Embossing with Cut Files

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I love the look of embossing on cardstock especially for those really special cards such as Wedding and Christening cards, it adds a tactile quality to your cards and makes them look expensive too 🙂

Today I will show you how I emboss using cut files (available at the end of this post) and my trusty Zing, this is yet another way that my Zing saves me money as I no longer have to purchase Embossing Folders 😉

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  100
  • Passes = 1


Pic 1. I cut my chosen background design from some heavyweight cardstock, I cut 2 copies and stuck them together with some wet glue so I had a few seconds to slide them into place. I cut 2 pieces to give me a deeper empression when I emboss:

Swirly Background Embossing 1

Pic 2. This is the sandwhich I use in my big shot, one cutting plate – my cut file – my card for embossing – a tan embossing mat – my second cutting plate. If you don’t achieve a deep emboss add a shim (a piece of card) above your sandwhich and add a second if necessary, you should feel a certain amount of resistance in order to achieve a decent impression:

Swirly Background Embossing 2

Pic 3. Experiment with different materials, you can achieve fantastic results with pearl, satin and mirror effect cardstocks:

Swirly Background Embossing 3

Pic 4. I chose some white card for my card today, the embossing doesn’t photograph quite as well in white unfortunately but it is lovely in the flesh. I backed both my embossing panel and my sentiment with silver card:

Swirly Background Embossing 4

Pic 5. Here is my completed card, I kept the layout quite simple so I didn’t cover too much of my embossing, I added some lace and ribbon to the middle and finished the corners with some pearls:

Swirly Background Embossing 5

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here are today’s Cut Files:

Swirly Backgrounds 1 by Bird

Swirly Backgrounds 1 by Bird

Special Day Circle by Bird

Special Day Circle by Bird

49 thoughts on “Embossing with Cut Files

  1. Thank you Bird…..I have used so many of your designs and enjoy looking at what you make. Hugs from Nebraska,

  2. This is such a GREAT idea. Thanks so much. I have an accuquilt GO, hoping I can get it to work with that!

  3. Just exquisite!!! Your cards are truly works of art. Thank you for sharing your talent and enabling so many others to share the beauty you create!!!

  4. i can only hope to achieve as clean a cut as what you have here. i have the cameo. this looks so much like a die cut it’s hard to imagine you actually cut this on a machine. i’ll give it a whirl. wish me luck. thank you!

  5. Wow…. just perfect. Like this idea to make embossing folders, I shall try it. I have cut thick acetate and that works too, but think this method will be better for the blade. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you so much. I get so much inspiration from you and your fantastic designs. I love everything you do. Today’s design is very special.

  7. I agree with all, it is a gorgeous card, you are so very talented and so very kind to continue to share with us. Thank you. PS I’m coping your idea, I love it and the silver backing. LOL

  8. Bird you always amaze me! I can’t wait to try this!

  9. Beautiful background! I love this new take on your swirl-based designs! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  10. I look forward to trying your embossing technique – thank you for the files and for the inspiration

  11. OMGoodness – that is a fabulous card and I love how you made the embossing with the cut pieces… I have never thought about doing that. THANK YOU for the inspiration and the gorgeous cutting files 😀

    IKE in Greece xxx

  12. This is awesome!! I love embossing but never seem to have the right embossing folder I want. Now, it won’t be such a problem for me!

  13. Wow! What a great idea! You are so talented! Thanks for your files and your awesome ideas!!

  14. Oh Bird, this is fantastic – your card is beautiful – I love the simplicity and the touch of lace just makes it a level more classy.

    Thanks so much for the cut files – you’re a star!!!

    Paula x x x

  15. Your cut files and projects are so classy. I look forward to using some of them on my newly purchased Silhouette. Thanks so much!

  16. Excellent! I haven’t tried this but will certainly do so. What a great, money-saving idea. Thanks.

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