Brass embossing templates come in so many different designs. I probably have as many of them as I have rubber stamps! I love the look of an embossed, raised image, and really enjoy making cards with these templates.
It used to take a light box, stylus, and a bit of time to emboss a design with a template. Thanks to the Cuttlebug, my light box is a thing of the past! I have been experimenting with embossing with my Cuttlebug, and am pleased to say that I have had success! Here are some cards I made using the Cuttlebug to emboss my templates:
http://colourcreatechallenge.blogspot.com/ - had to use duck egg blue, ivory and one other color).
The thing I really love about using my Cuttlebug with my embossing templates is that I can now emboss dark colored card stock, which was very difficult to do before.
I have two more cards using brass stencils, but first I wanted to give you the directions for how to do it. The other two cards are pictured below the directions.
Here's the "recipe" or "sandwich" for using brass stencils to emboss with your Cuttlebug"
Make a "sandwich" using:
Card Stock (I used four sheets, but experiment to see how much your bug needs)
Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat
3 to 4 sheets of Card Stock (cut the same size as the embossing mat)
Put the "sandwich" through your Cuttlebug, then bring it through again. I put mine through three times, just to be sure it got embossed fully. CAUTION: Do not force the sandwich through if it wants to get stuck, it will break your machine. Just remove a piece of card stock, and try it with fewer, until it goes through. It will be tight, but shouldn't be forced.
This next card uses one of my favorite brass stencils from Dreamweavers. I love this iris:
This next card was done the same, only instead of using ColorBox inks, I used pastel chalks with my sponged alligator clip. I sprayed a fine mist of hair spray over the chalked image to seal the chalk and keep it from rubbing off.
So, if you have lots of brass stencils or templates around, and own a Cuttlebug, give this a try. You'll discover, as I have, that using brass stencils is fun again! By the way, I understand that you can also do this with the Sizzix machine. I do not have a Sizzix, so I don't know the order, but I'm sure if you experiment, you'll figure it out.
Blessings and peace,