Making the Most of Die Cutting Machines | January 2010

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Nichol Magouirk
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Posted: 1/5/2010 8:59:44 AM
Welcome!
So excited to be starting an all new monthly class focusing on a technique I am quite passionate about: die cutting.

Over the next twelve months I will be bringing you ideas on using the Silhouette, Making Memories Slice and Quickutz Epic Six. Some months will feature just one of these machines, other months I will show you ideas on how to combine them to create fun projects. I will be sharing a variety of different projects over the year including layouts, cards, a mini book and home decor. It is going to be FUN!

This month is all about the Silhouette: getting started, how to ungroup images to cut elements of one design out of several different colors of paper, how to weld script fonts and more.

To see the class handout PDF, idea videos (there are 3 this month...I know that's a lot. I wasn't able to fit all I had to show/say into the alloted 10 minutes. ) and class samples, click here.

CHALLENGE: Use the Silhouette to die cut a title out of different colored cardstock, patterned papers or vinyl OR use the weld function to weld together a font on your computer OR both. Upload your project to the Two Peas gallery (by February 4th, 2010), make sure to check the box next to this class when you do, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a prize from Two Peas!

If you have questions please feel free to post a comment here or peamail me.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates!
Happy New Year!



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Posted: 1/5/2010 10:12:52 AM
Hi Nichol! Wondering how you print on those die cut notebook papers and tags on your layouts so perfectly? I love how that looks!

Thanks for doing these classes..I love my Silhouette and it was because of the stuff you do with it and a Kerri Bradford's designs that made me buy one..lol..sometimes it is frustrating trying to figure it out though, so glad you are teaching some things..I have learned a lot off of your blog..Looking forward to future classes!!


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Posted: 1/5/2010 10:29:08 AM
Guess what Santa brought me? A Silhouette! I am so looking forward to this class so I can learn more about it and try to do the amazing things you have shown us on your pages.
I also have a Slice too, that I haven't used much, so hopefully this class will help me get the most out of my die cutting machines!

Thanks Nichol for sharing your talent and knowledge!



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Posted: 1/5/2010 10:51:59 AM

So this month's challenge is only open to Peas who own Silhouettes? I'm assuming that whatever the prize is, it's only of use to those who use the Silhouette system; otherwise, I really think it should be open to everyone.


hey, pj! this class is all about getting the most out of your die-cutting machines, specifically the ones carried by two peas. to participate in this month's class, you'll need a silhouette to complete the challenge. the prize is always a gift certificate to the two peas store.

in the coming months, nichol will also be using the making memories slice and quickutz epic 6 machines - so stay tuned!


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Posted: 1/5/2010 10:55:37 AM
I'm so excited for this class, because Husband gave me a Silhouette SD for Christmas I've used it on my own already, but I'm so glad that this class will help me get more involved with using its features. Thank you so much

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Posted: 1/5/2010 11:55:12 AM
I've had my silhouette for 3 years and still do very little with it because I just don't know enough about how to do things...so I'm really looking forward to this class. Thanks Nichol!


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Posted: 1/5/2010 12:02:44 PM
Just wondering if I can I adapt the challenge to my cricut?

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Posted: 1/5/2010 12:41:41 PM
Love your classes Nichol. Wished I owned a Silhouette then I would do the challenge. I still learn a lot tho and apply what I can to using my cricut. I can just kick myself for not buying the Silhouette when it was on sale several months ago...but I thought "I already own a diecutting machine...don't need another!" I adore the Silhouettes images...they're really neat. Again thanks for showing us your techniques...looking forward to your up coming classes. Wish you can do them everyday! ha ha RIGHT?!


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Posted: 1/5/2010 12:49:15 PM
Hey Nicole!

I am going to try to do an altered projected for the assignmemt but don't hold me to it.




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Posted: 1/5/2010 2:12:09 PM
excited!


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Posted: 1/5/2010 5:09:25 PM
My husband gave me a Silhouette for Christmas, this class is perfect. Since my LSS is over 20 miles away I'm on my own for learning how to use the Silhouette, Nichol's instructions for the basic use of the machine are great.

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Posted: 1/5/2010 7:10:34 PM
I'm a little disappointed too, I was hoping for a class that would include each machine in each month (especially since I just got my Slice about a week ago). I realize it's a free class so I shouldn't really complain, but I figured it's always helpful for businesses to get feedback. Hopefully I will remember to check back when the material is relevant to my Slice.

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Posted: 1/5/2010 8:19:22 PM
Whoo hoo! I just got the Silhouette for Christmas and although I've been playing around with it a bit I have SO much to learn. SO excited about these classes and can't wait to play along. Off to check the first one out.

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Posted: 1/5/2010 9:25:33 PM
So excited for these classes... I have Sil and Slice... woohoo!



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Posted: 1/5/2010 10:50:09 PM
Well, I was hoping for some Cricut or Big Shot ideas, will you be looking at those machines too??


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Posted: 1/5/2010 11:21:44 PM
Hi Nicole, I'm so excited to start this class. Is the Silhouette Mac compatible?? Will you be posting on the 5th of every month? Thanks so much! Fondly,Kathy


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Posted: 1/6/2010 9:56:14 AM

Wondering how you print on those die cut notebook papers and tags on your layouts so perfectly?


I die cut them first, set up my text in a document on my computer and print on regular paper. Then I simply temporarily adhere the die cut over the printed text (I like to hold it up to a window or light so I can make sure I have it right where I want it) then I run it through my printer. HTH!


Guess what Santa brought me? A Silhouette!

YAY Carolyn! SO happy for you! What a good Santa! (and it seems that other Santa's out there had the same idea! So awesome.



Again thanks for showing us your techniques...looking forward to your up coming classes. Wish you can do them everyday! ha ha RIGHT?!


Thank you! It would be fun to be able to share more ideas more often, I agree! I will periodically be sharing additional Silhouette tutorials/videos on the Silhouette Blog & also my personal blog.


I am going to try to do an altered projected for the assignment but don't hold me to it.


I won't!


I was hoping for a class that would include each machine in each month

I have scheduled to include more than one machine later this year for upcoming projects, however, there is quite a lot to cover on the "getting started" with each of the three machines and it was decided that we would do one month each of each machine to cover the basics.



Well, I was hoping for some Cricut or Big Shot ideas, will you be looking at those machines too??


Not at this time. This class only covers die cutting machines sold here at Two Peas.


Is the Silhouette Mac compatible?? Will you be posting on the 5th of every month?


Hi Kathy! Unfortunately the Mac is not compatible with the Silhouette unless you design and cut your own designs through Illustrator. Here is a link to the Silhouette website that tells you more about it here .
Yes, I will be introducing a new die cutting class on the 5th of every month.




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Posted: 1/6/2010 10:46:14 AM
This looks like a great class - I've had my Silhouette for two years and I'm still learning stuff. I have a couple of questions - first of all, I've never heard of the "transfer tape" that you refer to in the vinyl cut pdf (haven't watched this video yet, so if you explain it there, ignore me). Does the transfer tape come with the vinyl??
Also, a question about the striped paper. I assume the machine cuts strips out of the solid sheet - in which case you have to back the die cut with whatever contrasting color you want in order for the stripes to show up?? It doesn't appear to be a cut and print design. (I know this seems like a stupid question, but some of the older "word" designs are not connected after printing, even when you try to weld them, and you end up with a very laborious paper-piecing project). Thanks for any input.

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Posted: 1/6/2010 10:55:27 AM
I am new to the Two Peas in a Bucket site, however I am in love! I enjoyed the on-line class for learning about my Silhouette and cant wait until the next class. I have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time on my new favorite site! Thank you very much for all the little extra tips added in to the class, the video was great too! Tina W.

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Posted: 1/6/2010 11:00:43 AM
I was really excited for this class, too, as I thought that it would be acceptable to adapt the ideas to other die cut machines. I know it is a free class and all, but I am very disappointed to find out that it is limited to only people with the machines Two Peas carries. I for sure don't have the money to just go buy a Silhouette from Two Peas for this class...



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Posted: 1/6/2010 3:44:23 PM
woohoo having been waiting for this class to start... hope to learn lots of new stuff for my silhouette... love this machine


SHEREE


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Posted: 1/6/2010 5:34:41 PM
So, I am very new to the die cutting machine world and am wondering how you got your journaling on the torn piece on your layout? Do you print the journaling out and then line it up to cut the torn piece? Just curious how you got it to be so perfect? Thanks for any insight!


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Posted: 1/6/2010 7:01:28 PM
This is wonderful! I just bought myself a Shilouette SD this past weekend as a happy birthday to me gift and don't know how to use it.



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Posted: 1/7/2010 6:19:51 AM

I was hoping for a class that would include each machine in each month
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I have scheduled to include more than one machine later this year for upcoming projects, however, there is quite a lot to cover on the "getting started" with each of the three machines and it was decided that we would do one month each of each machine to cover the basics.



That's good to here. I'll look forward to the classes later in the year that do this.

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Posted: 1/7/2010 9:08:52 AM
YaY! die cutting class, Awesome Nichol! looking forward to working on this months challenge


SMOOCHES!!
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Posted: 1/7/2010 9:50:01 AM

I've never heard of the "transfer tape" that you refer to in the vinyl cut pdf. Does the transfer tape come with the vinyl?


The transfer paper is a separate roll of clear adhesive that you can use to transfer your vinyl designs to different surfaces (i.e. walls in your home). It is not required to transfer your vinyl designs but it does help, especially with intricate designs.


Also, a question about the striped paper. I assume the machine cuts strips out of the solid sheet - in which case you have to back the die cut with whatever contrasting color you want in order for the stripes to show up?? It doesn't appear to be a cut and print design. (I know this seems like a stupid question, but some of the older "word" designs are not connected after printing, even when you try to weld them, and you end up with a very laborious paper-piecing project)


It does cut tiny strips from a sheet so you end up with a square with small strips cut from it, however it has a border so no paper piecing for this one is required. I simply cut the die cut at a 6" square, then cut a 6" square of white cardstock to back my die cut. Very simple. I don't particularly like the "laborious paper-piecing projects" either so mine are usually more simple.


I am very new to the die cutting machine world and am wondering how you got your journaling on the torn piece on your layout? Do you print the journaling out and then line it up to cut the torn piece? Just curious how you got it to be so perfect?


I die cut them first, set up my text in a document on my computer and print on regular paper. Then I simply temporarily adhere the die cut over the printed text (I like to hold it up to a window or light so I can make sure I have it right where I want it) then I run it through my printer. HTH!


I just bought myself a Shilouette SD this past weekend as a happy birthday to me gift and don't know how to use it.


What a great gift to yourself!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!



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Posted: 1/7/2010 11:19:08 AM
so much useful information shared in just the first two days of class - thanks for teaching this one, nichol!


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Posted: 1/7/2010 11:36:41 AM
Hey Guys! Kerri Bradford , Silhouette designer extraordinaire, shared a great tip with me for the Silhouette that I want to share with all of you. On the video for the class where you see the machine feeding the cutting mat/paper in and out, in and out before it starts cutting.... well, I have always found that super annoying but the good news is that it doesn't have to do that!
Check out Kerri's tip below:

When you're cutting cardstock and have the pink blade selected, you can uncheck Track Enhancing and it won't run in and out before it cuts like I saw it do on your machine.

How great is that?!!! I tried it yesterday and I am SO happy! Just wanted to share.



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Posted: 1/7/2010 6:52:08 PM
I'm excited about this class! I have a Slice and my friend owns a Cricut but I'm excited to see how the other die cut machines work. I used the challenge to prompt me to use my Slice to cut a title with two different colors last night. Not that that's a real big deal, but I was just going to use one color and am happy with the way the two color title turned out. Thanks a bunch!

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Posted: 1/7/2010 11:06:34 PM
I scrap-lifted Nichols layout using my Cricut. I know I don't qualify for the challenge but it sure was fun duplicating her pieces. So happy with the design. I just love Nichols layouts and wish I could be as creative as she is...

Hope you don't mind Nichol.



Fabulous Find


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Posted: 1/8/2010 1:45:13 AM
Mikki that is so cute, what carts and cuts did you use?


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Posted: 1/8/2010 8:04:34 AM
Oh thanks for the compliment. It's been ages since I've posted on a message board and didn't think to include a link on the photo above from the gallery...duh! I tell "all" in my comment area here:
Fabulobous Find by Mikki
Message me if you have any more questions.


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Posted: 1/8/2010 4:49:31 PM
Nichol,
Thanks for the class! I picked up some VERY helpful tips. I am still having trouble cutting through textured cardstock. Does this ever happen to you? I bought a new blade (just in case) and tried your idea about copy/paste to double cut on the "index 90lb" setting, but it still didn't go all the way through. If you have any other ideas let me know! Thanks again!

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Posted: 1/8/2010 6:22:27 PM
I uploaded my layout for the class I have always wanted to figure out how to weld and to the vinyl. 2 birds - 1 stone. YAY!!! Great starting topic.

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Posted: 1/9/2010 6:11:35 PM
I just discovered this website, and was very excited to see this class, as I've had a Silhouette for several months, but have only recently had the time to begin playing with it. With limited time, supplies, and money, I've tried to think of creative ways to use it (I'm concentrating more on cardmaking than scrapbooking right now). I'm sure this class will help me a lot, and I hope I get the chance to finish that challenge before my winter break is over!

Kathy - I have a Mac too, and I ended up installing the Silhouette software on my fiance's PC and have my Silhouette at his place (lucky him ). However, depending on how recent of a Mac you have, you can also install a Windows operating system on it and run the software from that! I haven't tried using it with my Mac at all; I got a fairly discounted subscription to the Silhouette store and don't think I would use my sil hardly at all without all the cute designs I get from there!

Also, does anyone else have problems using the transfer paper with the vinyl? I was trying to glass etch some "coasters" (actually candle holder/plate-things from Ikea), and just could not get the transfer paper off the vinyl. I wasn't able to press the vinyl down very hard, as I was trying to etch in the indented middle (the edges were raised); would that be my problem?

I'm looking forward very much to the rest of the class; thanks so much!

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Posted: 1/10/2010 2:31:37 PM
Great class Nicole! I always love your layouts! Such cute details! I don't have a Silhoutee but still learned some good tips! I do have a Slice though so I am excited for those classes too! I'll watch tem all though!

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Posted: 1/10/2010 3:57:04 PM
Hi Nichol - thanks for the info about Silhouette. Mine is sitting on my desk, hardly ever in use - but today after seeing all those videos I thought I'd give it a ttry. But I have no welding tool in the tool bar (all toolbars are checked)! What can I do to ge it? I have Version 4.52, and I've uploaded a screenshot to my tutorials blog


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Posted: 1/10/2010 4:02:58 PM
And another thing. Does the Silhouette software work on Windows 7? I just got a laptop with Win7 and have WinXP on the desktop PC where the software is installed now.


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Posted: 1/11/2010 9:12:00 AM
This looks like just the class I need, as I bought a new Silhouette just at the end of last year. Just one small problem at the moment - I don't seem to be able to download the pdf file - not had a problem with my reader before - any help please.
Chris

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Posted: 1/11/2010 10:53:11 AM

I have no welding tool in the tool bar (all toolbars are checked)! What can I do to ge it? I have Version 4.52, and I've uploaded a screenshot to my tutorials blog


Oh! GREAT question. I meant to go over this in the video tutorials. The latest version for the Silhouette Craft ROBO software is 5.10. You must have this version installed to be able to have that nifty little welding tool (otherwise it's a bunch of steps and not near as easy and fun!). HERE is a link to the Silhouette website where you can download the latest version.


I have a Slice and my friend owns a Cricut but I'm excited to see how the other die cut machines work. I used the challenge to prompt me to use my Slice to cut a title with two different colors last night. Not that that's a real big deal, but I was just going to use one color and am happy with the way the two color title turned out.


That is fabulous that you took the challenge and incorporated with your Slice! Love that! Thanks for sharing.


I scrap-lifted Nichols layout using my Cricut. I know I don't qualify for the challenge but it sure was fun duplicating her pieces. So happy with the design.


Thank you so much for sharing your layout! I that you took the ideas and made them your own.


I am still having trouble cutting through textured cardstock. Does this ever happen to you? I bought a new blade (just in case) and tried your idea about copy/paste to double cut on the "index 90lb" setting, but it still didn't go all the way through.


If you have changed your blade, are cutting the image twice and using the index 90 setting my next suggestion would be to try a new cutting mat. Are you using the "old" style mat (the ones that worked with the original machine) or the "new" ones (the clear cutting mats)?
Another suggestion is I use American Crafts cardstock exclusively with my Silhouette. I struggled with other brands and the AC cardstock cuts like butter.


Does the Silhouette software work on Windows 7? I just got a laptop with Win7 and have WinXP on the desktop PC where the software is installed now.


HERE is a link to the Silhouette website where you can find out if the Silhouette software is compatible with your operating system.



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Posted: 1/11/2010 3:25:32 PM
Thank you so much for the link, Nichol - I'll look into it soon


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Posted: 1/11/2010 5:42:00 PM
wooohooo - it took two hrs to get everything right from downloading the full Installation "CD" v5, the newest driver V5.01 and installing - but I made it! It's welding and cutting and works like a dream. Thanx a bunch!


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Posted: 1/12/2010 7:58:56 AM
January Airing

This is a digital layout however to make it pop the font had to be a Shillioute..don't worry I have plenty of projects this week coming..



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Posted: 1/12/2010 12:50:54 PM

It's welding and cutting and works like a dream. Thanx a bunch!


Wonderful! So glad.



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Posted: 1/12/2010 8:09:12 PM
I own a Craft Robo which used the exact same software. Can I participate in this Challenge with my machine? Thanks Rosalie

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Posted: 1/13/2010 2:18:00 AM
Wow! How fun! Thanks for this class--Your page turned out so cute Nichol! I thought I knew all the tricks, but I was super excited to learn something new today with resizing the elements--I had always turned on the grid and measured them out by hand so this will be a great time saver! Woo-Hoo!

Regarding recutting images twice for thick Bazzill papers and such I have found that not to be necessary when you create a customized setting of 33 for thickness and 3 for speed (I got that off their website years ago). I also like to cut thinner patterned papers with the yellow tip on a lighter paper setting since I was told you shouldn't see many cuts in the mat (this may not matter as much with the newer mats though). I had a girlfriend who recently bought a Silhouette and it would hardly cut out even the lighter cardstock no matter what she tried so she finally called them up and they sent her a new blade and housing unit for it and it works like a dream now on everything so you might try that route. I've found them to be very helpful over there and it can be beyond frustrating ruining paper after paper.

Anyway, thanks again! I'm really looking forward to your upcoming videos!


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Posted: 1/13/2010 7:12:46 PM
OMG..I am so proud of my odd. She worked my sizzix like a pro for her age. I will upload and link when I have posted a picture of her poster board for her report.



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Layouts: 51
Loc: Redmond, WA

Posted: 1/14/2010 2:12:55 AM

Is the Silhouette Mac compatible?? Will you be posting on the 5th of every month?


Hi Kathy! Unfortunately the Mac is not compatible with the Silhouette unless you design and cut your own designs through Illustrator. Here is a link to the Silhouette website that tells you more about it here .
Yes, I will be introducing a new die cutting class on the 5th of every month.


Kathy - I have a Mac too, and I ended up installing the Silhouette software on my fiance's PC and have my Silhouette at his place (lucky him ). However, depending on how recent of a Mac you have, you can also install a Windows operating system on it and run the software from that! I haven't tried using it with my Mac at all;



Kathy, Nichol and Becky,

I have and use a Mac with my silhouette! It works great. I have a program called Parallels that allowed me to install a copy of Windows, to which i then installed my silhouette. I used it often so I'm living proof that it can be done!

Beth

Nichol Magouirk
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PeaNut 5,344
July 2000
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Loc: western Kansas

Posted: 1/14/2010 11:15:19 AM

I own a Craft Robo which used the exact same software. Can I participate in this Challenge with my machine?


Yes. Craft Robo software users can participate. Good question. Just curiosus: what machine are you using?


Regarding recutting images twice for thick Bazzill papers and such I have found that not to be necessary when you create a customized setting of 33 for thickness and 3 for speed (I got that off their website years ago). I also like to cut thinner patterned papers with the yellow tip on a lighter paper setting since I was told you shouldn't see many cuts in the mat (this may not matter as much with the newer mats though). I had a girlfriend who recently bought a Silhouette and it would hardly cut out even the lighter cardstock no matter what she tried so she finally called them up and they sent her a new blade and housing unit for it and it works like a dream now on everything so you might try that route. I've found them to be very helpful over there and it can be beyond frustrating ruining paper after paper.


Thanks for the great info!


I have and use a Mac with my silhouette! It works great. I have a program called Parallels that allowed me to install a copy of Windows, to which i then installed my silhouette. I used it often so I'm living proof that it can be done!


Beth, that is so good to know! I have been contemplating doing this but have been to chicken to try (I use my imac for everything except my silhouette). I think I may just give it a go this weekend.



tulip918
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Posted: 1/14/2010 12:56:50 PM
I have been using a Craft Robo machine for about 3 years now. I don't think I could scrap with out. It uses the Robo Master software and I can cut any GSD file. There are some really great designers out there creating titles and embellishments for our digital cutter.
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