Making the Most of Die Cutting Machines | March 2010 (MM SLICE)

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Posted 3/5/2010 by Nichol Magouirk in General Scrappin'
 

Nichol Magouirk
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Posted: 3/5/2010 7:19:21 AM
Hello Die Cutters!

So very excited to be sharing ideas on using the MM Slice this month!

This month's class shows you a little bit about the machine and then dives right into die cutting with the Slice. I had such a fabulous time designing samples with it for this month's class. It's easy to use, lightweight, easily portable and the selection of design cards is fabulous!

To see the class handout PDF, idea video (it is a long one, as I show you how to create both class samples + basic how to) and class samples, click here.

CHALLENGE: Use the Slice to create die cuts for a layout, card or paper craft. Upload your project to the Two Peas gallery (by April 4th, 2010), make sure to check the box next to this class when you do, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a prize from Two Peas!

If you have questions please post a comment here or peamail me.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone creates with their Slice!



JLBOhio
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Posted: 3/5/2010 2:25:39 PM
I loved the video! I have had my Slice for over a year but have barely used it but I will now! Just your idea to use other adhesive is a great time saver! I hated messing with theirs!! Brilliant!

Jen

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Posted: 3/6/2010 2:38:29 PM
HI Nicole, love your Slice video. I have a slice but have barely used it. Now is the time to take it out. Loved your adhesive technique. Please could you tell me what all can we cut with it and also what weight paper is the best to use. Is 220gsm too thick???
I also noticed that when I cut small size, the edges are not that sharp. Is it a design mistake.

Thanks in advance.
Isha

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Posted: 3/7/2010 9:48:43 AM
Thank you so much for the ideas on how to get more use out of my new slice! Loved the video & can't wait to get started.


Tami

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Mendi Yoshikawa
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Posted: 3/9/2010 2:58:45 AM
Wow! You make this look so easy. I had a slice, but even with every square inch glued down it would snag the paper and move it all around (unless I was using super smooth, thin paper). How do you get it to cut so beautifully with so little adhesive?! I must have ruined a dozen sheets of paper before giving up on it. You make me kinda wish I still had it.

Love how you stamped the backgrounds on your letters--They're a perfect match for the line! I'm always looking for great ideas on how to incorporate more stamping into my layouts. Thanks for the great video!


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Laura Vegas
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Posted: 3/9/2010 6:32:31 PM
i'm not nichol .. but can i chime in

i highly recommend the krylon easy-tack repositionable spray adhesive. MM also just recently came out with their own spray adhesive as well, but i'm not sure if it's out yet. it's the easiest stuff to use on the glass mat, and works like a charm. i make a few passes over it with the spray, and then use the mat for up to a week without cleaning it or adding more (depending how much i'm using it). then i rinse it off with hot water, and spray it again. you will get better results with cutting if your paper is adhered to the mat ... not too much, but not too little. if the blade is tearing the paper, you might need to adjust the tension of your blade. it will vary, depending on what you are cutting. just tighten or loosen it a quarter of a turn, and test it. or check to make sure your blade doesn't need to be replaced.

as for what it cuts. cardstock, pattern paper, transparencies and acetate paper, vellum. we've recently been using the slice to cut foam, and fabric. it's not meant to cut chipboard. there are some cardstocks that don't cut quite as nicely, depending on their thickness. but usually loosening up the tension on the blade, will make a better cut. you could also try cutting it twice, without moving the machine inbetween cuts. the larger sizes do cut more accurate than the smallest ones. i don't usually do anything smaller than 1 1/2 inches ... but most shapes to cut best from 2-4 inches.



Nichol Magouirk
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Posted: 3/18/2010 2:32:54 PM
thanks, Laura, for the advice on adhesive.



Nichol Magouirk
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Posted: 3/18/2010 2:35:18 PM

Please could you tell me what all can we cut with it and also what weight paper is the best to use. Is 220gsm too thick???
I also noticed that when I cut small size, the edges are not that sharp. Is it a design mistake.


You can cut cardstock (I have only used American Crafts cardstock, patterned papers, glitter papers i.e. the MM specialty ones created especially for use with the Slice, transparencies, vellum).

I, too, have noticed a decline in the cut edges when cutting a smaller size. I have only used it for 1.5 and up.



ivgupta
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Posted: 3/19/2010 4:45:21 AM
Thanks Nicole and Laura for the great tips and answers to my queries.
Isha

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Posted: 3/19/2010 10:38:26 AM
Hi! I love your LO Nichol! It's so cute! This was my first time using my slice (I bought it 1 week ago.)
I used the basic designs 2 card for cutting the felt flowers (it's the thin type of felt).

here's my LO unforgettable

Thanks everyone for the tips!!!

Eva


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Posted: 3/20/2010 3:08:51 PM
Thanks laura and Nichol for the additional feedback!

Jen

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Posted: 3/26/2010 9:26:23 PM
I'm jumping in kind of late here. I've had my Slice for about 3 months and have been enjoying it so far.

Nichol, I LOVE the LO this month! I'm excited for inspiration to use more of the images on the cards. Now I mainly use the fonts to make titles.


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Posted: 3/28/2010 1:51:52 PM
I used my Slice yesterday to make this LO. I won't tell you how long it took me to cut my title onto the page like that so I ended up with a "negative" image . I like that I was able to use those letters on the opposite page of the 2 page LO with some dimensional mounting squares.

I used the Fa La La card. Even though I don't do many Christmas LOs (seriously like 2 per year) that is probably my most used card because I just love the font on it!

I'm hoping to use my machine tonight on another LO. I'm thinking I need to play with more of the swirls on the Basics 3 card!


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