Friday, July 17, 2009
Have you ever wanted to create a one layer card that is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder but keep the middle "un-embossed" (is that a word?) so you could stamp a design? I am going to show you how I accomplish embossing around a frame with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The completed card is above. The butterfly is part of Gina K's "Take Flight". It was colored with Copic Markers. The card stock used is SU Perfect Plum and the corners are cut with a Cuttlebug corner die.
To make this card, I used my "Big Shot" machine rather than the Cuttlebug, because it is a little wider but I used the Cuttlebug plates.
To create the frame, I used a rectangle Nestability. Here is the sandwich I used to accomplish the Nestability embossed frame. From the bottom up: Cuttlebug "A" Plate; "B" Plate; Tan Nestabilities embossing Mat; card stock with die cutting edge down; cardboard shim; "B" Plate. I'm sorry, I didn't remember to take a picture of the "sandwich".
I wanted to use the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I lined up the folder around the frame as shown. Notice I lined up the end of the embossing folder (the edge of the row of Swiss Dots - not the very end of the folder) even with the edge of the embossed frame. By doing this, I am able to go completely around the frame without overlapping any of the embossed dots.
In the picture below, you can see what portion of the frame was embossed with the Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Continue going around the frame embossing the same way.
If you look closely, you will see that a few of the embossed dots were "smashed" so to fix this, I used a dry embossing tool called a "Stylus" to gently push out the "smashed" dots. I lay the cardstock on a rubber mat to do this. Be sure not to push very hard or you will create a hole -- which you don't want.
Below you will see the frame completely embossed all the way around and my image stamped in the middle of the frame.
There are probably other ways of creating a frame like this, so you could use different shaped Nesties, but this is the way I currently do it with either square or rectangle Nesties. Hope this is helpful. Do you have a different way to create a frame like this? I would love for you to leave a comment below.
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