Cricut tips

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Cricut tips

Ok, so I know that I have read many tips on here, but most of them I didn't pay a ton of attention too cause I didn't have a cricut. But since I do now....what tips do you have for me?
What do you do to make your mat and blades last longer? Anything at all will be helpful at this point:)

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Don't use construction paper!!!!! It turns into a yucky mess :confused:

Oh and, don't use really thin paper when your mat is brand new, last time I had a brand new mat and used a thin paper it stuck to the mat and ripped.

Enjoy your new toy!!

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Clean your mat occassionally with baby wipes and then let air dry. This will help it stick longer. Also, if it loses it's stickiness, use a large ZIG pen to resticky. It can be found with adhesives.

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I second wiping it with baby wipes, and using the Zig pen. Also rotating how you enter the mat into the cricut helps too.

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The thinner the paper, the less pressure I use, but I always cut on the fastest setting. With pretty much every kind of paper out there.

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Thanks for posting this Lena!

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"MommyCB" wrote:

The thinner the paper, the less pressure I use, but I always cut on the fastest setting. With pretty much every kind of paper out there.

Even with the fine detailed cuts? Does it ever tear? I'm having that issue where it seems to not cut correctly.

How often do you need to change the blade?

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"Avalon321" wrote:

Even with the fine detailed cuts? Does it ever tear? I'm having that issue where it seems to not cut correctly.

How often do you need to change the blade?

Especially with the fine detailed cuts. I learned that from a Cricut MB girl and it didn't make sense at all, but after trying it, that's the only way my tiny cuts will work. Give it a try! It seems backwards, but it's not.

The blade doesn't need to be changed but every 4-6 months I think, unless you are really using your machine.

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Thanks Charys! I'll be changing my settings:)

p.s. what would we do without you and your knowledge?

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Don't forget that sometimes you just need a new blade!

If your paper is sticking to the mat, use dental floss to get it off! It helps the paper from rolling up.

I use tape on the edges of my paper so I won't go through my mats too quickly.

Quickie Glue Pen - It's GREAT for small intricate cuts.

You can download handbooks at Cricut.com HERE!

The Cricut Spatula actually works! I was surprised. I love it!

Peachy Keen Stamps has acrylic stamps that match the Paper Doll, Doodlecharms, Hello Kitty, ZooBalloo, Animal Kingdom and New Arrival cartridges!