Hi everyone, I thought I'd gather everything here on the one post to make it easier to see if the ebosser is for you. I'll be adding bits as I go, I hope you will find it useful.
[u:3jpm8n80]What's in the box[/u:3jpm8n80]: ( from Crafters Companion)
Ebosser machine, powercable with UK adaptor, 1 Cutting plate (A), 3 baseplates (B,C,D)1 shim, 1 rubber embossing mat, 1 A4 embossing folder, 4 standard embossing folders.
The surface is smooth and will be easy to clean. The baseplates are non-slip.
It weighs a good 15 lbs and has a sturdy, recessed carrying handle.
The full weight of the plates is about 4.4 lbs.and that's for use with CB,Nesties and Ellison Sizzlits. For use with Sizzix and Accucut Go dies, the weight is about 2 lbs.
Accucut Wood dies require 2 x A cutting plates and no bases.
Hm. Have to agree with Rozzy on this. There are a couple of pages which show the stacking order of the plates and one page with "care and maintenance", "Cautions" and "Limited Warranty" The rest of the book is the self same page in different languages. Things are missing, including how to use the embossing mat.There are several helpful videos on You-tube, courtesy of PaperpurpleParadise
I reckon that all of us have a challenge with regards to space.The ebosser measures 12.5"(W)x7"(H)x8.5"(D)
If you place the front end parallel to the edge of your table/desk, then you need about 17 inches in order to retrieve the sandwich from the rear of the ebosser.You will also need room above the machine, (2 to 3")when retrieving the plates.
It’s electric so you’ll need a socket. The lead is approx. 9' long and the jack is on the rear lefthand side of the machine.
It’s very quiet until it starts to cut dies or emboss, then the noise level increases. I find it rather noisy but other people might not consider it so; it wouldn't drown out the sound of the TV for example.
[u:3jpm8n80]Using embossing folders[/u:3jpm8n80]:
The result is very crisp. It will take 4 CB standard folders at once, one at each corner of an A-4 sheet of card. It comes with 4 small embossing folders and one A-4 folder, all of which give a good result.
• CB dies: Very clean. You can cut whole names with one pass, depending, of course upon the letters you are using.
• Cheery Lynn dies: the shim provided works well and you can cut two thin papers with one pass. Thick paper required two passes. I experimented with three butterfly dies at the same time, two cut perfectly, the third wasn’t cut through on one side.
• Nellie Snedden dies: Cuts well but there is still need for a pokey tool to get the bits out.
• Nesties: With thick mirri card, the shim was necessary. Thin paper/ thin card stock, no shim necessary. Embossing the diecut with the embossing mat gives a crisp, deep result.
[color=#FF0000:3jpm8n80]Menu for embossing die-cut nesties with the embossing mat, from the bottom up:
D,C,B, the diecuts still in the dies, embossing mat, A plate. I have had to remove the shim in order to emboss with the mat. [/color:3jpm8n80]
[color=#FF0000:3jpm8n80]Sizzix dies: Just have the one so far
I'm not used to such "thick" dies so I was very nervous about this. Anyway,
Thick Card stock, for example First Edition embossed/glittered paper, one sheet, great. Two sheets, ditto. Four sheets, not a whimper. BUT you need to "help" the sandwich out of the back of the machine when you have three or four sheets of this type of paper. No big deal, just nice to know[/color:3jpm8n80]
[u:3jpm8n80]Cutting felt[/u:3jpm8n80]: Works very well with thin felt, even with a Nesties die. I embossed the felt, a week later the embossing is faintly visible.[color=#FF0000:3jpm8n80] Still faintly visible on 18th. November, not bad at all.[/color:3jpm8n80]
I like the A4 working surface, the possibility to cut two ( will try three and four soon) papers at once, the crisp embossing and the no cranking. I also like the fact that it spits too thick sandwiches out, except when you give said sandwich a good shove to make it go in
That results in one stuck embosser and a leaden heart. Don't do it, it's not worth it.
I'm less happy about the noise and the fact that the A cutting plate warps, just like CB cutting plates. Rotating and flipping the plate is the only way around this and I can live with that.
It will be excellent for cutting things like this:
http://www.unikscrap.dk/product_thumb.p ... .jpg&w=450
as you can put the whole lot onto the plate in one go.You can also emboss them all in one go.
For embossing a single diecut, I will definitely use my CB; the ebosser takes too long for just a single thing. Or perhaps I'm too impatient.