Tuesday Tip – Die Cutting Intricate Thinlits


Have you discovered this little treasure on page 16 of Stampin’ Up!’s “Handmade from the Heart” Occasions Catalog? It is such a beautiful, intricate die that you might be wondering how in the world all the little pieces come out without tearing up your heart? Well, I thought the same thing, but it really is easier than you think! If you follow these few tips, you are going to love the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit just as much as I do!

Tips for Die Cutting Detail Design Thinlits

The Sandwich

When using the Big Shot, you are taught how to make a good “sandwich” for your cardstock. . . making a good sandwich is especially important when cutting a detailed thinlit such as this.  To make this sandwich you will need (from bottom to top);

  1. Magnetic Platform (#130658)– absolutely the best platform to hold metal dies in place!
  2. Precision Cutting Pad (#139684)– there is no “give” to this cutting pad so it provides additional pressure for a clean cut on the detailed images.
  3. Your cardstock and thinlit
  4. Acrylic Cutting Pad



Die Cutting

Here are some additional tips to make sure you get a great cut.

  • For detailed dies, it is recommended to run the die through your Big Shot 3-4 times.
  • The middle of your Big Shot tends to be less tight than the edges so, put your detailed dies towards the edge.
  • When cutting Glimmer Paper, cut the paper from the back side when possible.
  • Each Big Shot is slightly different. Sometimes you may need to add a cardstock shim.

Your New Best Friend

The Big Shot Die Brush (#140603) is AMAZING! You will absolutely want to have this helper to assist you in getting all of those pieces out of your framelits and thinlits.  You are going to love it from the first time you give it a try!



And here’s a tip for you to love it even more;   place it inside a Wide stamp case (#127551) and all of your little pieces will be contained in the case and not all over your craft area!








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