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Old 03-22-2012, 04:41 AM   #601
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So does the metal shim help with intricate cuts?

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So does the metal shim help with intricate cuts?

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I have a metal shim and have not found it to be particularly useful. I tried it with my Cuttlebug a couple of times but it didn't seem to make the dies cut any better. Maybe others have had a better experience and can comment, but I didn't think it did anything. I did see a video that was done by someone at Memory Box on how to spot shim an intricate die. They used layers of tape over areas that seem to have trouble cutting. Might be worth trying if you're having trouble. Here is a link to the video: How to Shim Intricate Memory Box Dies - YouTube

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I have a metal shim and have not found it to be particularly useful. I tried it with my Cuttlebug a couple of times but it didn't seem to make the dies cut any better. Maybe others have had a better experience and can comment, but I didn't think it did anything. I did see a video that was done by someone at Memory Box on how to spot shim an intricate die. They used layers of tape over areas that seem to have trouble cutting. Might be worth trying if you're having trouble. Here is a link to the video: How to Shim Intricate Memory Box Dies - YouTube

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I am hobbling with my knee recovery. So I am playing with all kinds of my toys and tools. Good time to learn new things. I dont have my shim yet so I am going to give it a whirl without it. Keeping my fingers crossed

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OMG! The wax paper and the die worked perfectly I saw a couple of areas that looked like it didnt cut well so I rotated it a bit and ran it through the Bug again and it was perfect. The second time through actually loosened it up and it came out of the die easily and I didnt even have alot of areas I had to punch out. I love this!

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Cool! Glad that it worked so well. Hope that your knee feels better soon and have fun playing!!
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I have only been using the Tim Holtz dies and Sizzix dies for a short time now, but it bothers me when all the little tiny scraps stick to the foam on the die. I was picking them all off with the tweezers and thought there had to be an easier way.

I spotted a can of pressurized "air" sitting by the computer and thought, that's it. I held the die over the garbage can, blew it clean with the can of air and the die looked like new again.

Now, if only creative ideas would come that easily.
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do you know if the SPELLBINDERS GRAND NESTIBILITIES - all sizes - will fit to cut in your BIG KICK? I am panicing a bit, I had a 50% off Michaels coupon and bought that set and now I am wondering how many of them I'll be able to use and I want to use all of them!!!
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Help! Someone recently posted a list of measurements for many of Spellbinders Nesties, but I didn't bookmark the page. Now, I would like to refer back to it and can't find it! Did someone by any chance see this also and happen to note who posted it?

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I went to a class at my LSS yesterday to see and learn about the "cut, tuck and fold dies" from Spellbinders. The finished product looked good, but oh the problem getting the paper out of the die! They didn't have any greaseproof paper to try either and it was very frustrating. A few of us ended up ripping the cutout trying to get it out as we had others in the class waiting to use the dies. I decided I could live without one of those dies. LOL. I thought I had enough trouble with Persian Accents that I bought recently but these were worse.
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I went to a class at my LSS yesterday to see and learn about the "cut, tuck and fold dies" from Spellbinders. The finished product looked good, but oh the problem getting the paper out of the die! They didn't have any greaseproof paper to try either and it was very frustrating. A few of us ended up ripping the cutout trying to get it out as we had others in the class waiting to use the dies. I decided I could live without one of those dies. LOL. I thought I had enough trouble with Persian Accents that I bought recently but these were worse.
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Can you buy Waxed Paper where you live? If so, place that between the die and the cardstock before cutting. Your die will pop right out of the die with no issues.

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Hi Deb, yes I use waxed paper at home all the time, but there was none available at the class. Near the end of the class (when it was too late) I realised that as the Scrapbook store was in a little shopping centre, I could have nicked over the the supermarket which was only about 100metres away and bought a roll! LOL. Hopefully if they run that class again they will have a roll there!
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OK, another question. Is there a difference between "classic" and "standard" circles and ovals? On one site, I've seen "classic;" and on the other, I've seen "standard." I want to make sure I'm getting the right ones. Thanks.
Did you ever get an ansewer to your question regarding classic and standard?
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I also wanted to know if there was a difference.
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I do not believe there is any difference between Classic and Standard, but there is a difference between Scalloped and Petite Scalloped.
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Thank you Debbie. This worked great for me. Without the wax paper my fluer de list squares tore each time i used them. With the wax paper they come right out. It is wonderful, I will keep a roll in my craft room from now on.

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I have a metal shim and have not found it to be particularly useful. I tried it with my Cuttlebug a couple of times but it didn't seem to make the dies cut any better. Maybe others have had a better experience and can comment, but I didn't think it did anything. I did see a video that was done by someone at Memory Box on how to spot shim an intricate die. They used layers of tape over areas that seem to have trouble cutting. Might be worth trying if you're having trouble. Here is a link to the video: How to Shim Intricate Memory Box Dies - YouTube

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I found that using a paper shim works better than the metal shims, after trying one a friend had. I did read some time ago that Cheery Lynne had discontinued carrying the " cuttlehug" medtal shim.For me i find that a paper shim does the trick for some very intricate dies, even better than the wax paper. But I guess a lot depends on the machine you are using and the age of it and your plates. I have a 4 year old cb with original plates still cutting memory box and more just fine.More intricate ones I may have to do one or two extra passes mothing more....so far.... so good.
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I have a Big Shot that comes with two B plates. I got so tired of trying one piece of paper and adding another piece of paper until I got the shim right that I bought the metal cutting plate AND a C plate from the Cuttlebug supplies. When I use a thin die, I use a B plate, A plate, die (cutting side up), paper, metal shim and the C plate. Since I've done that, I never have to guess about how many shims to add and it always works. I do use repositionable tape on the die and paper in case I have to move it around on the A plate, though. Sometimes it's hard to find the "sweet spot". Hope this helps.
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I have a collection of 30-or so Spellbinders- so probably as some do-I have been collecting-but not actually using right away. wellll-hmmmm LABELS 18 -NOT CUTTING on one side-ugh! of course when I am REALLY wanting to make a card with it and a Just Rite stamp. It seems not only is the largest not cutting but neither is the next size down. Looks like a bad batch-one side of die cuts and other doesn't. Have tried shims and different paper-is the die---UGH!! I am thinking I am going to need to send to Spellbinders-as will require much digging to find where this was purchased. Anyone run into this?? Darn-REALLY wanted to make this card!
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You may have a bad die, BUT it could be your machine. Sometimes the rollers have different pressure on one spot. The rollers on my Cuttlebug are getting loose from so much use and sometimes a die won't cut on the edges . I just turn the paper with the die attached and complete the cut
I personally have never had a bad Spellbinder die , and I own a gazillion of them but I am sure it can happen.

Try taping the die to the card stock with removable tape or a Post -It Note.
Run it through your machine. Then turn the die to have the uncut part on the other side of the machine and run it through again see if it cuts .
If not call Spellbinders. They are great and stand behind their products

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I know I have used my Labels 18, but I could not remember if I had used the largest die. I just cut the largest die and mine cuts perfectly with one pass through the machine
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I use same sandwich for my CB - but instead of the cardstock, I have a scrap piece of left over foam core poster board left over from making a Copic marker display - it works great as a shim for emblssing!! I do not use it for the die cutting.
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I went to a class at my LSS yesterday to see and learn about the "cut, tuck and fold dies" from Spellbinders. The finished product looked good, but oh the problem getting the paper out of the die! They didn't have any greaseproof paper to try either and it was very frustrating. A few of us ended up ripping the cutout trying to get it out as we had others in the class waiting to use the dies. I decided I could live without one of those dies. LOL. I thought I had enough trouble with Persian Accents that I bought recently but these were worse.
Carry an unused dryer sheet (preferably unscented) in your tool kit. Rub it lightly over the cutting edge of the die before assembling your sandwich and you'll find that your cut design will come out of the die quite easily.
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Thanks for the tip, I will try that.
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It is a bad die. I had a set of circles where the largest was dull on one side. I tired several machines, including a brand new Grand Calibur. You could see that the ridge on the dull side was not as raised as it should be. I hope you get them replaced.
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BIG thank you to Spellbinders! I made cuts on my Grand Calibur and emailed pics-showing each of the dies had a corner not cutting all the way thru. They replaced them very promptly! Love all my Spellbinders!!! (did find out probably need to replace my Cuttlebug-which I love!! seems to be worn out! Good thing I have Big Shot and GC!)
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I know this will sound silly, but put a piece of waxed paper on the die and then your cardstock. Cut/emboss as you normally would and your pendant will come out so good. Try it and tell us how it worked!!
Debbie, I just tried your wax paper trick with drawing paper and Nestabilities lattice rectangles in my Big Shot. It worked like a charm!!! Thanks for ending my frustration! Cheers, Suz
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I have just been checking out a tutorial at U Cut at Home on the Matting basics dies A and B. These dies look like something I must have as I use matts a lot. What I found was confusing is that these dies are supposedly to be used for standard A2 cards. I though that A2 sized card was roughly 16" x 23"! Even if they mean doubled over it is still not what I would call an average sized card. What am I not getting here?
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Jan, you're an Aussie like me and this got me too when I started, lol. A2 is the standard US card which is ever so slightly fatter and shorter than our A5 folded in half card. So the measurements are around 14cm x 11cm (that's a rough measurement. I'm too lazy to look it up).

And for the US ladies, our A2 card is much, much bigger than yours so that's where some confusion can creep in in tutorials.
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Thanks for that. I am unsure now whether or not to buy them as I do use a lot of cards that I buy in packs with matching envelopes and they are mostly 10.5cm x 15cm. Still, maybe it would mean I would only have to trim one side of the matts?
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I just went and did the conversion ... the exact measurements of a "US"-sized A2 card are 4.25" (10.795 cm) x 5.5" (13.97 cm) ... Too bad that "standard" sizes aren't universal!! Sheesh!
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I have a Movers and Shapers card die which cuts the US size A2 and so I just bit the bullet and ordered a heap of the correct envies from scrapbook.com, lol. Aussie Post classes them as a standard 60c letter size as the next bump in price comes when the width is greater than 12cm and A2 cards in their envies are under that.
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Jan R, I have to admit to smiling with the Spellbinders description of A2 size dies. Here in the UK A2 means card about 23.5 x 16.5 inches approx. Can you imagine the size of a machine needed to cut that, let alone the cost of the dies!
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Yes, our A2 here in Australia is that large size two. What we call A2 is twice the size of a piece of A4 copy paper! LOL.
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I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday and they had a bunch of nestabilities marked way down. I got 10 diff. ones and paid as little as $3.47 to $7.47 most all were in the $5 range. OH my gosh..............check this out. I am really a novice at nesties. I did not even have a multipurpose platform handy to try them out in my vintaj machine, but had some thick card stock so just kept adding sheets to make the necessary shim. It works perfect and I am having a blast.
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I'm new to the Splitcoaststampers family and am not sure if this is the right place to address this issue. I've recently lost (misplaced!!!) the 1-1/8" circle (#2 die) of my Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small S4-116 set. I talked to Spellbinders who informed me they don't sell replacements for dies sold in a set. Is there anyone or anyplace you are aware of where I could purchase this one little die? I really don't want to purchase the whole set again.

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