Quick Tip Tuesday - For Owners of Cutting Machines

Have you ever cut something with your cutting machine that came out completely torn?  Here are 3 troubleshooting strategies you can try.

First, make sure you are using quality paper or cardstock.  A paper with weight between 65 and 80 with a solid core is going to be your best bet.  Altenew has a resource with all you ever wanted to know about crafting paper.

Second, is your mat still sticky?  If not, try washing it (see previous tip on how to do this).  If it still doesn't cut neatly, you may need a new mat.  Use a brayer to adhere the paper to your mat (another previous tip).

Third, if the paper and the mat didn't solve the problem, you may need to clean your blade.  How, you ask (also a previous tip.)?  Clean it by sticking the tip of the blade into a balled up piece of foil.  You especially need to clean it after using anything with glitter on it.  If that doesn't help, try a new blade.

I hope these quick strategies will solve your torn paper problems.

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