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Jodie Menelaos Offline
#1 Posted : Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:43:17 AM(UTC)
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I just started using my cricut expression yesterday. I was using cardstock just to play around. The cardstock was really stuck to the mat and when I pulled it off the cardstock basically curled right up. How do I get the paper off the mat and keep it flat?
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:53:19 AM(UTC)
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Do you have the Cricut tools? the spatula's? You can use those to pick up just the items that you cut. There are several threads on here that tell you how to make your mat less sticky.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:07:39 AM(UTC)
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When my mat was new and super-sticky, I found it helped to use smaller pieces of paper to cut, the paper came up more easily. Spatula or scraper a must-have. The threads on how to get less sticky are a good place to start to help with the sticky issue.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:36:57 AM(UTC)
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On brand new mats, it helps to put on cardstock. I found out the hard way that thin paper on a brand new mat leads to less than favorable results (torn paper or severe curling).It also helps to take off a bit of the sticky by putting your hands all over the mat. I have a few mats in various stages of stickiness.

One that has only been used for non-porous things like stencil plastic, fun foam, etc.

One that is fairly sticky for thicker cardstock. When it's not sticky enough for thicker cardstock, it gets passed down to the next level.

One that is still sticky but not overly so for paper and thinner cardstock. Sometimes I put painters tape on at the top and bottom to help it stay in place.

Hope this helps.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:13:34 AM(UTC)
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I would suggest grabbing a t-shirt and blotting it on the mat to get some lint and fabric fibers on your mat to un-sticky it a bit.

It will still be sticky, but your papers won't curl. I just do it and make a test cut. I do it again if my paper curls. Eventually it will be just right.

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