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Posted 4/21/2013 by tinaev in General Scrappin'
 

tinaev
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Posted: 4/21/2013 4:00:14 PM
I'm about to hit the checkout button on a Portrait. But then I saw the mat prices. I'm used to spending about $7 for two Cricut mats. These ones are about $12 for one!!! Does it at least last longer than the Cricut mats?

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Posted: 4/21/2013 5:13:34 PM
I'm still on my original from December. I have three mats, as I use them for favors and school stuff. I find its helpful to cut everything and then peel it off the mats. One is pretty beat up, but it's still usable.

How long have people noticed a blade lasting? I'm on my third this weekend. I've been cutting almost non stop, but that still seems like too much!


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Posted: 4/21/2013 5:36:49 PM
you can use cricut mats in your silhouette


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Posted: 4/21/2013 7:31:01 PM
That's encouraging that you cut a lot and are still using the original mat. Phew.

I know you can use the Cricut mats in the Cameo but I assumed that's because they are both 12 inches. I'm going from the 6x12 Cricut to the 8x12 Portrait. I can't imagine the Portrait would accept a 6 inch mat, would it?

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Posted: 4/21/2013 8:07:59 PM
I don't know about the portrait but the cameo can be adjusted for media less than its max of 12 in. You can buy cricut mats much cheaper and they are readily available whereas silhouette mats are more expensive and usually have to be ordered


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Posted: 4/21/2013 8:13:22 PM
I still have my Cricuts (I got the 6x12 and then a week later found a 12x12 for $100 so hubby convinced me of the bigger size being necessary since I do 12x12 layouts).
I got the Portrait about 2 months ago and while I love that and I can just go to the Silhouette store and buy just the thing I want, I go through blades and mats MUCH more quickly than I recall doing for the Cricut. Maybe I use it alot more than I ever did the cricut?

I can make the mat last longer because I bought removable spray adhesive that I just spray on as the sticky goes down.

Also, lots of rave reviews on the Cameo about the detailed precision cutting - but the Portrait does not cut any more precisely than the Cricut on intricute details - not sure if that's a difference between the Portrait and Cameo or just my feeling. Hope this helps in your buying decision.

For me, no regrets getting the Portrait over the Cameo since I don't do 12x12 cuts ever

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Posted: 4/21/2013 8:59:19 PM
For the Portrait, you can use the Cricut Mini mats. They fit great. I do keep an old Sil mat to mark where the rollers will go and mask off the sticky, but the Cricut Mini mats are much cheaper and I can get them in town.
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Posted: 4/21/2013 9:08:22 PM
ebones77, that's concerning. The only reason I'm upgrading is that I'm super tired of my Cricut ruining any intricate cut I do. It seems like if I'm not making a plain circle or large basic shape the cuts are just terrible. According to the Silhouette website the only difference between the Portrait and Cameo are the SD card slot and the size. Everything else is supposed to be the same. I suppose I'll just have to send it back if it doesn't cut nicely. Now I'm bummed.

ETA: That's great about the Mini mats! I know I can easily get those in town as opposed to having to order the Portrait mats. Awesome, thanks!

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Posted: 4/21/2013 9:20:59 PM
Get a couple of mats and rotate them.
I did that with my Silhouette SD and could use the same mats for a year.
Plus it's great for doing a lot of cutting to be weeding while another set is cutting.

I always try to keep one or two brand new mats and a new blade on hand in case I need a new one in a pinch.

I've had the Cameo since May and I'm on the original blade.


Christi in MA

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:12:51 AM
I haven't had any issues with the Portrait cutting intricate cuts. Usually I cut at blade 3, speed 4 and have no issues. That's cutting pattern papers from the lss, double sided 65 to 80lbs.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:10:20 AM
ebones77 said:

Also, lots of rave reviews on the Cameo about the detailed precision cutting - but the Portrait does not cut any more precisely than the Cricut on intricute details - not sure if that's a difference between the Portrait and Cameo or just my feeling. Hope this helps in your buying decision.


The Portrait should definitely cut better than the Cricut. It's the same motor/force as the Cameo.

For years I had the Silhouette SD and *it* cut intricate designs better than the Cricut back then. So don't worry about the Portrait not cutting detailed items. Just go with a slow blade speed and use a double cut on heavy cardstock. You'll be fine.


Christi in MA

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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:57:49 AM
My Portrait cuts intricate designs perfectly. Double check your settings. Hopefully that's all it is.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:11:41 PM
I have greatly extended the live of my Cameo mats by cleaning them.

I was shocked at how much gunk I cleaned off. Once they dried, they were the "perfect" sticky again. Not too sticky - but sticky enough to hold the paper well.

I took a Clorox wipe (the anti-bacterial kitchen/bath type of wipe) and wiped down the mat gently. Once it was dampened, I went back over it with the wipe in light circular motion to remove the paper fuzz, hair, and other oddities that had stuck to my mat. I went over it several times until nothing more was coming off.

I let it dry completely and WOW! What a difference it made. I have used the same mat since last November and I cut quite a bit. (Vinyl and cardstock)

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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:42:00 PM
I have a Cameo and my original mat lasted forever. I've had it for over a year. I bought a can of adhesive remover (can't remember the brand) then restick it with Krylon temporary spray adhesive.

But...I don't have to worry so much since I just found blades and mats at the boy store. Otherwise I have to order them online.

As far as tearing of intricate cuts...some images aren't meant to cut well if they are reduced in size. But I have found that changing the speed does help.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 3:16:32 PM
Thanks to everyone for the tips on the mats... Especially about cleaning them - I'm definitely going to try that... My sweet cat sat on my new mat, and then freaked out when she realized it was sticking back at her... It looks flocked now

I have the Silhouette SD and the only problem I've had with intricate cuts is if my settings are off or I've reduced the pattern too much... Most of my projects are either 8x8 or cards, so I reduce most designs...

Most of the time the problem was that I set the blade too deep - changing it to a more shallow cut, and cutting it twice fixes that... Having it cut slower seems to help too... And with more intricate designs, if I really want to reduce their size, I'll remove some of the finest details that virtually wouldn't show anyways... With lace/doilies for example, I'll take out the smallest cutout parts that are less than 1/32" in size... If I still want that fine of a detail, I'll use a white pen to draw the whole pattern and cut out the largest negative spaces...

Some paper/card stock cuts better than other brands too... I get really clean cuts with Martha Stewart card stock so I'll use that if I'm doing a really fine and small script... I buy the 8x8 cardstock pads she has and they're perfect for what I do...
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