Now this is something not everyone has figured out yet about these great dual stitch dies, so I figured I would share… there is actually a THIRD cut. That’s right.. you don’t just get TWO cuts per die, if you are sneaky…. you can pull out a 3rd really cool and useful cut. Just by combing two of the dies from the set, VOILA.. you now have 3 cuts.
Now let me just say this is not as effective on some of the dies.. specifically the rounded corner ones. as the corner angles are not set up to form a uniform curve on the sizes. Individually you have the perfect corner cuts.. but combined.. it’s not a cut that nests well… saying that if you wanted to do it.. you just get a 3rd funky frame cut.. which you may actually like…. not everyone wants that uniform look.
Ok so what dies am I referring to? not the regular stitched dies.. but the new ones. Just pop “In and Out” into the search function and you will get to see all of the new double stitched dies I am referring to. Now I don’t have ALL of these..and I can’t guarantee that all of the designs will work for this technique…but if you are buying them anyway for the double cut.. you might as well at least know that a 3rd cut is possible. 🙂
I can’t show you the full image as it is for an upcoming DT project… but you can get a sneaky peek at part of it, which shows the traditional inner cut.
Now here is the fun part…. if you nest two of the dies on your cutting plate .. you can see on the left the traditional use, which is the inner and outer cuts… BUT you now have a THIRD cut. Nesting your dies gives you this double stitched frame cut too. I discovered this last year with my first Dual Stitched dies and use this 3rd cut a lotWhat a great way to get even more value from dies that are already fantastic value…
Here you can see what I meant about the rounded corner dies… still a cool cut specially if you wanted to decorate the corners, or just wanted something a bit different. You still get your regular in and out cut.. but the frame.. that’s just a cool unexpected bonus.
These are the 3 sets I just got… now be warned ladies these pierced dies have TINY holes and they are a bit more pernickety than your average die.. but totally worth it for the look you get. I am really hoping that Gina Marie Designs release this dual stitch design in more stitches soon.. the larger stud dot and all of the various stitches they already have on singles… I am ALL OVER THAT. I love these dual stitch dies .. or In & Out as they are called on the GMD descriptions. They need a new name… In & out just doesn’t cover how cool these dies really are lol.
Now I personally found that these cut much better for me on my machine using my Magnetic Platform. I have read a lot of people complaining about their sizzix Platforms, but I actually picked up a We R Memory Keepers Platform last year on clearance at my local Michaels and it’s fab. I just run these fiddily dies through back and forth, turn it round and run it through again to make sure I have even pressure. Not all machines cut the same pressure all over.. could be anything from worn bearings, to worn plates..or as in my case last year .. a broken chassis inside that you have no idea is even broken till you strip it down. It worked, but had uneven pressure issues… anyhwo there is a whole post somewhere on here about my little fun and games with my Big shot last year and the Fabulous Customer Service by Sizzix.
As I was saying I just use that WRMK’s magnetic base on these.. I added a card layer below the die and it doesn’t effect the hold of the magnets at all..and then used the thicker top plate from the set. If you are still having any probs with a clean cut.. be sure to run it through back and forth, rotate the plates and run it through again..and then if you have to.. and your project permits.. just rotate it so the dies go through at an angle.. or 90’s if it fits…. and you shouldn’t have any issues. The biggest problem is cleaning up the hundreds of tiny cut outs haha.. that stuff gets everywhere.
If you are interested this is the Magnetic Platform I use. QuicKutz® We R Memory Keepers™ Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform set
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