If you love to use metal dies, then you will definitely want to have the Magnetic Mat B Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Tool by We R Memory Keepers. This mat keeps your metal dies in place for accurate cutting and is self-healing. The mat is for use with the Evolution Platform (sold separately) and is compatible with most manual die cutting machines (sold separately). The package includes one magnetic mat that measures approximately 6" x 13".
This mat is absolutely horrible. I purchased this when I purchased the Evolution Advanced a few weeks ago. I've been using it with various thin dies and having nothing but trouble getting them to cut out cleanly.
Yes, I'm using the exactly as the countless videos and instructions outline. It just doesn't work... it's too flexible (or should I say, it's not hard enough). For example, using the die set that came with the Evolution Advanced and the Genius B mat that comes with the machine. Setting on 11 (card stock) and it cuts beautiful. Switch to the Magnetic B mat... all things equal, same die, same card stock and same setting of 11. The die barely cuts through the card stock with the magnetic B mat.
It doesn't matter what thin die manufacturer I use... I can cut fine on the Genius B mat but switch to the magnetic one and it doesn't cut. Shouldn't be that difficult... should be the same.
Comparing the Genius B mat to the Magnetic one, you'll see a major difference in the stiffness/hardness of the two mats. The Genius Mat has hardly and give at all (meaning it doesn't bend much or curl). Unlike the Magnetic B mat, tons of give and curls pretty good without much effort.
I love the Evolution Advances but they need to re-work this Magnetic B Mat as it sucks for cutting thin dies. Not to mention, that it's not terribly magnetic either but I can live with that. Defeats the purpose of having a cutting mat that doesn't allow you cut!!!
Oh and on the 'self healing' front... not really. It shows every cut mark very clearly thanks to all of the embedded paper in each cut (that applies to the Genius B Mat as well)!!!
We R Memory Keepers really needs to rethink this one... and you should too, if you're looking at buying.
I love this mat! How I wish I would have got it when I first got my Big Shot. It works so very good! I don't have to worry about small dies accidentally falling off the platform onto the floor when I separate the paper from the machine after cutting. I have recommended it to my best crafting buddy. The price is to run for!
It will work on my extended dies, as well as the regular ones. There is no buying two different sizes. I am very happy with this product.
I purchased this after I bought my machine. Before I purchased it I had issues at times with things shifting. And then if I used Washi tape sometimes after running it through it would rip my paper when pulling it off. The magnetic mat has made this process much easier and it even holds well with thicker card stock. I would recommend this product for sure!
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