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Helpful Tips For Cutting Intricate Dies!

With dies getting more and more detailed, there has been an increase in inquiries wanting to know helpful tips for cutting intricate dies such as Spellbinders, Quickutz and Sizzix wafer thin dies.

One of the biggest complaints being that the more intricate the die, the more the paper wants to stick inside the die and NOBODY wants to spend a half hour picking the paper out of the die! Go figure! None of us have time for that! We have got WAY to many cards to make, presents to wrap, cookies to bake (and so on) to spend our precious time picking out stuck paper!!!! GRRRR!

Is this how you feel? I thought so! So, I am going to share with ALL of you some very helpful tips for preventing stuck paper and for getting those intricate dies to cut all the way through.

A common example of an intricate die that requires wax paper and patience is S4-339-Spellbinders 2012 Holiday Tree, but the results are stunning!


1. Wax paper-Yep, that is right, plain ol’ wax paper from your kitchen! If I have nothing else to say to you, it is this very important, although simple advise. Use a piece of wax paper between the die and the paper or cardstock you are cutting. This will help release the paper from the die as well as keep the cutting edge clean and sharp. Works like a charm!

2. The more intricate the die, the more important even pressure is to get a clean cut.  If your die does not cut all the way through the first time, you will want to turn it on a different angle and run through your machine again. For example- place your die at 10:00 for the first pass, then at 2:00 for the second pass. You may also want to run the die through your machine several times in order to make sure the die cuts all the way through.

3. Make sure your cutting pads are newer as old, scratched up and warped plates may not cut intricate dies as well due to rougher, bowed surfaces not allowing enough even pressure to cut evenly.

4. Try a shim of 1-2 pieces of cardstock under the die if it is not quite cutting through all the way. It may need a lift.

5. NEVER FORCE ANYTHING through your machine! This is most important for use with any type of die. Die cutting machines have so much pressure while cutting that they can break if you force a to- tight sandwich formula through.

This video should help!

I hope this information will be helpful for you when using intricate dies for cards and layouts!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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