Wednesday, while out on errands, I went to three of my local craft/hobby stores. I was on a mission to find something that I could make in kit form for my Sister and some of her co-workers. I did find a couple things, but I mostly got sidetracked.
I had a list, of sorts, and stuck strictly to the list. That is until I came upon one store that was new to me, a real scrapbook store with an area for classes. While I was browsing and walking the aisles I overheard a conversation between four women. They were excitedly talking about a product they had been using. Telling each other what they made with it, often giving tips on how they handled a particular technique. Okay, I could not help myself. I had to find out what they were talking about. So I made my way to their aisle and peeked around the corner to see what they were huddled around.
Ten Seconds Studio puts out a line of metal sheets and tools for crafting. My thoughts went back to a Summer School project I had to do that involved a bit of metal and embossing it with wooden tools. That was not a pleasant experience for me. I remember the simple flower pattern I was given along with the piece of metal approximately 3 inches square and a bit of carbon paper to transfer the design to the metal.
To make a long story short, I cut myself quit badly on the metal and was unable to turn my project in at the end of the week. I failed the class. Failing an art class is pretty hard to do unless a person is unruly and distractive, which I was not.
Anyway, back to Wednesday, as these women told about the success they were having with the product I thought I’d at least listen to what they were saying. Mustering my courage I asked if the metal could be used with a Big Shot. There was a chorus of unanimous “Yes”, then each one told of her experience with dies, texture plates, and embossing folders. I got swept up in their enthusiasm. Up to the register I went with my items, which now included a packet of the metal to test out at home.
This is the result of my experimentation with the metal and Stampin’ Up! dies, embosslets, and impression folders.
I have a video on using this metal with Stampin’ Up! dies, embosslets, and impressions folders.
This metal is easily cut with scissors and paper trimmers. Using this metal with the Top Note die was just as easy as using paper. Clean cuts with no hang up at the points.
The embosslets popped right out. The raised embossing was clean and crisp, no punctures through the metal. I had one problem with the Beautiful Wings embosslet. One of the butterflies did not cut all the way through the metal as the others had. I did not want to take the chance of tearing it with all the pulling and prying I was doing so I just stopped.
I used a Snowflake Sizzlits die from the set of Stampin’ Up! I had the same problem of getting the image cut cleanly through as I had with card stock. I could have a faulty die. It did take some work to get the snowflake released. The results were a bit wonky and misshapen.
The most impressive, in my opinion, was the Manhattan Flower Impressions Folder used with the Top Note die. That was amazing. I used a foam core sanding block to sand off the paint from the embossed image.
As far as cost goes, I paid $9.99 for four sheets of this metal. However, the ease of use and being able to cut it with scissors and my paper trimmer is a factor that makes the price not so dear.
According to the ladies, extolling the virtues of this metal, it can be stamped on with Staz-On ink, for those who like alcohol inks the results are stunning on the plain silver finish. Flower dies or stamped images can be used on this metal. It is easily manipulated to create the curves and folds of flowers or leaves.
This product can be added to your stash for card making, scrapbooks, or any other craft you pursue.