Today I want to share how to use your dies (any thinlit or framelit) to emboss that image on your card stock! This is a cool technique using the new Big Shot Embossing Mats (146327) and of course your Big Shot (143263). I just love embossed details on my cards and now this technique exponentially adds how many images I can emboss!! The Big Shot Embossing Mats (146327) include an Impression Pad, a thin blue silicone rubber mat and a thick gray silicone rubber mat.
I have to admit I have been a little hesitant to try my new Embossing Mats (146327) because I have heard horror stories of people cutting into their new mats! At my Monday Stamp Club, my friend showed me how easy it is and I could hardly wait to get home and try embossing this way on my own!
The secret to this technique is to have the correct layers and to closely follow the correct order of your layers! If not you can cut your silicone rubber mats! I have the instructions below written on a sticky note right on my White Impression Pad and I refer to it before cutting anything. Another secret is that if winding the handle of Big Shot (143263) seems difficult stop! and check your layers. Your layers should roll through easily!
Correct Layers include:
- the plate you use when embossing- not the magnetic plate
- regular plastic clear Cutting Pad
- die with cutting side up
- card stock (use Washi tape or sticky notes to help maintain positioning of die(s) on paper)
- blue Silicone Mat (or gray if you want a deeper impression-I prefer the blue)
- white Impressions Pad
i used Balmy Blue (146982) card stock and the Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies (147915) to try this technique. These dies come in a bundle with the stamp set (wood 147731/ clear 147728). When purchased in the Dashing Deer bundle (wood 149934/ clear 149935) you save 10%. This set is in the new Stampin’ Up!® Seasonal catalog available September 5th. Let me know if you would like a catalog and I will get one out to you. Just leave your address in a message for me.
I decided to make a scene just with the Detailed Deer (147915) dies on a single layer card. I first did the larger deer and the two corner pieces then the smaller deer and the snowflakes. I used sticky notes to hold the pieces in place.When I was done I was not thrilled because the paper scrunched up a little bit when I put the paper through the Big Shot (143263). The card straightened out pretty well with a little smoothly but some puckering is still visible.
After seeing the card with just the embossed images, I thought the card needed a little more! So I added a die cut deer lifted with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), a die cut snowflake (both from the Detailed Deer (147915) dies) and some small pearls for the centers of the snowflakes.
I think for my next card I do with this technique, I will use more than a single layer card. I think the embossing decreased the stability of the card stock some. But I know I will use this technique again and again.
If you are interested in getting the new Big Shot Embossing Mats (146327) I would appreciate your business at my online shop! I would love to be your Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator if you do not have one already! Let me know if you have any questions or would like one of the new Holiday catalogs. Shop 24/7 at my online shop!
Have a great day! and Happy Stampin’
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