I ordered this item along with anoter one of the Sizzix texture plates and I love it. I had already purchased the Sizzix Big Shot but, for some reason didn't realize that it didn't work without the silicone impression pad. I wasn't able to purchase the silicone mat right away but I did a little improvising. I used adhesive backed foam that you would find in any craft store, cut it to size, put it in between my cutting board, paper and platform. It made the most beautiful impressions. I love it. I would recommend this product to anyone. Great Investment!!!