I didn't know what I was missing until I started using the Magic Mat! Scrapbook.com says that you can, "Simply swap out one of your plastic cutting pads for this sturdy self-healing pad and you'll be amazed by the cleanest cuts you've ever achieved."
It was easy for me to agree after putting the Magic Mat to the test the past weekend with the new Scrapbookcom Slimline Dies and Paper Pads from recent my Happy Mail! As you can see, I had a lot of fun!
This rainbow of easy cards are a dream to make with a Scrapbookcom'sMagic Mat, Slimline Dies and Slimline Paper Pads. The designs are intentionally simple with bold sentiments from my newest favorite Stretch alphabet dies from Tim Holtz and my old favorite Mega Sentiments from Altenew. I have included featured supplies in the product list at the bottom of the post for your shopping convenience. :-)
I am often in a hurry and having little conveniences to help streamline my crafting experience is important to me.
I used the mat in my Sizzix Big Shot and in my Gemini Junior die-cutting machines. Like today's cards, the reasons why I liked the mat are simple:
I got clean cuts, which required no or minimal "weeding" (picking the unused paper out of die) with one pass though the machine, both of which are major timesavers for me.
When using my Gemini Junior, I was able to use less plates to achieve my diecut.
I avoided warping my clear cutting plates for both machines as the die was cutting into the Magic Mat which is made of self-healing material.
Since my clear plates are not warping, I can more easily move my die-cutting sandwich through the machine which reduces stress on my hands.
Be sure to check out the Scrapbookcom Magic Mat listing to review all the features of the mat, which machines it is compatible with and for diagrams of the die-cutting sandwiches that you should use based on which machine you own.
The Slimline Dies
The new Slimline Dies were perfect for testing out the Mat and once I got started I just wanted to keep going! I ended up using 8 of these dies, mostly the "cover plate-style" ones and the Slimline Borders.
The Slimline Paper Pads
With Lazy Mode set to "ON", I paired the dies with a selection of perfectly-sized sheets from the Slimline Paper Pads and taped them to my Magic with Mint Tape before running them through the machine.
Get a load of this Slimline Pad rainbow of color that I had to pick from for my die-cuts!!!
You know I can't resist a rainbow! The papers shown above are from all 7 of the Paper Pads. For today's cards I used the Sherbet, Floral, Warms and Cools Slimline Pads. I recommend picking your own rainbow from of colors that appeal to you. For each card you will need a dark and a light version of each color so that you can achieve the tone on tone contrast.
After adhering the diecut layer to it's contrasting base, I got working on cutting out all my sentiments on the Magic Mat. For the sentiments, with all the color on the card bases, I did the Tim Holtz Stretch Lower and Number dies and the Altenew Mega sentiments in black and white, so that they stood out.