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Old 09-25-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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I have a problem with my Big Shot cutting pads curling after using them for only a little. Does anyone else have this problem and what causes it?
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If you're cutting into the same side of the pad each time, they will start to warp. That's easily corrected by flipping the pad over.
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It's normal for them to warp, and that shouldn't affect the way they work. As the previous poster has said, flipping them over each time you use them helps. But don't worry about the warping.
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I wish I could take a picture of mine to show you. They are so cut up - both of them. But, they still work great! I finally bought a new set to use for embossing folders only.
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Flip the plates around so you change which end goes through the opening first and also flip them so the top surface changes. This will keep the plates from bowing too quickly. Try to designate one plate as the one that will get cut into. This way you only need to change one plate at a time. I do this and am using the same plates that I got with the machine 3 yrs ago. I do use my Big Shot for almost every card I make because I cut a die or emboss some part of the card. I will have to change one of them soon-it is the one that is scuffed/scratched.The scuff marks are beginning to be too noticeable.

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I just remembered another tip for you. If you are cutting sizzlits and the top plate is really cut up you can place a piece of scrap bond paper on top of your cardstock. That way the bond paper will absorb some of the cuts from the cutting plate and they won't go into your cardstock. i found this very helpful when cutting delicate sizzlits like the SU Little Leaves sizzlit.

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But...then again, I like using my super scratched up plates when I die cut a leaf or other object as I love, love the texture the scratches adds to it...sort of embossing as I cut!

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I often wondered if i was the only one that had really warped pads too! LOL! I always try to turn mine as well and rotate them so it doesn't get as bad. I have been using only one pad for cutting too, and it seems to help.

I do agree with Cathy too, the scratches adds some texture to certain things!
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I have just put some new cutting pads on my order from SU. Mine are getting really bad so I want to have a spare for just in case!!!! But as scratched up as mine are.....they still work great!!!!
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Thanks everyone for the tips. I will start turning them. Guess I never thought of that!
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When I'm not using my Big Shot, I literally "store" the pads this way: I place 2 pieces of scrap card stock between the pads and then roll them all under the middle to where there is some pressure on the center of the pads. I've found this flattens out the pads perfectly for the next time I use the Big Shot.
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I just remembered another tip for you. If you are cutting sizzlits and the top plate is really cut up you can place a piece of scrap bond paper on top of your cardstock. That way the bond paper will absorb some of the cuts from the cutting plate and they won't go into your cardstock. i found this very helpful when cutting delicate sizzlits like the SU Little Leaves sizzlit.

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thanks for this, what is bond paper though?

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Bond paper is the same as copy paper - just plain white paper. I'm not sure why I call it that - maybe because that is what we call it at work.
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Bond paper is the same as copy paper - just plain white paper. I'm not sure why I call it that - maybe because that is what we call it at work.
Thanks for clearing that up!

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I am using the same cutting pads I got when I bought my BS over 4 years ago. I just recently bought another set of cutting pads because I was sure the old ones would eventually crack or something but they are still going strong. They look horrible but they work just fine.
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I just remembered another tip for you. If you are cutting sizzlits and the top plate is really cut up you can place a piece of scrap bond paper on top of your cardstock. That way the bond paper will absorb some of the cuts from the cutting plate and they won't go into your cardstock. i found this very helpful when cutting delicate sizzlits like the SU Little Leaves sizzlit.

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Thanks for this tip! I was trying to figure out how to stop those cut marks so I will give this a try. I was using flourishes dies and I didn't want them looking roughed up.
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When my two plates get to being a little bit bowed, I place the two pads with the bows out and then put the platform on top of the two pads before putting them back in the machine for storage. I figure the weight of the rollers and the platform on top will help flatten them out a bit.
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