Tutorial – Embossing With Dies
Happy Tuesday, everyone! How about a great new tutorial today? This one was sent to me by our very own Cindy O. and features a really fun technique that you can do with dies! Since we have had so many fun things to do with dies already this month, this tutorial fits right in. Just look at these great cards by Cindy! Cindy has a blog – Mostly Markers – Cards that you should definitely go and see. She’s got some really amazing cards. Check this one out: The background of this card was done with a “doily” die. Cindy used the die to emboss the paper, rather than to cut it!
You can see the original post about this card here – at Cindy’s blog.
How about a combination of die cutting and embossing- using the same die? What a stunning result!
The post about this card can be seen over here!
Fascinated by this technique, we asked Cindy to share a little how-to with us and she sure did. Hope you enjoy…
Embossing With Dies
WHAT YOU NEED:
- A detailed and fairly large die, such as a doily die, an overall A2 size die (known as a cover plate, full card, or background die), or a floral die. Dies that cut a simple outline are not the best choice, unless you want to emboss a frame shape. This tutorial is for the very common low-profile or wafer-thin dies, not for the thicker steel-rule dies.
- A mechanical die cutting machine, like a Big Shot or Cuttlebug (not electronic like a Silhouette or Cricut)
- An embossing mat or mat set. The mats are made of silicone rubber, 1/16” or 1/32” thick and at least A2 size. Some crafters use “plumber’s gasket” material from the hardware store.
- Solid color card stock in a heavy weight – at least 80 lb. cover weight. Patterned paper, lightweight paper, or white-on-one-side will not work well.
- Some experience with your machine and sandwich thickness. You don’t want to try this as a newbie with your machine! Too thick a sandwich can damage the machine. Experience with traditional embossing folders is helpful.
- A sense of adventure! There’s no magic formula for this technique. You’ll need to experiment with your sandwich for each combination of die and card stock for a good impression.
WHAT YOU DO:
- Use the same cutting plates and/or Big Shot tabs/ platform configuration as you would for an embossing folder.
- Position your die, cutting side toward the card stock. You can put the die face up or face down, whichever you prefer. Lay the embossing mat on the opposite side of the card stock. In other words, your die will try to cut through the card stock into the embossing mat. But because the mat is squishy and stretchy, the die won’t be able to cut.
- Place the sandwiched die/card stock/mat between the cutting plates. Roll this combined sandwich through the machine – carefully! If it feels too tight, back out and reduce the overall thickness.
- Check your results. Did you get a nice, crisp impression? If it’s faint, use a thicker sandwich – add a shim (card stock or metal) or try a thicker embossing mat. If the card stock is torn, cracked, buckled, or cut, make your sandwich thinner.
Have fun! This technique is a great way to get some extra mileage from dies!
How about one more? Here is another card that Cindy made using a large, “background” diagonal stripe die to emboss her paper:
More details about this card can be found here at the original post. Don’t forget to leave Cindy some love here today, for sharing with us!I know that I have lots of dies in my collection that I can’t wait to try this with. How about you?