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Old 07-06-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Question PTI Impression Plates

I'm thinking about buying my first ever PTI impression plate and I was wondering if it is necessary to purchase the rubber mats PTI has available on their website to use with their impression plates.

I currently have the tan rubber mats I use to emboss with my spellbinder dies and hate duplicating products if at all possible - purchasing another set of rubber mats seems like it may be unecessary. Does anyone know if using the PTI rubber mats would produce a different outcome vs. using the spellbinder rubber mats I currently have available?

That woodgrain impression plate is SOcalling out to me!!!
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You definitely need a mat of some sort... I use the spellbinder mat. And honestly, I don't know why you need two. I just use one.

If you've never had an impression plate (from PTI or anyone else), be warned that they tend to not be as deep an impression as an embossing folder. The difference often surprises/disappoints people, but the physics are a little different.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info - I wasn't aware that the impression plates don't produce as deep as an impression as an embossing folder.

I'm now wondering if someone makes a woodgrain embossing folder.
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If you google woodgrain embossing folder, you can see lots of different brands of woodgrain folders. I have an older one made by Cuttlebug. Don't remember where I got it, lol. I use it mostly on masculine cards.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:14 PM   #5
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That is exactly what I have been doing for the last few minutes - thank goodness for Google!!! I now see I have several options to choose from. PTI vs. embossing folder... looks like it's time to do some shopping!
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Taylored Expressions also has a woodgrain impression plate. I love it because the other side is a cool chicken wire pattern! Here is the link. Happy shopping!
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Oh my... I love the chicken wire impression plate. That will certainly need to be added to my stash!!
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Oh I have wanted a woodgrain embossing folder for so long and I love that chicken wire side too...but it says it "does not emboss the paper with a raised image" it's more like a letterpress look. Hmmm...
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:30 AM   #9
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Kathy,

I went to YouTube to see if there were any tutorials for the Taylored Expressions Impression plates and found this video.

Introducing Taylored Impressions - YouTube

It doesn't use the Woodgrain / Chickenwire plate though.

I'm confused as to why the website says it doesn't emboss the image. Wouldn't it give a raised image on one side of the paper and an embossed image on the other side like is seen in the video? I'm confused???
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Kathy,

I went to YouTube to see if there were any tutorials for the Taylored Expressions Impression plates and found this video.

Introducing Taylored Impressions - YouTube

It doesn't use the Woodgrain / Chickenwire plate though.

I'm confused as to why the website says it doesn't emboss the image. Wouldn't it give a raised image on one side of the paper and an embossed image on the other side like is seen in the video? I'm confused???
Raised and embossed are the same. An impression plate doesn't emboss. It debosses.

This is hard to explain so I hope it makes some sense. When you put something through an impression plate, you're making an impression on two sides by pushing an image down through the front of your paper and up through the back.

When you use an impression plate, you are only pushing an image down though the front of your paper.

My experience is that you usually WILL end up with the texture coming through to the back. But like with the chicken wire: the wire pattern will be the debossed part-- it will sink into the paper, not be raised like it might be with an embossing folder.
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Raised and embossed are the same. An impression plate doesn't emboss. It debosses.

This is hard to explain so I hope it makes some sense. When you put something through an impression plate, you're making an impression on two sides by pushing an image down through the front of your paper and up through the back.

When you use an impression plate, you are only pushing an image down though the front of your paper.

My experience is that you usually WILL end up with the texture coming through to the back. But like with the chicken wire: the wire pattern will be the debossed part-- it will sink into the paper, not be raised like it might be with an embossing folder.
That makes more sense when you put it that way Thanks!
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If you have the new spellbinder pads that are wider , you are all set. The impression plates are wider than the embossing folders and thats why PTI offered a new one on its site
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Thanks for the clarification about the PTI pads. I figured there was a reason that they offered their own version of the pads.
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Adding my 2 cents on th PTI Woodgrain Impression plates. I have had this plate for approx 2 years and i find that is use it way more than the woodgrain embossing folder (Tim Holtz). That is not to say that I don't use the TH ef, because I do, I just prefer the suble elegance of the impression plate.

The texture that results from the impression plate is softer and finer - think of it as a pencil sketch as compared to crayon. It produces a much more upscale, "grown up" look than the embossing folder. And the really wonderful thing about the PTI plate is that you have the option of the woodgrain texture in portrait or landscape setting. This makes it twice as much fun to use!

I also have the Taylored expressions woodgrain/chicken wire impression plate. For some reason it languishes in my drawer. Probably just me, but I don't care for the harsh line border that surrounds the chicken wire side. Because of it you can't have connecting designs on longer pieces of card stock because there is no way to omit the stinkin border. The Taylored Expression plates are very nice quality, heavy and sturdy, so my complaint is not one of quality, only of stylistic design.

I am a woodgrain texture junkie and buy every one I can put my hands on. I see there is a new one by Cuttlebug with a border folder that looks interesting. Much more contemporary design (think A Muse Artstamp style) rather than rustic or elegant.

Hope you are able to fine the perfect style woodgrain texture to suit your fancy. Whatever you end up with, you will enjoy using it!
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The texture that results from the impression plate is softer and finer - think of it as a pencil sketch as compared to crayon. It produces a much more upscale, "grown up" look than the embossing folder. And the really wonderful thing about the PTI plate is that you have the option of the woodgrain texture in portrait or landscape setting. This makes it twice as much fun to use!
Thanks for your feedback on the PTI woodgrain impression plate. My decision to purchase the plate from PTI was exactly for the reasons you mention - I like the finesse of the impression. Nice a delicate vs. a bit on the bulky side.

Like you, I am becoming a woodgrain fanatic and am positive I will ultimately purchase products from the various companies that have products available.
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For those of you who do like embossing folders, Stampin Up is coming out with one in the Holiday Catalog starting Aug 1st.
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