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Old 02-05-2016, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default Favorite cutting AND embossing dies

Hey guys! I have a Cameo, so for a long time only used my Big Shot for embossing with folders. However, I've noticed how nice the embossed areas look on some cards done with dies. The edges in particular jumped out at me. So, I've picked up a silicone rubber and impressions pad. I had a few dies and in some it's quite obvious when I cut and then emboss. Others, not so much.

So, I'd like to add a few more dies to my collection. I'll still use my beloved Cameo for most cuts, but would like a few dies for cut and emboss. I was hoping you all might be willing to share your most used/couldn't live without it dies in which the embossing step really makes a difference. TIA!
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:47 AM   #2
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HomeThat would be like choosing who your favorite child it

Seriously, I have dies from almost all of the major companies and I love them all - The more detailed dies can be a bit of a pain at time but well worth the few extra seconds to get the bitty pieces out.

For me one of the biggest challenges isn't cutting out the dies but adhering them to my cards until I found Stick-It - this man deserves a gold medal.
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Hi Hannah, I don't know if you've thought of this, or tried it out. I came up with it when I bought some Circular dies that had no embossing ability- Framelites dies, by Sizzix. Anyway, what I did was cut out the size I wanted, then cut out a couple from a smaller size. I placed the smaller ones underneath the large one, ran it through my 'bug with the typical embossing sandwich, and I got an embossed circle. I reckon you could do the same with Silhouette cut outs. I have one so will be giving it a try.
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Thank you ladies! That's a great idea Silver Wolf!
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My mom has a Cricut (that I use) and I have a Scan N Cut 2 and Cuttlebug. I find that I do use the cuttlebug dies pretty often and use my Scan N Cut or Cricut to fill in the gaps. But my favorite cut/emboss dies are definitely Spellbinders Nestiblites! they're probably my favorite! I really like the card creator line!
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Hi Hannah....Lovely name, it's my only granddaughter's name. Back to your original question. The only dies I have that have an embossing possibility are from Spellbinders. I have a lot of the Label dies and after cutting I leave the paper in the die, turn them over and run a bone folder around the edge if I want the embossing to really show up. Easier than trying to re-run with a pad, and gives a sharper edge. I have some doily style dies and just got some leaves & flowers dies from them, and have run them through after cutting with the pad, but I'm not impressed with the effect. The lines show up as they should, but it seems like the leaves shift in the die when embossed, then the edges look a bit wonky. I think I need more practice.
When I cut I use the Sixxiz metal plate to get a good cut, then I change to multi-purpose platform with first tab removed, for the embossing sandwich to fit through.
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Hi Hannah....Lovely name, it's my only granddaughter's name. Back to your original question. The only dies I have that have an embossing possibility are from Spellbinders. I have a lot of the Label dies and after cutting I leave the paper in the die, turn them over and run a bone folder around the edge if I want the embossing to really show up. Easier than trying to re-run with a pad, and gives a sharper edge. I have some doily style dies and just got some leaves & flowers dies from them, and have run them through after cutting with the pad, but I'm not impressed with the effect. The lines show up as they should, but it seems like the leaves shift in the die when embossed, then the edges look a bit wonky. I think I need more practice.
When I cut I use the Sixxiz metal plate to get a good cut, then I change to multi-purpose platform with first tab removed, for the embossing sandwich to fit through.
I emboss them first and then cut out; this works much better for me. When I cut first and then embossed, the paper would sometimes shift in the die and the embossing would be crooked.
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Awesome suggestions guys, thanks so much! All but one of my die sets are Spellbinder s. I'm a Prime member and do most of my shopping on Amazon, so that helps as that seems to be most of what they carry Prime.
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Diane, I never thought of that! I need to try it to get the right effect. Thanks!
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