Tuesday Tip: Cleaning punchies from Edgelits

Debra Burgin Finishing Touches EdgelitI was so excited to see these new Finishing Touches Edgelits on page 190 of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  And I stayed excited after cutting my first decorative edge, that I used on this card from last week.  It’s beautiful!  Barely any cleanup on the edge, unlike the Paper Doily Sizzlit.

However, I learned my lesson from that Sizzlit and resolved to clean out the little tiny die cut areas that create the eyelet edge.  Allowing them to build up in the die (and they do stay in there) almost certainly means it will not cut as well, and I didn’t want that to happen.  So I started digging out those dozens of little areas with my Snips and, later, with my pokey tool (the former paper piercer).

There may or may not have been some naughty words from my mouth after about 10 minutes of this; there were no witnesses.  I couldn’t believe I’d have to go through this after each cut.

Then I thought of it:  what softens paper better than water?  So I sprayed the Edgelit with a little Stampin’ Mist and let it sit for a minute.  Then started the prying out of each punchie — which went like magic.

Granted, I’ll have to do this after each cut — and you probably won’t see this Edgelit in camp, where several people will need to use it and clean it after each cut.  But still, cleaning it after wetting it was a snap.  Try it!

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