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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 a 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.

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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 help files: These include images of the finished templates, any fold or build information & template sizes.
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Just double click on any of these (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
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.

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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.


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 cutting machine). 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. Cutting mats are quite flimsy and you will, at some time, cut through it (we all do). .
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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