Plastic Laminate with the Provocrap Cricut

picked up a few laminated signs from old sales at the DayJob. Of
course, I grabbed them out of the trash, well, sort of, they were on top
and clean. These are 1ml thick hot lamination material over card stock.
They are thick.

cricut did REALLY REALLY well with them, cut the plastic like it was
butter. I was surprised. The only issue I ran into is that I need the
deepcut housing. Even on 6 and the highest pressure setting I could not
cut all the way through the bottom layer of plastic even though I cut it
on a blade setting of 6, high pressure 4 times. It did score the bottom
layer enough that I was able to sort of pop it out.

it’s off to Amazon I go to buy a deep cut housing. Though I’m tempted
to see if I can just sand off the bottom of my current housing…

going to see if I can snag a bunch of these old signs, I know some of
them are much larger, 14×17! That might be cool to play around with… They also have some in lighter weight plastic… Probably the stuff they call 5mil (actually 1/2 ml thick) would be easily cut on the crapcut.

I’ve got too many ideas and not enough time.

Tomorrow I'll show you what i'm doing with these super simple stencils.

  • Laura Adams

    I love you! You made me laugh out loud with “Provocrap”, & “crapcut”. I feel pretty much the same way. I kinda lost my desire to create files when Provo did their dirty work (&, on the upside, shot themselves in the foot). I am not in the position to ditch the Expression, until it actually dies, but I would not buy another thing after that happy day, that Provo has their name on.
    As far as your post goes, today I purchased what are called ‘tabloid dividers’, at Office Max, with which to cut stencils. They measure 14×17″, and are a medium weight plastic. Your post helped tremendously. Wanted to ask if you had any advice to keep the plastic from slipping on the mat? Did you tape it down, or re-stickify your mat before cutting? Thanks!

  • I purposely did that so as to not help Provocrap’s SEO and what not. Like you I won’t be ditching mine until it dies, it does what I need for now though. Masking tape around the edges of the plastic helps to stop slipping.