Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Emboss Tutorial

I had a request a few days ago for a tutorial on how to create the embossed look on my card. I just want to say that I am all for tutorials that show just how it is done. I am one of those learners. When I first got my wizard and nesties I seriously had some adventurous days ahead of me. After all, I was supposed to know what I was talking about right? Cause I design cards and post cards right? Ummmm no! You would have laughed at me. I actually thought I broke it after I heard the crack. In fact I think I managed to break something. Oh and NO ONE told me to hold the plates together as I was cranking it through that very first time. Yup...they flew across the room and almost dented the wall. Lesson=read the instructions. Ok, so I read the instructions and watched the video. You'd think I would learn. Unfortunately I need step 1/step 2/step 3...all those silly little details that practiced experts often leave out. The good news is once I learn I have it for life. I am just a little slow. So there you have it, I might look like I know what I am talking about but I also have to learn! learn! learn!

What you need:

Step 1--Place your embossing wizard thick mat--the white blcok mat block (the one that gets scratched up
--Next place the wizard emboss mat (the rubber mat)
--Then place your cardstock
--Followed by your Nestie
--Finally sandwich with the top wizard thick mat (the one without the scratches)

Step 2--Place together (like a sandwich) and crank through your wizard (or cuttlebug).
Tidbit: you get a better emboss with the wizard than the cuttlebug.

Step 3--Remove all layers and VOILA...embossed!

And here's a quick card too..

Stamp Set(s):
-Bitty Baby Blessings by PTI

-Noir Black by Palette

-Stampers Select White by PTI

Patterned Paper:
-from We R Memory Makers

-Pink Twill Ribbon
-Flower brad

-Spellbinders Nestabilities

Have a wonderful Wednesday.


Beth said...

Thank-you, thank-you! I know that a similar tutorial has been around but I didn't save it and was wanting to do this technique! You were reading my mind, weren't you!

Handmade cards said...

Can ironing help to make similare efect when I dont have the machine? Pleae answer me, I want to try it out! Thanks, Biljana.

Rose Ann said...

I love the embossed frame!! Cute elephant and such a nice, clean design!

Donna said...

WOW! I was able to purchase a Cuttlebug on eBay a few months ago and JUST pulled it out of the box. No instructions, no clue! Thanks so much for taking the time to teach us and lower our learning curve!

Did you get all those ridges and grooves from just ONE Nesty? Love it! AND the simple, colorful card!


Anonymous said...

Do you like the way the Wizard works better than the Cuttlebug. I have the Cuttlebug, but it does not emboss as deep as i would like.


maria fiscella said...

Alli - thank you for the tutorial! And for making me feel better, because I thought I was the ONLY one who goofed with the Nesties at first!

Barefootstamper said...

What an awesome tip!!!! Your timing is perfect, my Nesties just arrived and I don't know how to use them!!!

You were featured over at Card of the

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips Alli. I learned the "hang on" trick too! That bugger could be a weapon in a pinch! But SO worth the effort. Love this embossed look.

Erica B. said...

I really like the simplicity of this! So cute.