Running shrink-a-dink plastic through the Cuttlebug

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Posted 11/20/2012 by yellowcherrios in General Stamping


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Posted: 11/20/2012 8:10:35 PM
Jan's (Far North) question about cutting her CS with the Cuttlebug, made me want to ask this question of everyone.

Has anyone shimmied the sandwiches to cut shrink-a-dink plastic?

During SOF, for Anne's shrink-a-dink challenge, I had not trouble cutting the sea turtles, and other sea items with my Cuttlebug---but that was using the Kids Cuttlebug Dies.

Last month, I bought my first Spellbinders set and ran it through the Cuttlebug to cut the shrink-a-dink plastic and it does the same exact thing as Jan's problem---it outlines the shape, and does cut through it in places, but not most of it. It already sounds like everything is breaking due to cutting the plastic, so I have been afraid to shimmy it any, n/c I do not want to break the Spellbinders.

So: has anyone used Spellbinders to cut shrink-a-sink plastic? and if so, do you have to shimmy it?

How durable are Spellbinder dies?


Olympian Pea

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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:11:41 AM
Melissa, why don't you ask the manufacturer if there is a sandwich that would cut through shrink plastic?

I haven't tried this, but I love the idea of being able to do it. I do know that the Cuttlebug often makes cracking sounds even when I use it with regular cardstock. The first time it happened, I thought I had broken the machine. That was several years ago, and all is well; it just keeps on cranking and making those sounds.

When I get home, I'll give it a try.


Prospurring Pea

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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:18:18 AM
I don't remember having to shim to cut shrink plastic with my Nesties. That being said, if it didn't cut all the way through, I would shim with a piece or two of cardstock. That would probably be all it needed.

The top B plate in a Cuttlebug sandwich really takes most of the "heat" in a sandwich. It will creak and make crackling noises. If you don't flip it each time you use it, it will eventually curl in one direction, and then you will have to flip it until it flattens out.

But you probably WON'T hurt your Spellbinders Nesties...

The plastic B plate would probably crack and break way before your metal Nesties would.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:39:11 AM
Thanks you two!!

I never thought to ask the manufacture Daria! lol!!

I guess sometimes I am ~afraid~ I might be using the product (the cuttlebug or the spellbinders) that are not manufacture approved....hehehehe... so that was why I came to y'all to ask! (Though, I guess I cannot really hide from the manufacture since I am typing this on the internet....oh well...)

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