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.
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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