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Old 07-21-2020, 05:00 AM   #1
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Default Self-mending cutting plate

Paper Wishes carries "i-craft self-mending plate" for die cutting machine. Anyone have any info/experience with this type? It would decrease replacing cutting plates.
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Old 07-21-2020, 02:51 PM   #2
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Jennifer McGuire has a video mentioning the self-mending plates. Sorry don't have the date or any other information on it. But, it might be worth looking into.
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Old 07-21-2020, 04:44 PM   #3
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I found the video by Jennifer McGuire and a few more. Thank you. The self-mending (self-healing) plate was introduced by a new company last winter at Creativation. They call it a deck and it is available for $15 to $20 on i-crafter website as well as Paper Wishes and Simon Says Stamp. I think it will be a popular money saver.
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AccuQuilt has been making a self-healing mat for years, and I've been using one for the past several years myself. There are multiple sizes available. Mine is packed (moving next week), but it is either the 5" x 10" or the 6" x 12". Here's a link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/AccuQuilt-GO-.../dp/B002E3GIQ6
It appears that it's a bit less expensive than the iCraft one...
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Old 07-22-2020, 06:45 AM   #5
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Thank you for this information. I will check it out and compare. I do a lot of die cutting and replacing the damaged plates becomes expensive. Did you need any special "sandwich". I have the original platform with tabs, magnetic platform and specialty plates for embossing with dies. (Is that the same as "whole set syndrome" ??). I know each Big Shot is different and may require added shims. Again, I knew I could count on SCS for guidance and inspiration.
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I have an I crafter self cutting mat and like it. I have an Evolution Advanced and it works great. I even bought one for a friend.
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Different dies from different companies require different shims, but I've never failed at getting a good diecut with the AccuQuilt mat. It's thinner than the regular plates, so I usually need some shimming. I have a Big Shot and the regular platform with tabs. I used to have a magnetic platform but I gave it to my daughter - I didn't love it. If I need a magnetic surface now, I put a vent cover on the platform and usually don't need a shim that way. If you use a vent cover, make sure that you are cutting into the mat, not the magnet...
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Default I-craft self-mending deck

I've had one for about two weeks now. I absolutely love it. I have a Big Shot, a Gemini Jr. and a Platinum 6. It works well in the Big Shot and Platinum 6, but I haven'tried it in my Gemini Jr yet.

I've done approx 60 cuts with it, and it still doesn't show any signs or markings of any kind. I was wondering if I bought another one, could I use
them in place of the cutting plates, with one i-craft on top and one i-craft on the bottom.I'm totally impressed with this new tool.
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Hmmm, this looks like a great replacement for the damaged cutting plates .... Thanks for the tips!
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I bought a self healing mat from Amazon - cut it in half and it works great. I hate to spend money and will look for a cheaper option when possible. It was $7 and it is .24” thick which is close to the .25 thickness of the icraft mat. Brand is craft queen.

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What did you use to cut the Craft Queen mat to size?
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A craft knife. I put my ruler down as a guide and made several passes.
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I have replaced one of my acrylic plates with two 6” x 8” self healing mats for die cutting. I found when used together, they are the same thickness of a plate. They give four cutting surfaces, so should last a long time.

https://www.michaels.com/olfa-self-h.../10396080.html
Using 50% or 60% coupons, of course.
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Here’s a screenshot of what I’m using in my spellbinders platinum. I have a large Gemini but I don’t use it so I’m not sure how this will work in it. (I bought the Gemini in case I get to where I can’t crank my platinum 🤷‍♀️)


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I have an I crafter self cutting mat and like it. I have an Evolution Advanced and it works great. I even bought one for a friend.



I never heard of this one! Where did you buy it?
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Is what your referring to a mat (self healing, a bit thin) or a plate (about 1/4 inch thick) that can heal? I have purchased oodles of Sizzix plate "B"! would love to use those funds for something else.
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This thread speaks of two different solutions to the high cost of replacing cutting plates damaged by frequent die cutting. The "i-craft self-mending deck" or other "self- healing plate" (Accu-quilt) is as thick as the traditional plate and replaces the plate facing the cutting surface of the die. The "self-healing mat" is thin and added to the sandwich between the plate and the cutting die to prevent damage to the plate. Perhaps several layers of the self-healing mat could be thick enough to replace a plate?
Thank you all for chiming in and sharing your thoughts and experiences.
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I go through 3 - 6 plates for my Cuttlebug. I protected them with self healing mats. Even after flipping the self healing mat to use both sides it warped.

I hope companies come up with an answer to get more uses out of a cutting plate. There are so many dies I want to use.

I have a Cricut, also, but use stamps and dies with the Cuttlebug.

I'm thinking about purchasing a Scan and cut, to cut out my stamped images, without a die.
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I bought my Icrafter mat from their site but someone said that Paper Wishes has them for sale.
I have a scan and cut and I do use it for many stamped images but all exterior lines must be connected or you can get some STRANGE looking cut outs. I think the funniest was I was cutting out a panda image and the only thing it cut out was his eyes... creepy.
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I am checking out your suggestions, sbd. I have wanted to purchase a Scan n Cut. I have so many rubber stamp images that I need to fuzzy cut.

Creepy cuts!! Those could make my day!<>
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I noticed in the Stampin Up! annual catalog that the new cut and emboss machines (normal and mini) have an accessory plate that is magnetic and has a self-healing surface. I have not seen any videos by SU! Demonstrators detailing the new machines. Is there any info out yet??
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