I had to do a lot of test cutting before I found settings that worked. I started with the default settings that Silhouette provides and ended with rachet blade 10, force 33, speed 2, and 2 passes. I also found that it works much easier if you take the white backing paper off and stick the flock directly to the mat. The stickiness on the flock didn’t cause any problems with my mat.
I also found if I burnished the vinyl down really well before removing it from the mat and pulling slowly, I was able to get most of the circles to stay on the mat.
Side note on the magic flock- while the material may seem expensive, it is reusable which is great if you plan on making more than 1 of your design.
Step 2: Brush in the rhinestones
I’m using 10ss (3mm) hotfix rhinestones, they have glue on the back that is heat activated. If you plan on using rhinestones for clothing this is what you want. There are lots of different sizes of rhinestones so depending on the look you want you can get larger or smaller hotfix stones.
Apply your template to a smooth, flat surface like a tabletop or craft mat. This is super important so the rhinestones can easily fall into the holes in the template.
Pour out a small mound of stones and using some sort of sponge or squeegee, brush the stones over the openings. The stones should fall right in, I was able to use a pair of tweezers to fill in any remaining holes.