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One other clarification: Is “force” downward pressure? or is it the force with which the blade cuts through the material as it moves through the path?
Very complete & thoughtful response! Maybe my troubles with adhesives being too sticky are due to living in the humid south. I actually already have a can of Scotch 77. I’ll give it a go. Thanks!
You are awesome, by the way. I’ve seen other forum members give you grief from time to time, but I truly do appreciate you and your knowledge.
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I found it a bit of a challenge to master my Zing, but now I love it. If I could change anything it would be how the grip rollers work, but overall I’ve been very satisfied. The help I’ve gotten on this forum has been outstanding. I hope you find solutions to the problems you’re facing and ultimately enjoy your zing much as I’ve enjoyed mine.October 22, 2018 at 10:13 pm in reply to: Print and cut unable to find registration mark after calibrating #36435
Here’s the mistake I made: I had registration marks on both the media I was cutting and on the image I was sending to the cutter. You should have the reg marks on just the media you’re cutting. Not on the digital image you’re sending to the cutter. Don’t know if that will help. Hope so –
Of course! I think I had hit that before, but didn’t remember when I encountered it today. Thanks for the quick response!
Is there any progress on this self-centering pen holder idea? I’ve finally learned how to do print & cut, but sometimes you just want the cutter to draw or write something. How’s it coming?
In case it helps anybody, I was having trouble with the ‘scan’ step of Print2Cut. It would find the first registration mark, then scoot way off the other end of the page and scan some imaginary registration mark out on the mat somewhere. I had forgotten to set the cut marks to “print2cut – cut” on the styles page (the one with the little wrench icon). Once I did that, it was able to find all four registration marks and cut beautifully. Still struggling with a few more issues, but that one, at least, is solved.
Just found the section in the manual that discusses this. (12.01.2 Draw and Cut: When the Pen and Blade Holder Are Not Aligned). I’ll work through these steps and if I still have a question, I’ll post again.
Isn’t there a handle on the back of each pinch roller? Raise it to release the roller for easy sliding then lower it to lock the roller in place.
Success! Engraving went perfectly when I added inner and outer shadows. I embossed with the same image — including inner and outer shadows — with:
- shelf liner on the mat
- vellum well-taped to shelf liner on edges, not just corners
- pinch rollers running beside — not on — the shelf liner
- small end of embossing tool
- Height: 20 post-its; speed: 10; pressure: 60; Passes: 1
- Origin point: center
Thanks for your help!
Excellent! I’ll try the tape and center point mode when I get home this afternoon. And the line fill. I’ll post my results tonight. Thanks for your help!
Thanks for getting back to me. I’m pretty patient and determined, but this project is about to do me in!
What I want to do is emboss or engrave images on vellum to inset in, say, cutouts in cards, in paper lanterns, any number of projects where the light will come through the vellum and show the white image. Maybe with some piercing, but I’ll get to that later. 🙂
I have a Zing Orbit. I’m using 55# vellum (Vidalon from Canson). I’ve tried both the engraver and the embosser. The engraver makes very thin lines. I suppose an offset or something will make them more pronounced? I like that the engraver doesn’t stretch the paper like the embosser does. Maybe that’s the way to go, as long as you can keep it from cutting all the way through. I’ll keep playing with that.
But I would also like to be able to use the embosser successfully, too. Here are the issues I’m having:
- the vellum/paper/whatever slips around on the pad of shelf-liner
- If I put enough spray adhesive on the shelf liner to make it sticky enough, I get residue on the back of the stuff I’m cutting. No good if it’s going to be visible from both sides.
- I tried lining up the pinch rollers so they would hold the vellum in place, but the shelf liner doesn’t go under the pinch roller well. As the roller moves the mat, the shelf liner buckles up and distorts the image. I had better luck setting the pinch rollers outside the edges of the shelf liner — but the paper needs to be firmly stuck down for that to work.
- Maybe I’m using the wrong kind of shelf liner? The kinds I found mentioned on-line seem to have been discontinued. I bought Duck Brand 284149 Solid Grip Easy Liner Shelf Liner with Clorox from Amazon. That’s not what I meant to buy — probably clicked the wrong button — but that’s what they shipped.
It would sure be nice if KnK offered an embossing mat: springy material the right density, with a sticky surface and — bonus points for this — a grid for lining up your work. That would be awesome.
But since those marvelous jewels are somewhere out with the pink unicorns, if you could get me pointed in the right direction, I would be very grateful.
btw – I’m loving my cutter. This is my first dabble in the world of digital cutting. My head is swimming with ideas. Can wait to try them all!