Have you used the Big Shot Die Brush yet? If not, you’re going to need one. Right away. This new item in the Occasions Catalog has totally changed how I look at dies like the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies. Where I used to cringe as I pictured myself painstakingly poking out every little card stock scrap, I now freely laugh – ha ha ha – and crank away because I know those tiny previously evil pieces now are no trouble at all!
Okay, I don’t actually do the laugh part. That would be silly. But you know what I mean, right? I’ve found some tips for using the Big Shot Die Brush though, and I wanted to share them with you.
Big Shot Die Brush: Tips for the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies
I like to run my die through the Big Shot a few times – it depends a lot on the individual parameters of your machine, but I like to use a couple of shims pieces under the bottom cutting mat, and cranked back and forth through 3-4 times. When you pick up the die, all the lines should show clearly through the card stock. If they don’t, try adding another shim and run it again.
Once the card stock is completely cut, I like to remove the outer card stock frame, then place the die (with the die cut) on the foam mat that comes with the Big Shot Die Brush. I’m working on the foam mat with just the die and the die cut (still sticking inside the die at this point).
Note that the large flowers are part of the die cut – you’re not trying to ‘brush’ them away, so don’t run the brush over the flowers or you risk tearing the fragile attachments to the rest of the die cut.
Run the brush back and forth over the circle holes in the die. These holes poke through to parts of the die cut that are scrap – the parts we used to poke out by hand. The bristles of the brush actually do the poking for us (yay!).
Occasionally, I’ll flip the die over to look at how I’m doing. Are all the pieces gone yet? Sometimes I find an area that I missed – and can put the die back down and go after that corner with the brush.
Finally, when I’ve got it all poked out with the brush, I’ll pick up the die and use the brush without the foam mat behind it. The brush will now poke out the die cut, ready to use on my project!
So what do you think? Are you ready to give it a try? Be sure to leave me a comment if you have questions about the process or if you’ve tried it already – I’m a big fan.
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