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Crop A Dile III Main Squeeze

Here are some tips and tricks when using the We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile III Main Squeeze Tool for die cutting and embossing corners and edges of scrapbook pages and cards. Here is a video that demonstrates a little bit of what the main squeeze tool can do.


crop-a-dile main squeeze tool

main Squeeze toolWe R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile III – Main Squeeze Tool

Always use our specially designed plates for the Main Squeeze. Slide them on and you’ll hear and feel them snap into place. Always make sure the plates are inserted onto the plate slips all the way.

All plates have debossed words on the end of them stating “TOP” or “BOTTOM”, So does the Main Squeeze Tool on the ends above the plate slips. match up the plates with the “TOP” and “BOTTOM” of the tool for a perfect fit.

*Tip: For more squeeze pressure, hold the handles near the ends. This also helps users with small hands.

There is a Base for the Crop-A-Dile Main Squeeze available for easy use.

squeezeCrop-A-Dile III Squeeze Plates and Squeeze Tabs

The Squeeze Plates have a special soft pad that protect Squeeze Tabs when squeezing. Squeeze Tab are designed on both sides. Take a look and see which side you’d like to show on the front of your project. the Squeeze Tabs come flat with a score line. Bend the Squeeze Tabs in half before attaching – it’s easy to do with your fingers. Once Squeeze Tab is folded in half, it’s ready to be applied. Hold page upright and place the Squeeze tab over the top edge of the page, opening facing down. Let gravity do the work for you. Place the tool with the Squeeze Plates in a downward direction over the top of the Squeeze Tabs and give the handles a squeeze to secure the Tab. Check to make sure it’s firmly attached, if not, give another squeeze.

Crop-A-Dile III Main Squeeze Corner Plates & Metal Cornersmain squeeze corners

The “BOTTOM” plate has a soft surface to protect the front of your Metal Corners when squeezing. Be sure to place this plate on the decorative front side of the corner when squeezing. Make sure the Metal Corner is all the way up into the corner plates before squeezing. Hold your page corner upright and place the Metal Corner over the page corner. Let Gravity do the work for you. Place the tool with the plates in a downward direction over the top of the Metal Corner and give the handles a squeeze to secure the Corner. Check it to make sure it’s firmly attached, if not, give another squeeze. When attaching a metal corner to a thick book-board, you may have to open up the back of the metal corner a little to fit over the book-board. Use a needle-nose pliers to slightly bend it open.

There is a small divot in the “BOTTOM” plate, this is for specialty metal corners with rhinestones. The rhinestones fit in the divot and are protected when squeezing.

squeeze die cutting platesCrop-A-Dile III Main Squeeze Die Cutting Plates

Each Die Cutting Plate has foam attached to the knife for safety and also to help release the die-cut shape. If the shape becomes lodged in the die, use a pointy tool or pin to pop it out. Always tip the Main Squeeze tool to the side to remove the shape before die-cutting your next piece. If shapes build up in the die, it will be difficult to die cut.

To make a continuous border around a 12×12 page, first punch a corner and then follow with the matching border lining up the plate carefully every time. If the plate is even slightly off (not lined up on the peg), our border might have a slight divot in it. Once you have the row completed, switch the plates to the corner plates. Diecut your corner then switch back to the border plates and proceed around the page in the same manner, lining up perfectly. If your page is slightly off size and not 12×12 inches exactly, your border will be slightly off and could have a divot between one of the scallops.

* A fun trick is to use the negative shape of the die cut shap or border as a stencil. Simply place above another paper and rub with an ink pad or paint for a great border.

If you have difficulty squeezing with one hand, don’t forget about your other one! Use BOTH hands and hold the Main Squeeze at the ends of the handles for more squeezing power.

squeeze embossing platesCrop-A-Dile III Main Squeeze Embossing Plates

It’s easy to make a continuous border of any of the embossing icon shapes as well. Simply place the edge of the plate the same distance away from the last embossed design and repeat. Be sure to line your paper up against the inside of the plate in the tool every time to keep the border straight.

Use a distressing tool like our Heart Attack tool with special sanding paper to show off Embossed Designs. Emboss a design on a printed sheet of cardstock paper then distress the embossed image to see the white core of the paper shine through. Touch the surface of any embossed design with an ink pad to add even more dimension.

to make a continuous border that is evenly spaced, emboss a pattern, then move the plate to the left or right so the edge of the plate lands in the center of the last shape, then squeeze. Be sure to line your paper up against the inside of the plate in the tool every time to keep the border straight.

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