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Beginners Guide: Embossing

Embossing creates a professional finish to any papercraft project, from cards to gift bags and scrapbook pages.

This versatile technique may look tricky but it’s actually very easy to master. So, here’s a handy guide to get you started in embossing using a Gemini machine.

What is embossing?

Embossing is the art of creating a raised design onto card or paper. It’s a great way to add depth and dimension to any make.

You can also add colour or metallic accents to the raised elements, highlighting the intricate detail and 3D effect.

Embossing Tools

A Gemini Die Cutting and Embossing Machine will create intricately sculpted designs in minutes. You can emboss using both electronic and manual Gemini machines.

There are three types of Embossing Folder available from Crafter’s Companion - each designed to create a different effect.

Embossing Folders

2D Embossing Folders

2D Embossing folders have one layer of depth – making them perfect for creating a raised image background for your projects. They usually work best as a background, layered underneath other elements to add extra texture and dimension.

3D Embossing Folders

Designed with varying layers of dimension, 3D Embossing Folders create a bold and striking raised image or pattern. They are best for creating individual elements that can be cut out and used as embellishments.

Cut & Emboss Folders

These folders emboss your projects whilst simultaneously cutting out specific areas within the folder. Use them to create raised decorative centrepieces with die-cut elements such as frames and delicate embellishments.

 

Embossing with Dies

You can also create embossed images using metal dies. All you need is a rubber embossing mat and you can create a raised impression of your die shape rather than cutting it out.

How to emboss using a Gemini machine

  • Choose your embossing folder and the card or paperstock you want to use
  • Open up the folder and place your card or paper inside
  • Close the folder and place it onto a cutting plate
  • Create the correct plate combination according to the embossing folder you’re using
  • Pass the through your die-cutting machine
  • Open up your folder to reveal the embossed design

Plate Combinations

For the best results every time, you need the right combination of plates and shims to pass through your Gemini die-cutting and embossing machine.

Each Gemini machine includes a comprehensive set of instructions, we’ve also listed the plate combinations below to get you started:

2D Embossing Folders

Clear Cutting Plate

 

2D Embossing Folder with card or paper inside

 

Clear Cutting Plate

3D Embossing Folders

Plastic Shim

 

3D Embossing Folder with card or paper inside

 

Magnetic Shim

 

Clear Cutting Plate

Cut & Emboss Folders

Clear Cutting Plate

 

Magnetic Shim

 

Cut & Emboss Folder with card or paper inside

 

Clear Cutting Plate

Embossing with metal dies

Clear Cutting Plate

 

Rubber Embossing Mat

 

Card or paper

 

Metal die with the blade side facing up

 

Plastic Shim

 

Clear Cutting Plate

 

Decorating

Adding colour or shine to your embossed design will help the raised areas really stand out.

●    Add gilding wax to the raised areas by dabbing it on your finger and gently swiping it across. This creates a shimmering effect to highlight the embossed area

●    Use a Spectrum Noir Inkpad and a dauber or mini sponge to add some extra colour onto your raised design