Embossing with Die cuts

Today I am going to show how you can emboss with die cutters. This will hopefully show you how you can get more than one use out of your dies.

As I mentioned in my previous post I was waiting on an Amazon order to come through with 2 pieces of equipment I believed would allow me to do this. The first a silicone rubber mat and the second a Sizzix impressions pad.  According to my Sizzix Big Shot Plus platform and adapters, in order to emboss dies I required both of these.

Now when I first tried to emboss my die using all the adapters it said I needed, I found the emboss a little too deep and almost cutting in places with lots of imperfections – as you can see in the below.

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Order of equipment: Platform, Adapter B, clear plastic cutting board, silicone rubber mat, card, die, impressions pad.

I decided to try without adapter B to see if less bulk going through the Sizzix machine would results in a more gentle embossing.

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Order of equipment: Platform, clear plastic cutting board, silicone rubber mat, card, die, impressions pad.

The results shows that in a few places it may not have embossed quite as deep, but there are certainly a lot of cuts/imperfections still apparent. I decided to try without using the impressions pad and replaced it with the second clear plastic cutting board, and put adapter B back in again.

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Order of equipment: Platform, Adapter B, clear plastic cutting board, silicone rubber mat, card, die, clear plastic cutting board

Changing the impressions pad for the clear plastic cutting board has resulted in more areas of the die being embossed rather than on the verge of being cut, but tares/imperfections are still present. As I felt this was an improvement, I thought that if I removed adapter B so less bulk is going through the machine, then this could reduce the imperfections which it did.

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Order of equipment: Platform, clear plastic cutting board, silicone rubber mat, card, die, clear plastic cutting board

However, I still felt there was more to gain – well  gain a better embossed look! I had read somewhere that some people use more than one silicone mat, or if they have not got a silicone mat use fun foam. As I had some foam available, I wanted try it two ways: one with adapter B and one without.

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Order of equipment: Platform, Adapter B, clear plastic cutting board, silicone rubber mat, card, die, foam, clear plastic cutting board.
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Order of equipment: Platform, clear plastic cutting board, silicone rubber mat, card, die, foam, clear plastic cutting board.

I found the best embossed print of a die cut I got was using the silicone rubber mat I had bought but without the impressions pad or adapter B (as the machine suggests), and replacing these two with a thin sheet of fun foam (my foam had a depth of 2mm) and the clear plastic cutting board. I believe that foam embosses better when put through the machine than the impressions pad, as the impressions pad is a hard plastic sheet which cannot give like foam does when pressure is applied. Therefore the foam does not apply as much pressure to the die as it is moved through the machine, giving a more gentle embossed impression.

 

My recommendations: Platform, clear plastic cutting board, silicone rubber mat, card, die, foam, clear plastic cutting board.

 

I hope this has been useful and just goes to show, having a play around with the equipment is so important as the first method may not always be the best!

 

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