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How to use Carnation Crafts Dies

Use a low tack repositionable tape to attach your die to your chosen medium with the blade face down. The tape will allow you to keep your die in place over your chosen Vignette to allow for more accurate alignment and will also enable you to rotate the die during multiple cuts whilst still being held in place.

Place the die and medium in the correct sandwich of cutting plates, on your table top die cutting machine, as per your manufacturer’s instructions and run through the machine to achieve your die cut. You may need to repeat this process rotating your die and medium, running through the machine again, to achieve a complete cut on more intricate designs.

Remove the tape once you have a complete die cut, you may find that the die holds the medium in place once cut, to release this simply flick with your finger to allow this to pop out. Alternatively, use a pokey tool to remove the die cut and any small pieces that remain in the die ready for your next cut.

Carnation Crafts dies are designed to work with all manual and automatic die cutting machines.

How do I make sure the Vignettes line up with my dies?

The Carnation Crafts Vignettes are pre coloured download that allow you to create a perfectly coloured die cut every time. Occasionally you may find that the print out doesn’t line up exactly, usually this is down to printer settings. We always recommend printing to ‘actual size’ to ensure the best match for your Vignette. Depending on your printer you will see different options but make sure that you do not select “Fit to Page”, that borderless printing (if your printer supports it) is switched off and any scaling options are set to 100%. The Vignette downloads are A4 sized pdfs (29.7cm x 21cm), but you should be able to print the correct size on other sizes (e.g. letter) if the above settings are correct.

How do I know what ‘sandwich’ of plates to use for my machine?

Each die cutting machine comes with its own recommended sandwich of cutting plates which are included within the instruction booklets, please refer to these for more detailed instructions. We have outlined a number of popular machines below with their recommended plates listed from the bottom up:

Big Shot
Multi Purpose Platform (all tabs)
Cutting Mat
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
Cutting Mat
Ebosser
D Plate
B Shim
C Plate
Magnetic Sheet
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
A Plate
Cut ‘n’ Boss
Base plate D
Platform B
Platform A
Magnetic Sheet
Die (cutting side up)
Cardstock
Platform A
Cuttlebug
A Plate
B Plate
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
C Plate
Grand Calibur
A Plate
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
C Plate
Joy Trevaille
A Base Plate
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
C Cutting Plate (grey)
Just Cutz
Thick White Base Plate
Magnetic mat
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
Cutting Plate
Sizzix Big Kick
Large Platform (with all tabs)
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
2 x Big Kick Cutting Mats
Original Sizzix
Sizzix System Converter
Cutting Pad
Paper / Card
Die (cutting side down)
Spellbinders Spacer Plate
Sizzix Vagabond
Platform
Solo Thin Adaptor
Cutting Mat
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
Cutting Mat
Fiskars Fuse
Base plate
Shim A
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
Cutting Plate
Accucut Zip-e-mate
Zip-e-mate Platform
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
Cutting Pad
Accucut Epic Six
Light Grey Cutting Platform
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
Epic Cutting Mat
Quikcutz Revolution
Revolution Platform
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
Acrylic Cutting Mat
Spellbinders Wizard
White Master Mat
White Spacer Plate
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
White Master Mat
Sizzix Sidekick
Clear cutting plate
2 x Sizzix Adapter 2.5″ x 7.5″ to cover the length of your plates
Die (cutting side up)
Paper / Card
Clear cutting plate

In time you may find that your cutting plates are showing signs of wear and tear, this is completely normal for all die cutting machines when used on a regular basis. We recommend using a range of shims when this occurs to enable you to lengthen the life of your plates.  Metal and magnetic shims are both available to purchase from a number of retailers, these all work in a similar way, simply place in between the flat side of your die and the base plate to give you extra pressure when die cutting.

My dies are joined by metal tabs, how do I separate them?

Many of the Carnation Crafts Dies are designed to stay together to allow you to cut the decoupage layers easily without losing small pieces, you should not try to separate these as the tabs are designed to be thicker than other dies. However you may find some dies where you would like to separate the smaller tabs, with small tabs this will happen over time with use as the pressure of the machine will weaken the tabs and they will separate. We do recommend separating the small tabs yourself with either a pair of old scissors or jewellery / wire snips as this means that you are separating them in a controlled manner. When the gaps in between the dies are quite small you may need to push the snips up towards the front from the back so that just the tips are through and then snip.

How do I add the pop outs back into my die cut?

On some die designs there are elements that pop out that you may want to piece back in,  this is often known as the ‘waste’.

The easiest way to do this is with a machine with adjustable rollers, place tape on the back of the die cut and run through with low pressure so that the design does not cut fully. Alternatively take a shim out of the sandwich to lessen the pressure placed on your die cut. If you decide you want to piece the waste back in after you have made a complete cut or are not able to adjust the pressure simply place tape on the back of your die cut and piece the elements back in, this just takes a little longer.

What is your Angel Policy?

As long as all dies are cut on a standard home die cutting machine and all projects are hand made there is no limit to how many can be sold or where they can be sold. Cuts made using a standard home die cutting machine may also be sold but papers and printed sheets must not be printed and sold but can be cut and used on handmade projects to be sold. If cuts are made on an electronic machine such as (but not limited to) Brother Scan & Cut, Silhouette Cameo then designs may be re-sized and hand made finished projects may be sold. Reproduction or replication of designs in any format other than being cut with a home cutting machine is not permitted.