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New Dies and Embossing Tools

New Dies and Embossing Tools
by: Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

It seems like daily something new is seen online, in stores and at stamp and card making conferences, conventions and workshops.  Much of it is very confusing on how to use the tools you find and what you really need to have to be successful.

I have a Cuttlebug and have no desire to get a higher end, more expensive die cut machine.  I find there are more products than I could ever be able to use with this one machine and below is some of the items I’ve recently began using.  These are thinner die cuts, stencils and embossing items.

I’ve always loved detailed die cuts, but some of them just did not completely cut through the paper.   An example of an undercut piece is shown in the lower left hand corner.

A new tool came along with these thinner dies and that is the Cuttlehug metal cutting plate adaptor by Cheery Lynn Designs that I now use along with my white and clear cutting bases.  (July's  project give which bases I use and the order I assemble them.)  I like making my own embellishments as it allows me to use any colors and shapes I wish to coordinate with my card.

Not only can you cut embellishments to use on your cards, you can also make your own stencils and again coordinate ink along with paper color to get a final project.  I used distress ink and sponge daubers to color the stencil.

The last item I’ll share today is the Cut, Emboss and Stencil dies from Spellbinders.  I bought this at a show and then couldn’t figure out what to do with it and the swans shown on the first example.  What you do is cut it out with the Cuttlebug and leave the paper attached to the die cut.

Using an old mouse pad as the base, take a stylus and rub the paper until the embossing is the detail you desire.  Remove from the die and you can use as is or color as desired.

Hope you have as much fun with using the new dies as I am!


Editor's Note:

If you are interested in the metal plate Nancy describes, you can find it at Cheery Lynn Designs.  Here's a picture and description from their website:

Metal adaptor for die cut machines



for Cuttlebug™ and Big Shot™ Used for detailed dies NOT recommended for the Grand Calibur™
(Please note that Stamper's Quest has no financial gain in this product...we simply thought you might want to find the product quickly!)

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2 Responses »

  1. I love my big shot... I don't think I would get another.. there is plenty to do with this machine and a few add ons likeembossing mat and such.

  2. Great article Nancy. I am going to take you one step further. I am not sure of the sandwich for the Cuttlebug since I have a Big Shot and a Grand Caliber. However the tan embossing mat that is made by Spellbinder will save you all that hand embossing. After you cut leave the paper in the die place the tan mat and the appropriate plate over the die/paper. Then run it through the machine again and you have perfect embossing. I love this technique. It gives such a professional look.