I wanted to show how to make a replacement die cutting plate for Big Shots and Vagabonds. You can make ones for your die cutting machine by simply making sure this is the same dimension (height and width), and most importantly, thickness. To change the thickness, you’ll add more of the shims.
I took the Crafter’s Square cutting pad link: https://www.dollartree.com/crafters-square-cutting-pads-9×7-in/308178 and traced one of the plastic cutting plates that comes with the cutting machine with a pencil, so I knew where to cut the Crafter’s Square pad. This will ensure the Crafter’s Square pad will fit through your machine. Cut out the Crafter’s Square pad. Next, take the Dollar Tree Cooking Concepts Flexible Chopping Mat link: https://www.dollartree.com/flexible-chopping-mats-11x14in/145661 and trace one of the plastic cutting plates that came with your die cutting machine then cut it out. Attach it to the Crafter’s Square cutting pad with double sided tape link: https://www.dollartree.com/crafters-square-doubled-sided-tape-33ft/281210 and E6000 glue link: https://www.joann.com/e-6000/4357455.html .only put a small amount of the glue in the very center of the plate so it doesn’t ooze out and ruin your die cutting machine.
Once the E6000 is dry, do a trial run and put it through your die cutting machine with the normal sandwich you’d use, ie. the plate you just made goes on the bottom, then the paper you are cutting is on top, then above the paper is the die, and above the die is one of the plastic plates that came with your die cutting machine. If the new plate isn’t thick enough (and mine wasn’t), add a second cut out from the Flexible Chopping Mat (again, laying it on the plastic plate that came with your die cutting machine and tracing the plastic plate, then cutting out the flexible chopping mat and adding double sided tape and E6000 glue and applying it to the Crafter’s Square cutting pad. If the new plate is still not thick enough, add another layer of the flexible chopping mat. Always make sure you run it through your die cutting machine before adding another layer, to ensure your sandwich isn’t too thick and so it doesn’t damage your machine.
I’ve been using the one I made in 2020 and it’s still going strong. That plate was made with a Hobby Lobby self healing mat and the same Flexible Chopping mats from Dollar Tree. Here’s the link to that video. https://studio.youtube.com/video/eV51xNPhA2o/edit