The dies available for card making just seem to get better and better. In the early days the dies were really just basic shapes but after a while the dies came with more intricate detail. Now, some dies are incredibly intricate with lace effects and lots of cut out detail.
Cutting with these dies may cause one or two problems at first, such as the more intricate sections of the die not being properly cut and some customers find getting their card or paper out of a die once it’s been cut and embossed can be really tricky.
Here are some tips that will really help when using the more intricate dies.
Ensuring Clean and Crisp Die Cutting
After you’ve run your die through your die cutting machine check that is has cut all the pieces cleanly before proceeding to the next step. If not, simply give it a half turn (so that the bit that was at the top is now to the side) and run it through again. Again check and another half turn and run through may be necessary. We have yet to use a Spellbinders or Marianne Design die that didn’t cut on the first half turn although if you are using Cheery Lynn dies you may half to do 1 run through and then 3 half turns.
Easy Removal of the Card or Paper Diecut
When to Use Wax Paper
Which dies are the intricate ones that are likely to need waxed paper added? That’s a tricky one. Nestabilities Splendid Circles certainly and we would also recommend wax paper for Shapeabilities 2012 Holiday Tree (and a half turn in the die cutting machine). I know of one customer who really struggled to get her card out of the Nestabilities Floral Ovals die whereas another customer said she had no trouble at all.