The arrows are pointing to little tears in the paper.
Time for my Infomercial Voice
Is your blade dull? Does it tear paper and leave tiny rips in your Cricut cuts? Is it dragging your paper right off of your mat? If your mat is in good condition that just shouldn’t happen. You might consider changing your blade.
(Did you hear that all in “infomercial voice”? Mmmm, I was really trying.)
Well, that’s it in a nutshell really. There’s not an exact magic number of cuts that can be performed before you need to change your blade, but think about it like this. If you’ve tried cutting chipboard, felt, material, foam, vinyl, thin metal, cereal boxes and/or just created a bunch of stuff for a huge bash you’re throwing and now you’re getting bad results when you’re cutting cardstock or paper…You Might consider changing your blade.
It’s not just amounts of cuts, it’s types of material that can also wear down a blade. No kidding, I bought a new Cricut in November and used the blade through Christmas cutting vinyl, attempting to cut thin metal, cutting felt, foam, cereal boxes, paper and cardstock. Then one day the blade started tearing my paper and wouldn’t even cut all the way through. I must have gone through 5 sheets of nice cardstock before I finally gave in and changed the blade. When I took that blade out, I put it next to the new one and it was almost 1/2 the size. I’m not kidding!! I had worn it so far down. It was hilarious…and pathetic. Don’t wait that long to change your blade. You paid all that money for your Cricut…give it a decent blade so it can do its job for you.