Paper 101 - Die Cutting

When it comes to die cutting, all it takes are the right settings to create beautifully intricate designs. EVERY paper Cardstock Warehouse sells is die cut machine compatible and, when using the right settings, will produce crisp, clean cuts like the ones below. 

 

die cut cardstock

CONDITIONING YOUR MAT

Before you begin a die cutting project, make sure your blade is sharp and your mats are properly prepared. When using a new mat, whether it be Cricut or Silhouette, you will want to condition your mat first.

When new, the mats are too sticky to use without damaging your paper. You can condition your mat by pressing your hands on to the surface repeatedly until it feels slightly less sticky. Make sure you touch the surface evenly and that you get the corners. The natural oils on your hands decrease the stickiness just enough to protect your paper but not damage your mat. Use a small scrap of paper to test your mat before you start your project. 

For specific cut settings, find the machine you are cutting with below. 

The cheat sheet below gives the Cricut cut settings using a regular blade for each of the Cardstock Warehouse papers. Want to keep this handy? Download a full size copy to save or print here. Keep scrolling for the Cricut Deep Cut Blade and Silhouette Cameo settings. 

*Papers in the box with the X2 star will cut using the double cut feature, which allows for a clean cut of thicker papers.*

Cricut Cut Settings for Cardstock Warehouse Paper

 

DEEP CUT BLADE 

The 100# Pop-Tone, Kraft, Construction, Speckletone and Colorplan can be cut using the Deep Cut Blade to allow for the machine to only have to make one pass. To do this, you will need to make a custom cut setting. 

1. At the bottom of the Cut window, click on "Edit Custom Materials." 

 

 

2. At the bottom of the Custom Materials window, click the "Add New Material" button. Name the setting, set the Cut Pressure to 310, the Multicut to off, and the Blade Type to Deep Cut, then click save. Your new setting will now appear in the dropdown menu when your Cut Dial is set to "Custom." You are now ready to cut using your Deep Cut Blade!

 

 

To cut using a Silhouette Cameo, use the diagram below to configure your cut settings. The Textured Cardstock setting comes standard on your machine, but you will have to create a custom setting for papers 85# and higher. See the diagram for the correct settings. To save or print a full size copy of this diagram, click here! 

Silhouette Cameo Cut Settings for Cardstock Warehouse Paper