1. The orange disc is the freehand cutter and must be removed to use the Shapecutter Templates
2. Always store the Shapecutter back on the plastic base when not in use....so that you don't damage your workspace or the blade
4. Pull the Shapecutter towards you on the cutting mat which will align the blade in the correct cutting position and then place the Shapecutter on the template with the blade snug up against the edge...
Using only enough pressure for the base plate to sit on the template...let the Shapecutter do the work and you will end up with one perfectly cut circle
This is the bit where I am sticking my neck out and may find my P45 landing on the doormat. In the Fiskars video they mention altering the pressure of the blade when cutting paper or card by swivelling the knob on the top of the Shapecutter and that the maximum weight of card should be 210gsm....well you all know me by now....I am not a "stick by the rules" girl. I never alter the pressure of the blade because I find that this way works best for me. You should see the shape release first time round if you are working on paper...but 9 times out of 10 I am working with 300gsm cardstock (oops) ...so I just keep going round the shape until it releases...perhaps twice or even three times. Voila one perfectly cut circle....done in a few seconds....don't get me wrong I love my Cricut and Big Shot but this little fella is quick and easy and perfect if you just want one shape.
A question we are asked all the time....how long do the blades last? Well folks that is like the 24 million dollar question..how long is a piece of string?....all depends how often you use your Shapecutter and the type of paper or cardstock you are cutting......but replacement blades are inexpensive...come in packs of two and are available from most craft stores.
Hope this might help you become best friends with your Shapecutter. And do you think if I ask nicely the Fiskars Cavalry might ride out of the sunset to lend a hand with my Fiskars Project which isn't going well at all.
Will catch up with you all tomorrow to share my New Years Resolution.....oh yeah been there before I hear you say...but this time I am determined to stick to it come hell or high water.
Hugs Kath xxx