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Old 08-18-2008, 09:30 AM   #2
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What is the premium crease pad used for?

You can use this pad when you want to create a more defined crease on the material being cut and scored. It's especially useful when you are cutting through materials other than card stock. It works great with dies that have a score line, and we recommend it if you use the Scallop Envelope, Pillow Box, Circle 3-D Ornament, Pointed 3-D Star, and Petal Card dies.

* This is a consumable item. It will get marked up from use and will eventually need to be replaced.

PREMIUM & EXTENDED PREMIUM CREASE PADS

We recommend the Premium Crease Pads and Extended Premium Crease Pads when using rule-based dies with score lines. The crease pads provide a flexible cutting surface that produces clean cuts and well-defined score lines. When using the crease pads, you should layer your sandwich to pass through the Big Shot in the following way (starting from the bottom):

Standard or Extended Cutting Pad
Shim (optional)
Die, blade up
Material to be cut
Premium or Extended Premium Crease Pad*

Shims are used to add thickness to the sandwich passing through the Big Shot machine, applying more pressure to the die and resulting in deeper score lines and embossed images. Plastic shims are included with each crease pad, but you can also use text-weight paper or card stock as a shim.

The necessity of shims will vary among users. Due to the tolerable variances in the measurements of all products associated with cutting, results can slightly differ depending on the material being cut, the die being used, or even from one Big Shot machine to another. You should experiment to identify what works best (shim, no shim, extra shim, etc.) for the material you are cutting and the die you are using.

*Use the Premium Crease Pad with Originals or Bigz dies. Use the Extended Premium Crease Pad with Bigz XL dies.

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