Nice. Any advice on how to reduce the flying paper? I find that intricate and numerous cuts created a snowstorm in my GF.
I was a bit worried as well, but I found that when I started using the cardstock instead of white paper from my printer the pieces didn’t fly around as much. While cutting out all those tiny hearts, I had several little pieces fly around, but only one of them landed on a place where the laser then tried to cut out another heart. Because I had taped the paper to the crumb-tray, the paper didn’t move at all, and I was able to delete everything from the design except the one little piece that wasn’t cut (because it was blocked by a trash piece), and just rerun the program. It cut in exactly the same spot and you couldn’t even tell… So honestly before you spend money on a fancy mat (which sounds like a great thing for sure…) maybe just try cutting a few things and see how much of a problem it actually is.
Another option might be to find some really low-tach masking tape and put it over the paper first. I cut a few places near the edges of my piece where the tape was, and it cut through the green painters tape just fine and didn’t hurt the paper I was using when I pulled the tape off…
Those are really nice and would take quite a while on a Silhouette Cameo…
Thanks! Good to know! I had read some things about the GF leaving slight burned-out spots in sharp corners on paper since the laser currently doesn’t adjust the power as it slows down to turn, and I was worried it wouldn’t work well for paper. So I was eying a new Cricut Maker (still tempted, it looks super cool), but after messing around with the GF I think it works great for what I want to do, and I’m sure the software will continue to get better
What weight paper is “card Stock?” I’m hoping to make some pop-up cards one of these days. After the, “honey I need a gift” list is done.
Honestly I don’t really know, my wife just went to the local dollar store and walmart and came back with a bunch of different papers. I’m guessing most of these were around 60-100 lb paper, but it’s been ages since I worked a lot with different paper weights, so I could be way off.
It’s really not that hard to just mess around with the settings and figure out what works tho. If you don’t want to waste paper, just draw a few straight lines and import them and cut near the edge of a piece of paper. Start around that 400-500 speed and 15-35 power, and see if it cuts. If not, up the power a bit and try again. I found once I got to my 400/34 it pretty much cut through all the various papers/cardstocks I had without changing it for each one. Maybe a few of them burned a bit more and I could have turned the power down, but we were happy with the results.