I first set up my file as shown below. The size* I've used for my each flag of my banner is
My file size is 6" x 12"
(if using Robo Master, you can change this in FILE>Document Settings.)
*I chose the size I did because it's the largest I could do and still fit in on a half sheet of 12x12 patterned paper.
After setting up the file, I got ready to cut the banners out of regular white cardstock.
My mats are well used and loosing their "sticky". To be sure that the CS isn't going to slide around while the machine is going, I use the scraper that Silhouette sells. (I bought mine back when they were owned by Quickutz, new ones won't have this logo.)
If you don't own a scraper, just use a plastic gift card or credit card. Using pressure, rub over the paper to ensure it's nice and stuck to the mat.
Now I'm all ready to cut the white CS. These are the settings I use to cut my cardstock. You may find other settings work best for you, but if you're having trouble, you can try these.
I've cut my banners from Cardstock.
I'm now going to take a 12x12 sheet of patterned scrapbook paper and slice it in half so I have two 6x12 sheets.
My mats are so used that I can place thinner paper on them without having to worry about ripping or curling when removed. If you have problems with ripping or curling though, I would recommend using the clear mat that is made for thin material. Here are the three types of mats Silhouette sells:
Take two flags and slide the "T" of the right one into the "C" of the left one like this: