Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Darcie's shrink plastic!

Today I did several projects on my Cricut....

Yes you can cut Darcie's shrink plastic!

I printed page 20 and 21
from scrapbook elements vol1, ready to print folder.

They are pdf files, on my HP1300.

Plantin Schoolbook has a tag that was similar....and worked.

Cut design from Cricut Design Studio

  • I cut a piece of scrap paper with the design, to create a template to line up the shrink print. If your mat is super sticky it works great, but if it is not make sure you tape the edges down, you don’t want the shrink moving at all or it can bind up the machine.
  • Blade depth 6, speed medium, pressure low - cut full page 1 cut, this cuts each image one time, then press Load Paper
  • change to pressure medium - cut (design is setup to cut 3 times) press Load Paper
  • check blade for build up and blow it off if there is,
    it is OK to remove blade housing to check this.
  • change to pressure high - cut one time press Load Paper
  • check blade for build up and blow it off if there is, Check to see if it is almost cut all the way through. If it is enough the design will pop out of the sheet. If it looks like it is not all cut you can repeat until it is. But you need to watch so that it doesn’t pop out unexpectedly and foul up the blade while cutting.Depending on the newness of the blade, it may cut faster, but slow and steady had the best results.
  • I found that is you rushed thru this it caused the machine to bind up.
  • I did it this way to slowly cut down thru the plastic
  • Remember to Load Paper – Check Design – if everything is right unload paper, if not you can re-cut. If you unload the paper you will not be able to load it in the exact spot again, so get in the habit of LOAD-Check-then re-cut or unload.
  • I use purple painters tape to hold edges on mats that are not so sticky anymore, works great to help hold down edges.

9 shrink tags ready to use!