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How to Have FLAT Standard Cutting Plates for Your Big Shot

Disclaimer:  Stampin’ Up! does not recommend placing your standard cutting pads in an oven as follows shortly.  Many Stampin’ Up! demonstrators do and today (Sunday) I’m going to try it.  I have nothing to lose with my oh-so-warped Standard Cutting Pads.  I have four pads right now that are really warped.

Yes, when I use my cutting plates, I do rotate them front to back, left to right and top to bottom.  And yes, I do use them a lot.

  1. Wrap your plate in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet.
  2. Do not stack cutting plates.
  3. Top with Pyrex casserole dish filled half way with water.
  4. Set oven to 350°.
  5. Check at 30 minutes.  You’ll probably need more like 55 minutes.
Warped standard cutting pads

Warped standard cutting pads

 

Yes, warped.

Yes, warped.

 

Warped warped warped

Warped warped warped

Next………

  1. I added two bricks inside my Pyrex dish
  2. I increased the time to 1 hour.
Pyrex plus bricks

Pyrex plus bricks

What did I learn:

  1. Don’t do this with the newer incarnation of the standard cutting pads.
Newer cutting pads have a different composition that orginal pads

Newer cutting pads have a different composition than the original pads.  I do NOT recommend (nor does Stampin’ Up!) trying to flatten them in the oven.

 

  1. However, my older standard cutting pads flattened just as I was hoping they would.
  2. I have placed an order for new standard cutting pads.
  3. Yes, there is a difference between the original cutting pads and the new and improved, updated cutting pads.  (I prefer the older ones hands down but…….the new composition cutting pads are what we now have.)
  4. So…I have 4 old scratched, pretty flat cutting pads and 4 more warped, now slightly deformed (2 of them) newer style cutting pads.
Hard to see, but pretty flat standard cutting pads

Hard to see, but pretty flat standard cutting pads

 

I love my Big Shot and all it does for me so I’ll just live with it and adapt.  I just wanted to share my experience.

TIP:  Be sure to turn your standard cutting pads over after each use, flip them end to end and side to side.  EVERY TIME.  I’m being much more religious about these flips now and, maybe it does help.  I’ve always flipped them but maybe not every time.

Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow.  While chasing down some solutions for my warped standard cutting pads I received two links to Sizzix commentary.  My dance card is over full for today so I can’t check them out until tonight.  In the meantime, don’t go ahead and put your pads in the oven.  I do want to share what I did, but I’m really not recommending it.  Yet.  Consider this a work in progress!  See you tomorrow.  🙂

 

 

 

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