Friday, December 2, 2011

Spellbinders Series: Embossing

Hello!! Welcome to my third post in my Spellbinders series. If you missed the other two, you can find them here and here. Today's post is all about embossing with the Grand Calibur.

Keep in mind that I am just learning this machine and in the beginning "playing" stage. I have no training with the machine and definitely don't know all the tips for doing things right...I am just a crafter with a new machine and I am sharing with you what I am learning along the way.

So I knew I wanted to make this post about embossing. It's very easy to cut and then emboss a shape with the Grand Calibur, but what I was wanting to do was ONLY emboss. I learned that was not as easy as I expected. I wanted to stick a piece of paper through and emboss three butterflies, at one time. I tried once, and it actually did cut my butterflies out. I tried a second time and for some reason my paper got all warped in spots. So I ran my embossing pad and plates through the machine with no paper or dies in it, to straighten out my pad. Then I tried a third time and got something I was ok with.

Here's the layout I made with the paper I embossed the butterflies on:


See that pink piece of paper? That is what I was talking about. I also cut out some more butterflies (these are cut and embossed) to add to my butterfly design. On this layout I used the Wonderful Wings dies and the Creative Book Pages dies (the postage stamp piece behind my photos over the banner strips).

The gorgeous papers are all from Pink Paislee, from their Butterfly Garden collection (I thought that was very appropriate for this layout!). I also used their rub-ons, charm and letters.

Here are some close up's of my layout:



And then, using the same supplies, I also made a card:

This time I added a bit of chalk on top of my embossed butterfly.

I'm gonna have to play a bit more with embossing with the Grand Calibur. :)

Thanks for stopping in today!!! Hope you have enjoyed my post.
Have a WONDERFUL day!

22 comments:

Suzanne B. Webb said...

This is so, so pretty, I love the layered butterflies and your hand stitching....

Debby said...

How amazing! I love the detail and effect. Great job.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

My friend teaches classes using Spellbinders....and she uses painters tape (the blue kind) to hold the edge of the paper down to help not having it move... she just keeps a small piece of the blue tape on the end of her machine, so its there when she needs it.... don't know if that would have helped you or not... just wanted to pass on what I know my friend does :):):):):)

I love love love love your lo and your card!! They are just STUNNING!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the embossed butterflies and your photos on the lo are just BEAUTIFUL!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Mary Pat Siehl said...

awesome job!

i use paiters tape as well!

Jingle said...

WOW! That layout is absolutely GORGEOUS and the card is beautiful!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

Very nice! I would have given up after one try, but that is me, I have no patience LOL. I'm glad you kept going.

GLOANN said...

Beautiful! But how did you finally get it to emboss and not cut? I have some butterfly dies (along with lots of other dies! LOL). I think I will play around with this idea today.

Lynn said...

so soft and pretty and very elegant. confection!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Ditto what Lynn said! I always love to see your stitching. :)

Becky said...

The layout and card both turned out absolutely beautiful!

Lisa Dorsey said...

Oh Pamela, that layout is just stunning! I love the strips of paper off to the right side! Great card too!

Connie said...

I have faith in you you'll get it worked out:):) looking great!!!!

Mary Jo said...

Very pretty projects!! :)

Michelle said...

Such a beautiful layout!

Christa said...

I think you did a great job! These look great!

Sue Althouse said...

Catching up on blogs today! Loved your wreath and BG layout and hope your knee is feeling much better. I'm just beginning to work with Spellbinders products and so far they are fantastic! Just as long as they work in my older model Cuttlebug, but I'm sure someday I'll break down and update my machine!

April Derrick said...

Your layout is stunning and the card is very pretty!

Tracy said...

Your card and layout are both beautiful.
I haven't seen this machine in action yet

Deb said...

Oh Pamela, your layout is divine - so very pretty. So much inspiration on it.

Thanks so much for sharing your tips

Deb ♥

Mary Ann Jenkins said...

I don't do much embossing...not sure why, just don't think to do it I guess?? I love the look of your embossed butterflies though so I may have to give it a try soon!!!

Johanna said...

I had never thought of embossing this way, but it sure looks amazing!!!

Linda Beeson said...

Oh, I want to do that! Something I haven't played with but I so love the look.