My designs are pretty intricate so you need a crisp paper and not to thick, 65 lb is perfect. I love the WorldWin cardstock like the ColorMates. It cuts like butter and are perfect for intricate designs but any similar paper should work. Always use a sticky mat so the cardstock doesn’t move when cutting and be sure your blade is sharp.
The settings I use when cutting with my Silhouette Cameo is:
Blade set to 2 or 3 depending on how new my blade is.
Speed 10 (Yes, I always cut on max speed!)
I can’t recommend the cutting settings for other machines because I don’t have any experience with these.
How intricate can I cut?
When I draw a design, I always have in mind that I want it to cut well in most cutting machines. Therefore, I try to make the lines not too thin and inner angles not to pointy. If I only should consider what my Cameo is capable of, I would be able to draw even more detailed and delicate designs. But I know that not all machines are as good as my Cameo.
I recently made a test cut on one of my doilies (Layered Doily 56) to see how small I could cut it. Here you can see the result:
I think it’s amazing that you can cut the design so small and still get a great result.
The result shows that if you have a good cutter, you should be able to cut most of my designs much smaller than the size they are in the files.