Tuesday Tip: Making a good impression

Yesterday’s post featured some squares of “faux tin ceiling” — Brushed Silver card stock that had been embossed with Stampin’ Up!’s Finial Press Textured Impressions embossing folder and punched with the SU! 1¼” Square Punch.  If you have a Big Shot, you know there is a significant difference between the impression left by the embossing folder and that of the Texturz Plates.  The folder creates a sharp emboss; the Texturz Plates’ results are more delicate and subtle.

The design of the two products explains the difference.  Card stock in the folder is pressed from one side into the other, debossing (indenting) one side and embossing the other.  The Texturz Plates only have the half of that capability.  It’s only the pressure of the “squishy pad” (Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber pad) that creates the debossing.  If there’s not enough pressure on that pad, you’ll only get a light impression.

I like using both products, but I want to ensure as deep an impression with the plates as possible.  My solution?  Shims and alcohol.  I’ve already talked about generously spraying alcohol on your card stock before using the Texturz Plates.  The difference is amazing!  But you may need additional pressure, too, in the form of a shim, or piece of “junk” card stock or copy paper, under your plate.  Even slightly increasing the pressure will make a difference.

Know your machine!  Your Big Shot may take a different shim combination than mine.  Watch for more Tuesday Tips on getting the most out of your Big Shot!

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