Yes, I admit it’s been awhile since I posted. I’m feeling off because of this:
This was my craft room, and soon will be again, but not soon enough! I’ve been without my room for 1.5 months, and I’m itching to get back into it and my regular routine! I genuinely miss it! All that’s left is baseboards and a final clean/inspection by the restoration company. My husband tells me before the week is out. My fingers are crossed! 🤞
Doesn’t it look good, though?! Eep!
The last step is adding my dream desk, but I’ve got to wait until after Christmas (it’s a custom build). I wish it could’ve been done with the rest of my room, but oh well. Good things come to those that wait.
Have you ever dry embossed on your projects? Do you even know what it is? (See below).
Isn’t it so pretty?!
Its really easy to achieve, too. All you need is a Cuttlebug, BigShot or your favourite embossing machine. I use the Cuttlebug (it’s ancient, by the way). They are much nicer looking nowadays.
A Cuttlebug runs in price about $100 CAD, and you can find it on Amazon, Provo-craft (Cricut), Michael’s, Walmart, your LSS and even Close to My Heart! The BigShot is slightly more expensive at $115+ CAD. They both work the same, though.
Embossing plates (B, C, D and the self healing plate) should be included with your Cuttlebug. I can’t say the same for the BigShot, since I don’t own one.
Where can you find embossing folders? You’ll find them in all the places mentioned above, and they come in differing sizes and patterns, too. The ones CTMH carries are generally 5×7 inches, while the others are standard A2, or 4×6 inches. They come in different brands, too- Tim holtz, Anna Griffin, Cricut and more! (CTMH is strictly CTMH).
The process is very, very simple. I’ll take you through it step by step below, but if you want quick and easy, follow this link to my Try it Out Facebook group. A Facebook live video is posted there for your viewing pleasure 😊 You’ll need to request permission to join, first. Just a friendly heads up! If you’d rather not watch it, read on!
How to Dry Emboss using (CTMH) embossing folders
You will need:
card stock, paper trimmer (if you need to cut your card stock down, first), both B plates, self healing plate (the white one), Cuttlebug, embossing folder
1. Trim card stock to any size you want (so it fits neatly inside the embossing folder)
2. Place card stock inside the embossing folder (it opens like a book)
3. Sandwich the embossing folder (closed) between both B plates; place those on top of the white self-healing plate
4. Place the entire bundle on the Cuttlebug tray and feed the plates through using the handle. You only need to run it through once
5. Remove from the Cuttlebug, then remove card stock from the folder
6. Admire your perfectly, beautifully embossed card stock
Essentially, the Cuttlebug uses pressure to create a raised image in the paper when it’s passed through the machine. Flip the card stock over, and you’ll notice the reverse side will have a depressed image. Use either side in your projects!
The feet on the Cuttlebug has rubber soles, so when the machine is opened and ready for embossing, it stays firmly in place so it doesn’t slide around while you’re working. Make sure your work surface is clean and clutter free to avoid any accidents from occurring.
How would you use embossed paper? Would you try this tool out? Leave a comment below!