Sunday, September 2, 2012

DIY Embossing Plate

Ran across this while searching the Internet. I'm going to give it a try. If you try to make your own embossing plate let me know how it turns out. I left the tutorial designer listed and here is the website that I found the tutorial on . . .
© Leena Girsa
(Original Concept by Judith Naylor)
Creating your own embossing plates is SO easy to do with punches and cardboard.  Here is the how-to…
  • Chipboard or thick cardboard (I used the cardboard that comes with SU specialty paper)
  • Thin box boards (think cereal box weight)…I used the cardboard that comes with SU Designer Series Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Tombow multipurpose liquid adhesive
  • Punch(es) in desired shapes
Using your craft knife, cut a piece of chipboard (or similar weight cardboard) to 4 ½” x 5 ¾”.  
Using your ruler and pencil create a grid pattern on your chipboard piece.  I did mine in a half inch grid.  You can decide how large to make your grid.  This step is helpful if you want to create regular pattern and to help line up your cardstock when embossing.
For this plate I am using the SU butterfly punch.  Punch several butterflies out of the lightweight boxboard.  Be sure to use lightweight board or you will destroy your punch!
STEP 4: 
Lay out your punched shapes on the grid.  It will look more effective if you have some extending off the grid.  Here I am using 6 butterflies.
Using your Tombow, glue down each shape using a very thin layer of glue.  Less is more here…you don’t want the glue to ooze out from underneath the shapes…it will harden and show when you run it through your Big Shot.  Once you have all of your first layer glued down, layer two more punched shapes on top, making sure to line them up exactly with the previous layer.  Trim pieces that extend off the grid so that they are even with the cardboard base.
Here is a side-view of the finished plate:
…And here is a card I made using this plate!

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