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How To STOP Cutting Through Vinyl Or Not Cutting Deep Enough

How To STOP Cutting Through Vinyl. For me, this is the bane of using vinyl! It took me a long time to get it right and I often have to make small adjustments for various reasons. The rule of thumb is…test, test and test again, until you get it right!

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Default Cut Settings Rule!

The first port of call is to use your machines preset cut settings, so for example, in Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space, start with their default cut settings especially if you are using their own brand products ( eg: heat transfer vinyl, glitter sign vinyl, faux leather, card etc ). Things get a bit trickier if you are buying your vinyl from a manufacturer other than your machine brand. This is where you may need to work a little harder to get the settings right.

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New Settings For New Blades?

And if you buy a new blade, you will just have to test, test and test again, as I’ve found the settings for your old blade will probably not work with a brand new blade that’s all sharp and shiny new! The chances of cutting right through the backing paper on sign vinyl are high and this is something I’ve done more than once with a new blade! I even managed to cut through the mat on one occasion! Doh!

For example, heat transfer vinyl is thinner and more flexible than sticker vinyl. HTV is thin and has a stronger clear plastic backing as opposed to glitter and fluorescent sticker vinyl, which is thicker than standard sticker vinyl. Plus, here in the UK both glitter and flouro vinyl have paper backing which is very easy to cut right through ( as I have done many times! 🙂 )

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Save On Materials (and money!)

To make sure you don’t waste materials (and money) make sure you only test on small off cuts until you find the correct setting for each different type of vinyl. For future efficiency and time saving, save your settings as detailed below, for use with the relevant type of vinyl you are working with. ( These same principles apply to cutting fabric, balsa, metal, paper and card too )

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Save Time And Frustration – Keep A Record, Here’s How:

• Keep a record of your cut settings and the vinyl used ( eg: where you bought if is it isn’t own brand ), in a word or text document, along with the date you bought your blade. Then you know how long you’ve had the blade too, if it starts to blunt and the cut settings aren’t working as well with a used blade.

• Blades get blunt over time and even faster with lots of use, so settings will need to be adjusted or the blade replaced if you’re using it a lot and your cuts aren’t as effective or are no longer crisp and clean.

• Only make small adjustments when changing your cut settings. When I first started, I used to make big adjustments and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting it right…small adjustments make sure you don’t miss the correct setting for your blade by going too far in one direction or the other.

• Always do a test cut on a small off cut BEFORE you do your main cut. This will allow you to make micro adjustments to get your cut settings right, and saves you wasting tons of precious vinyl too!

• Find a good vinyl supplier and stick with the same brand of vinyl as this lessens your chances of having to re-adjust your cut settings so often.

• Sometimes the machine just doesn’t want to co-operate and shutting it down completely, cleaning out the blade (if applicable) and restarting can help.

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Yay! I Got The Cut Settings Right For This Independent Glitter Vinyl Brand

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How To Make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings With Cricut And Silhouette

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Making your own earrings is so much fun and also makes a totally unique gift for friends and family too. In this tutorial we’re going to make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings using your cutting machine of choice. I will be using Cricut Faux Leather in Silver and Sapphire Blue.

I love the Cricut Faux Leather range, it is so easy to use and you get really stunning results! You can also use real leather, just make sure you adjust your cut settings accordingly. Let’s get started!

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You Will Need:

  • Reindeer Earrings SVG
  • Cricut Faux Leather in two contrasting colors
  • Cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette etc)
  • Earring hooks
  • Thick needle or screwdriver point
  • Small craft or needle nose plyers

Upload the Reindeer Earrings SVG design into your relevant software and set the Reindeer teardrop to your preferred height. I like big earrings, so I set the Reindeer to a height of 2.5inches and the backing teardrop to 2.65 inches, which gives a lovely crescent of silver color at the bottom of the teardrop.

Next, put the faux leather sheet, in your choice of color for the Reindeer tear drop, onto the cutting mat, into the machine and proceed with the cut. Repeat this with the plain teardrop backing design.

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( A quick side note on cut settings for Cricut Faux Leather – I’ve found on both Cricut and Silhouette that their preset cut settings for Faux Leather give the best results. In Silhouette Studio, the cut setting will be “Faux Leather Paper”)

Once the designs are cut, carefully remove them from the cutting mat and weed out the Reindeer and excess faux leather. This should weed very easily, and you can use the Reindeer for other craft projects or more earrings, depending on the earring height you chose.

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Now for the fun part! It all starts coming together now. Take your Reindeer tear drop and overlay it onto the plain teardrop, making sure the top point of the two teardrops are in perfect alignment.

If the faux leather is folding, you can put a small heavy book or something similar across the bottom part of the earrings to keep them in place while you make the hole for the earring hook. Make sure you have a cutting mat or something thick underneath the earrings before you make the hole!

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Now take your needle, safety pin or screwdriver point, and make the hole. This should be done as close to the top of the earring as possible, so that the earring itself can move freely on the hook. 

I made the mistake the first time, of making the hole with too much border around it, and this resulted in the earring getting stuck in position on the little hook! Make sure you run it through a few times from both sides.

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Now, you will need the small pliers to carefully open the closed hook at the bottom of the earring hook. Once that is open, simply slide your faux leather earrings onto the hook and then close it up with the pliers.

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Voila! You have just created a beautiful and unique Festive pair of earrings! These also look fabulous using this Christmas Tree Earrings SVG. Enjoy! 

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How To Fix Unwanted Filled Areas In An SVG In Cricut Design Space

You’ve just bought a lovely SVG Design for a homemade gift you’re making for someone special. You upload the SVG file into Cricut Design Space and the letter loops are filled! What the heck do you do now and why are they filled?

As frustrating as it is, there are actually a few quick and easy ways to get this fixed so you can move on with the fun stuff!

Cricut Design Space sometimes just won’t behave and read SVG’s properly. It fills area’s of the design when it shouldn’t. I’ve tested the same files in other software programs and cutting machine softwares and not had this problem.

So, I tested and troubleshooted and tested some more and came up with the following solutions for Design Space. I’ve also added screenshots for the troubleshooting options detailed below. There are three options for fixing filled areas in svg files…here goes:

OPTION 1 

The first option is to remove the offending filled area using the layers on the right hand side of the design space. You can isolate the layer in two ways.

Either by looking at the shape of the filled area and then matching that to the layers on the right hand side, then clicking the eye to the right to remove the fill.

Or… you can click on each small eye to the right of each layer until you find the offending shape! Either of these will remove the unwanted layer. Here’s the screenshot:

OPTION 2

Once you’ve found the layer you want to remove, you can either make it disappear by just clicking on the eye to the right of the layer (see screenshot Option 1 above) or you can highlight the layer and then delete it completely. (see screenshot Option 2 below)

How To Fix Filled Area SVG Import Issues In Cricut Design SpaceOPTION 3

If neither of these work, and there was a png included with your purchase, you can simply upload the png file, choosing the complex option on upload, and use this as your cut file (see PNG screenshot below)

Use A PNG To Avoid Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

 

I hope that has shed some light and will be of help if you ever run into this problem.

If you have a design issue that you found a solution to, and would like to share it with our tribe, contact me, I’d love to hear all about it.

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space