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Thanks for all the suggestions on what to do regarding the Sizzlits window card making fiasco.  I tried shimming with card stock, but that didn’t seem to really help.  I’m still debating if I want to actually remove the foam from the outside edges of the die . . .  Feels like sacrilege to do it, but I may get brave and try that . . .

Meantime, here’s a sample with pressure/dry embossing:

All stamp images by A Muse Art Stamps; Fabriano Mediovalis Reply Card; Easy Emboss Brass Stencil/Folder by Ellison/Big Shot; Pebbles Shimmer Pearlescent Chalks; Waterbased Markers; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Sakura Red Glaze Pen; All Ribbons by May Arts; Metal Rim Tag Types by Sticko/ EK Success; Clear Adhesive Domes for Tag Types by Sticko/ EK Success

I hafta admit, the Easy Emboss stencil included in the Big Shot Starter Kit performed like a dream.  I’m anxious to try more of this!  I have always loved the effect of dry embossing, but it so aggravated the tendinitis in my arm that I finally gave up and sold off every brass template I owned.  I’m going to have to look for more of the texture plates my friend Gail told me about, by Fiskars, as well as other brands, such as the Cuttlebug (Provo Craft) and try them out on this machine.

The key to the Easy Emboss stencil design is that a reverse image in plastic, as well as the brass stencil itself, are adhered inside a clear plastic folder; the adhesive is not permanent, so you can move the template around to whatever position inside the folder is best for your project, and this  adhesive prevents the stencil from shifting as it goes through the machine.  The reverse image in plastic presses the paper up through the template as it goes through the Big Shot and creates that lovely, raised effect.

In order to use other brands of stencils and dies effectively with the Big Shot, it appears that the Multi Purpose Platform is the magical accessory needed, so I’ll be goin’ on a quest for that . . . after digging up some loose pocket change from under the sofa cushions . . .  I’m still wincing over my disappointment with the window dies . . . can ya’ tell?  LOL!


WOW!  I was quite impressed!  snort!  I know, I know . . .  I’m SOOoooooOOO "punny"! Hah!


My sweet friend Waterpixie (a.k.a. Emily G.) herself was the inspiration for this design.  She’s quite a masterful baker and stamper!  Check out her gallery of both stamped and culinary confections when you get a chance. (wink!)


After (pressure) embossing the sentiment, I colored it with the pastels, inked only a portion of the "you make life sweet" sentiment, and stamped it in black directly beneath.  After wrapping the card front and knotting it, with some snippets of gingham and ric rac to sweeten it up, I embellished the knot with one of those fun Tag Type Sticko stickers.  The cupcake fit perfectly, and after coloring it, a clear adhesive dome went over the top.

Thank goodness . . . paper cupcakes have no calories! (grin!)

  1. Julie,

    I love this card. How did you get the chalk just on the raised part though?

  2. Love your card Julie. The little cupcake is adorable.


  3. Ohhhhh Girlfriend, I have been following your blog for a while, great job! and the Big Shot just knocked my socks off! So, needlesstosay, my Costco delivery is Tuesday, and I can’t wait to play along with you…1 of those luxury items that I have always wanted. I will be very interested to know where you find the multipurpose platform…as I see it w/be a necessity. Hugs, Gerrie

  4. Jules – this is a beauty! I am LMAO at Emily’s comment!

    DAMP FOAM!!!! Messin with you!!!!

  5. Jules – this is a beauty! I am LMAO at Emily’s comment!

    DAMP FOAM!!!! Messin with you!!!!

  6. I am trying to decide if I NEED one of these! In reading through your post, it appears that the multitude of brass stencils we all have hanging around cannot be used without a special adapter…is that so? Will they even work with that? I am staying tuned to see what other wonderful uses you find for this marvelous machine!

  7. Hi Julie I really like your blog …and hope I can help! I’ve used the big sissix for years and found when I went to the sizzlits I needed to lessen the pressure of the cutting board by taking my shims out.
    I don’t have this new big shot but instead of tampering with the foam around the die play with the pressure of the machine. Also you can contact sissix I’ve found the company very helpful. thanks again for your neat blog! D

  8. I now have to hunt for a good deal on the Big Shot. I’ve always resisted buying a Skizzix or Sizzlet since I could use the die cutting machine at my LSS, but this looks cool. Thanks for doing my research for me.

  9. I inspired a card!?!? WOWIE! You made my day, Julie!! That is quite a darling card! And that embossing template worked wonderfully! Hmmmmmm, do those work for regular ole 40 lb Sizzix machines?? *rolling eyes*

    I must admit, I am very glad that you thought of a card like this instead of one with some crazy person petting your jacket all day! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    ((((BIG HUGS))))

  10. Lovely card, but I’m confused. Why don’t the edges of the Friends embossing plate show on the card, but the edges of the window die cuts show?

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