Ever since I figured out how to get a really nice emboss with my Silhouette Curio, I’ve been wanting to translate that process over to the Cricut. Let me just tell you it wasn’t easy. As soon as I got it working, DS3 changed everything and I had to start over. Ugg.
I finally got it, though and you aren’t going to believe how well it works and how great your projects will look. If you ever “dry embossed” with a brass stencil, a stylus and a light table, then you’ll understand what is involved here. We’re going to put a stencil under our paper and let the Explore do the embossing for us.
Since its kinda complicated, we’re going to have to do this in stages (I start getting anxious if my videos go over 10 minutes). So in this first installment, I’m going to show you the whole process on video and provide a file, as well as written instructions, if you want to walk through it yourself.
What you need:
– A Cricut Explore or Maker (some Cricut Explore Air 2’s have a scoring bug and won’t work. If you are an E2 owner with weak scoring pressure, please call support)
– Cricut Scoring Stylus
– A Cricut pen (optional, but simplifies things)
– heavy white matte cardstock that is both printable and cuttable (for the stencil). I am using Recollections 110lb/300 gsm card stock from Michaels, but this is too heavy for some printers, so use the heaviest card stock you can print on.
– media to emboss … I recommend Neenah 67 lb Exact Vellum Bristol, but any light to medium weight card stock will work. Cut it into 4 x 5-1/4″ rectangles for this demo (to fit an A2 card front)
(plain old 110 lb /200 gsm card stock from Walmart will work for both parts of this demo, but you might not get the crispest results possible)
My Design Space file– This link will open in Cricut Design Space on your computer (will not work from mobile devices). Click customize and save the file to your account.
I’m working on a tutorial for how to create your own embossing files. In the meantime I have prepared an infographic with the pertinent details for advanced users who don’t want to wait. This is going to require 3rd party software, unfortunately. Also hope to have some more files to share. Stay tuned.
Update: the video on preparing embossing files in SureCutsALot 4 is here!
In case you missed the link above, a printable PDF of the instructions is here.