Tuesday Tip — Make your own embossing plate

I’ve always wanted an embossing plate or folder with stars. Maybe there is one out there, but I thought I’d try my hand at making my own:

  1. Cut a thin piece of chipboard to size.  Here I used a piece of cardboard from the back of a notepad, cut to card front size.  From the same weight of cardboard, punch more shapes than you think you’ll need.
  2. Adhere the punched shapes to the chipboard panel.  Allow to dry thoroughly.
  3. Build the sandwich for the Big Shot, experimenting with shims.  From the bottom up, I used the Multipurpose Platform open to Tab 1, a Standard Cutting Pad, my cardboard embossing plate, my card stock panel (sprayed with rubbing alcohol), the Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber Pad (“squishy pad”), and the Standard Texturz Impressions Pad.  It was fairly tight, which was good.  But remember never to force anything through the Big Shot, lest it pop its screws!
  4. If you’ve used alcohol on the card stock, allow to dry, then finish the card.  I will say that the reverse, debossed side looked very fine also!  Who’s to say which side is the “right” side?
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3 Responses to Tuesday Tip — Make your own embossing plate

  1. sue says:

    Wow, the possibilities here are endless!

  2. Pingback: Technique Challenge 62 (7/13/10) DIY Embossing Plate - Stampin Addicts

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