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Old 07-20-2019, 07:04 AM   #9
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When It does not cut all the way having something in the middle, I tend to do multiple passes, so I rotate the die on the cut pad so the part that did not cut goes in closer to the edge.

with really intricate dies I use wax paper inbetween the what I am cutting and the die surface. and I always do my dies with the cut blades facing UP. so the scored marked up plate is the top of my sandwich on every machine. ( I also have a slim metal shim sheet for booger dies that cannot be done with just wax paper)
what I think is that there is a learning curve for most the dies in your room and after you get one that works you kinda start to get a feel for when you will have to tinker more for something similar.

one other thing I noticed is that papers with a slick waxy feeling coating on them pick up the detailing imperfections of the cut plates marking it up more than say a heavy plain cardstock.

you'll get it eventually, its just like everything else you may have to practice a while first.

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