Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Tutorial & Sandwich for Embossing with Brass and Metal Stencils in the Cuttlebug Machine

This tutorial is for Cuttlebug users and uses the plates that should come with your machine to emboss metal stencil dies.

You will need:
Cuttlebug Machine
A Plate
2 B Plates
C Plate
2 Silicone Mats
Metal Stencil
Card / Paper

The sandwich is as follows (from bottom to top - as you would build it)

A Plate

Add one B Plate

Add Stencil (see top tips down below)

Add your card, if using a patterned or finished card the side you want to use needs to be facing the stencil

Add 2 x Silicone Embossing Mats (see top tips for more info)

Add the last B Plate

This is a pic of everything layered up as it should be, the pics above have been staggered so you can see what has been layered up.

Sandwich re-cap (starting from the bottom)
~ A Plate
~ B Plate
~ Stencil
~ Card (front facing stencil)
~ 2x Silicone Embossing Mats
~ B Plate
This is now ready to go through your machine


Check that your stencil does not have a branding or manufacturers mark on it as this will emboss too, if it does make sure that in your sandwich as above, the writing side of the stencil is facing down, touching the cutting mat.

If you are embossing straight on to a card blank or die cut shape, if you cut your tan mat so it is slightly smaller than the outline of the stencil but large enough to cover the design this will mean you get an edge free image.
When embossing in my machines i use the spellbinders mats, mainly because i find where other tutorials say you need one, you get much better results using 2 as in my sandwich above, there are other brands and sizes out there, you can buy a 12x12 sheet also from spellbinders that you can cut down if you are using it with stencils a lot.


If you dont have any silicone mats, you could try sheets of funky foam, but this will wreck the foam and it will not last many passes through the machine!
my last tip is a very cheap one but gives FAB results (fab results that are so hard to photograph!!)
In the photo below i have 4 embossed images, from left to right
Bigshot embossed misted with water, Bigshot embossed, Cuttlebug embossed misted with water, Cuttlebug embossed


I am not sure if you can see in the picture but the 2 embossed images that were misted with water (both on larger scraps of card) give a much deeper impression.
I mist mine with a plant sprayer and just give it one quick squirt on the mist setting and then a quick shake then pop it through the machine as you would normally (i always mist the front of the card - the side that touches the stencil in the sandwich)
It is a very cheap tip but very effective!!

If I get any questions about this tutorial i will add my responses to the bottom to try and help others who may have the same questions

Lisa x


furrypig said...

thanks for the top tips and tutorial I haven't tried embossing with metal templates but I do have a few xxx

PepPop said...

Thanks again for the tutorial, Jaqui x

Erica said...

Great tip i will be trying that today as have a few stencils but not tried with my cuttlebug yet. Thank you x

janet (bagpuss) said...

grat tip , i will give it ago thanks x