I recently purchased a Cricut Expressions die cut machine. I've tested images on cardstock and can't seem to find the right settings. Before I waste more paper, do you have any suggestions for finding the right settings?
— Lori S., OH on May 12, 2011

Here are a few general guidelines for cutting with the Cricut. For cardstock and thicker patterned paper, you'll want the blade depth to be at a 5 and the speed and pressure at a 4 or 5. If you're doing a very detailed cut, you'll want the speed to be slower, usually a 2 works well, so that it doesn't tear your paper. For materials thicker than cardstock or patterned paper, the blade should be at 6, the speed at 2 or 3, and the pressure at 5 or 6. Basically, for thinner materials, all three materials should have setting with lower numbers. For thicker materials, the blade should be at a 5 or 6, the speed can vary depending on how detailed the cut it, and the pressure can be 3 - 5. The Cricut is a great machine, so don't give up hope! Practice with some of your scraps so you can find the settings that work best for you! Hope this helps!