Cricut Maker and Clear Linoleum

The other day, I had this bright idea to cram clear linoleum stamping material into the Cricut.   It just BARELY fit.

I downloaded a simple ‘thank you’ SVG file from the internet and let the Cricut have at it.   My idea was just to let it cut a single layer and then take it from there with my manual carving tools once the design was in place.

It wasn’t perfect but it actually started the design for me.  I did notice the blade getting caught in the material once or twice but it recovered shortly after.   Once cut, I ripped the linoleum off the mat and started carving away.  This is when I realized it is extremely difficult to see the design and accurately cut it out when the material is clear.

I tried putting color paper under it and and changing my lighting to be able to see the cuts better, but not much was helping.   I finally got out an ink block and patted it all down to get an idea of how I was doing so far.

That’s when I noticed my cuts weren’t great and a bunch of the initial cut wasn’t great either.   This was way too hard for a simple thank-you stamp.   So I tossed it and searched my other materials.   Unfortunately, everything else was slightly too thick to fit into the machine.

I’m trying to decide if I should try again with some different settings to see if I get better cuts, or do I see if I can get it to draw on the linoleum without destroying a marker.  I think it might cram the marker down too hard and screw up the tip if I don’t pick the right settings… I guess there’s only one way to find out!

5 Replies to “Cricut Maker and Clear Linoleum”

  1. Hmmm. How about those foam sheets? It should cut through that like butter and you can mount it to a block, ink it and stamp. It should ink up like a foam stamp. I think I’ve actually used foam for a stamp before, I’ve just never done it in the cricut. What do ya think?

  2. Thank you so much for trying this!! I was thinking about using that pink rubber stamp stuff, but I bet that’s too thick. The other ladies idea about foam is a wonderful suggestion. Did you try that out? How did it go? I’m thinking of trying it out myself so that I can make a repeating pattern and stamp myself some fabric or DIY wallpaper. Some of those thing foam sheets even have self adhesive on the back.

  3. You can use a laser printer to print your design. This can then be ironed onto the lino block. Remember to place some greaseproof paper between the paper and the iron.

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