Refreshing Your Big Shot Cutting Pads-Video

Is your Big Shot Cutting Pad warped or discolored with card stock slivers?  I saw a video on Pinterest about cooking Cuttlebug cutting pads which flattened them out and cleaned the card stock pieces out of the cracks.  The first try didn’t work so well as it left my cutting pad milky white.  The second try worked a lot better, though I was not careful enough when removing it and the corner bent.  But it was still clear, flatter, and lots of card stock slivers came out as it cooled down!

Video is about 5 minutes

Here is the basic process:
~Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you are not sure how accurate your oven temperature is, get an oven thermometer.  I know my oven is about 50 degrees hotter than the number I set it to.  For the first try I set the temperature to just over 50 degrees less.  The second try I set it to 75 degrees less.
~Put a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet or other flat baking surface.  Lay your cutting plate on the flat foil.
~Gently cover the cutting plate with the rest of the foil so foil is on the top and bottom of the cutting pad.  Do NOT fold the foil tightly around the cutting plate as it will leave marks when cooking.
~Cover the cutting pad with a glass pan.  I used my glass casserole dish.  Just make sure the bottom is flat and the baking dish is heavy.  This will help flatten out your cutting pad.
~Put in the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
~Immediately and carefully remove the cutting pad from the cookie sheet and foil and place somewhere flat (and cool) to cool off.  As it cools the card stock slivers will come off and leave a mess.  It was amazing how much card stock there was!  I would guess there was more than a quarter cup!
~Note:  On my first try I just took the cutting pad out of the oven and left it on the cookie sheet with the baking pan on top of it and let it cool for about 1 hour until it cooled down completely.  (Plus the phone was ringing off the hook during the time after I put it in the oven.)  So my guess is that it kept baking while I thought it was cooling down.  I think this is why it turned the milky color.

Happy Experimenting!
Nendy Kerr

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