Friday, February 11, 2011

Embossing Die Cuts Tutorial

We would like to bring you another tutorial today! Nanne started us off last week with a
wonderful ribbon flower tutorial and we'd like to continue bringing you new and some not
so new ideas but hopefully ones that will give you a ton of inspiration and ideas!
Remember our entire design team will be bringing you tutorials each week
in between our sketch/challenge weeks!
So something new to see each week!

It was brought to my attention that some people do not use their Cuttlebug (or other
embossing machines) as much as they would like. It really is such a neat tool
and can add so much detail to papercrafting projects that I decided to show you
how much it can add to die cuts.
The layout above is really cute, really simple and shows you what a bit of embossing
can do, the small flower and scallop border for example.

Here is a list of basic tools:

Cuttlebug (or any embossing machine)
inks, chalks, etc
sanding tool (keep in mind that these
will really add more dimension and bring the embossing to life)
shimmer sprays (mine was made with mini misters
and Perfect Pearls)

I also wanted to show you what you can do when die cuts do not fit, like in the example below....

Since this piece was the background, I just cut the branches off and then carefully taped
it back together. For the trunk, I rotated the die cut to make sure I embossed
the entire shape. Now keep in mind how the embossing folder and the die cut
hanging off the edges will fit into the machine.

Now here is the layout completed but without any embossing...
you can really see the tremendous difference the embossing details make!

And now all the elements embossed and inked!
For the little worms body, I only put the body inside the folder and
kept the head out. But be careful what folder you use because this
one tore so I needed an itty bitty piece of tape to secure it back together.
The flowers were embossed by choosing a embossing folder with a flower on it (like Floral Fantasy), I then centered the die cut right in the middle of the flower and got a
flower design embossed on the flower die cut (those are for
the two smaller tulip flowers).

And lastly, some details of the completed project...

I truly hope this gives you some ideas and will help you to
incorporate embossing with your die cuts as well as just into
layouts in general!

xoxo, Leah


  1. This is such a nice layout. Thanks for the tips...I just finally got a Cuttlebug and a bunch of embossing folders, so I can't wait to use them on my next layout! :o)


  2. ooh that is awesome Leah the little worm LOL .... X:)

  3. Oh My goodness Leah is that cute or what....
    I love the layout and the tutorial was great , I never thought to cut the piece and tape it back together great tip... Embossing is one of my favorite things to do it just adds so much too a project.I use it a lot for my cards but admit I don't use it that often on my layouts I just plan forget...But after seeing this I will surely remember to add some...thanks Leah for the great tip!

  4. WOW, what a difference a little embossing makes!! Fantastic tutorial, Leah!!! And your layout is adorable!! Hugs!!!

  5. Adorable!!! Love the colors and cutting it up...great idea...never thought of that either. Fantastic tutorial!! You rocked it fer sure!! Adorable baby girl!! Love the critters too too cute! Did you get a new filter for your camera...or are you rocking photoshop?? I am sooo loving photoshop right now...becoming a get my photoshop!! Love it Leah!! Have a super sweet day! Hugs!

  6. Love my Cuttlebug and use it all of the time! Thanks for the great tutorial -- adorable stuff!

  7. oh Leah this layout is gorgeous!! thanks for sharing. Love Ness xx


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