There are so many things to learn in papercrafting that it’s helpful to know where you can get your questions answered! Even long-time stampers get stumped from time to time, myself included.
There is one place you can count on getting an answer for your dilemmas: Ask The Mad Stamper!
Each month’s Stamping Madly Newsletter includes the article “Ask The Mad Stamper.” I use questions I’ve heard from customers and subscribers like you! If I don’t know the answer, I’ll go to my studio and try figure it out. I just love to break down a problem until I find a solution.
Here’s an example of what you might find in Ask The Mad Stamper:
Dear Mad Stamper: I’m having a heck of time with the floral dies I bought. There are some areas that just don’t get cut all the way through.–Frustrated Flora
Dear Flora: I assume you’re talking about the Detailed Floral Thinlits, for these are notorious for cutting problems. The best solution I know is to use intricate Thinlits with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and the Precision Base Plate. You’ll still need a regular Cutting Pad on top of the die and cardstock.
The Base plate is metal, so the metal ridges of the die get pressed against the solid metal, and that will give you the best cuts. With an acrylic Cutting Pad, the ridges of the die can press into the softer acrylic, and areas of the die won’t cut as cleanly.
You need to know that using Thinlits with the Precision Base Plate will cause your acrylic Cutting Pad to warp faster because the pressure on the pad is higher than when using two acrylic pads. Don’t worry about it. I just use a warped Cutting Pad when I use the Precision Base Plate, and save my flat ones for the Magnetic Platform!–The Mad Stamper
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