Cut, stamp and emboss the same image
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.