Before telling you how the Making Memories SLICE works, let me give you a brief introduction to this die cut machine. As one of the newest die cutters to hit the market, the SLICE can make cutouts from one to four inches in size, in half inch increments. It is very compact, weighing less than two pounds and taking up about the same space as a five inch cube. When charged, it can be operated as a cordless device. The die cuts it can produce depend wholly on the types of design cards that the operator possesses – the more design cards one has, the greater the number of cutout shapes that can be made.
Operation of the Making Memories SLICE is fairly simple. Following is a quick glance at the steps needed to use this machine to turn ordinary card stock and paper into letters, numbers, shapes, and more:
1. Before using for the first time, the machine should be charged. Plug it into an electrical outlet for approximately one hour to charge.
2. While waiting for the machine to charge, prepare the cutting mat. This part is a bit problematic, because it involves spreading just the right amount of repositionable adhesive across the top of the tempered glass cutting mat. Once the adhesive has been applied, it will dry to a clear color. You can place the material to be cut, such as paper or card stock, on the mat.
3. Insert the design card into the back of the die cutter. If the card is inserted properly, and the machine is turned on, the menu screen will show the SLICE logo.
4. Make certain the cutting blade is in the correct position by homing the blade. Use the machine’s graphical interface to navigate to the settings menu. There you will find the option to home the blade.
5. Using the menu, select both a design and size to cut.
6. To make the cut, hold the SLICE on the cutting surface. Press the green button on the side of the machine, and hold the die cutter in place with both hands while it is cutting the material. The display will notify you when the die cut is complete.
7. Carefully remove the die cut from the glass cutting mat.
If the paper or card stock crumbles or is difficult to remove, you may need to adjust the amount of adhesive used on the cutting mat. This will involve washing it off, and giving it another try. Once the right amount of adhesive is used, it should last through several cuts. The position of the blade may also need to be adjusted if the machine is having difficulty cutting through the material placed on the cutting surface.
Overall, the Making Memories SLICE is easy to use, and will allow you to quickly and inexpensively create die cut shapes for your scrapbooking and paper crafting projects.