Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pasta and Paper?

I am participating this week in the Back To Blogging challenge at SITS. Why do I want to participate in this you may ask? Well,
  1. after the summer, I think it is time to recharge my blog
  2. I have the chance to win a Turquoise Sky Washer and Dryer from Electrolux, valued at $4,000! WOW!
I want to thank Standards of Excellence, Westar, and Florida Builder Appliances for making this prize package possible.
Today’s challenge is to re-upload the first post I ever wrote on my blog. Unfortunately that is not possible due to me accidentally deleting my blog one crazy afternoon, so here is what I have starting August 25, 2008.
The Original Title: Cuttlebug Technique
Wanna see a really cool trick I learned using the Cuttlebug Embossing Folders? Check out this quick and easy tutorial I wrote!
Here is a hint:
ETA 9/13/10: Because the site is no longer active where I had originally linked this to,here is the new and improved tutorial just for you!!!
Love the look of embossing but you don’t want to spend the money on a machine? Try using your Pasta machine!
The supplies you are going to need:
  • Pasta Machine
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
  • Cardstock or Paper

To begin, you will need to choose the cardstock you want to emboss. For this demonstration I used Frosted Mint by Prism. Next, cut your cardstock to the size of the folder (this one is 5.75 x 4.25-inches) and place inside of the Embossing Folder.

Now it is time to run the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (hinged edge first) through the pasta machine. I have my machine set on 6 but you may need to make adjustments to that number, depending on your machine. You want the folder to fit snugly into the pasta machine but not so tight that it is a struggle to move it through the machine.

Once the Embossing Folder has moved completely through the pasta machine, remove the embossed cardstock!

NOTE: If you decide to use the Cuttlebug Embossing Folders in this manner, be aware that it would more than likely void any warranty that Provo Craft would have on their product since it is not being used in an approved device. Also, the folder does bend slightly and therefore caution should be taken to avoid damage to the folder.
I have also since purchased an Epic Six embossing machine and I have to tell you that I was amazed at how much of a deeper impression I attained than what I was used to with the pasta machine. This technique is a terrific alternative to see how much you would use the embossing folders and if it is worth the money to invest in an actual embossing machine.
Do you have an embossing machine? If so, which one? Or, do you think you will give the pasta machine technique a try?

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