Technique Tuesday | Using the Precision Base Plate

One of the things in the Autumn / Winter catalogue I was looking forward to more than anything else was the Precision Base Plate. I love cutting intricate dies with my Big Shot; the Butterfly thinlits or those stunning Delicate Ornaments, but getting all those little pieces out is a pain and needing to run things through the machine several time to ensure a good cut is annoying – but no more! Stampin' Up! UK Die cutting video tutorial

The Precision Base Plate is a steel plate deigned to replace one of your Clear Cutting Plates when using intricate dies. It works by providing a super hard surface for your dies to work against, giving a crisper, cleaner cut. I have to say though, I wouldn’t use this plate all the time – it just isn’t required for basic shapes, but the difference it makes on detailed dies makes this a must have accessory for my Big Shot Machine

This card was super easy to make with the Big Shot and precision base plate, the video is only 8 minutes and that’s with all my waffle! The Designer Series Paper on both cards was the inspiration for the colour schemes here, the Bohemian Designer Series Paper pack features some pretty loud patterns but the reverse sides are lovely and delicate with some great tone on tone looks.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly thinlit Precision base plate how to

Precision Base Plate top tips:

  • Use the Precision plate with your Multi-purpose platform fully closed, just as you would for thinlits dies and Clear plates
  • Make sure you are cutting on the correct side – the label should be face down (not showing) and you cut into the Black side of the plate
  • It may take a little more force to get this plate through your Big Shot, but DO NOT force it! check your sandwich and try again
  • This plate replaced a Clear Cutting Plate in your standard die sandwich – Multi-purpose Platform (on tab 2), Precision Base Plate (label side DOWN), card stock, die, Clear Cutting Plate

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