New tricks for Swiss Dots

December 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm 29 comments

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:

– Download the PDFs here Pink Flowers  or Snow Gradient.

– 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.


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29 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christi Coleman  |  December 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    What an awesome idea, thanks for sharing:)

  • 2. Jeannie  |  December 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    eeek! I love this. Thank you.

  • 3. Marg  |  December 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing your hard work. What a terrific idea.

  • 4. pam  |  December 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    thank you so much for sharing your talent….

  • 5. Denise in WA  |  December 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    thanks so much I am looking forward to trying this!! You are amazing! I appreciate all the hours put in to your shared projects!!

  • 6. Barbara aka bdjeepers from Silhouette Plus  |  December 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, what a treat! Thank you! I love this idea!

  • 7. Sharon H  |  December 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    These are awesome! I finally got a new computer and can’t wait to try all the stuff I bought and downloaded before the other one crashed!

  • 8. Diane  |  December 30, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you Kay – these are great!

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  • 10. LisaR  |  December 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Fantastic creative idea. TFS

  • 11. marilyn  |  December 31, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Thanks, Kay…can’t wait to try this with my favorite embossing folder!

  • 12. 7524kes  |  January 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Wow, so much hard work. TFS!

  • 13. Laura Adams  |  January 4, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Oh, Kay, I love these! I know it took hours and hours to do – thank you for sharing it so graciously.

  • 14. Marie  |  January 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I am following your directions, but cannot get it to the right size. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • 15. Kay  |  January 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Use the PDF version and be sure you dig through all the print dialog screens to turn off anything that could alter the size. No one else has reported problems.

      • 16. Marie  |  January 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

        I can’t believe I am still having problems when no one else is. I am not new to the computer or using PDF. I have tried printing the size 4.37X5.75 and 81/2 X 11. The dots don’t match each other, and they don’t still don’t match the Cuttlebug embossing pad. Thanks for your time to try to help me. I was expecting an e-mail, now I know that I need to check back here.

      • 17. Kay  |  January 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        Hi again Marie. Can you tell me what software you are using to open and print the PDF? I am printing with Adobe Reader where Page Scaling is set to “None” and “Auto-Rotate and Center” is checked. That works for me no matter what the page size or orientation is set to. If you are using different software I will try and find the settings you need.

  • 18. Max  |  January 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing! This is a great idea!

  • 19. Marie  |  January 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I am using Adobe Reader 9.5. It was set with the page scaling to “none” and I checked the Auto Rotate and Center…which I had not done before…and still it does not line up with my
    Cuttlebug Polka Dots.

  • 20. Marie  |  January 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I am beginning to think my Polka Dots folder and your Swiss Dots are two different folders?

    • 21. Marie  |  January 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      I checked on the Provo Cuttlebug site and there is only the Polka Dots.

    • 22. Kay  |  January 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Yes, Marie, they are different. “Swiss Dots” is the name of an A2 folder (as shown in the image at the top of the post) whereas Polka Dots is the name of a different 5 x 7 folder.–Cuttlebug-A2-Swiss-Dots-Emboss-Folder-0-545.aspx
      Sorry for your trouble.

      • 23. Marie  |  January 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        I will probably take this one back to Michael’s. I only purchased it because of your flowers and snow. I’ll keep a lookout for the Swiss Dots. Thank you for your trouble.

  • 24. Mary  |  February 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Kay…I was excited to find this but it will not open in Adobe Reader for me…it gives me an error message that the draw did not work.

    • 25. Kay  |  February 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      You probably need to update your Adobe Reader or try a different program to open the PDF, like PSE, PSP, Preview, FoxIt, etc.

  • 26. Laura Adams  |  February 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Kay – it hurts my head to think of the difficulty it was for you to perfect this! THANK YOU! I love it! And the faux Versamark? WOWWY! You’re amazing, girl!

  • 27. Nadia  |  April 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    So clever!! I love your ideas!

  • 28. Kristina  |  February 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    These are so neat! I just ordered a cuttlebug so that I could use these files! :-)

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