Crease Pads in the Big Shot or Cuttlebug

by Suzanne

Big Shot

Big Shot

I'm new to embossing / die cutting (loving it!) I purchased a die that said it needed an embossing mat.
Where do I put the embossing mat in the "sandwich" stack that I run through the Cuttlebug?



Hi Suzanne

Welcome to the world of embossing/die cutting! I just love using embossed and die cut elements in my projects too! I use the Big Shot of course, but I started out with a Cuttlebug, and the same rules apply for both machines when you are using various tools to assist with getting good results.

I am wondering if your embossing mat is a crease pad?

We recommend the Premium Crease Pads and Extended Premium Crease Pads when using rule-based dies with score lines. The crease pads provide a flexible cutting surface that produces clean cuts and well-defined score lines. When using the crease pads, you should layer your sandwich to pass through the Big Shot (or Cuttlebug) in the following way (starting from the bottom):

Standard or Extended Cutting Pad
Shim (optional)
Die, blade up
Material to be cut
Premium or Extended Premium Crease Pad*

Shims are used to add thickness to the sandwich passing through the Big Shot machine, applying more pressure to the die and resulting in deeper score lines and embossed images. Plastic shims are included with each crease pad, but you can also use text-weight paper or card stock as a shim.

The necessity of shims will vary among users. Due to the tolerable variances in the measurements of all products associated with cutting, results can slightly differ depending on the material being cut, the die being used, or even from one Big Shot machine to another. You should experiment to identify what works best (shim, no shim, extra shim, etc.) for the material you are cutting and the die you are using.

*Use the Premium Crease Pad with Originals or Bigz dies. Use the Extended Premium Crease Pad with Bigz XL dies.

I hope this information helps you, Suzanne. Let me know if you have more specific questions about it all, and enjoy your embossing and die cutting!


PS: You might also enjoy seeing some embossed effects I used on some of my cupcake cards and did you know you can also use embossed images and a brayer with some ink to make some interesting coloured effects?

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