I forgot to tell you that I bought the Big Impressions starter kit too. It comes with the Impressions pad, which is thicker than a regular cutting pad. Also, the Silicone Rubber sheet and three two-sided texture plates. You need this kit in order to emboss using the texture plates or brass stencils.
Yesterday I received my Big Kick. The box was heavier than I thought. Good! My machine is red and white, sturdy, sits well on the table. Now, it was time to understand how to make the sandwiches for embossing. I tried everything that I had: Fiskars, Cuttlebug folders, metal embossing plaques, thin stenceling sheets, etc. [...]