Get even MORE out of your metal dies by using them to EMBOSS!
Today we are showing off a card from Kittie where she used her tips for how to emboss with metal dies to get a whole new look using our Nested Scallop with Half Holes die set. When you use your metal dies as embossing tools, you instantly double the value of your crafting stash. It’s super easy to do once you know the correct sandwich to use for your particular cutting machine.
Let’s look at a few of Kittie’s highlights – for the whole story plus all her tips, tricks, steps and instruction, we highly recommend you check out her whole post here.
Kittie used the always-beautiful, versatile white on white look for her setting for these brightly colored flowers. This is such an easy way to show off smaller elements used end masse and it can be a huge time saver, too. So if you need a card that has a lot of wow and you don’t have a lot of time, tuck this design idea away – you can’t really go wrong with it!
Kittie uses the Crossover die cutting machine so in her post she shares her method to set up her metal dies to emboss. It is very important that you consult the manual for your particular machine as the sandwiches/set up for every machine for the exact steps for how to emboss with metal dies CAN differ. In most cases the worst that will happen is that you will accidentally cut through your embossing mat but who wants to take a chance on anything, right? If you don’t have your instructions handy, Google your machine name with “embossing with metal dies” and it’s likely you will be able to quickly get what you need. And it’s SO worth it!
You can see that Kittie used a couple of “layers” of embossing with her metal dies around the perimeter of her card and then cut one layer to pop up with dimensional adhesive in the center. This extra step adds to the emphasis on the greeting and decorative flowers and also helps to create the perception of layers with the embossing. So easy and so much impact!
For those sweet little flowers, Kittie cut her shapes and then did a touch of coloring and some shaping to really bring them to life. In her original post she has some great images of how to do this. Here’s the thing – you can use the steps she shares with any of our beautiful flower dies! Check it out and get a fresh perspective on how to add texture, realism and breathtaking detail to your cards with these easy steps.
Here are the items from the store that Kittie used today if you want to make this exact card. Otherwise, shop your stash and try out this easy technique!
Here’s another look at this truly exquisite card.
Now that you know how to emboss with metal dies are you starting to see all kinds of possibilities? Our nested dies work beautifully for this and since many of them can be mixed and matched, truly your crafting bucks are getting stretched like bubblegum!