|This month's inspiration kit.|
So here are the results of my experiments:
Round 1 - Epic fail. I had my machine set to speed 3, pressure max, multi-cut 2, and the blade at 6. It wasn't enough multi-cuts, and my blade was dragging between letters, so they ended up cut where they shouldn't be. I said bad words and went to bed.
Round 2 - Not to be detered, I tried speed 3, pressure high, multi-cut 4, and the blade set at 4. Better but not perfect. There was still a drag line, although it got better. And the extra multi-cut definitely made a better cut through the material.
Round 3 - Success, sort of. I didn't ever completely resolve the blade drag issue. If anyone has any ideas for that issue, I'll take it! But I tried something suggested in the video - I flipped my image on the Gypsy and that way the right side was stuck to the mat and protected from the overzealous blade. I also found that a quick trip around some area of a letter with a craft knife helped give a great release.
|Flipped image using the Gypsy, so the "right side" of the cut would be the side that was stuck to the mat.|
|My early tries were pretty rough. The blue examples were my best cuts, and that's when I really felt like I was on the right track.|
|Sorry for the dirty craft mat, but I wanted to show the sizes of all my experiments, and this was the only grid surface I could find.|
Moral of the story: Play with whatever machine you have, find the settings that work for you, and see how you like cutting foam!
12x18 sheets of foam are around $1 at any craft store and give you lots of room for cutting the letters as you need them. I also found packs of small foam sheets at Dollar Tree - it may be just a hair thinner but nearly the same as what I bought at Hobby Lobby.
If you have any hints or tips for cutting foam letters, please leave a comment so we can all learn more together. Happy crafting!