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I can't tell from looking at the photos of it just exactly WHY it can replace shims. Seems like my Cuttlebug pressure keeps changing such that the number of shims I use with each die keeps changing. I would love to replace my collection of shims with this mat, IF it works.
I've looked at it at Impress before and it's thicker than the rubber mat that Spellbinders sells. I think it's mostly to use with things other than embossing folders so that you can emboss anything like leaves, coins, and wire shapes. I don't know that it will help with cutting with dies, but it will probably allow you to emboss with the dies.
I also have it and at first I really loved it. It embossed all my spellbinders dies really well. Now for some reason, it want go thru my Cuttlebug. May be my old plates.I try to rotate my plates so they don't warp, but somehow they seem to anyway. I have a warped one now.
I've had a similar experience to vickohl above. I'm not entirely sorry I got it, but it's not quite as universally useful in my particular Cuttlebug as I hoped it would be. Some sandwiches I've tried were just too scary and I could tell I was endangering my 'Bug.
As I understand it, the "no more shims" name refers to the idea behind the product: the mat is supposed to be thick and spongy, but very compressible (in other words, it squishes to whatever thickness your sandwich needs). Thus, it would eliminate the need to shim differently for every little variation in dies and paper that you own.
It's a great idea, but from various comments I've read around the internet, the success of it seems to vary depending on your personal machine.