Silhouette machine. If you are new to the machine, or if you are afraid to cut detailed projects...I have some suggestions for you, so that you can succeed in doing this in a clean easy way. You can do this! I promise!
When I first started using my Silhouette, I thought that it couldn't cut thick cardstock like Bazzill...but...that was because I had my settings all wrong. I was frustrated to say the least. Oh...and one other minor thing was effecting my results...and this is where I'll have to let you in on my dirty little secret...I actually purchased my Silhouette SD machine used. Gasp! I know...I design for them...I should have bought a new machine. However, I'm very budget aware...some may call that cheap...I call it being frugally smart. (All my friends who know me are laughing...and shaking their heads up and down...because they know I like to buy a lot my things used...like clothing, home improvement stuff...and what have you...it's just me.) I finally discovered that it wasn't the machine that was causing my frustration...it was my blade... it just wasn't sharp. Also...my mat was well-used and almost out of "sticky." So I was set up for a bad experience from the get go. But...once I changed the blade, and got a new mat...I was a very happy camper, because my machine turned into a slick system...cutting everything like butter.
So my point with all of that above stuff...make sure you are cutting with a sharp blade, and a sticky mat free of debris. Otherwise, you will run into the same frustrations that I did. It makes sense, doesn't it?
Next thing you need to be aware of...If you are using thick paper or card stock to cut a detailed design...which I like to do because it strengthens the design, screw on your pink cutting cap (the 0.3mm one). That's the cap designed for cutting heavier papers. After the pink cap is nicely attached...then go to your Silhouette software. Make sure that you set up your machine so it knows you are cutting heavy cardstock...in the settings menu on the right side, select the (heavy 80lb.) This will automatically adjust your paper thickness to 33, and your speed to 3. I did a test cut on one of these boxes with my heavy cardstock at these settings. It wasn't quite enough for the detail in this design...it cut...it just didn't cut all the way through in a few areas, so the designs didn't entirely "release" when I lifted it off the mat. So I made a few small adjustments. I lowered the speed to 2. It's always a good idea to lower the speed when you get into a detailed design... AND I put the settings on "double cut." That setting does just that. It cuts the design twice as it goes along. By making these minor little adjustments, the results were perfect. The design released effortlessly from the mat, having cut every little detail the way it was intended. Now that makes me happy...because if you are familiar with any of my designs...you will quickly realize that I love little details.