Hi, Thanks for dropping by.

My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

In the Cupboard you will find ideas, news, tips and techniques to help you get more from this fab little machine. So come in - join the fun and Cuttle with me!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

Your Cuttlebug can be a really useful tool at this busy time of the year so why not use it?

Some of my tips when embossing:

The embossing folders add interest to a base card.

Look at the pattern when the folder is debossed - using the folder this way can give an entirely different look to your card.

The maximum width you can emboss in the Bug is 6", so this makes embossing straight onto the card easy pezy   However, if you wrap the card round the folder, you can get crease marks caused by the rollers putting pressure on the folder.  To help with this, I always emboss with just the front of the card inside the folder,  Not as the book says, but it works.  Doing it this way means that you can get the embossing close to the centre fold, and the card does not stretch as much.

Lightly sand the embossing for that shabby chic look.

You can emboss a section of your folders by using my technique of a MFP here. You can also use this method for the small embossing folders to avoid folder lines.

You can emboss larger cards - see here

Use inks/chalks/glitter to hightlight the pattern.

Emboss over patterned paper for more texture.

Emboss your matting and layering - Script/Music folders look great for this.

Use two folders for more texture. (Double embossing) one over the other.

Use 2 folders (as my card today)

The Cuttlebug folders are slightly smaller than A6, but there are other makes of folders on the market that do emboss to the full size of an A6.   Worth considering if you're in the market for new folders - there are not many patterns available at the moment, but more are promised.  The bigger size of folder solves any creasing problems.  Prices are similiar for all makes.

This is my card No.18 - I have used two folders (Distressed Lines/Snowflake) to emboss and deboss the base card.  Both these folders linked well to the image from PB which was stamped in Black, then glittered with stickles for an icy effect. 

If you are an experienced Cuttler you may already use these techniques, but today I'm thinking of new Bug owners and hoping you will find some useful tips to try.


Unknown said...

Lovely card Eileen, that image looks fab against the red background.

Are you still painting?? Its addictive ain't it!! LOL!! More expense!


Merry said...

Eileen, I use my bug regularly but it is always helpful to have a reminder of what you can do with this wonderful machine. Thanks heaps.

Andrea, said...

Fab card Eileen, I love how you have used the image. How's the painting going!!