Sunday, April 28, 2013

Using Die-Cuts to Emboss

Note: I have to preface today's post by saying that if you already knew the following information...please humor me and say "wow, how fascinating!" I'm sure there's a LOT of tricks and ideas out there in 'card making land' that I haven't even begun to learn. And, maybe someday I'll be lucky enough to discover something new.

I've been using die-cuts to cut out shapes for quite some time. And, I often emboss the shape with the die-cut once the piece is cut out. However, I thought the other day...I wonder if I can skip a step and just cut and emboss at the same time.

Yup, shortcuts are good...a step saved gives me more time to make another card ;)  So, I used my Cuttlebug machine and here's the order of the plates--from bottom up:
  • A Plate
  • B Plate
  • Spellbinders Die-Cut Medallion One (cut side facing up)
  • Cardstock (champagne metallic)
  • Embossing Rubber Mat
  • Piece of cardboard (from a cereal box)
  • B Plate
Imagine my surprise when I didn't get a cut image, but instead a beautifully embossed image of the die cut. This may not work well for all die-cuts, but it's worth a try. Below is the embossed, non-cut image on the left and the cut shape on the right.


And here is the completed card using the non-cut, embossed image.

I repeated the process using Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Rectangles on metallic Blueberry cardstock for the inside of the card.

Catered Crop is having a "Make an Impression" challenge (add embossing to your project). And, 365 Cards is also having a challenge "Emboss It" (create a clean and simple card that includes embossing). I'm entering the above card in both challenges.

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous CAS card! Thank you for playing along with us over at 365 Cards!!


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