I am a tad geeky. Ok, maybe a little more than a tad so the computer side of this all makes sense to me. I thought the directions packet, software installation and demo DVD were all excellent - except for one little missing clarification. In the directions it emphasizes that when you insert the cutting blade be sure it is "pressed completely into the holder." I put it in and pressed. What the directions didn't clearly explain is that there is a fin on the cutter and the cutter is only in place when that fin is rotated all the way to the right.
You can see the fin at the 4 o'clock position above. It looks like the following photo after inserting and rotating counter-clockwise. You must rotate the cutter, not press.
My next newbie problem is with the cutting mats. I chose a piece of card stock from my paper hoard to try the first successful cut. When I removed the paper from the sticky holding mat, the paper tore along the edges and stuck to the mat.
This happened down both sides of the paper. I have found that as the mat gets used, it gets less sticky. Hopefully this problem will disappear but I need to do more research and experimentation. It does create a problem though because I have been planning to use the cutter to cut holes into a paper I will use as a card, not cut shapes that I will use. Here are some photos of my first quick experiment using a stock pattern.
I took a piece of 32 Lb white copier paper and programed the cutter to cut out a delicate snowflake in one quarter. My ideas was I would fold it like a card and slip a colored piece of paper behind the cutout snowflake shape. The cut was successful but carefully removing the paper from the sticky mat caused it to buckle, crease and curl. I tried folding it like a card but the paper was just too damaged to be useful.
However, the shape that remained - the white snowflake was in beautiful form so I glued that to deep blue wrapping paper and glued all of that onto a white paper card. This is my first quick Silhouette project.
I am wondering how to adjust the process so that I can use the background paper for some designs. I tend to think in negative space - not positive shapes.
Overall I am very impressed with this tool. I am glad I haven't designed a card before getting it because its strengths are different than I anticipated. I need to go find a good discussion forum and am planning to spend some more time exploring the Silhouette site. More fun to come!
Previous posts of interest:
- DIY Christmas Card 2011
- Three Decades of Handmade Christmas Cards
- DIY Christmas Cards • Truly Unique
- DIY Christmas Cards • Technology Influenced
- DIY Christmas Cards • Mixed Media
- DIY Christmas Cards • Trees as a Theme
- DIY Christmas Cards • Woven Paper Designs
- DIY Christmas Cards • Pierced Designs
- DIY Christmas Cards • Pop-up Cards
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