.

Without being there, it's difficult to say what the issue is.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:52:48 AM
I was having all kinds of problems and then I did a few things:

1-do the tshirt trick.
2-slow the cutting speed way down. I usually go with the slowest speed. It's worth the wait.
3-use the double cut feature
4-use the lowest blade setting you can.
5-when removing the paper after cutting, put the mat on a flat surface upside down and pull it toward you while you peel the paper away.

There is something about changing the packet size that helps, but I don't remember it. Jin at Under A Cherry Tree (google it) has some stuff about settings that might help, too.

I agree that it's tricky and super frustrating. I was ready to ship mine back, even had a return authorization from the Amazon seller.

With all the cameos going under Christmas trees, someone should do an online class with all these tips and tricks! Good luck and I hope that helps.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:18:28 PM
I am so glad that I am not the only one. I always feel like everyone else loves their Cameo and doesn't have the trouble I have.

The cuts are tearing as the blade is cutting and the good cuts won't come off the mat without curling and tearing. I'll try to condition the mat again to reduce the stickiness and am going to check the blade to see if it is nicked.

I completely agree that someone should do a great online Cameo class. I would take it!!

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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:44:31 PM
Have you tried the Kerri Bradford classes at Jessica Sprague? They are awesome! Also, it sounds like you have a faulty blade, perhaps try and contact Silhouette. I had a bad one at first and the new one made all the difference


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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:46:48 PM
I am going to have to check out the classes. Did you see the photo I attached? I may contact Silhouette if it looks like I have a faulty blade.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:20:47 PM
I turn the actual blade way up to 6. Take it out of the housing and use the little wrench to turn it up. Also make sure there are no paper fragments inside the blade itself. You can use a small needle to clean it out.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:29:40 PM
My mat is so sticky that I can't even get the paper that is no where near the cuts off without it ripping. Really frustrating.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:15:00 PM
I think A LOT has to do with the paper you use. Thin papers always tear for me. Have you tried American Crafts papers? I understand their cardstock is the best for clean cuts...haven't tried that yet, but I love the way their patterned and coloured papers cut. Basic Grey papers also cut really nicely. I usually set my blade to 3 and 5 speed, 30 depth. Seems to work well and I don't have to bother with double cuts anymore. I also just cut an intricate design on Martha Stewart's Christmas papers with these settings and they worked well. I was just coming to post this about my 25 Days intro page, but here's a close up to see how well it cuts.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:26:35 AM
The theme for the first day of Advent was patience...I signed up for Kerri Bradford's class and am going to be patient. lol! However, I still think that this mat is stickier than the last one I had.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:12:59 AM
I had the same problem and was beyond frustrated when I got my cameo a year ago. I would look at other's beautiful cuts and just get more frustrated. I tried everything from slowing the speed to cutting deeper (which resulted in cutting through the mat at one point). I finally just simply switched out the Silhouette brand cutting mat for the Cricut brand cutting mat. I haven't had any problems since. I still usually adjust the blade one step higher then what is recommended for most of my cuts.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:49:01 AM
I have a Gazelle, but was having these same issues, and considered selling it. I too switched to Cricut mats and have been so much happier, my machine and I are now friends!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:10:19 PM
I use a Cricut mat and the Cricut spatula!!

If it something big and non-detailed, I will use the Silhouette mat.

Silhouette did not do a very good job with their mats!!!
But I love the machine!!

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Posted: 11/2/2013 6:05:36 PM
I just got a silhouette and this was frustrating to me. This is what I did (also did this with my cricut)

Since the mat is way to sticky when you first get it - if you put baby powder on the mat - that removes the stickiness. THEN spray with a fabric adhesive. The best I have found is Dritz. I have used the same cricut mat for over a year now and I cut a lot.

So far that is working for the sil mat too.

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Posted: 11/2/2013 10:46:13 PM
I love the silhouette mats! I agree that it has a lot to do with your paper. I have also found not to have your blade too deep

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Posted: 11/2/2013 11:29:40 PM
I haven't tried one, but I did see they have a new mat for the Cameo that has a "light hold" adhesive. I had a lot of trouble with mine too. I'm doing much better since taking KB's classes. They are great and I'm learning a lot.

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Posted: 11/2/2013 11:33:38 PM
Forgot to mention, Kerri Bradford's classes aren't on Jessica Sprague anymore. They are on Kerri's website. I took the first one through Jessica Sprague and still have access, but the last one I took was directly through Kerri's website.


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Posted: 11/2/2013 11:51:08 PM
Great so it's not just me. I'll try de-tacking it a bit. Have pressed it into my pants a fee times but that doesn't help much. I'll give some of these suggestions a go.

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Posted: 12/9/2013 1:22:25 PM
The solution is simple. BEFORE putting any paper on the mat, gently wash it under warm water while swiping your hand over the top. You'll feel some of the adhesive come off in white clumps which is what you want. Once done simple dab with a dish cloth and touch your fingers all over the mat to test for strength. If it's too strong give it another rinse. Don't pay too much attention to one single area or you'll get bare spots. If you did put paper on it first you'll find that the water will easily wash it off with a little light scrubbing. I make stencils for model cars (Yes I'm a dude...) and I had this same problem.

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Posted: 12/9/2013 1:37:45 PM
I also use Cricut mats in my Sil Cameo. The Sil mats are just entirely too sticky.
I very seldom have problems now, but I had a TON of problems when I used Sil mats!!


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Posted: 12/9/2013 1:48:19 PM
Brand of paper can make a HUGE difference!!!

I use Colorbok cardstock that comes in 12x12 pads from Walmart. Cuts like a dream. I have also heard the AC paper (mentioned above) also cuts great!

Make sure you don't have some paper or vinyl stuck up in your blade. Use a fine needle and fish out any goobers stuck up there....

Your blade could be damaged.

Make sure you don't have your blade set too deep.

For cardstock I use the setting: Textured Cardstock/Heavy 80lb, with a blade setting of 5.


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Posted: 12/9/2013 8:50:04 PM
Use good paper. Bazzil Basic doesn't work for me. It's too fibrous and cuts tear. I just can't get clean cuts.

I use American Crafts CS. It cuts very crisp and clean.

Keep trying. Once you figure it out, you will be singing! Try cutting on 4. If that doesn't work, try a double cut. It's tempting to increase the depth when the cuts are tearing, but the cutting point on the blade is on the very tip. You only want to be cutting with that portion of the blade.

Make sure the blade doesn't have any residue under the cap. You can unscrew the very end of the blade housing--the flat end that surrounds the blade. Blow it out or use a pin to pick out any residue.

Slow your speed down to 1.

Pick a shape like a star with inside and outside corners and make it small and start testing cuts. Keep notes on what worked and didn't work. You are going to sacrifice a sheet of paper, but it will be worth it. It's $1 for a sheet of paper for this class lesson!

Once you figure it out, it will all be worth it. So worth it!

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Posted: 12/9/2013 10:46:29 PM
I watched this Silhoutte getting started video on Stamp TV before I bought my Cameo. She suggests laying your mat on a fuzzy pillow a few times before first using it. I de-stuck my mat and haven't had a issues with it being too sticky. Today I cut out some shapes with a really thin patterned paper and didn't have any issues with it tearing.

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Posted: 12/10/2013 9:05:57 AM
I accidentally dropped my mat sticky side down on my carpet. It hasn't been sticky since!!

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Posted: 12/10/2013 9:21:51 AM
In a class I took at the LSS (Cricut class), the instructor showed us to pat the new mat with bare hands to lessen the stickiness. A T-shirt can leave too much lint on it, making it not sticky enough.

Even so, until you have cut some thicker cardstock a number of times first, thinner papers are more likely to rip coming off a relatively new mat.

I use Bazzill, and as long as I am careful, I can get intricate cuts off the mat without tearing.

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Posted: 12/10/2013 9:36:52 AM
If the card stock is tearing during cutting fist try lowering your speed If you have to, turn it way way down i've went as low as 2. If that doesn't work pull your blade and blow compressed air through it you might have little pieces stuck in it. If it's still tearing try turning your blade so it cuts deeper if you are on 3 go to 4. If it still doesn't work try a new blade you have a blade that's messed up.

If it's tearing when you try to remove it from the mat take a terry cloth towel and pat it up and down on your mat a lot. I'm talking putting it on your mat rubbing hard removing it and doing it like this 3 or 4 times.


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Posted: 12/10/2013 9:38:14 AM
Oh and I forgot to add go to Kerri Bradfords site under tutorial and set your preference like she suggest for good cuts. Made a lot of difference in how my cameo was cutting.

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