My ProvoCraft Cuttlebug, however, is not an Epic Six, so I'm dying to find out if I can get the L and use it without having to buy another die cutting machine. I really love my Cuttlebug; I've had it for a couple of years now and it's very reliable. Considering that I can use nearly any brand of die in my Cuttlebug, I'm going to guess that it's compatible--all that really matters is, will it be too wide, or too tall?
Very likely, I will end up getting one of these, although I will probably wait until it's actually released so that I can read reviews by real crafters. I couldn't help but do some frantic online searching, however, and I did come across the idea of using the Cuttlebug and embossing folders as a makeshift letterpress, however, and I wanted to try it myself. Combined with the fact that I recently took over Ben's abandoned camera, my endeavours required some bloggin'.
There's a video available on instructables.com, which involves cutting the embossing folder, but I didn't feel that was necessary--most of my embossing folders are the A2 size, so they're patterned, and it works just to flatten the folder.
For a shim, I used some felt, cut to size. I started with 2, which provided adequate cushioning for a couple of presses, but I had to add 1 after that, and ended up with four sheets of felt underneath.
You can kind of see my layers:
B - cutting
inked embossing folder
B - cutting
felt (just scraps in that photo above, though, from testing)
A - block
For ink, I just used some stamp ink that I've had around forever. Not being much of a stamper, I don't have much ink.
Yeah, that's about it. There's a black pigmented ink pad that I found when I was moving things around, but I didn't get around to trying that one. I also tried out my Marvy Wet Looks markers, but that didn't turn out too well:
The ColorBox inks weren't bad, especially the little Chalk cat eyes. The dye ink was okay, but not great--I used it for the present, below:
Overall, I think it worked out fairly well. I could definitely see myself trying it again, although I think I need to pick up a rubber roller, and some more ink, or some paints. The ink came off fairly easily with stamp ink remover and a paper towel. The paints for the L Letterpress are more oil-based, though, so I'm not sure how that would make for cleaning the embossing folders.
Don't be surprised if I end up getting the L, assuming it works with the Cuttlebug, or at least some of their printing plates and inks. I would be extremely surprised, though, if the L wasn't compatible with the Cuttlebug and the Sizzix, or any other basic die cutter/embosser on the market.