21 May 2014

How To: Emboss With Dies

Hello there, a few weeks ago I had a few of my lovely blog readers mention that they struggled to emboss with dies (as appose to cutting with them). So today I thought I would do a quick tutorial for you. I only have the Cuttlebug to show you on but the concept is the same with the other machines. What you need is a tan mat (doesn't actually have to be tan in colour but most are, the one from Sizzix is grey though). This is a sheet of rubber that causes the metal in the die that would usually cut, to bounce off and emboss only. You can get the tan mats from a variety of places, most manufacturers of dies sell them.
 
Here is how you do it ...
 
 
The sandwich for the Cuttlebug is: A Plate, B Plate, Tan Mat, shims (if using them), cardstock, dies face down, B Plate. I hope that may have helped some of you. Thanks so much for visiting me today. Hope you have a lovely day!

11 comments:

  1. great tutorial Michelle, thanks for sharing xx ♥

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  2. Thanks Michelle, a really useful tutorial - I only wish I could find the tan mat I bought and have misplaced! Jo x

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  3. very interesting! thank you for sharing!

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial Michelle - I love the card you posted on the 7 April using this technique. I have a question, what brand is your tan rubber mat and where can you buy it? I have a Spellbinders mat I use with the Cuttlebug and a mat that came with the Grand Calibur machine. Both of these mats seem 'softer' than the one you used in your video. I had a go after watching your Tutorial, the GC seemed to emboss too much, it cut through in parts, I had more control with the CB, but I am still not quite happy - but I'll keep practicing. Thanks so much for the advice and the fantastic inspiration. Your cards are always very pretty! x

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  5. Hi KS, I hope you see this! The mat that I was using in the video is the one from Papertrey Ink - https://www.papertreyink.com/pti-dies/embossing-pad-kit/ the darker one of the two. I do have other ones though and they seem to be ok. I do use the cardstock shims though so that might help? x

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  6. Hi Michelle, yes I did see your reply - I am so glad you saw my query, I realised too late that I had probably put it in the wrong place!?! Thank you so much for replying to my query; don't think there is much chance of me getting one from PTI, but I was curious as it seemed firmer than the ones I have. I will keep persevering with my shims till I get it right. Happy Birthday Michelle and all good wishes for the year ahead. I know I hardly ever leave comments, but I am admirer of your cards and your blog - thank you for all the inspiration you have given me. Best wishes, Karen x

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  7. Very cool Michelle. When you flipped the embossed panel over with the circle ridges up, I saw craters on the moon!!!

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  8. Great tutorial Michelle. I use an Evolution advanced machine. Can you tell me what setting to put the dial on for this technique? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Judy, glad you liked the tutorial. I am really sorry but I have never used an Evolution machine so I do not know the answer to your question. I would however in comparison, this is how I would use an embossing folder, with just the added tan mat in place of one of the sides of the embossing folder, so it would be the thickness of a standard (two sided) embossing folder, if that makes sense? Sorry I could not be of more help. I have only ever used the Cuttlebug.

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    2. Thank for your reply Michelle. I will have to play around with the settings.

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  9. Very good video! Thanks!

    I'm a little frustrated that the industry has gone to the embossing folders, as I like to emboss all over a big sheet of paper. Since the cutting dies are sharper and deeper, perhaps I can figure out how to do it without using a machine!

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