Today I am looking at embossing or de-bossing, depending on which way you choose to use the material!
Embossing can give some very pretty effects for both backgrounds and lettering but there are some basics you need to know before you start. Real time video here On thin white card below..at a force of 150 (higher than that would break through -
I could have made it deeper by repeating the process.
First things first, you need some sort of padding under your card in order to emboss it. It is perfectly ok to use craft foam.
TIP Did you know that if you have indents in your craft foam, that heating it gently with a hairdryer or heat embossing tool will allow it to 'repair' itself? Just like magic!
So put your foam on the mat and your card on that, making sure to secure it well.
If you are planning on cutting around the edge, make sure you arrange things so that you can remove the foam before you cut, without moving the design.
Don't have an embossing tool? Don't worry. As long as you have a pen holder that fits, and an old pen, you'll be ok for basic stuff. Clean out the pen, remove the ink tube and re assemble it. I used an old Sakura one in a Silhouette pen holder. I had to wrap some tape around the pen, it was an in-between size but I got it to work. If you are going to be super fussy, then cut the pen down so that it will fit under the hood of the machine!
Set the lines to 'pen' and make sure you have the machine in charge of the pressure, not the software. That way you can more easily adjust it.
The effect you get will depend on the size of the nib and the force you apply.
Too high a force and it will tear through the card, too little and you won't see much of a result. The heavier the card the more force will be needed. Practice on some scraps to get the desired effect. The sample below was done at a force of 150 on relatively thin card. It's easy to repeat the section, not so easy to repair it if you mess it up.
Don't forget to set up the tool using your gap guide!
If doing a design such as lettering, you must flip it if you want the raised pattern. Embossing is fun for monograms or sentiments but not if it is backwards!
For larger elements you can also use 'line fill' effect, play around with the gaps between lines to get the coverage you want.
If you want to have a cut line around your completed design, make sure you don't use 'Origin point' in the cut settings panel. You are better off using WYSIWYG (and setting the origin to the corner of your mat or paper.) Using origin point for cutting will most likely cause you to have the cut line in the wrong place. Been there, done that, got the T shirt.
If you think you will do much embossing, you will probably want to buy the proper embossing tool for the Silver Bullet but this works well enough to try it out, or if you are only likely to emboss occasionally.