Monday, August 4, 2014

Using a Cricut® to Cut CTMH White Daisy and Colonial White Cardstock

Some people have found cutting White Daisy and Colonial White cardstock from Close To My Heart a challenge. When they try to remove their die cuts from the mat they have found that the paper sometimes separates in layers or the die cut tears. From attending the CTMH Fall Album Retreat in October 2013, watching posts from Convention 2014 and reading messages on the Bulletin Boards I have complied some information that I hope you will find useful.

Tips for cutting CTMH White Daisy and Colonial White cardstock with your Cricut® machine:
  • use a sharp blade and have a spare blade on hand to try if none of the suggestions listed below help
  • do not use a brand new Cricut® Standard Grip mat (green) mat to cut White Daisy or Colonial White cardstock as both White Daisy and Colonial White stick to a mat quite well
  • never use a Cricut® Strong Grip mat (grey) with White Daisy or Colonial White cardstock unless it is extremely well worn
  • many have had a good experience using the Cricut® Light Grip mat (blue) to cut White Daisy and Colonial White cardstock
  • do not let the cardstock sit on the mat for an extended period of time; as soon as your cutting (and stamping if using a Cricut® coordinating stamp) are complete, remove the paper from the cutting mat and use the Cricut® Spatula to help remove the die cuts; leaving any material sitting on the mat will result in a stuck on mess and shorten the life of the cutting mat
  • when using the Expression or Expression 2 set the pressure at 4 on your blade housing and at High (rather than Max) on your machine; use the multi-cut option to cut the image 2 times; also slow down your cutting speed
  • when using the Explore set the dial to cardstock
  • simplify your design using Cricut® Craft Room or Cricut® Design Space if possible; in other words remove some of the elements of a design, for example, the holes along the edge of a decorative scallop
If you still have concerns or problems cutting White Daisy or Colonial White cardstock contact me and I will do my best to troubleshoot with you.

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Thanks for visiting today. I hope you find the tips useful.


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