This beautifully intricate new Thinlit from Stampin Up! – Bloomin’ Heart – is one of my favorite new products in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. But it can be a little intimidating to use for the first time.
Demonstrator BJ Peters recently shared some tips & tricks on how to use these thinlits, so I thought I’d add a few of my own tips and share them here with you. *Ü*
How to Arrange the Die in Your Big Shot Machine (from bottom to top)
- Magnetic Platform – the magnetic platform is just a tiny bit higher than the normal Big Shot platform so you’ll get a “tighter” run through the Big Shot machine
- Precision Base Plate – black side up; there is no “give” to this cutting pad so it provides additional pressure for a clean cut on the detailed images.
Note: the Precision Plate is metal on the bottom so it will “snap” onto the magnetic platform – make sure you watch out that your fingers don’t get “snapped” too! *Ü*
- Cardstock of choice
- Detailed Thinlit Die, cutting side down
- Acrylic plate – preferably one that is straight & not “curved” from multiple uses.
Die-Cutting the Cardstock with the Thinlit
- where you place the die on the Precision Base plate is more important than you think. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, watch the video below on how to place your thinlit die on the Precision plate when making multiple cuts.
- when cutting Glimmer Paper, cut from the backside (white) side whenever possible. (I keep an extra Precision Plate for only cutting glimmer paper.)
- each Big Shot is calibrated differently. If you find you’re not getting clean cuts, try adding a shim between the Magnetic Platform & the Precision Base Plate. Tip: start with a thin piece of cardstock – Whisper White works great – and work up if you still need more tightness. On my machine, I have to use a piece of the cardboard backing that comes with our Designer Papers.
There you go! Some easy-to-follow guidelines to turn you into an intricate Thinlit fan! *Ü* Do you have your own favorite tips using the Big Shot thinlits? Share them in the comments below!