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Jun 16, 2009 - Cards, Tips, Tutorials    1 Comment

Father’s Day Card

Recently on the Cricut MB, a contributor by the name of Nilda showed us how to use chipboard elements as embossing elements for the CuddleBug (CB).  Check out her sight and videos at http://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo141/sherribenson1/IMG_2587.jpg.  She is one talented lady!

Embossed Mat

Here is what the embossing looks like after it has been run through the CB.

I cut the owl and the flourishes out of chipboard using the Storybook cartridge (SB) and I cut the word “Dad” out of card stock using the Plantain cartridge (PLN).

I use recycle cereal boxes, frozen dinner boxes, and cracker boxes for chipboard.



I made sure I used my stickiest mat, and then I also taped down the top and side to ensure that the chipboard does not move around.  I also used a deep cut blade and placed it on #6.

Tip:  Some chipboard (i.e., boxes from file folders, some frozen dinner boxes) have a plastic coating on them so you may want to make an extra pass with the cutting.

The mutliple cuts, pressue and speeds will very according to your machine.  My machine used this combination:  Multiple Cuts = 5 times (4 +1); Speed = low; Pressure= High

Chipboard Element

When choosing your element to cut out of chipboard, be sure and choose an element that does not have fine detail.  The element will cut cleaner and emboss clearer if the detail is large.  It also makes it easy to clean up the chipboard after it is cut if the details are not fine.

This is the owl and the flourishes that was cut with the recycled staple box.


Tools Used

I used a small blade craft knife, the pick instrument from the Cricut accessory tools, and a small file to clean and remove the cut areas that didn’t easily come out when I removed the elements from the mat.




Cleaned Up

Here it is with all of it’s detailed elements punched out, sanded and trimmed.

The cleaner the chipboard element the cleaner it will emboss.  So take a little extra time to get it just the way you want it.




Sandwich Plates for CB

I’m making a 6″ x 4″ card so I cut a mat @ 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

The sandwich for the embossing is as follows:

A plate; B-plate; Embossing Pad (tan pad); card stock mat; chipboard element using for embossing; 2 shims (made from cereal boxes); second B plate.


Tip:  The Embossing pad is from Spellbinders; however, you can go to your local home center and get a similar item in the plumbing department.  I believe they come in a red color and have to be cut down but the price is a lot cheaper.

Be sure and pay attention to how and where you are placing your chipboard elements that you are using to emboss. When you emboss, the results will produce an embossed side and a debossed side.  If you are wanting to use the emboss side, be sure and place the chipboard element as though you are looking at the card or mat from the reverse side.  If you want the embossed element on the left side you would place it on the right side at this point.

Finished Card

I couldn’t leave well enough alone.  If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m in to all the details and insist that my cards are full of detail.

I chalked the Owl and flourishes and added some eyes.  I inked and doodled on “Dad” and the photo corners.  Added a little ribbon and a tag that says “Happy Father’s day” and of course buttons.




Carried the theme on the inside of the card.  The Owl is the $1 stamp I found at JoAnn’s and I used the MCPT to get it a little umph!

I did discover that I could use the photo punch and punch the corners on the folded card to get the photo corners at the top.  So I folded the card, stuck the corner into the punch and it cut through both layers…..that rocks!


Nilda is going to put a “How To Video” on how to do this technique so be sure and check her blog out over the next week or so. 

Tip:  If you don’t have a Cricut, you can still use this technique by just using purchase chipboard and using that as an embossing element.  I’m also sure this will work with other dye cutting machines other than the CB.  Just play around with the different plates until you find the sandwich mix that works.  My CB is still new so it would not take the “C” plate like Nilda’s, but I just kept switching things out and around until I got the mix that worked.

Thanks for looking and don’t forget to get a closer look just click on the picture.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure and leave me a comment, I love hearing from you.

Jun 14, 2009 - Cards    No Comments

MCPT June Challenge ….

I participate in a card challenge on the Cricut Message Board each month.  This month’s image is two little hedge hogs in a boat.

MCPT & Stickles

Here is a picture of the coloring and of course there is some stickles added.

Fish Bowl - Staz - on Azure Blue

The entire card is made out of acetate and folded at the center.  I used Staz-on ink in Azure Blue to ink the edges.  Don’t forget to allow the ink to dry in between coats. 

You can see, I also inked it heavier on the left side of the bowl.  This helps give the illusion that the bowl is glass and has water in it.

Image under Acetate front

Slide the image under the front of the acetate card.  This helps shows the inking on the acetate and helps me determine where to put the rest of the elements.

When adhereing to acetate, I do my best to hide the adhesive under an embellishment.

Acetate shows just about every kind of adhesive.



This is the inside of the card.  I freehanded the splat and it’s mat, then popped it up with dimenstional tape to give it some interest.  I used Cloud 9 splats and hearts to drive home the message.  I also used a Sakura Star Dust Gel pen to do some extra doodling.





Front of Card

So here is the final product….two hedge hogs fishing in a fish bowl and catching the only gold fish in the bowl.

On the outside of the acetate I used Cloud 9 bubbles on the left side of the bowl.  The togetherness is a rub-on and I took clear stickles and colored it using the Azure Blue Staz-On ink.  I used a liner brush to make the commas on the right side.  I used Staz-On white ink for the white flourish.


I loved how this card turned out.  If you want a closer look just click on the picture.  Thanks for looking and be sure and leave me a comment.

May 2, 2009 - Tutorials, Uncategorized    No Comments

Design Studio – Shadowing Welded Words – Video #4

Wow! Just in case you missed it, Diane at Capadia Designs, has done another great video for all of us that are trying to learn how to use the Cricut Design Studio.

So go visit her website ( http://capadiadesigns.blogspot.com/2009/04/shadowing-welded-word-design-studio.html) and watch her video on another layer of how to shadow welded words.  You can also access her through the link on the right hand side of this page, under “Blog Roll”.   If you missed her first 3 videos they are there, and you can catch up.

Thanks again Diane,  for great tutorials!   If you visit her blogspot, be sure and be sweet and leave her a comment.

Apr 30, 2009 - Tutorials    No Comments

Welding in Cricut Video #3

In her continuing series of how to weld items together using Cricut Design Studio (DS), Diane Capadia at Capadia Designs has brought us another great tutorial video.  I always learn something from Diane and I have those aha moments when she shows how she uses DS. 

So go visit her website (http://capadiadesigns.blogspot.com/2009/04/cricut-designs-studio-video-3-welding.html) and watch her video on another way to weld characters together.  You can also access her through the link on the right hand side of this page, under “Blog Roll”.   If you missed her first two videos they are there, and you can catch up.

Thanks Diane for great tutorials!