Preventing Die Cut Machine Plate Warping + SALE Info

Hello! Today I am addressing a topic that folks have been asking about for some time — how to prevent die cut machine plate warping!

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I hope the tips in this video are helpful! Please keep in mind my disclaimers. The products I mentioned are linked below.


I also wanted to give you a heads up on several HUGE sales this weekend! I will be updating my list as I learn of new deals. You can find them HERE.


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased. As always, I was not paid to do this post nor am I on any design teams. I only use products I love!) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
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Gemini Junior Instruction Manual
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Gemini Junior Clear Cutting Plate
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Gemini Junior Magnetic Shim
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Gemini Junior Plastic Shim
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Gemini Junior Metal Cutting Plate
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i-Crafter Self Mending Cutting Pad
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Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
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Packing Tape
Brutus Monroe Not Your Mamas Cardstock
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Memory Box Scribble Frond Background Die
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Memory Box Scribble Frond Outline Die
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Altenew Radial Hearts Die
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NEW Purple Tape 1/2 Inch
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NEW Purple Tape 1 1/2 Inch
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Tape Dispenser

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99 thoughts on “Preventing Die Cut Machine Plate Warping + SALE Info”

  1. Great information! I do have problems with the solid purple tape sticking to my cardstock as you mentioned, especially after running it through my Spellbinders machine.

  2. Does anyone know if you can use Gemini Jr plates in the full sized Gemini? I love the idea of a self-healing mat but I have the full sized Gemini. The i-mend plates is made to fit the Gemini Jr which is 6X9. The full size Gemini plates are 9×12.5.

  3. I love watching ALL of your videos. As a matter of fact, yours are my favorite card making videos (and I watch several). Thank you for all of your ideas. You are so talented!

  4. I am thinking of replacing my old Cuttlebug with a Gemini Jr…but you didn’t mention how to use embossing folders with the Gemini. With the Cuttlebug you have a B and a C plate, one is for cutting and one is thinner for embossing folders….

    1. I went from a Cuttlebug to a Gemini Jr. For embossing folders you just use the two clear plates with the folder in between. There are differences for 3-D folders – the directions will come with your machine. I love my Gemini! My arthritis was getting to be too much for cranking.

    2. Using embossing folders is trial and error with the Gemini, each company makes different thicknesses to their folders. The basic sandwich that is stated in the instruction manual is a good start for most folders. If you find it doesn’t emboss well, then you may need to add a shim or two. You might have to play around till you figure out the sandwich but usually it doesn’t take much.

  5. Jennifer, Thank you, thank you! I was just placing an order for the Gemini Jr when I saw your video. Excellent tips, as usual!!! So appreciate your inspiration and expertise. Hope you have a great and safe July 4th.

  6. Can you use the iCrafter self-healing plate with the full sized Gemini? I appreciate your videos very much and I have learned a lot from you! Thank you for your kindness!

  7. Great tips for saving our plates which saves us money. I for one, like the original purple tape, the new purple tape is too low tack and doesn’t keep anything down for me. I wish Thermoweb would offer both versions.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas on saving our plates. I’ve already taped my up and given it a try. It works beautifully!

  9. Thanks for all the great information! I have the large Gemini and will try your sandwich with all the plates that machine uses! I’m anxious to use the new iMend self healing cutting plates as well. Hope they are in stock!

  10. Thank you Jennifer! Perfect timing as I just purchased manual die cutting machine Amaze recently. I’ve had little issues with an intricate die, so I’m definitely going to purchase a metal shim and see how that goes.

    Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find if there are different thickness of the shims out there. I guess I have to try one as long as it fits through my machine 🙂

  11. This was the most helpful video! I will definitely use this breaking-the-rules technique. Thanks so much, Jennifer.

  12. Thanks for another awesome video. I have the regular size gemini cutting machine and will try this packing taped sandwich.

  13. Thanks Jennifer! Any thoughts on how to prevent (or delay) warping of the top plate in a regular hand crank die cut machine? I seem to have more problems with that than the plate I actually cut against. (By the way, I do try to regularly flip my plates when using. However, I have had more luck lately not flipping the one I cut against). I’ve wondered if there is some way to warm or heat the plates slightly and then put something heavy on them to flatten again, but I realize that’s probably not safe and as you mentioned…breaking the rules.

    1. Hi, Donna! I have the same issue. After just a few times using my brand new machine, both my plates warped. I thought I did something wrong. I will try to use your tip of not flipping the one I cut on. 😊 Happy 4th of July! We’re on lockdown so wonk,wonk. Marisela in San Antonio, Texas

    2. Hi Donna Gourley, there are a number of videos on You Tube that show how to heat the plates in the oven to flatten. I haven’t tried this but it seems that sometimes it helps and sometimes not. I have the Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the plates warp really fast. I’m on my second set which started warping on the second use. Ugh! There are several You Tube videos on using self healing mats. You might try doing a search and watching them. Good luck.

  14. You do have a brilliant brain! I’m am always blown away by the way you look at things and figure out tricks and tips! Thank you for this easier than what we’ve been doing die cutting sandwich idea! PS Do you have separate plates for embossing?

  15. Enjoy all your videos but this one is so appreciated as have just purchased gemini jr, not even unboxed yet, so very timely video for me. Happy 4th to you and yours!

  16. Thank you SO much for this informative video! The plates are the one reason I hesitated buying a Gemini and now there is an answer! You explained it so well! Thank you for all you provide for us stampers and crafters!

  17. First let me thank you for doing this YouTube. I am a long time Cuttlebug user and since they stopped making the supplies for them I have also purchased a Spellbinder Platinum 6. I do a lot of die cutting for teaching classes and have experienced a lot of issues with the Spellbinder Platinum 6 machine plates. The plates are stiff and they seem to warp quickly, I think it’s they material they are made of, it’s a different material than the Cuttlebug plates were made of. So much so that they actually go from a C shape to the opposite curve and snap as they go through the machine. My opinion is that the machine is calibrated incorrectly but I am not willing to purchase another one just to find out if my assumption is correct. I have gone back to using my Cuttlebug but would be very interested in hearing your results for a new way to use the plates and how to sandwich them, meanwhile I will try the approach you demonstrated in your video to see if it works. Again, thank you for sharing your experiences with the different machines, hope to hear more about testing for the Platinum 6.

    1. I also have a Cuttlebug, and am frustrated that they stopped making plates. I have seen some replacement plates on Amazon, manufactured by a third party, that so far seem to have decent reviews and are reasonably priced. I will try these when my old plates become unusable.

  18. Thanks so much for this! Wondering if I can do the taping with the old black magnetic shim??? Like the look of the new one, just don’t need a new one yet.

  19. Question on the DIY plate: Can you do a video on how to use your DIY sandwich with embossing folders? Or CAN it be used with embossing folders?

    1. I use a self healing cutting mat in my large Gemini. When it starts to bend I put it in the oven for a couple of minutes until it straightens itself out, then you’re good to go again. Don’t forget to keep an eye on it though. Linda

  20. Years ago I read a tip claiming the plastic plates could be heated for a short period of time in the oven at a low temperature. I don’t remember the time or the setting. Have you ever tried this? I have a Cuttlebug and the plates are in a sad shape!

  21. Jennifer,
    Great video and I so glad to finally find a cutting mat that doesn’t warp. I am wondering
    where you got that really cool yellow and black striped pick. It looks like one from EK Success but I couldn’t
    find one on their site. I really like it, and it is so colorful. My God Daughter would love using one like that.

  22. Love my Gemini Jr but didn’t like how fast I was going through the plates. Especially the magnetic shim which as you said stretched out and warped and even tore. I was getting frustrated about all of that. So I am so thankful for your suggestions which I will implement immediately as I just received a new set of plates.
    I also do NOT like the platinum 6 as it was very difficult to crank right from the get go and it eventually broke as I was trying to die cut something – even though I was following the sandwich instructions. Needless to say I use the Gemini Jr for 99% of all my cutting needs.

  23. Oh WOW!! Thank you so much for this great video. Seems like this is going to be a game changer for a bunch of us out here. Think I’ll invest in new plates, minus the metal one, & tape them together. Its not a problem in cutting the magnetic one either. The guillotine will take care of that for sure. Be safe & TYFS

  24. I have the full sized Gemini & followed the instruction booklet & the plates warped terribly, even with rotation. Not slight bending either.

    After a few months of very light usage my clear cutting plate broke & I had to buy new ones.

    It is rediculous that such a costly machine has such defective parts.

  25. What I dislike is the fuzzy edges and cross hatching on the paper when the plate gets old. I experienced the same issues running plates through my Platinum as some of the other bloggers. It is a well made machine and I need the versitility that a manual cutter offers, but it seemed off since day one. This was a disappointment to discover till one day I adapted by using craft magnet sheets and plastic from craftstock dividers, which I taped with 3M packing tape :-D. I smile when crafters menton their revered Cuttlebugs. I own a Vagsbond a Gemini and Sidekick …its like going through boyfriends after the big break up!

  26. Thank you for your time and talent. Do you have any suggestions about the warping plates if you use a vagabond or a cuttlebug? I really can’t afford to buy any more machines.

  27. Perfect timing my Gemini jr arrives tomorrow. I got tired of cranking my dies thru my big shot five times to get a good cut. Thank you,

  28. Thank you for all your practical videos that allow us longer life and full use of our products.

  29. If my back doesn’t get better, I think I may NEED a gemini, not just want. Can you explain that to my hubby, please? 😊 A very helpful, inspiring video! I definitely NEED an electric cutter! Happy Fourth! God bless!

  30. Hi Jennifer, thank you for breaking the rules for us! I really appreciate the time and effort you put into everything that you share with us.

  31. I love this idea, but how would you go about using the embossing mat with it. Thank you for you videos. I’ve learned so much.

  32. Jennifer, Thank you for this information. I have the standard Gemini and used it quite a bit last summer making shower and wedding invitations for my daughter. I noticed the magnetic piece did stretch and the ends started to become ragged and hang over the cutting plates. Thank you for “permission” to trim them and also the packing tape, I found the purple tape did not hold up for very long. I appreciate you taking the time to share your research and suggestions.

  33. Dear Jenniffer
    Greetings from Sri Lanka
    Thanks a ton. I have a manual cuttlebug machine which is a second hand one. I use it very carefully with no problem. The tip that dies should be palced in different directions will be put into action. I dont have access to purple tape and i tried a real cheap option and it works fine. Blessings

  34. Thank you for this video. I really dislike always having to figure out the plates when I want to die cut something. Do you keep an extra set of plates for embossing or do you use a different machine? I hope you do more videos of helpful hints for products and supplies!

  35. Brilliant tips, Jennifer! I bought a Gemini Jr a while back and have yet to use it as I’m trying to get my craft room purged, reorganized, and redecorated….this is awesome and will save this so that I can refer back to it when I’m ready to use it. YOU are BLESSING!!

  36. Hello Jennifer

    A very useful video – I was just wondering if it would be possible to use the Gemini Junior magnetic shim.with the Gemini machine?

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