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Posted 1/1/2013 by Doe-Doe in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 1/1/2013 5:45:17 PM
My aunt got a new Cricut Expressions 2 for Christmas. She thinks it is cutting her mat to much. You can see what every she cuts, outlined on the mat. I was there last night and we went on their web site to find an answer, but didn't. Does anyone know if this is normal or does she need to adjust something.

I have an older Cricut, and mine does not do this.

Help needed, please.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 5:55:19 PM
You always see what is cut but the blade setting might be cutting too deep.

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Posted: 1/1/2013 7:09:47 PM
She tried a 4 setting on the blade. What do you recommend?


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Posted: 1/1/2013 8:08:00 PM
Try moving the blade depth up. If it's cutting too deep in the mat, you can feel it when you run a fingernail over it.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 1:14:47 AM
Thanks Ladies.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 7:13:30 AM
It's not just depth - that has to be determined for thickness of the paper. You also have to consider pressure.



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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:33:30 AM
It's not unusual to cut into the mat a little, but it shouldn't be deep cuts.

My mats all have some light cuts in them. For images I've cut multiples of, you see more scarring on the mat.

Your blade and pressure need to be set high enough to cut cleanly through your paper or cardstock. For heavier materials, such as Bazzill cardstock, sometimes it's better to use a setting that isn't the highest, and just cut twice. You have less scarring on the mat that way, too.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:44:01 AM
I think the goal is to have just enough pressure and depth to get a clean cut, without cutting the mat. It will leave marks on the mat, and that won't hurt it.

When I used the cricut, I would often do a test cut. Cut a lower case L or a 1 to see if it cuts clean. If not, make some adjustments and try again. Doesn't waste too much paper, and you haven't cut a whole design only to be disappointed.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 9:29:16 AM
Thanks Ladies, I just talked with my aunt and told her all of your suggestions. She going to work with today and see what happens.

She is new to scrapbooking and is so excited to learn new things. I suggested joining here. So maybe we will have a newbie soon. I told her you all knew everything about scrapbooking.


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