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Old 09-29-2017, 07:53 AM   #41
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What it feels like to me is glycerin. Glycerin has that funny slippery feeling that I would describe as greasy. I'm just guessing what's in it.
I was curious about the couple of comments, and since I'm usually on auto-pilot when cleaning, I stamped several times with heavy coatings of Versafine in different colors using a naked rubber stamp on a Misti, and then sprayed with Ultra Clean. IOW, I went overboard on purpose.


And now I get it. The glycerin - or whatever it is - does have a slick, slippery feeling at first. And when drying the stamp - still on the Misti - with the microfiber towel, my finger tips temporarily almost squeaked when I rubbed them together. After drying, there was no slipperiness or residue on the stamp or Misti.


But I know what people are talking about. It's not like using plain water.
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I would like someone to invent dies that automatically release the chaff left behind after cutting with them. It takes so long to clean up the intricate ones sometimes.
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I didn't think I had an idea, but as I read everyone's comments, one came to me! Or I remembered one I'd had tucked away in my head. LOL Something I have been gripping about to myself.... I HATE having to buy the cutting plates for my Big Shot! What? Just to have them run through the machine & then, thrown away? I would like cutting plates that are SELF HEALING & LAST MUCH LONGER than the ones out there! I mean they can create "Self Healing Cutting Mats!" (And have you noticed? They seem to be thinner to me! So, they don't last as long now or cut as crisp!)
I actually DO use a self-healing mat with my Big Shot! It's intended for the Accuquilt Go! machines, but I don't care - I almost never use anything for its intended purpose, anyway. It's a bit thinner than a regular cutting plate, so I have to shim, but there's always the possibility of that with regular cutting plates, too. There are various sizes available, as well. I use the 6" x 12" one. Here's a link: https://www.accuquilt.com/shop/acces...ting-mats.html
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Sue! THANK YOU for telling me about the Accu Quilt Plates! I would have NEVER KNOWN!!! LOL WHY isn't this talked about more? It is even cheaper than the cutting plates! Do you have to replace it much? I am SO TICKLED that you told me about this! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!
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I haven't replaced it at all, but I tend to go in "creative spurts" where it gets a workout for awhile, then sits idle for a time. One thing that you might want to be aware of: tiny bits of paper can get embedded in the cuts, so have some kind of brush handy to whisk them away, and it'll be a much more satisfying experience. I use one intended for suede shoes, but even a microfiber towel would work.
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Thank You SO MUCH Sue! You know the bits of paper get stuck in the acrylic plates too.... I just brush them away, but I do find they mar the paper in the end. I got right on ordering one of the Accu Quilt Plates! Amazon carries them too--same price! I WILL keep in mind to brush those papers away with a brush--Thank you for the tip!! AND I am SO HAPPY you've NEVER had to replace it! I am like you too, with bursts of creativity! THANK YOU SUE!!!
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I would like someone to invent dies that automatically release the chaff left behind after cutting with them. It takes so long to clean up the intricate ones sometimes.
One word: quick release paper. Well that's three, actually. I only use it for those fussy, detailed dies, but nothing sticks to the die. And I'm also left with another die cut made from the quick release paper - semi-transparent, with a little printing on it, kind of neat for some projects.


Two rolls and a serrated edge to cut it: Couture Creations Quick Release Die Paper - Marco's Paper


And here's one die brush. Mine is a different brand but they tend to work the same. I use it occasionally but for really detailed dies I stick with the quick release paper and remove it over a tallish trash can.


https://www.amazon.com/Sizzix-660513...zzix+Die+brush
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bjeans, is this paper like Wax paper? Tissue? Foil? It does look INTERESTING!
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TLady, it's reminds me of extremely thin deli paper or wax paper without the wax.

As inexpensive as it is, I figured it would be worth a try, and never looked back. It can be hard to find in stock. I bought three packs from Marco's and they were going to mail one while waiting for more, but I told them to wait if they wanted. They quickly had more in stock.


The little bits are very light and fly-away, which is why I remove everything over a trash can. But it's easier to deal with those than the bits stuck in the occasional recalcitrant die, at least for me.
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So you run the quick release paper through in the die by itself, then then leave it and run through with your cardstock? Maybe I misunderstood the directions, but the video was unavailable.
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You just put the release paper in between the die and cardstock, using whatever sandwich you generally use - no extra step. Make sense?

Here's a little video I found. What I like the most is not having bits stuck in the metal die. Plus the bonus translucent die cut.


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Wow. That does look great!Thank you for the video and for the clarification.
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This REALLY IS A SUPER VIDEO, showing JUST HOW EASY the card stock comes free of the die!!! It is PRETTY TOO! LOL THANK YOU bjeans!!!
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I've seen instructions online for "healing" the plates by heating them in the oven. I haven't tried it, but a friend says it works like a charm.
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THANK YOU stampincatlady! I have since tried the self-healing GO! Accuquilt plate, & I LOVE IT! I was having trouble with it cutting all the way through, needing a shim... (I figured out, to just use paper!) Well, I got the tan embossing mat STUCK in my Big Shot! LOL I thought I had ruined my Big Shot, but I got a piece of Wax Paper & tried to run it through. NOTHING was going through that baby at that point! LOL But, I was able to pull it free after trying the wax paper! I thought it might help in getting it out. WON'T be doing that anymore! LOL It is SO NICE to know there is a way to do die cutting without spending all of your $$$ on Die cutting plates! THANK YOU LADIES!!!!
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I would like something that I can't find, but think must be out there if I knew where to look. My beloved guillotine paper cutter has lost most of the graph lines. I have already painstakingly redrawn them on with a fine-tipped Sharpie (no easy task), but they rubbed off as well. The surface is metal and the lines were painted on, not grooved. A friend gave me a plastic printed piece with adhesive on it that only covers about half the surface, but I was ecstatic, especially since it had tinier divisions. However, as it turns out, there is another piece of plastic on the top that began to pull up that revealed the top side to have adhesive as well. Not sure under which situation you would use a graph/ruler with two sticky sides. Anyway that's what I want. I think I could use such a thing for other purposes, as well.
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I would like something that I can't find, but think must be out there if I knew where to look. My beloved guillotine paper cutter has lost most of the graph lines. I have already painstakingly redrawn them on with a fine-tipped Sharpie (no easy task), but they rubbed off as well. The surface is metal and the lines were painted on, not grooved. A friend gave me a plastic printed piece with adhesive on it that only covers about half the surface, but I was ecstatic, especially since it had tinier divisions. However, as it turns out, there is another piece of plastic on the top that began to pull up that revealed the top side to have adhesive as well. Not sure under which situation you would use a graph/ruler with two sticky sides. Anyway that's what I want. I think I could use such a thing for other purposes, as well.
Clear grids with sticky on one side are out there, sold as alignment guides for clear stamping blocks. If I still had mine from years ago, I would mail you a sheet, but I sold e'm all. A quick search for block guides (or similar phrasing) should get you come choices.
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WooHoo, Mary Beth. Thanks for the key word suggestion, as everything I tried before didn't work. Off to give it a try! Hope they are lots bigger than clear stamping blocks as my surface is 12" x 12"
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I search under as many iterations of key words, but the closest I could come was acrylic block that had grids built in. Any more suggestions for search words?
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I search under as many iterations of key words, but the closest I could come was acrylic block that had grids built in. Any more suggestions for search words?
There's adhesive backed film out there, but I've only seen it with a 1" grid.


What if you went over the lines again with your Sharpie and covered it with Duralar adhesive backed film?
https://www.dickblick.com/products/g...e-backed-film/


Other places sell it as well.
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There's adhesive backed film out there, but I've only seen it with a 1" grid.


What if you went over the lines again with your Sharpie and covered it with Duralar adhesive backed film?
https://www.dickblick.com/products/g...e-backed-film/


Other places sell it as well.
Thanks, if I get up the gumption to do the relining again! It was nerve racking. You gave me the idea, though, to put back the grid I have that is sticky on both sides and put on the sheet of acetate over the top sticky side and hope that it won't pull up. The biggest problem is that what I have doesn't cover the whole surface. Rather than 9 1/2 inches across, it is only 6, so I choose to split the difference. That leaves especially on edge that gets knocked with cardstock. The carrier piece is a pretty thick/stiff piece of acetate, so maybe what you suggested could cover the whole top and at least let me use the partial grid that I have. Now, why didn't I think of that?
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jeanne3579, could you try adhering grid/graph paper and cover it with clear Contact shelf liner?

Here's a link where you can print your own graph paper: https://www.waterproofpaper.com/graph-paper/
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Here's a link where you can print your own graph paper: https://www.waterproofpaper.com/graph-paper/
This may be the answer! Now I'm thinking I could print a graph on laminate?
Thanks so much for the link.
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Thanks so much for the link.
If you're just looking for a graph on laminate, some of these in the package have 1/4" grids on them, though they're 8.5x11. They could be adhere to your base.
https://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Quiltin...ets%2C+6-Count


Or you could adhere graph to the base and put adhesive-backed Duralar over it. Or some combination of the previous posts and your ideas.
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If you're just looking for a graph on laminate, some of these in the package have 1/4" grids on them, though they're 8.5x11. They could be adhere to your base.
https://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Quiltin...ets%2C+6-Count


Or you could adhere graph to the base and put adhesive-backed Duralar over it. Or some combination of the previous posts and your ideas.
I love all the suggestions. The Dritz ones don't seem to be laminate and I can't tell how thick they are. I have to have something very thin so the cutter works properly.


I'm getting close to my first try of printing the graph on laminate. I like the fact that the graph is in eighths. It's free for the asking, so I would only be risking a piece of laminate. I have a roll of it, so I will let you al know what happens.


Thanks so much everyone for your help and support.
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I love all the suggestions. The Dritz ones don't seem to be laminate and I can't tell how thick they are. I have to have something very thin so the cutter works properly.

I'm getting close to my first try of printing the graph on laminate. I like the fact that the graph is in eighths. It's free for the asking, so I would only be risking a piece of laminate. I have a roll of it, so I will let you al know what happens.

Thanks so much everyone for your help and support.
I have the Dritz. They're flexible and thin but sturdy, not a film. I use them for stamping templates. In case you'd like to get a sense of thickness, etc., here's a youtube video (using them for templates). It's a different brand but identical from what I could tell when I bought mine after I watched the video. : )


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I have the Dritz. They're flexible and thin but sturdy, not a film. I use them for stamping templates. In case you'd like to get a sense of thickness, etc., here's a youtube video (using them for templates). It's a different brand but identical from what I could tell when I bought mine after I watched the video. : )


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=95OldeznYdY
It doesn't seem to have an adhesive. Am I right?
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