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Please be aware that the templates are specific to each cutting machine.
Craft Robo/Silhouette CDs DON'T work on any Brother ScanNCut cutting machine.
Brother ScanNCut CDs DON'T work on any Craft Robo or any Silhouette cutting machine.

Brother ScanNCut Hints & Tips

Below we have included a few hints & tips that we use when cutting with our ScanNCut. They are NOT the only way to do things but the way that we do them. We hope you may find them useful.

How to get the templates to your ScaNNcut

There are up to 4 methods depending which version of the ScanNCut:.

1. (This is our preferred method, for selected ScanNCut models only. These are the models with 2 sockets at the right hand side of them.) you can attach a USB cable to your ScanNCut and then drag and drop the templates to the folder that opens when you switch your cutting machine on. This USB cable is the same one that you will have for your printer if your printer is connected to your computer by such a cable. They are also available online for a small cost. (Brother currently recommend using a USB 2.0 cable (Type A/B) that is no longer than 2 metres (6feet))
You can only transfer the actual .fcm templates this way (single and multiple .fcm templates) but NOT the folders.

2. (for models with Wi-Fi only) you can upload the templates to the cloud based Brother CanvasWorkspace software which is provided free by Brother. If you have the Wi-Fi option on your ScanNCut you can transfer straight from their CanvasWorkspace software.
You can transfer one .fcm template at a time to Canvas and one .fcm template/project at a time from CanvasWorkspace to your ScanNCut.

3. (This is suitable for all models but make sure that you have a ScanNCut compatible USB) you can drag and drop the templates from the CD to a ScanNCut compatible USB memory stick.
You can transfer both the folders and the .fcm files by this method. Make sure that your compatible USB memory stick is empty before you load up the templates/folders to transfer them.

4. (There is now a desktop App called 'Brother CanvasWorkspace for PC')
You can now open these '.fcm' cutting files using this desktop app. It works just like the cloud based Brother CanvasWorkspace, but the software is now directly installed on your own PC.

You can get the full tutorial on the 'SnC templates transferring tutorial' file which is on every downloaded CD.

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Help files on every downloaded CD

Each of our website CD listings shows a galley photo of the finished templates on that CD. On every one of our CDs we include 3 help files:

'An introduction to CD????' has finished images of every template on the CD, the card that we used, the cut settings, any fold or build instructions and lots more.

'SnC template transferring tutorial' is a step by step pictorial tutorial showing up to 3 different ways to transfer the templates to your ScanNCut

'CD1???' template quick reference guide' has small icons of every template on the CD. It can be printed and kept with the CD
Just double click on any of these 3 (PDF) help files to open them or print them.

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Re-sizing the templates

All of our templates are re-sizeable within limitations and with varying complexity.
If you already have your ScanNCut you will see that the size of the screen is tiny, even on the CM900 which has the largest screen of all. That doesn't make things easy to work with templates.
The best way to work with templates is to upload them to the free online cloud based CanvasWorkspace program (& now desktop 'CanvasWorkspace for PC). You will then work with a full screen. We have designed most of our templates at their smallest size. They contain elements that would be deleted by your ScanNCut if they were reduced in size and that would leave the designs with gaping holes in them. Any reduction in size may also cause the blade to snap and that in turn would cause damage to the cutting mat and even your ScanNCut itself.
Many of our designs have multiple pages and elements, so if you resize them you will need to make sure that you resize each page and each element by the same percentage. Alternatively you can open all of the elements up on 1 page, then re-size them together and then split them up again. You will also need to make sure that you retain the aspect ratio or you will distort the designs.
It is very difficult to resize to a specific exact size and so it would have to be trial and error.

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Cutting mat care

Always peel the cutting mat from the card and not vice versa. Turn the finished cut mat and card upside-down and SLOWLY peel the cutting mat away. Try peeling a little from each edge of the card. Bend the cutting mat away from the card but make sure that you don't crease the cutting mat in the process.

Use a fine pointed pokey-tool to remove the off-cuts that are still in the template.

After many cuts you will find a build up of the temporary spray adhesive on the surface of your cutting mat. It takes the form of small globules of the adhesive and will stop the card from sitting snugly on the top of the cutting mat.
In this case you will need to clean your cutting mat. We spray the entire top surface of the cutting mat with Crafters Companion Stick Away adhesive cleaning agent. Please carefully read the instructions on their can. After 30 seconds we use our old Stanley Knife blade to scrape the loosened adhesive from the cutting mat. Finally we use baby wipes and then let it air dry.

When using A4 card it is best to place the card onto the 12"x12" cutting mat in different places each time you cut a new template. That makes sure that you spread the wear evenly over the mat. To make sure that you have the template in the correct position, you can use one of the scan features. Firstly open up the template and get it to the cut screen. You will then see the SCAN icon. Click it and when finished you will see exactly where the card is on the mat. Then touch the template until you see a red boundary line and then you can drag it until it is within the edges of the scanned image of the cardstock. Then select CUT. If you set the default to scan in Greyscale rather than in the new RGB colour option it will scan very quickly.

Once the original tackiness of the cutting mat has gone (usually after perhaps 5 cuts) apply a light spray of temporary spray adhesive to every card before placing it on the cutting mat (Never spray onto the cutting mat itself or the adhesive will transfer onto the rollers of your ScanNCut). We prefer the Crafters Companion Stick & Spray temporary repositional spray adhesive. Then smooth it flat to the carrier sheet so that there will be no air gap between the mat and the card. This will give the cleanest cut and will mean that the most off-cuts will remain stuck to the carrier sheet when you remove the cut template. They can then be scraped off. We use an old Stanley knife blade (carefully) and this works really well, although you can use the scraper that came with your ScanNCut. However you will find it quite tiresome using the supplied scraper as there will be many small off-cuts left on your cutting mat after cutting is complete.

When you use the Crafters Companion Stick & Spray temporary spray adhesive you will find that the tacky side of the card sometimes shows the adhesive, especially if you use a dark colour card. We use a Xyron residue adhesive eraser (other brands are available) to easily remove the spray adhesive.

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Cut settings

There are many tutorials on the internet and on YOUTUBE recommending the best blade depth, speed and pressure settings, so we won't add to any confusion. The ScanNCut official cutting mat is quite flimsy and you will, at some time, cut through it (we all do). There is no need to throw it away when this happens, just apply adhesive tape to the underside and carry on using it.
We do recommend that you use TEST CUT for the card that you are using and add depth of blade and cut pressure gradually. Then write down these settings for future use with this same card.

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Cardstock choice

We mostly use 210 gsm - 255gsm  A4 card from Papermill direct & Amazon to cut our templates:

There is no need to go for much thicker cardstock as that will reduce the life of your blade and could lead to premature failure of your cutting mat.

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