I like a good challenge and the hot air balloon really caught my attention. I have a bunch of photos from a big Hot Air Balloon Festival and I was thinking the cut without the frilly stuff would make a great journaling block. It's still a challenge. SIP 2, Laurie 0. I gave up for now!
- Definitely make a practice cut. I have been using The Paper Company Textured Value Packs and not sure on the heavier cardstock that I picked up at Joann's when it was on sale. My cut settings for both papers are Blade 4, Pressure 3, Speed 1, and I cut twice.
- With heavier cardstock, you do need a sticky mat. I thought I would be smart and use a new mat. Big mistake. It took forever to get the little tiny pieces off the mat. Sticky enough to hold the paper (tape the edges down if necessary) but not so sticky that you would rather throw the mat away than clean off all those itty bitty pieces that are going in the trash anyway.
- The plain cuts by themselves are really cute. Have fun with patterned paper, scissors and bling if that's more your style.