Die-Versions are thin, chemically-etched metal dies, used to cut out letters and shapes from a variety of materials.
What cutting tools can I use to cut Die-Version dies?
Our dies are compatible with most personal-use die-cutting systems on the market. Our dies are proven to work great in the Big Shot, Big Shot Pro, BigKick, Vagabond, Wizard, Grand Calibur, Revolution, Epic Six, Cuttlebug and Zip-e-Mate. In some machines, adapters or shims will be needed. Please consult your user's manual that came with your tool for additional information.
How do I get the best results from my Die-Versions "Micro fonts"?
Our "Micro fonts" are the smallest die-cut fonts in the industry, checking in at 1/4". Cutting such small letters will often require shimming of your die. A shim is an extra piece, or pieces, of cardstock to increase the pressure applied to your die's blades. The need for a shim does not mean your die is of poor quality. In fact, it means that your die is made to standards high enough to allow such small, intricate cuts.
Start by running your DV Micro font through your die-cutting machine without any shim, and check the results. If the cuts are not 100%, and/or some of the letters are difficult to remove from the paper, you likely need a shim. Most people prefer to place their piece of cardstock shim above their plate-and-die "sandwich". Place everything into your machine as you normally would, then add one piece of cardstock on top of the stack right before feeding everything into your machine. Recheck the results. If needed, add one additional shim, and test again.
Each machine will be different, and as your machine and/or your cutting plates get more use and/or wear, more shims may be required. We always recommend adding shims one piece of cardstock at a time. Go slowly, and keep track of your results. If at any time your machine's handle or motor feels or sounds like it is straining from the pressure - STOP.
A Micro font "tip" is, after you have discovered the proper shim for your die, save it. Label the piece or pieces with the name of the font you used it with. If more than one shim was necessary, tape the edges of the shims together with a small piece of clear tape. Keep and label that shim, and store it alongside the specific Die-Versions micro font. Please keep in mind that a different Micro font may require a different shim.
What materials can I cut with Die-Versions dies?
Our dies are designed to cut all kinds of papers from thin paper to heavier cardstock, vinyl, vellum, adhesive backed cardstock, foam, thin chipboard, cork, metallic paper, felt, and other thin materials.
What are Die-Versions dies made out of?
Die-Versions are made from Super Hardened Tool Steel.
What if my Die-Versions dies stops cutting?
We are pretty confident that your Die-Versions dies will last for a very long time. Just in case something does go wrong, we offer a two-year limited warranty on our dies. We will replace the die during the first two years after purchase at no additional cost to you beyond the cost of returning the defective die to us. You may be required to submit a copy of your receipt at the time you request an exchange. Please note that if the die is discontinued or no no longer available, we will contact you to make other arrangements. In addition, this warranty does not include damage or defects caused by misuse or accidents.