Okay, so it’s not what you think, but it got your attention, yes? :)

I often get questions about how to cut the more delicate shapes.

What is the trick?

And just the other day, one of my readers asked if I had tried to cut the snowflake page from the December Additions: The Pages kit on a small scale.

Would it work?

I took the challenge.

I had to see what would happen, ya know?

This was the result:

I cut this at 3″ tall!

Not bad. Not bad at all!

How cute would that be on a tag?

Here’s some helpful tips that have worked great for me through the years:

    1. Double cut your image by pressing Ctrl-C/Ctrl-F to copy and paste a second copy of the image directly on top. I’ve also seen some people say that the new Cameo cuts even better and that they no longer need to double cut their images. That sounds just lovely.
    2. I love.love.love…American Crafts cardstock with my Silhouette. Cuts like butt-ah. But I will also use whatever is in my stash. I just like to use my AC cardstock when possible. It’s my fave.
    3. Make sure you’re using a newer mat on intricate shapes. Sometimes the blade can make a difference (I use mine for a long time), but I find that having a good mat makes the biggest difference.
    4. Pull the negative space from below so that you rip a layer of cardstock, it’ll be on the underside and not on top.
    5. Use a paper piercer to poke through small holes and scissors to catch any connecting spots. It’s better than trying to pull the cardstock away from it.
    6. My Silhouette settings are always at Heavy Cardstock with a speed of 10 and a thickness of 33 and I never have a problem with it cutting cardstock. I know some people will slow their speed down, but I’ve never had to do that.
    7. Make sure there isn’t any ‘guck’ in your blade cap. Unscrew it and blow through the little hole to make sure nothing has gotten caught in there over time.
I think that’s about it on the tips! If I think of any more, I’ll be sure to add them. :)

Click HERE for another post on getting cleaner cuts too!