When I saw these folders debuting at CHA Winter 2012, I literally smacked myself in the head and said, “OF COURSE!” Why just invest in one embossing folder at a time, when you can double your designs in the same space? The geniuses at Spellbinders have done just that- in the new M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders.
Here’s how they are described on the website:
Spellbinders™ M-Bossabilities™ Folders – Two Designs. Twice the Value.
Double your creativity with the new Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folders. Unique reversible embossing folders give you twice the value and more design options for detailed embossing and letterpress creations. 20 embossing folders flip around to create two different looks! Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folders come in 2 sizes for all your paper crafting needs. Each folder has two designs – one on each side – for more versatility and value.
As mentioned, there are two sizes- 5X7″ and 4.25X5.5″- perfect for card makers. Now let’s take closer look at the folders:
As you can see, the designs are very deeply etched. And to switch from one design to the other, you just flip the folder over. I’m thinking that over time the plastic hinge might wear out, but it looked plenty sturdy while I was using it. The folder did warp a bit over use, but it continued to work just fine.
So of course, I had to do a swatch test. Just so you know, my Grand Calibur was “in the shop” when I reviewed these dies, so I used my Vagabond instead. I’m happy to report that the M-Bossabilities worked great with the Sizzix machine- so you can use these folders no matter which manual system you own.
Here’s how Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders performed on a number of surfaces:
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cardboard- which was thicker than cereal box cardboard- embossed beautifully. And you can see for yourself the detail in the other papers and soda can aluminum. The vinyl embossed well, but it lost it’s texture a bit with handling.
I decided to try a bit of plastic from clamshell packaging, just to see how it would work:
Isn’t that lovely? Now here’s something cool- I can use this piece as a texture sheet with my polymer clay! I can also cut pieces of clamshell packaging with a die-cut and then further emboss them for cool layered effects on cards, tags, and mixed-media pieces. I love that the M-Bossabilities will help me recycle garbage into art elements!
I also heard that the M-Bossabilities Folders can be used as a letterpress! So….here’s my attempt:
By the way, if you try this technique, I recommend that you position your inked-up side on TOP- then firmly press the M-Bossabilities folder down and place your shim plate on top. Hold these all still while you feed the “sandwich” into the machine so that it doesn’t shift and smear during the compression process.
So lastly, I made a few cards with the M-Bossabilities folders.
With 25 different folders available- that’s 50 designs- it’s a great way of building your texture library without breaking the bank. I’ve seen the price vary from $8-14 per folder, depending on where you find it. Since I love texture, I’ll be looking to pick up a few more M-Bossabilities soon!
Disclosure: Sample provided for review.
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