Let me give the warning first. It has been mentioned to me that some people who have old Cricuts, running the oldest firmware (the version that is required to be able to use SCAL, if you bought it, like I did, before they were legally prohibited from selling a version that worked for the Cricut) may not want to use Craft Room. I have heard as yet unconfirmed reports that running Craft Room with your old machine plugged in, may update your firmware without asking you if you want to do that, thereby making SCAL unusable. I’ve asked the person who mentioned this to put me in touch with someone who had this happen to them, so I can verify the info and perhaps ask a few more questions about it. Please do let me know via a comment (or email if you prefer, in the About Me section at the top)if it has happened to YOU.
Now, the stamp cutting. It is actually way easier than I thought. The trick is don’t use sticky backed fun foam (ok, well maybe you can but I have to find some first to try it) and before you stick it to the mat to cut it, compress the foam by running it thru your die cutting machine, between two plates.
Can you see how much thinner the light pink foam is??
Now I would not suggest trying to cut a hugely intricate shape, but I didn’t want to do just a triangle, so I did one of the American Sign Language hands. It’s a bit complex but not super detailed.
When it is on the mat, you can look at the image and decide if you want to cut the whole thing. That HIDE CONTOUR button will allow yo to edit the image – thanks to a comment and a blog link I now understand how it works!
When you click it you will see the image like so:
If you click on the lines you want to delete, then will not cut!
I used max setting for everything, and cut 4 times. See how the palm crease is missing from the cutting file?
Yes, the rollers will crease the foam, but just like the compressed foam springs back, the roller indents will spring back too.
Now, it is not cut 100% thru but it is very close. See when I flex it?
All it needs is a light tracing with a knife to complete the cut. Easier for simple shapes, but even this took me only maybe 2 minutes. See the roller indent?
Just make sure the side of the foam that has the blade cut is the stamping side, and you stick the stamp to your “mount” on the rougher side. That side is a bit raggedy.
The foam does stretch, with these thin lines, but I just formed it around the cut out bit when I stuck it down.
I think they stamp just fine – I would say limit the rigorous washing (just blot with a baby wipe) and don’t let paint dry on them if you plan to use them for Gelli play or paint stamping.
I have some more tips on mask cutting coming up….
Oh, and et me also mention one other odd thing that happened. I am using a Cricut machine and log in to Craft Room that was sent to me. Because the first one didn’t appear to work, I was sent a second log in. The first one then did work, and I used it for all of my play. Testing out something, I had to close Craft Room then open it again and when I did, I used the second log in by mistake. I got a strange message that said something like “You already have 2 machines registered with this account. You may not link anther machine until ??? 2015” (not the exact wording, I closed it down and went back to the other log in before I thought to capture it, but that is pretty close to what it said.) I am guessing because that is a review/testers account maybe a few people have been given it, which is why it came up for me. I suppose it might be strange if someone had 3 different machines but it is worth noting that there is a limit on the number of machines that can be tied to a Craft Room account.