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3 Little Ladies 
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02-09-13 07:00 PM - Post#4046498    

Probably a dumb question, but I've never used the dies before. I've only used embossing folders in my Cuttlebug.

Anyway, when you use your plastic mats does the image you are cutting out 'cut' your mats? I was cutting out hearts and have heart cuts all over my mat. Is that normal?

 
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02-09-13 07:13 PM - Post#4046502    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

Yes.

 
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02-09-13 07:15 PM - Post#4046504    
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At some point when they're really, really used up you're going to need to replace them (make sure you are ONLY cutting into the B plates!). You might want to buy an extra set when you've got coupons.

BTW - they will also warp some with use, too.

 
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02-09-13 10:55 PM - Post#4046538    
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  • kaleidoscope Said:
BTW - they will also warp some with use, too.



Not sure if this would work with a Cuttlebug, but I have the Big Shot and once my plates start warping I store them on the machine, putting them under the roller part to hold them down flat (I roll them in just like I'm going to cut or emboss and just stop halfway). That has worked really well for flatting my plates back out.

 
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02-10-13 02:32 AM - Post#4046542    
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What Tam said, absolutely. I have only cut into one B plate, so that I have another for use with the C plate and I bought a spare pair of B plates so that I have clear ones for embossing.

If you're using the Cuttlebug dies, it also makes a rather alarming cracking noise when you roll through to the end of the die. That is normal too, and it only does it when using a die between two B plates, not the thin ones where you use a C plate.

Jennifer - I've not tried storing my B plate in the machine. That's a thought. I don't have room to store it opened out every day, but I might try that a few times overnight and see if helps the warp. Thanks!

 
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02-10-13 02:24 PM - Post#4046588    
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I bought a Cuttlebug last year. So far, I've only used it for embossing, which is why I bought it in the first place.

All the dies I've been buying (Sizzix Framelits from SU and Spellbinders Nestabilities) I've been using in my QK Revolution. The only problem with my QK is that I can't cut anything that is wider than 4 inches.

I'm thinking maybe I should buy another set of B plates, one for embossing, the other for die cutting.

 
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02-10-13 03:09 PM - Post#4046602    
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I use my muddied up B plates for embossing and die cutting, but yes, there will be crackling sounds. Try and use the B plate for the cutting becuase the C plates are more expensive and you only get one versus 2.....

 
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02-10-13 03:32 PM - Post#4046608    
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  • GwynnAsbury Said:
I use my muddied up B plates for embossing and die cutting, but yes, there will be crackling sounds. Try and use the B plate for the cutting becuase the C plates are more expensive and you only get one versus 2.....



The c plates aren't meant for cutting into anyway. It's just another platform for thinner dies.

 
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02-10-13 04:10 PM - Post#4046610    
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  • kaleidoscope Said:
  • GwynnAsbury Said:
I use my muddied up B plates for embossing and die cutting, but yes, there will be crackling sounds. Try and use the B plate for the cutting becuase the C plates are more expensive and you only get one versus 2.....



The c plates aren't meant for cutting into anyway. It's just another platform for thinner dies.


Yes, because you always need a B plate to cut, but you don't always need a C plate, so you'd be cutting into both.

 
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02-11-13 08:00 AM - Post#4046658    
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Good to know! I had no idea you could buy the plates separately.

 
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02-11-13 08:19 AM - Post#4046660    
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Yes, the newer cuttlebugs don't come with the C plate anymore. And of course, the B plates need replacement after awhile. Although I'm still cutting the heck out of mine.

 
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02-11-13 08:43 AM - Post#4046664    
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Yes, I've had mine for over 4 years now, I can honestly say I use it on nearly every project, and my original B plate is almost shredded - and I still use it!

 
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02-11-13 09:19 AM - Post#4046674    
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I think I've used mine more for school related projects then I have for scrapbooking.

 
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02-11-13 09:20 AM - Post#4046676    
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LOL They count!

 
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02-11-13 10:28 AM - Post#4046680    
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  • kaleidoscope Said:
  • GwynnAsbury Said:
I use my muddied up B plates for embossing and die cutting, but yes, there will be crackling sounds. Try and use the B plate for the cutting becuase the C plates are more expensive and you only get one versus 2.....



The c plates aren't meant for cutting into anyway. It's just another platform for thinner dies.




The actual instructions that come with the Cuttlebug say to cut into the C Plate..... I of course disregarded this because that made no sense to cut into the more important and more expensive piece.......

 
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02-11-13 10:56 AM - Post#4046690    
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wow... you're right. If I had read that before it flew right through my head. I always thought of C as an adapter plate so it didn't even occur to me to cut into it.

 
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02-11-13 11:00 AM - Post#4046694    
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Just got out my Cuttlebug instruction book, and Gwynn is right, you do use the C plate to cut.

For example, if using thin dies (and I'm guessing this means dies like the Spellbinders Nestabilities), your layering your plates A, B, C, with A on the bottom and C on top, and the die goes between the B and C plates. So the die is laid on the B plate, with the cutting side up, the paper, then the C plate.

 
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02-11-13 11:02 AM - Post#4046698    
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wow Tam, you were posting while I was typing!

 
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02-11-13 11:32 AM - Post#4046704    
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LOL I read that too and ignored it. I have my sandwich upside down mostly, with the cutting edge downwards. That means I cut onto the B plate anyway.

The order of the plates is irrelevant as long as you have the paper next to the cutting edge of the die, with the cutting plate on the other side. So it makes sense to use the same B plate, because they are cheaper and you always need to have one in your sandwich.

 
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02-11-13 12:15 PM - Post#4046716    
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Good idea Rosey! Since I've only used my Cuttlebug for embossing, I'm learning a lot here. One of these days I'll have to take the plunge and use my Cuttlebug for cutting!

 
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02-11-13 12:26 PM - Post#4046722    
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I have about 8 B plates........have replaced several time over the years but I still keep the OLD plates for other scrappy projects!

 
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02-11-13 01:58 PM - Post#4046742    
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LOL Holly, I know what you mean.

I use my C plate for large acrylic and cling stamps, instead of buying a big block.

 
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