Ask the Experts – Embossing

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q:  Can I use only the company’s dies that are the same brand as my die cut machine or can I use others?

A:  As long as you follow your instructions from the manufacturer of your die cut machine and the plate stacks that they recommend you will be able to use other dies in your machine.  Each type of die will require a different plate stack and some may require the purchase of specific plates so be sure to check first so you don’t cause damage to your machine.


Q:  I wanted to do some heat embossing on vellum and when I did it warped.  What can I do differently?

A:  First before using your heat tool make sure that is hot.  Also, keep the heat tool moving as you emboss the area and do it on both sides of the vellum.


Q:  I’ve noticed cardstock has a weight listed on it.  What does that mean?

A:  Cardstock comes in various weights with the most common being 65 pound, 80 pound, 100 and 110 pound.  The heavier weights are good to use for card bases because they are thicker to better support the added weight of embellishments.  80 pounds is a good weight for die cutting as it is heavy enough to hold up without tearing, but yet cuts easily.   Weights such as 65 and 67 pounds are good for projects such as stamped and marker colored images as the surface is made to dry quickly.


Q:  I want to add ink to an embossing folder, but when I place the ink pad on it I get thick ink lines from the edges.  What can I do to prevent this?

A:  Use a brayer and roll it over the ink pad and then onto the folder to give it an even coverage.


Q:  I’ve never used an embossing folder before.  I’m not sure which side of it is up.  Can you help?

A:  The back of the folder is the part that has the raised design and the top will always be the part that the design fits into.  You can turn it around and use it the other way, too, which is referred to as recessed debossing.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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