How to use a Sissix Texture Boutique

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How to use the Sissix Texture Boutique with embossing folders

The Sissix Texture Boutique is a small compact design (in the style of a hand bag) that has an arm which you turn and that causes the rollers inside to rotate. It comes with three plates two black ones which you sandwich the embossing folder between and a thin white/transparent sheet which you use to make a thicker sandwich if needed. 

Please note when buying embossing folders for this machine it only takes up to A6 size. Other Sissix machines will take larger embossing folders such as the Big Shot (which will also take die cuts). 

To Use: 

Step 1: Select the embossing folder you want to use 
Step 2: Select the paper/thin metal/card you want to emboss 
Step 3: Insert the paper inside the embossing folder locating the image where you want it (bear in mind that the embossed image will be raised so if you do not have double sided paper ensure the design side is facing up with the raised side of embossing folder beneath it).
Step 4: Place embossing folder between the two black plates. (If you have used thin paper or card you may need to use the white sheet underneath the embossing folder like in picture above).
Step 5: Insert the 'sandwich' between the rollers in the slot and turn the handle. You may need to use reasonable pressure to insert it especially if using thick card.  (The handle goes in both directions so you could insert the sandwich into the back of the machine and use the handle on the left side if preferred) 
Step 6:  Turn the handle until the sandwich comes out the other side and then remove your paper. It should look lovely and embossed. If the handle was difficult to turn then the sandwich was too thick either remove the white sheet or use thinner material next time. If the embossing doesn't look that defined or deep then the sandwich may not have been thick enough so use the white sheet. 

Tips: Try not to use materials that are too thick or make your sandwich too thick. not only will it be stiff and difficult to turn the handle but the image may not be are defined. Also, I have noticed that after years of use my plate have warped because I did not follow this advice and now I have to use additional white inserts to get a decent embossed image as the plates warp in the middle not pressing the image as firmly as the edges. 

You should also try using the plates upside down and things to promote even wear and prolong the life of the plates. It doesn't really matter what way round you use them its the thickness you need and always ensure the embossing folder is between the black plates. 

Different papers/materials will give different effects. For instance the Texture Boutique comes with a sample of card that have a white middle which you can gently sand over the embossed image to give it a more distressed look. You could also highlight the image with chalk or glitter which is really effective on white or light coloured card. 

I love my Texture Boutique and I would strongly recommend this product. Its great for a crafter who is starting out and wants to make their work that little bit more impressive. However, if you are hooked on paper craft... maybe consider the Sissix Big Shot which will emboss and die cut in the same machine plus it will also take bigger embossing folders! 

I have managed to make beautiful cards with my texture boutique and its a great, relaible, affordable compact machine that will give you endless of enjoyment! 
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