I apparently lied when I said I was going to bring out a different camera for the next videos. For this quick test of a suggestion from the "Tips and Tricks" page on Craftwell's home page I am indeed using the infamous Bloggie. It is just SO convenient. And, I'm not trying to prove that I'm Cecil B. deMille. My only goal is to get things up here quickly that will make your life with your eCraft a LOT more pleasant.
And, this suggestion from Craftwell will do just that.
The suggestion is to layer a thin piece of paper over a moderately heavy cardstock and use a pressure setting of around 2. To test this suggestion I naturally turned to our old friend the 3" Tree #1 on the Fundamentals #1 SD that came with our machines.
As a control, I first attempt to cut a tree from standard 20lb bond like we used in our inkjet printers. And, then, without pausing the tape I will immediately try cutting 20lb bond after layering it over a piece of very inexpensive 110lb Staples cardstock.
Here is the test:
As you can see the suggestions works very well. But, we did have some lifting of the lighter paper at one point and we had the highest tab density and tab width settings that make it a bit more difficult to remove the shape. So, I plan to test this same technique with just a couple of different twists.
The first change is to tape the top and bottom edges of the paper and cardstock together. Since tape is out of the cutting area, it should only serve to hold the lighter paper down flat. If my guess is correct we should be able to lower at least the Tab Width andmake it easier to extract the cut shape.
The second experiment will be to use the Xyron and apply a repositionable adhesive to the cardstock. "WHOOOAAAA!!!", you say, "Isn't that using a mat after all?" W-e-l-l sort of... But, with this one difference. It's MY CHOICE. And, I can cut right rhough it all if I want to.
At any rate, we'll see how it goes the next time I get to test this. And, just because you questioned me about the "mat" I'm going to sit in that same noisy chair and use that same focus hunting Bloggie!!! That'll fix ya!