Originally Posted by eggette
I have used a shim too - just another piece of cardstock but it seems so hard on the poor little Cuttlebug ......and I think it is about time for new plates....I don't like spending money on stuff like that - I would rather buy paper, bling, anything but plates Lol!
I mentioned the metal shims to my husband (who is a plastics manufacturer and an engineer) and he said the metal shim would do an excellent job of assisting the cutting of any dies due to the hardness of the material but would quickly blunten the dies and make them ineffective. He likened it to cutting your vegetable and meat on a glass cutting board compared to a plastic or wooden board. The glass board dulls a knife in no time at all and your knives need constant re sharpening whereas on a plastic or wooden chopping board the very 'softness' or give of the board helps protect the cutting edge of the knives!
This made so much sense to me that I never did buy a metal shim! It might work well but at what cost to the dies?