curling up after some usage? Once they start warping like this it is
difficult to keep dies, thinlets, etc. in place on the magnetic
platform. What do you do to keep them flat? Thanks.
- Designate one cutting pad to be your non-cutting pad. What does this mean? It means that before you cut your paper, you will make sure that this cutting pad is always on the non-cutting side of your die. For example, if you use a Framelit, Edgelit or Thinlit = cutting pad on top of the Framelit, Edgelit or Thinlit. If you use a Bigz Die, the die cutting blades are on the top and cut from the top so your designated pad needs to be placed under your die = non-cutting side.
- For the cutting pad that is designated to take the brunt of the cutting, this pad always goes on the cutting side of the die. So backwards to what I wrote above. This cutting pad is the one that will have all the cut marks on it and look awful.You can’t even see through it.
- For the designated cutting side pad, I always flip it. Meaning if after a few cuts it seems to want to slowly start curling or warping, I flip it on the opposite side. If you keep flipping and alternating sides, it pushes it back in a flat position all by itself. Curling is an end result when the pads are always used on the same side. So don’t wait until the curling or warping is bad enough to cause a problem. Alternate your sides every now and then to alleviate this problem.
Think about it too, if you work hard and pay attention to keeping one cutting pad like new with no cut marks in it, you’ll be able to see through it when cutting with your more delicate dies. Especially when you use dies the coordinate with your stamping. It’s much easier to place these dies in position over your stamping when you can see the image!
Plus, another great thing about keeping one clean and clear of cut marks, you only have to replace one at a time so your 2nd set of new plates will last you twice as long as you only need to replace with one new one and you can store the other one for later.
I hope this helps. I’ve seen pins on Pinterest where people are microwaving their cutting pads or putting them in the oven. I’ve never had to resort to doing this by using the method above. Thanks for the question! And…..I need more questions for future posts. Please ask!
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