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I love this die and all "nature" dies, however the resulting diecut can be tricky to remove. After ruining a bunch of cardstock and paper in repeated attempts, here's what I learned:
1. Obtain UNSCENTED dryer sheets. Scented ones will gum up the die and the paper or cardstock.
2. Unfold 4 dryer sheets and stack them, one atop the next.
3. Place the die onto the dryer sheets and run through your BigShot or other diecutting machine, as if you were intentionally diecutting the dryer sheets. This action lubricates the die.
4. Next, run JUST the die and cardstock/paper through the machine, NO dryer sheets. The cardstock/paper WILL likely stick to the die. Have no fear...
5. Place the die WITH ITS STUCK CARDSTOCK/PAPER onto the dryer sheet stack (you can reuse that same stack of 4 sheets for MANY diecuts) and run this through the machine.
6. If you're worried, go back and forth an extra time. Now gently remove your intact (yes, it will almost certainly be intact!) diecut.
7. To make more with the same die, you don't need to relubricate it until you've made a half-dozen or so diecuts. You ABSOLUTELY must not skip any other step in the sequence, though.
The youtube video link where I learned this technique is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQx_rKUwjsQ She is Deb Valder and will answer any emails you send (link comes with the video) if you still have problems. I too was in despair with this die and other beautiful detailed dies, but this technique REALLY works as long as you follow each step and take no shortcuts. The results are well worth the effort!
This is such a beautiful die, it's a shame that the detail is so fine that you can't remove the cut intact. I always use waxed paper between the die and cardstock, but that didn't help here. I glued the pieces of my final attempt back together and used it on a page, but I doubt that I'll try it again. Does anyone have another solution?
Used in this layout: aka Hondo
It is very pretty and I thought I'd use it a lot, but it doesn't cut all the small openings all the way through. I had to use a small scissors and cut along the lines. I tried sending it through the machine 3-4 times and it still didn't cut. The metal edges aren't long enough. I did try it on different weights of cardstock also. Too bad, I like the design.
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