The Ever Important Cut Settings

When I started playing around with the Design Space Software, I could not find any information about making cookie stencils. I saw one post on the Silhouette School blog. I could only find a few YouTube videos about making stencils from vinyl, but they were not much help. The there are a few things that make cookie stencils unique. They aren’t sticky on the back to hold them to the surface of the cookie. Everything has to be attached to something or it falls out when the stencil is cut. That’s why you need a stencil frame(there is a post to show you how to design a stencil frame). I wasted a lot of stencil material learning how to keep everything attached! I don’t like making a trial cut on paper because parts of the paper stick to the mat or it tears as it comes off. I can’t always tell if it is going to cut correctly by doing it that way. Sometimes I make practice cuts on cardstock. It does work better than paper, but it can still be hard to tell if the stencil will be a success. I like to wait for Michaels to put out a coupon for the Dura-lar and Amazon to drop the price on Grafix .007 in the 12×12 inch sheets. That way, I don’t feel so bad if I waste a few sheets. Stock up if you have a Michael’s coupon or they lower the price on Amazon. Trust me when I say you want to stock up on both of these materials. Hopefully, this blog will keep you from wasting as much as I did!

cardstock stencil
Paper Trial Cut
paper stencil
Cardstock Trial Cut

After I learned how to use the software for both cutting machines, I had to learn how to get the machines to cut through the thick material. I started out cutting the Dura-lar .005 clear and Dura-lar .005 matte which are both made by Grafix. After I successfully cut the .005 stencil material, I moved on to cutting the .007 thickness. It took more practice to find the correct settings on the thicker material, but I finally got it! I did learn that no matter the thickness of the stencil material, it is best to start out cutting with a new/newer blade and when it starts to get dull, replace it. Don’t try to cut your very first cookie stencil with a dull blade. You may think the problem is in the cut settings. More than likely, it is the blade. I can get a lot of stencils cut with one SILHOUETTE Premium Blade or one CRICUT German Carbide Premium Blade before I have to get a new one.

Cut Settings for Silhouette Cameo 3

Updated cut settings–I created a new custom setting for my stencil materials that works well for me. Try it. If it doesn’t work, check your blade to make sure it is sharp. If that doesn’t work, make adjustments to the depth of the blade accordingly.

.005 material thickness(for clear and matte grafix)

 

cut settings .005

.007 material thickness

cut settings .007

 

Cut Settings for Cricut

 Cut settings are chosen by turning the dial on the top of the Cricut machine. The dots are called “half settings”. For the stencil material that I use, I created a custom setting. Many thanks to Shirlyn Leong of Cookies Art by Shirlyn for sharing her cut settings!  We now have the perfect setting for the Cricut to cut this material.

Turn the dial to custom. Click Make It and follow the steps in the photos.

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These are the settings that work for my machines. If these setting don’t work for you, adjust the settings a bit until you find what does work. If you have questions, feel free to contact me. 

Disclaimer: The Grafix .007 and Dura-lar(polyester) stencil materials are not FDA approved food safe at this time. Use at your own discretion. The Grafix Acetate is safe for food contact.

24 thoughts on “The Ever Important Cut Settings”

  1. I’m so happy to have found your blog! When I try to send the stencil material back through on my Cameo for a second cut without unloading, it always starts underneath the first cut.

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  2. I use this grafix plastic for my cookie stencils no use my silhouette 3 ratchet blade on a setting of 3 with very few issues. If I increase the blade setting, will it cut through my mat or dull my blade faster?

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    1. Hello! If that blade and setting work for you, I wouldn’t change it. It could cut through your mat if you increase the blade setting. I have cut through many mats trying different blades and settings to find the settings that work for my machine. I think it is just trial and error. I try to buy the mats when they are on sale.

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