Dies as embossing folders.

Did you know that your dies can also act as embossing folders?  You can get it to where they leave an image but don’t cut.  So that envelope can have a matching imprint to your cut card.  Here’s how:

Make your sandwich for embossing folders instead of dies.  Take out the adapter plate or go to the second tab.  Then under the envelope and die add the silicone mat which will provide enough cushion so the die won’t cut.  This can also be done on cardstock.

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So your sandwich will be from bottom to top…big shot, standard base with no adapter or on tab 2, cutting plate, silicone mat, envelope or cardstock, die of choice, and cutting plate.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing on more than cards.

Embossing can be done on so much more than cards.  If you use a little bit of starch or hairspray you can emboss into fabric.  Today’s project is embossing into a bag.  With the border embossing folders it makes it easy to emboss almost anywhere.

So grab a bag and emboss away.

Here’s a couple of tips.

  1.  Make sure the folder is straight and down as far as it can go.  This prevents a line or a lack of print.
  2. Make sure to take the adapter plate out.  The big shot sandwich should be the base plate, cutting plate (clear), bag with embossing folder, and cutting plate on top.
  3. If the bag has cracks in it where it was embossed try putting the adapter plate back in and taking a cutting plate away.  You might need a few pieces of cardstock.  Every big shot is different.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Ballpoint pen embossing

You heard me correct.  Don’t go clean your glasses.  I said embossing with a ballpoint pen.  There is enough “juice” in a ballpoint pen to spread the embossing powder quickly and then use the heat gun.  So, for some that want our sayings to be different, you can do it now.  You just have to be pretty quick with getting that powder on the cardstock.  It’s the same technique as stamping but just use a pen.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂