Posts tagged ‘embossing’
Earlier this year, I reintroduced the “print and emboss” concept but seemed to stir up more bewilderment than anything else. I promised templates and realized some tutorials were also needed. So today I’m uploading the long-awaited templates and posting the first 2 parts of a 3 part tutorial series. (Don’t worry they are both short.)
To start, I have free templates for the 7 embossing folders listed below, all A2 size. Click the folder name to download the template. These files work with any version of Silhouette Studio free download here. You do not need a Silhouette machine as there is no digital cutting involved. We are only using Silhouette Studio for printing these because it prints in true size and templates can be easily customized. You do need a Cuttlebug, Big Shot or other pressure embossing machine.
As you can see from the screen shots, each template has instructions included and in some cases, additional sentiments. You do not need to have any particular fonts installed for these templates to work.
Part 1 of the tutorial series shows how to use the template to create a customized printout to match the corresponding embossing folder.
Part 2 of the tutorial series shows how to line up the printout with the folder and emboss it.
Eventually there will be a Part 3 that will show how you can make your own templates. If you have already made your own templates and are sharing them, please let me know so I can link you up here.
Its been over 3 years since I first tried matching print files to embossing folders and it was such a pain that I left it alone after that. But now that Darice is publishing nice black and white previews of their embossing folders, I decided to brave it again. Each of these is a lot of work up front, but once the template is done, you can crank out a lovely, customized card in minutes.
The Banner folder from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby house brand) is so versatile, and I love using it with this technique. Graphics are from the Bicycle Craze collection by Lettering Delights.
You can make a simple template just for positioning text between embossed areas, as I’ve done here with the Darice Grass folder and still get a stunning look.
Or you can go all out and print the entire embossed area like this. The photo just does not do this one justice, but even so don’t expect 100% perfect results because the paper deforms as it goes through the embossing process.
Changing colors only take a few clicks.
Once you have a template, you can pick out just one key element to print if you like, as I’ve done here with the Darice Butterfly on Flower folder.
I used the same idea here, with the Darice Bird on Branch folder except that I used the sketch tool in Silhouette Studio to give the bird a hand drawn look.
And I think this card I made with the Darice Boot Tracks folder is my favorite. This is an unusual, inverted folder so the boot prints are indented instead of raised. Wouldn’t this be great for Operation Write Home?
I will be my sharing templates soon, but wanted to go ahead and get this posted, so please check back. And if you can help me spread the word with a pin, tweet or FaceBook post, that’d be most appreciated.
Update: templates and tutorials are here!
I think I’ve found my style and it’s definitely clean and simple. Here’s another card I made for the CAS-ual Fridays CFC50 trees or flowers challenge.
This features another Darice embossing folder, “Leafy Tree,” the Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die and a computer printed character from the free sentiments font Pea Dawn Doodles Too, which I edited in Inkscape to fit the shape better.
After seeing all the “companioning” going on with stamps and embossing folders and stamps and punches and stamps and dies, I decided to make some digital stamps and backgrounds to go with tools I already have. Thought the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder would be an easy place to start, but I was wrong. I am not much for giving up, though, so hours later, I finally succeeded with the results you see here.
Here’s how to reproduce my results:
- Print at 100% size (make sure any automatic scaling is turned off) on heavyweight paper or card stock.
- Trim the printed portion at the top and sides so it will fit in the folder and your machine. Leave excess paper at the bottom of the image so you will have something to hold on to.
- Load the sheet into the Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss Folder with the image and the flat side of the folder facing you.
- With the folder at least slightly open, position the page so that the dots on your image align with the holes in the folder. This will take a little patience, especially if your folder is warped from wear like mine is.
- Carefully close the folder while holding the paper in place so that it does not slip out of position.
- Continue carefully loading the embossing folder between the required plates so that the paper does not slip, and run it through your embossing machine.
- Remove the embossed printout, trim and sand as desired (I sanded the flowers shown above, but left the snow as is).
And if you are a digital enthusiast who likes to change colors etc., you can download the .png files here, suitable for tinkering.
As always, hope you enjoy this and make great project, which you will share with me so I can link back to you.
I have been experimenting with the various ways to make my own embossing dies for the Cuttlebug for almost a year now. I have watched all the videos and bought all the products. The results have been OK, but the processes were complicated with lots of room for error. The first thing I learned was that 2 piece folder-style dies did not work any better than one piece and the next thing I learned is that none of the home-brew methods work as good as a manufactured Cuttlebug folder, but you can get decent results that are useable and best of all, custom.
For one piece images, the easiest and cheapest method is to cut a shape from chipboard or stack several layers of cardstock and use that with an embossing mat (like the tan Spellbinders mat). I used that method in my earlier post and you can see a video on that here. But I’ve been trying to come up with an easy way to do a more complicated multipiece die and I think I have found it. Here’s how:
1. Get some self-adhesive magnetic sheets from the kids craft section at Walmart. Each pack contains 2 5 x 7 sheets and costs $1.97. It has to be self-adhesive with a backing sheet. (Cricut magnet sheets or inkjet magnet sheets will not work as is.)
2. Create your design to cut at 5 x 7 or smaller, load a magnetic sheet black side up on the mat and kiss-cut so that the magnet is cut through but not the backing. You may need to experiment first. I used a deep cut blade/housing at depth 4.5, pressure 4, speed 3 and multicut 2. I am pretty sure you can cut this with a regular blade and housing, though, as it is pretty thin and cuts easily.
3. Carefully remove all the magnet material from the areas of the design that you do not want to emboss with. If you are used to working with vinyl this “weeding” will be a familiar process. You can cut or tear the waste magnet material but be sure that all of your design positive remains in place on the backing. Once you get the hang of it you will find the magnet material really easy to work with.
4. Run your new custom die through the Cuttlebug with the “sandwich recipe” as follows: A plate, B plate, your new die with magnet side up, paper or cardstock to be embossed, embossing mat (such as tan Spellbinders mat), additional card stock shims as needed (I used 4 sheets of cardstock), and B plate. Enjoy the results. (Image on right is white core cardstock sanded after embossing.)
Download the Gypsy file and a few other Gypsy backgrounds for embossing here.
Download some CDS embossing backgrounds here.
I have had an idea rattling around in my head for a while and when I finally took time to try it out today I was amazed at how easy it was.
To cut, you will need a Cricut and a cartridge with a shadow feature.
To emboss you will need a Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Sizzix or similar machine, a piece of chipboard (cereal boxes are fine) and an embossing mat such as the tan Spellbinders or red plumbers rubber.
To stamp you will need some sort of cuttable stamp material. I could not get this image to cut with the clear silicone sheets like in the Cricut kit so I used the green rhinestone rubber material instead. You could also try 1/32 inch red rubber sheets or even fun foam.
Choose a simple image with stamping and embossing in mind. I chose a one piece image for the sake of simplification and I suggest you start with that. Cut as many blank shapes as you want from plain or (for embossing only) white core card stock using the shadow feature. Use the same dial size to cut the image itself once from chipboard and once from the stamp material. Make the stamp according to the instructions for the stamp material you are using.
Stamp the cutout with your custom made matching stamp, centering the image as much as possible and allow to dry.
Layer your cutout with the piece of chipboard, line up so that the chipboard is centered on the cutout and place them chipboard down on the B plate. Cover with embossing mat and shim as needed to get a nice emboss with your Cuttlebug.
That’s it, you now have a stamped, embossed cutout to apply to your layouts or cards!
Or if you skip the stamping you can just emboss. This one uses white core card stock and sanding so it shows up better for the photo.