So you've attempted to cut construction paper with your Silhouette and lemmeguess it basically looks like an infant gnawed up the edge of the paper and someone sprinkled construction paper dust all over your mat? Yeah, not pretty. I don't cut a lot of construction paper for this reason, but sometimes my 6 year old asks for some basics shapes for her crafts and I don't want to use my "good" paper. Ahem....just bein' real.
I also use construction paper - specifically black - when going for the 'chalkboard' look. I was recently making a card in which I wanted to get the chalkboard look by using the white Silhouette Sketch pen on black construction paper. (You can read my review of the white and metallic Silhouette sketch pens here.) I didn't however like the idea of putting the construction paper directly on my currently-perfectly-sticky cutting mat. The fibers in the construction paper tend to stick to the mat and the blade sometimes causes the paper to tear more than cut.
Soo...I had a moment of pure genius (IMHO).
I put down a piece of white cardstock onto the mat. Then I put down a few strips of double-sided tape pretty much stretching all the way across the card stock. I carefully laid the construction paper down on over the tape and the card stock.
I didn't press it down too firmly because you want to be able to peel the construction paper off away from the tape.
LOOK!! It cut perfectly (no gnawed edges) and it peel away from the tape beautifully AND the best part is...my mat is no worse for wear!
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