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#1 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 2:27:14 PM(UTC)
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I am new to Cricut. I just bought my first Cricut Expression and I know I am going to love it but...I am having the most horrible time trying to get paper off the mat after I cut something. The paper ripped and stuck to the mat wasting a whole sheet of paper. I had to take a cooking spatula to get the second sheet off and then it curled and I couldn't use the rest of the paper. I must be doing something wrong. It took me some time figuring out about the depth. My first attempt at cutting turned into a mess that wasn't cut through all the way. I know this is going to be fun! I ordered tools and more mats and extra blades and even a couple of new cartridges. Now I am afraid I have wasted a LOT of money on these things and I am not going to be able to do this. I do a lot of scrapbooking and I know this can help a lot with that. But when does it get easier and what am I doing wrong? It's not the machine...it is the operator! Any advice for beginners? I need some badly! Blushing
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#2 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 2:51:17 PM(UTC)
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You caught on quick! ProvoCraft does sell a spatula for removing cuts from the sticky mats. I use mine all the time, and the stickier the mat, the more I use it. I would suggest you invest in one or two from your local craft store. The ones that are made to lift images off the mat have a much finer edge that help get under the pieces.

It's like a catch 22, you need a really sticky mat to cut the intricate pieces, but the intricate pieces won't come off the sticky mat.

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#3 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 4:36:32 PM(UTC)
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Welcome! Glad you have joined the Cricut community.

Now to add to the above post, to make your mat slightly less sticky, and thus avoid some of the ripped paper issues, take your hands and pat them all over the mat. The oil from your hands will help make the mat just the tiniest bit less sticky, and allow the paper to come up more easily. You could also do this with a clean white cotton t-shirt...the fine lint from the shirt will do the same thing.

Remove your paper slowly, using the spatula the entire way to help lift it. Bending the mat a little helps as well. You are still going to end up with some bent and/or ripped up paper...just the nature of the thing. Once the mat loses that super stickiness, your paper will come off easier. HTH. GG

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#4 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 4:47:06 PM(UTC)
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Also I never use patterned paper on a fresh mat. Cardstock is heavier therefore easier to lift off a really sticky mat. I use an older mat or wait til it's not so sticky to use thinner designer papers. HTH
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#5 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 8:51:45 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the input and advice! I am sticking (literally! lol) with it. And after I master the basics I will try the software. One thing at a time! I appreciate the help ya'll! Looking forward to making some awesome scrapbook pages with this thing! BigGrin
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#6 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 9:24:12 PM(UTC)
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I will sometimes stick down a scrap piece of paper (you know, that stuff in the stack that you will never use) a couple of times on a new mat. That way, I am not discouraged if it sticks too much or curls coming off.

Pretty soon, you will be wanting to know how to make a mat sticky again...
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