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Silhouette Cutting Mat: Should the blade be cutting it?

Blade, cutting, Silhouette cutting mat
The Silhouette Cutting Mat can make or break a project and therefore it brings up a lot of questions and concerns.   If it's not sticky enough the paper or medium can slip around and the design will get all wonky.   If it's too sticky it can be tough to remove the cut designs.  If the mat's loaded wrong the blade may cut outside the cut area.  And what about the blade actually cutting the mat?  That's the question we're answering today from a reader.

Joann asks:  "If my design is visible on the (cutting) mat, am I cutting too deeply? I know they are replaceable but...$$" 
I have searched high and low for Silhouette's official answer on this and I can't find a thing so I'll just tell you what I have found from my experience: No!  As you can see in the picture, my cutting mats have etched lines and various designs all over them from the blade.

Blade, cutting, Silhouette cutting mat

As long as the blade is not cutting all the way through the mat you do not need to worry.   It can be expected that the blade will the leave the design on the mat. 

If a lower blade setting is used than what Silhouette Studio recommends, you risk not cutting your material completely and then having to double cut it - which will only make more marks on the mat and create a higher risk for actually cutting through the mat.

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