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1-Anyone have any tricks to re-generate the tackiness of the mat??.  It seems to loose the tackiness too quickly. 

Yes I cover the mat  with the plastic they give you and clean it off with the spatula.

2-Will the cricket mat also work?

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Jayne, yes Cricket mats will work also. On my SNC mats I scrub them with a mesh scrubbie and warm soap and water. This adds some tacky back. However, have found easiest way is just tape my paper on with painters tape or Washi tape would also work. I use it most for stamping an image and direct cut. I do convert Gina's images so I can cut and stamp them, several at a time. The pdf's I just scan the sheet of them and cut. Works great!

Would love to hear how others use it. I'm sure it does a lot more than what I am using it for! Hugs!

I have not tried this myself but I 'heard' on a Youtube video that you can also use the spray on tacky adhesive. My mat was actually too sticky and I used my EK powder tool so it would allow me to pull up my cuts without tearing them. Good to know you can use a Cricket mat because those seem to be easier to find in local craft stores.

Thanks for the info..I did try spraying tacky adhesive..did not work for me.....will try washing it with a scrubbie and will try my cricut mat also when I get back to stamping in a few days. I too use it to cut out stamped images from Gina. Have not tried the PDF or downloads from Gina yet. However it sounds like a good idea.

I never thought about using tape, that's a great idea, thanks Diana.

I've only had my SNC a few weeks but I found it lost the sticky within just a few hours of using it. I've tried rubbing it with baby wipes (this seems to be the most recommended solution I can find) but doesn't bring the sticky back. I've been using a product called Stick N Spray on the back of my card/paper (it's by Crafters Companion, I'm not sure if it's available in the US or not) but it frustrates me because it leaves the back of my cuts sticky, and when I'm cutting out a card base I don't want the inside of it sticky. So I shall be trying washi or low tack tape 

I saw the YouTube video about spraying the mat with adhesive but it looked like a lot of mess to do!

I'm somewhat excited about the cricut mats as they are more freely available and a bit cheaper - do they have the same registration marks as the SNC mats then?

Jayne, you can use the Cricut Mat, just be aware that it will pick up the lines. If you are just scanning an image and then use the arrow keys to narrow down to a simple area, it is fine. If you are scanning several different items, would be a problem with the lines. I have found also, if I clean really well, then put a coat of watered-down Alene's Tack it Over and Over, the mat will be sticky, on some paper too much so, on GK works fine. Still like to just tape as generally stamp a page of images and cut them all at once. Used Memento Gray to stamp several the other day to color and it really worked great. Like the gray over the black. Hope this helps. Hugs!
Have to try that...thanks,,!!!

Jane and Jayne, I used the Cricut Mat on the original "red" machine, so not sure if will work on the new machine.  I have finally used up my old Cricut Mats and now only use the SNC ones, from Amazon, purchase via StampTV. 

Jane, do you have Following or Stop Following clicked so you get emails when someone responds you are notified.  And yes, there are so many areas you have to check, all Groups and then some start a new link and if it doesn't get moved to Ask Us, then no one sees it.  I think Gina's idea of the 3 areas will help.

Jane, yes, that is fine - I use mine for basically stamping and direct cutting.  For intricate cuts I like dies.  A lot of it is just experimenting - depends on paper, blade setting, and what you are cutting.  I do find that I use my Copic fine black pen to make sure I have a solid outline to scan and then cut.  Helps on some stamps.   
 
Jane said:

Thanks Diana, I mostly do want to be notified here and in ask us and StampTVKits. The only thing is you do get so many emails and 95% of them are not for you that you might miss the couple that are for you. I made the mistake of following comments on the new stamp TV kit on released night. I must've gotten over 100 emails. I did go and change that one.
This Group lets you reply to specific messages the other ones it's just replying to the board it seems, it got changed somehow. This way is better. I wish there was someway you could get like a VIP email when someone is addressing you specifically. Well I'm going to open the brother machine today I had to figure out what to move where and where I'm going to put it and then there's kind of the just the fear of starting something new and unknown, exciting and wonderful but still...
Diana if I have some more questions is it OK to to write you back? So far you're the only person who has responded to my call for help in this group that is. Ask us and Addicts are much more active. Thanks again! Jayne, you have had yours for a while now how do you like it what do you use it for?
If you open Canvas, the on-line SNC program, you can upload a svg file, save it to a Scan device and upload it to your SNC machine and save as a Project - it is always then available. I find it is easier to just stamp, and cut. Have no idea how it works on the new machine. The info to sign up for Canvas is in your instructions.


Jane said:
Diana, I was looking at your earlier answer to Jayne, what do you mean when you say you convert Gina's images so you can cut and stamp several at a time?? Thanks, Janie

Diana Scott said:
Jayne, yes Cricket mats will work also. On my SNC mats I scrub them with a mesh scrubbie and warm soap and water. This adds some tacky back. However, have found easiest way is just tape my paper on with painters tape or Washi tape would also work. I use it most for stamping an image and direct cut. I do convert Gina's images so I can cut and stamp them, several at a time. The pdf's I just scan the sheet of them and cut. Works great!

Would love to hear how others use it. I'm sure it does a lot more than what I am using it for! Hugs!

Just try rescanning them. Sometimes they show up with a second scan. Also, you can use any kind of tape you want. They just want you to buy another mat. I would have called her on it, too!! LOLOL!!!

If you could find a svg file that does the cut and stitch, you could size it any size you want. =)

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