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Sizzix Texturz Plates

Reported by: Megan Lock

Before I start the actual review of this product, I would like to say this product is made by Sizzix, but also has different designs supplied through Stampin’ Up! The one I’ve used here is from Stampin’ Up, though other designs are available at Michaels, Amazon, or at your local scrapbook store. They retail for $9.99.
Sizzix Texturz plates are made of hard plastic that is six inches wide–which for us Cuttlebug users, means it will fit. Of course, you can also use the plates with the Big Shot. There are two different designs on either side of the plate. The set I bought came with three plates, therefore there are six designs. It’s important to note that these are not entirely like Cuttlebug Embossing folders. There are not a positive and negative sides to reinforce the design. As a result, the impression these plates leave is not as “deep” as the embossing folders. That said, these still offer the ability to add some texture to your paper. In my samples below, I used a die cut flower for my samples and I used three different techniques.

1. I used this sandwich in the cuttlebug (from the bottom to the top):
-A Plate
-Texturz embossing plate
-Cardstock or Patterned Paper
-Tan Mat (I use the Spellbinders tan mat, clearly I’m not devoted to one company)
-C Plate
2. Using the same sandwich, mist your cardstock or paper with water. I won’t judge you if you use your rubber stamp cleaner because it’s in a spray bottle, already on your table, calling your name, but I would never do that.
3. Tap your ink pad on the plate and immediately run it through your machine, using the same sandwich as before.

All three techniques will work, it just depends on what you want to do with your project. The first leaves a faint impression, though it shows some soft texture. The second is a little hint if you want a deeper impression. And the third adds a little depth to the texture.
Pros:
  • Durable
  • Numerous designs, and you get many with one purchase
  • Variety of techniques can be used
  • Affordable
  • Compatible with the Cuttlebug and the Big Shot
Cons:
  • Not as deeply etched, if you’re accustomed to Cuttlebug folders
  • They’re not available at all large chain retails
All in all, this is a quality product that achieves its purpose, regardless of of similar product comparisons. Do you have a set of these? Do you like them? Would you recommend them to another crafter? We’d love to hear from you!
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11 Responses to Sizzix Texturz Plates

  1. mudmaven April 27, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    I have several of the Sizzix only and all of the ones offered by SU and I have to say that I really like them. You can achieve deeper impressions by adding a piece of cardstock. I use a piece of the backing from a pack of SU designer paper cut to fit the size of the plate. I like your idea of misting and inking – gonna have to give that one a try for sure. I too would NEVER use my stamp cleaner just because it was handy – yeah right! Thanks for the review! ~chris

  2. Bogner's April 27, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    I had purchased the starter kit a while back, and the mat that comes with it doesn’t work all that handy with the cuttlebug…not a thick enough sandwich! Well, I completely forgot about them, and now have nesties and thus, the tan mat, so I will have to go dig them out and give it a try! Thanks for the reminder that I already have these and the correct sandwich info to actually make them work!

  3. Christine April 27, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    I would love to try these. I have several of the cuttlebug embossing folders, but I like the idea of designs that aren’t so deeply etched making them a little more subtle.

  4. Christine April 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Great review!! I also like my texture plates by Sizzix. I am so excited to see the techniques that you used with them. I would have never thought to put ink on them and then run the paper through. Cool idea. If you put a little paper shim in your stack it will probably give you a better impression. Thanks for the info.
    xoxo, Christine

  5. Brenda Pinnick April 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    I love your idea of adding ink! Very inventive of you!

  6. Tamikko April 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    I can see how you would only want a subtle impression at times. I haven’t tried these myself yet. I do have a cuttlebug though, and would like to try it. I’ve heard that using and extra piece of cardstock sometimes leaves a deeper impression as well as misting your cardstock with a bit of water.

  7. Cori S April 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    Wonder if the tan mat is the only thing you can use?

  8. The Mama Monkey April 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    Thanks for costing me even more money!!! 😉 I did not know they would fit in my C-bug…**sigh**

  9. snarflemarfle April 27, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    I have a set of SU plates and use them with my cuttlebug.

    Instead of the tan mat (which I do have), I use a piece of rubber gasket that I got at Home Depot (you should have seen me asking for that!). It’s the same width as the plate so it covers a bigger area. And it’s a really tight fit (I think I’ve stretched out my ‘bug, but I can work with it!).

    And I had heard that the texture wasn’t as deep as the CB embossing folders and was afraid that I wouldn’t like the texture plates. But, I actually find that the embossing is pretty deep!

    I love them! Thanks for your review!

  10. Conniecrafter April 28, 2009 at 8:48 am #

    Well I don’t have these plates but I tried the technique using my fiskar embossing plates and it worked great, I am so excited now to be able to bring texture to my punched flowers now, tfs!

  11. theninaline April 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this and the use of the Stampin’ Up! templates. Was a big question for me before purchasing the Big Shot and now I’m sold!