Embossing/Die Cutting Steel Roller MACHINE TIPS:(Sandwich recipes)

* I get better embossing by using the 2 mats/silicone in my well as use of C plate.... than using the sandwich in the Vagabond. I would like to get a better emboss with the nesties....but I am afraid to jam my Vagabond....

* I think like the Cuttlebug and Big Shot/Big Kick.... Vagabond might differ in space as with the different dies/embossing folders and plates inside the machine.So please  be sure to ERR ON THE THIN SIDE...hopefully with the new gauge keys...this will stop the guess work!

*To get more mileage out of the acrylic plates in any of the machines:
1- I label my cutting plates CUT and EMBOSS so that when I'm using them I only cut on one pad at a time(especially when using Spellbinders /Nestabilities) .

 2- I rotate my plates/flip them as well , again to extend their life....If only embossing...they still tend to shape like a hockey stick if you keep using without rotating them...LOL.
(The pads/plates, and crease pad are consumable and will eventually need replacing).
*It is normal for your acrylic plates to get marks on them when cutting. The Premium Crease pad and silicone pad are also a consumable item. You will get marks on them from use and eventually will have to replace them.

*Watch out for the 40% sale at Micheals(or use coupons).

*Also "creaks" and "pops" are normal sounds as well and just let you know that the material is being cut. Very scary at first....You will get use to the noise with the Cuttlebug...but scary  with the Vagabond....

* Here's the link for the pdf for the Vagabond:

*If you do not own the vagabond..just the's a link for sandwiches from Splitcoaststampers forum :

*You can also see the first page and post #1 for various tips for use of Big Shot/Big Kick that are similar to those for Vagabond:

*Here is what Tim Holtz suggests for using cutting and embossing of Nestabilities in theVagabond:(From this site/link)

Using the tan Spellbinder's pads is a different thickness for their machine(Wizard) and not the Sizzix. The Spellbinder dies are a two step process. You have to cut once and then run it through the machine again to emboss the dies. This is no different with the Vagabond; it is simply easier to operate.
So... you need to create the following sandwich (from the bottom up) to cut:
Solo Platform and Shim
Extended Adapter
Clear Cutting Pad
Thin Die (facing up)
Clear Cutting Pad

In order to emboss, you need to create the following sandwich:
Solo Platform and Shim
Impressions Pad (Included with the Texturz Starter Set or sold separately on Item Number 655120)
Thin Die (facing up with paper cut out left in it)
Silicone Rubber (Included in the Texturz Starter Set or sold separately on Item Number 655121)
Clear Cutting Pad


Air Compressor ...and more
In February, I picked up an 1/3 HP 2 gallon air compressor by Mastercraft /Canadian Tire brand to use with my copics.....I had to buy a small adapter for $ great....I must say it is so much fun...I had bought the adaptor kit for $50.00 at copics...the can of air lasted all but 10 minutes..  ...Drum roll for the price for the compressor .   ....$24.99(reg $99.99)  I added the 2 extra pieces of connectors to make it work.(a hex nut for $0.89...and 1/4" industrial qc plug F.for $3.49...I have included photos of the unit as well. :*simply click on photo to enlarge

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