What IS a Sandwich?

Posted on March 23, 2009. Filed under: General Information |

If you haven’t learned already, the crafting world has a language all our own. When a word gets used for a certain technique or process, it has a tendency to stick… and when we use these words, we expect you to know what we are talking about. Sooo… get ready to be schooled! Today’s word is:

It does not include bread, mayo, miracle whip (ick.) or sandwich meat. It does not have anything to do with peanut butter or jelly.

When we use the word sandwich, we are referring to the layering of plates, rubber pads, and paper or cardstock needed to cut and/or emboss in whatever die-cutting and embossing machine you are using (i.e. Cuttlebug, Sizzix Big Shot, Spellbinders Wizard, Quickutz and others). These sandwiches have become very important in our world, as different layering provides us with OPTIONS. We LIKE options.

For instance, let’s say I am very much in love with my Sizzix Big Shot (it’s true, I am), but I want to use a Cuttlebug embossing folder for one particular project I’m working on (because I’m also in love with some of the Cuttlebug line). It would be very aggravating to not be able to use that embossing folder just because I didn’t have a Cuttlebug machine. Really aggravating.

Thanks to the SANDWICH layering process, you can mix and match product lines to use different dies, embossing folders, and texture plates in whatever machine you own. At sometime, you might hear someone say to use ‘cardstock shims’. All that means is to add one or two pieces of cardstock on top of the entire sandwich. The purpose of this is to just add a teeny bit more thickness to get enough pressure in your machine. The only time I know of this being needed is if you are using a different manufacturer’s die or plate in your machine. Here is a picture of a ‘sandwich’. I’ve fanned it so that you can see all the layers, but you would want to line them up with each other before rolling through your machine.

This particular sandwich was made to use the Sizzix Texturz plate in the Cuttlebug machine. And just as a sidenote… I did need to use a couple of cardstock shims to get a good impression with this sandwich. Again, not to sound repetitive, but I heart my Big Shot! My Cuttlebug? Not as much.
And now you know… we don’t eat our sandwiches here. Especially with miracle whip. Double ick.


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And, see, I *heart* my Cricut and like my Cuttlebug (don’t have a big shot). Anyway, I mostly wanted to comment since I saw this and your new store. I’m SOOO excited for you! 🙂

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