Please note that we have a YouTube channel in which we have posted several Scan 'N Cut tutorials and will continue to do so as time allows.
The purpose of this blog is to address particular questions/concerns/problems addressed on Facebook regarding the Scan 'N Cut.
Cutting paper usually requires a low tack mat or used standard mat. I usually label the mat that I use for paper so I know which one to use each time. I also do the corner test from time to time, especially when I am using a different mat. Take a corner of the paper and press it on your mat. If you get a good hold without tearing, you are probably good to go. If it sticks and tears, it is too sticky, and it if lifts off with no resistance, then it isn't sticky enough.
Card stock paper comes in different thicknesses. The thickness of the paper will dictate which blade to use. Thinner papers should be okay using the standard blade (black cartridge). Thicker papers may need the deep cut blade. Glitter papers work best by cutting on the back. The glitter side makes the blade bounce around as it is trying to find the path of least resistance. It is difficult to get a clean, smooth cut. Cutting on the back helps substantially but remember to reverse your image.
Just like with other materials, you want to make sure that you have a good hold. Be sure that the paper is stuck to the mat across all areas. It is when the paper releases from the mat that you get the results pictured above. Remember that the blade is like an Exacto blade. If the paper releases from the mat, the machine continues to cut even though the paper is raised. It just rips through it.
You can use a washi tape to secure the edges, but the interior of the paper should be well stuck on the mat.
Other things to check when get disastrous results is to make sure your blade is sharp. Paper dulls blades at a much more rapid pace than with fabric. This is why we don't use our good shears on paper. So even though you may have only used your blade a few times, it might be time to change it again.
Blades like needles are mass produced. Some needles don't last long; others seem to last forever. The same is true for blades.
Make sure your mat is clean.
Bring the speed down. I usually only go at speed 3. It seems to be a good, universal speed. You might also need to adjust the pressure. Experiment with test cuts before doing your whole design even with the auto-blade models. It just saves time, money, and frustration.
I hope these tips help you to have better success cutting paper.