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Border dies

(Diane Mc Kechnie) #1

I bought a border die for my sizzix and I am finding it hard to get all the little bits poked out . Thicker card is worse and they are not coming out cleanly. Anybody else have problems? I wish I hadnt bought it now much prefer a border punch

(Sasha Garrett) #2

Is it worth sharpening the die? I think this can be done by using it on tin foil.

(Thecardjeanie) #3

Hi Diane,

I bought a little gadget in with a very sharp point on it for punching out the stubborn bits on die cuts. It’s retractable and I think it was about £2.99. Any sharp pointed object would do. Also, I find with the more intricate dies I run them through the machine a few times, backwards and forwards. Hope that helps.

Jeanie x

(Joy Salt) #4

I thought this was a topic about my garden warning me that if I don’t put my plants back into my rebuilt borders very soon they are all going to die !
:slight_smile: :smile:
Sorry - couldn’t resist when I saw the title :slight_smile:

(Diane Mc Kechnie) #5

I could try , I think I read some where you do it on wax paper and then tinfoil or other way round! But Its new you would think it should be sharp

(Diane Mc Kechnie) #6

I have a pointy tool but I will try putting it in the machine again and see if that helps . do you think it could be because my plates are a bit bevelled now with age

(Diane Burton) #7

Try putting waxed paper or greaseproof paper between the die & your card/paper it seems to help when I use intricate dies. If it’s not cutting through then your plates might be to blame try a shim (extra layer of card will do) but just put it where the die isn’t cutting through, I found my cuttlebug worked a lot better when I got new plates but the shim method works OK if it’s only a small portion that’s not cutting properly (although I am looking longingly at either a cut ‘n’ boss machine or the Brother scan & cut)

(Diane Mc Kechnie) #8

thanks Diane you have been a good help I will have a try

(Leslie Morton) #9

I too have a Cuttlebug and found putting in an extra shim ensured clean and detailed cuts, My husband made me a variety of shims out of very thin laminated wood and these seem to do the job. The dies do need a very hard base to work properly, in my experience.

Hope this helps and best of luck.

(Diane Mc Kechnie) #10

thank you Leslie will bear that in mind too