Thursday, October 17, 2013

Silhouette Magnet Paper {A Crafting Fail}

Sorry this project is so late. My original project idea (letter magnets for my son) didn't work out. We have a laser printer that didn't like the printable magnet paper. It would feed it through, but no matter what settings I used, my printer left a ghost print, if you will, on the magnet paper. It would print the letters correctly, but then about 1/4th of the way down it started printing them faintly again. They definitely weren't usable. I'm positive this wasn't an issue with the Silhouette software, magnet paper, or machine. My printer just didn't want to print on the printable paper. I think the magnet paper would definitely work better with a different printer, probably an inkjet. Or even a more sophisticated laser printer.

I even tried just cutting out a grid with my machine and then I was going to just write the letters on the paper. I had it all set up to cut...

It was loaded properly on the mat and the grid was well within the range to be cut out on the magnetic paper. However, it got to the bottom of the first vertical line and the rollers went past the magnetic paper. Usually this isn't a big deal for any other kind of media that I regularly use (vinyl, cardstock, etc), but this time, when the blade moved to the right and the rollers tried to go back up over the magnet paper, it wouldn't go. No dice. It was jammed. I unloaded it, but there was no way to get the paper back in at the exact same spot and try to get the grid cut out. I'd already used 3 of the printable magnet sheets through the printer and this was my last chance to make this project work. Also, the settings provided in the Silhouette software weren't deep enough. It didn't cut all the way through the magnetic paper anyway. I would have had to recut everything with scissors. The issue of not rolling back over the magnet paper could be because my machine is the older Silhouette SD. I believe it was made before Silhouette developed most of their specialty media. Maybe it just wasn't meant for something this thick? I don't know what the reason is, but this was definitely another craft fail. Sorry folks.
I still really like the idea of the printable magnetic paper though. And I've seen other crafters use this very successfully! If you're interested in purchasing it, the printable magnet paper comes in a set of 4 sheets and is 30% off right now. Just use the code "SOMEDAY at checkout. It's normally $9.99, so you can get it for just $6.99!!

So, since my first project failed (that's been happening a lot lately - remember my failed glass etched pie pan?), I hope to come up with another successful project this week. Wish me luck! :)


  1. I can't get my Silhouette Magnet Paper to feed in my Deskjet printer at all! Has anyone else had this issue?

    1. Sorry you're having trouble :( I had trouble with our laser printer. I don't know what the settings are on your deskjet, but are you able to change the paper type? You've probably already tried it, but if not, try changing the paper settings to the thickest one available and see if that helps. Hope you're able to get it figured out!


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