Making an impression….

To die cut or emboss….that is the question!  What if we could do both at once?

I finally tried a technique I’d added to my list a LONG time ago and I’m really happy to report that it works SO well.  Basically, you use your dies to create an impression instead of cutting through your paper.  And it’s as simple as flipping open the top layer of your Sizzix or Cuttlebug (or whatever you use) cutting plate and using the soft rubber mat underneath your paper in place of the acrylic mat.


I used the very thickest cardstock I have, which is 120 pound.  80 pound is standard and will work just fine, but I wanted to make sure I had plenty of heft, in case the dies were too strong and created too much of an impression.  As you can see in the sample above, I used 2 dies – the stitched frame and the Memory Box flower.  I realized I could run the paper through with both dies in place at once, but in case I had to run each die individually, I wanted to have good heavy card stock.

Here are a few more I made.  (I could help myself and I couldn’t stop, I was just so pleased with the effect!)




I really love the crisp, clean look of the white on white, but I’m sure you could create a look that is just as stunning with other colors of card stock!  There are MANY gorgeous dies in the store right now that would look so beautiful used like this!


I hope you’ll give this a try, and find one more way to justify the acquisition of another die.  Or two.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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