Good morning, CardMonkey followers. Happy Spring! The PaperJungle is lush with budding ideas and new projects to try, thanks to generous coupons and sales at local craft stores.
Last week, one of the stores had all Sizzix and Spellbinders dies at 40% off.
I'd never noticed these "Impressabilities" dies by Spellbinders before the sale; with the sale, each was about $5 and worth a try.
Moving forward, I decided to give it a go as a stencil pattern. Holding the Impressabilities firmly to my cardstock, I stamped it all over with my pink inkpad. Hmm... not bad, but now my Flowers plate is covered in ink. Hmmm....
Carefully, I flipped the image onto a pre-made white card. In the event the Impressability actually worked as an embosser (not likely), I added a folded-up piece of cardstock in the center of the card. This protected the back writing surface of the card from any emboss or deboss, and also served as a shim to give a deeper impression when running this through my Cuttlebug.
- B plate
- Impressability Flower die with ink-side down
- Card with paper shim inserted
- Spellbinders tan smoosh rubber pad
- B plate
- A plate
What you wind up with is a beautiful letterpressed card with your Flowers image gently impressed upon it. In my opinion, this is the best use of the Impressabilities die, making it well worth the $5 investment. This is especially so because it requires no additional expense assuming, like me, you have inkpads galore and already own/use a Cuttlebug.
(Yes, you can also buy the Spellbinders smoosh pad, but I've also used foam instead there, and it works just fine.)
Let me know if you've tried it and had different success with the Impressabilities. The package also says you can easily cut the design up to use it as an embellishment itself, or to cut out the part of the pattern you'd like to use. I can easily see that on a wedding invitation.
What are your thoughts?