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How To Use Intricate Big Shot Thinlits

How-To-Use-Detailed-Thinlits

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!

There's an art to using finely etched Big Shot Thinlits - but once you learn how to use them properly, you'll fall in love!

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