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Old 07-07-2010, 06:41 AM   #1
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Hi, Please could anyone enlighten me as to how I emboss brass stencils in the bigshot? Whatever sandwich/number of shims I use, I cant produce a decent image.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:12 AM   #2
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I believe it works the same way as the Big Kick, which is:

Impressions Pad
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I find that if I roll it slowly, I get a deeper impression. Also, place the stencil more toward the edge of the mat. HTH.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:21 AM   #3
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Ah ! This is probably where I'm going wrong then. I've never used an impressions pad - is this the one thats used with the sizzix texture plates? A black, rigid pad?
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Yes, that's right. Mine is purple, but the black one is the same thing. You're very welcome.
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Hi, Please could anyone enlighten me as to how I emboss brass stencils in the bigshot? Whatever sandwich/number of shims I use, I cant produce a decent image.
Thankyou.
My experience has been that the sandwiches are seldom the same every day for every brass stencil. I simply experiment until I get the impression I want. When you think about it, the impression you get is influenced by the thickness of the brass stencil, the finish on the cardstock, and how "used" your shims have become. To say nothing of the fact that humidity matters and my machine seems to change pressure from day to day for no apparent reason. I have two plumbers gaskets (Home Depot) and a variety of shims cut from cereal boxes, cardstock scrap, and cardboard packing materials. I always begin with an A and a B plate, then the brass stencil (face down) and the cardstock(face down) then the gasket, then another B plate, and then shims until the fit in the machine is tight, but not so tight the machine has to struggle really hard. You can always add to or take away the shims until the impression is just right. When I'm really close, but think I might not have it exact, I run that sandwich through 3 or 4 times. It's a challenge EVERY time, but so is stamping with ink. Sometimes the stamp doesn't like the paper, or the weather, or the ink is splotchy......you have to fuss with whatever you're using. That's "art".

Good luck (Embossing with metal stencils is my favorite technique these days. I use mostly Dreamweaver stencils because they are sturdy and the designs are sophisticated.)

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I believe it works the same way as the Big Kick, which is:

Impressions Pad
Silicone Rubber
Paper
Metal Stencil
Cutting Pad
Multipurpose Platform (Tab 1)

I find that if I roll it slowly, I get a deeper impression. Also, place the stencil more toward the edge of the mat. HTH.
This worked really well, thankyou so much.
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This worked really well, thankyou so much.
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