Tips for Beginners

Just getting started with your cutting machine and Sure Cuts a Lot? Pull up a chair and let’s go through a couple quick how-to’s.



Why Are My Score Lines on a Different Mat in Cricut Design Space?

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If you're cutting out an SVG file that has score lines or numbers on it, you have to "attach" the lines in the Cricut Design Space software.

Missing this step is a VERY common problem that new users have. And there's really no way for anyone to know that it's necessary.

We get several messages a day from people asking why their score lines are acting strange in the Cricut Design Space software.

"When I transfer SVG files to Design Space, even ...


How Do You Cut SVG Files with a Brother ScanNCut Machine?

We aren't "affiliated" with Brother, however, we regularly get e-mails from people asking how to cut SVG files with their Brother ScanNCut machine.

So, let's break it down! :)

The New ScanNCut Machine

The new Brother ScanNCut2 machine DOES cut SVG files directly, so all you need to do is load them onto your machine and cut.

The original Brother ScanNCut machine does not allow you to plug your computer directly into it. Nor does it accept SVG files for cutting. This creates ...


"What kind of glue should I use?"

I haven't tried TOO many other glues, but sometimes people ask me what kind of glue I use.

I've been doing paper craft projects regularly for about 10 years, and my absolute favorite is Scotch Tacky Glue. It comes in 2 oz. bottles and 4 oz. bottles.

It used to be called "Quick-Dry Adhesive." The packaging has changed a little bit within the last year, but I can't tell a difference in the ...


"What kind of card stock is best for SVGCuts projects?"

New to paper crafting, or just curious? Wondering what kind of card stock is best for SVGCuts projects? I get this question regularly, so you’re not alone! :)

I’ve been making loads of dimensional paper crafts here at SVGCuts for over eight years now, and a few products have become staples in my craft room.

You can really use just about any paper you’d like for projects, although paper that’s about “80 lb” is ideal. This works out to about 216 gsm paper (metric system).

Paper that’s a bit lighter weight or a ...


Comparing Cricut Explore, Sizzix eclips2 and Silhouette CAMEO

SVG Workflow

For users of SVGCuts files, workflow is VERY important. Spending less time importing and preparing your files for cutting means spending more time actually assembling your projects. In the video below, we imported all of the necessary files to create the Thanksgiving Box Card from our Autumn Box Cards SVG Kit. The results are as follows:

  • Silhouette CAMEO using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition: 3:03
    • Users of the Silhouette CAMEO can use Sure Cuts A Lot 4 for a more efficient SVG experience.
  • Sizzix eclips2

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Unzipping SVGCuts Files - (Zip File, Extract File, Decompress File)

Mac OS

MacOS X has the native ability to extract/unzip ZIP files, so don't waste money on third party ZIP programs! You don't need them! Zipped files look like documents with little zippers on them, contain the extension .zip and also say ZIP right on the icon!

 

1. Unzipping a file in MacOSX is simple, just double-click on the ZIP file! You know your file is unzipped when you have what looks like a folder with the full product name displayed below the icon....


How To Open SVG Files - Cricut Design Space

Because our files come in ZIP format, you'll want to make sure you UNZIP our files before attempting the steps below. You may also consider configuring your web browser to make your workflow more efficient by following the suggestions in our "Where Did My Files Go?" article. You can read the Mac Version here, and the Windows Version here.

Written Tutorial

1. Visit http://us.cricut.com/design and login to your account. Click Create New Project.

2. From the sidebar, click Upload Image....


Where Did My Downloads Go? Windows Edition

One of the most common issues SVGCuts users encounter is not knowing where to find their files after they download them! It sounds like a very silly problem, but its real and from a support standpoint, its one of the most common issues we deal with on a daily basis.

PC Browsers

To get the most out of the information below, be sure you are running the following version (or later) of each browser:

  • Internet Explorer - 11.0.9600.16438 (click here for information on how

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Where Did My Downloads Go? Mac Edition

One of the most common issues SVGCuts users encounter is not knowing where to find their files after they download them! It sounds like a very silly problem, but its real and from a support standpoint, its one of the most common issues we deal with on a daily basis.

Mac Browsers

To get the most out of the information below, be sure you are running the following version (or later) of each browser:

  • Safari - 7.0.3 (click here for information on how to

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Photography Tips for Paper Crafters - Aperture and Bokeh

Let's talk about the terms "aperture, shutter speed and ISO."

All three of these camera settings are interconnected and play a major role in determining the final appearance of your photo. This article will focus on how aperture affects bokeh (or "background blur").

What is Bokeh?

In photography, bokeh is the blur,or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image. (source: Wikipedia). The image above features the tea pot from our Tea For You and Me SVG Kit and ...