Silhouett Cameo ?'s - what is safe to scrape your designs from mat & how to link letters?

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Posted 12/30/2011 by declutterbug in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 12/30/2011 6:52:30 PM
Ok, so I have had it less than a day & I will admit I am impatient & just want to know how to do stuff right away.... I figured I could get an answer here fastest.
when I cut letters or designs with my Cameo - what is safe to scrape them off the mat with? It is so super sticky I am having trouble getting things off. I would think it would come with a special tool if needed but I have no where local to buy things & wondering if something I have at home will work....
ALSO, when I cut words is there a way for them to cut connected to one another instead of letter by letter??

Thanks
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Posted: 12/30/2011 7:06:13 PM
A butter knife should work to get your cut pieces off the mat. I've noticed that the Cameo mats are SUPER STICKY - I had to lint mine up a bit to make design removal easier. Just pat the sticky side of the mat against your pants a few times.

To get your letters linked, you need to weld the word. Select the letters you want to have linked up (draw a box around them) and choose the weld option.

Have fun playing, and don't be afraid to practice on some scrap paper!



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Posted: 12/30/2011 7:07:07 PM
Steph,
I got mine this afternoon and have been patiently playing all day. I have been carefully using my cricut spatula to take the designs off my mat. As for linking the words, at the bottom left corner of silhouette studio there should be a "welding" icon. This is how you get the letters to stick together. I am not sure how to use it fully..just remember what i had to do with my SCAL software for cricut.
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Posted: 12/30/2011 7:09:00 PM

Have fun playing, and don't be afraid to practice on some scrap paper!


how long should our mats last? I ordered an extra one from OMC and they sent me a 2pk of 8x12's. So I am a little worried about using my mat too much until I have an extra..or do cricut mats work?
thanks for your help
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Posted: 12/30/2011 7:14:04 PM

I've noticed that the Cameo mats are SUPER STICKY - I had to lint mine up a bit to make design removal easier. Just pat the sticky side of the mat against your pants a few times.


I do the same thing. Those suckers are sticky when they're new, and I had a heck of a time removing intricate, or small, designs at first. I stuck them on my pants a few times and they work great.

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Posted: 12/30/2011 7:41:53 PM

how long should our mats last?


Not sure. It's going to depend a lot on how much it's used. I always have an extra mat - it comes in handy if I'm cutting out multiples of the same designs, which I often do for the LSS I work at.

Can't speak for the Cricut mats, since I've never used them.



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Posted: 12/30/2011 8:15:28 PM
Thanks for the help! I knew I could count on the Peas!

What is the best (least expensive shipping & prices) online to get replacement/accessories for the Cameo?


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Posted: 12/30/2011 8:41:37 PM
I had an SD, but just recently ordered the Silhouette spatula when I ordered the Cameo.

I don't know how I lived without the spatula. I love it.

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Posted: 12/31/2011 9:48:04 AM
I have had a Cricut spatula forever that I use with my Silhouette. I also have the Silhouette scraper - which was part of the package when I bought my SD back in the fall. But an old credit card (or hotel room key) works just as well. I usually bring those home with me for that very reason!


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Posted: 12/31/2011 10:02:45 AM
I use the Slice spatula - which is what I used with my cricut. I like the spade shape of it better.


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Posted: 1/23/2012 3:51:30 PM
I use an old credit/loyalty card to scrape off the bits ff the mat. The mat will become less sticky as you use it more.
To join letters up you should type them out then ungroup them and move them so they over lap slightly then weld them. You can also move the letters closer together using the spacing button on the side menu, until they are overlapping then weld.
Sometimes its worth making a little bar from the square icon to join the letters that don't overlap easily.
The UKscrappers Silhouette forum has great tutorials for using the studio software.


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Posted: 1/23/2012 4:07:30 PM
I have used the Cricut mats in my Silhouette machines for years. They work in all three of the machines, I have the original and the Cameo.

Buy the 2 pack of 12x24 mats with a coupon and you get 4 mats for around $11-$13 depending on the coupon.

For welding, the objects you are trying to weld should over lap a little bit. You can do this with titles already in the store that may be only partially welded or ones you design yourself.

Move the designs so they overlap. Then draw a box around everything you want to weld, click your mouse and drag. Then right click first select "group". Then select everything again (should select as one object since you grouped them), right click and go to "weld".

You can do this with anything, letters to a design. A design to a design, etc. I pretty much do it with most things because I am too lazy to piece everything back together!

The Cameo mats drive me buts. I take a piece of textured card and smooth it down on the mat, then take it back up. I do this a few times to get rid of some of the sticky. I use a slice spatula when I need it.


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Posted: 1/23/2012 6:45:01 PM
The Cricut Mini mats are 8.5x11, so you don't have to cut them down or anything. They come in a 2 pack. That's what I use.


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