Embossing on the Zing!

The above thank you card is my test of the new Zing embossing tool on cardstock. I have a method for obtaining a thicker-than-normal embossed line that I describe below. I highly recommend it when embossing cardstock as it is an easy way to get a great look!

Smooth cardstock
Zing Embossing Tool
Embossing mat
Coordinating ribbon

(1) For an embossing mat, I use a 12″ x 12″ cut of Duck Brand solid shelf liner with repositionable adhesive applied to the top. The mat was pressed to the top of my Zing mat, with the sticky side up. Then the cardstock was pressed to the top of the embossing mat.
(2) In Make The Cut, I imported two heart shapes from the Basic Shapes. I used Times New Roman to type the word Thanks.
(3) To make the thicker embossed outline, I used the Shadow function and created both an Inline and an Outline, both only 0.01″ thick. This then forces the embossing tool to do three different outlines, but very close together, creating an overall thicker embossed line.
(4) For embossing on the Zing, I used a force of 130, speed of 10, and 3 passes. I used the larger end of the embossing tool. After embossing, I cut out the card, while it was still on the embossing mat. If you are diligent about making sure the blade tip isn’t extended beyond the thickness of the cardstock, you can cut out shapes using this same shelf liner mat. (Thank you to Michelle Hessler of Paper Threads for that tip!) The photo below shows a close-up of the embossing.
(5) I then used a Scor-Pal to create a center fold for the card and added ribbon to the top and bottom.

25 thoughts on “Embossing on the Zing!

  1. If you are diligent about making sure the blade tip isn’t extended beyond the thickness of the cardstock, you can cut out shapes using this same shelf liner mat. (Thank you to Michelle Hessler of Paper Threads for that tip!)

        • Is there a special trick to this? I would think this would affect your force and the way you have to set your blade holder height too. Please share the secrets.=D

          • I probably didn’t make it clear enough in my explanation. I’m using WYSIWYG mode. I insert the embosser and turn on the layer I want to emboss, set the force, speed and passes that I want to use for embossing and execute. Then, when that’s done, I turn off the embossing layer, turn on the cut layer, go into the Zing plugin window and immediately go to “Use Last” for the blade position which moves the blade carriage back to the origin I just used. Then I change out the embosser for the blade holder, change the force, speed, and multicut to what I need for cutting and then execute the cut.

            The key here is that because the top of my embossing pad (shelf liner) is sticky, it is a suitable surface for both embossing and cutting. But as Michelle had suggested, you need to just be extra careful about the blade length because you do not want the blade cutting into the shelf liner that you are using as an embossing pad.

  2. Thanks Sandy! I have been waiting to try this! Just need more time!!!!!!!!!!!! What cardstock did you use? I wanted to do this technique for my neighbor’s daugthers wedding but didn’t have great success. I wanted to do this AND add a printed tag in the center, emboss around it then cut it! Would love it if someone tries it (hint hint πŸ™‚ and demonstrates/tutorial it πŸ™‚
    love hugs and prayers

    • It was Recollections cardstock. You do want to use a relatively thin smooth cardstock for best results. And then do some testing of small shapes first to make sure it works well before you attempt your larger project. Get the best force and speed settings recorded for both the embossing and the cutting. But definitely use my recommended settings when you begin testing. If the cardstock tears, then use less force first before reducing the number of passes.

  3. This is excellent! I have been wondering about how to use the embossing tool. Thanks!

  4. It is so cool to see more and more ways to use this machine. I look forward to the day I can buy one.

  5. Yes… you could write first and then emboss and then cut! The only problem is that you would need to be doing a deboss instead. With what I created above, the text was mirrored for embossing so if I had a pen, it would be on the opposite side of the card. But if I wanted a deboss application, then I could have used a pen and then embossed. Sounds like something I should test out. Thanks for the idea!

  6. That Duck brand shelf liner is the best solution I have found out of all I have tried. It has just enough cushion and density to make a good embossing. And the repositional adhesive spray sticks to it just right to create it into a cushioned “embossing/cutting” mat!

    I have tried every craft foam and other things out there, even tried other brands of embossing mats, and none work as well as the shelf liner!

  7. This was really neat. I’ve never seen embossing with any other kind of paper
    except vellum. Brings a whole different aspect to card making. Thanks for sharing, Sandy. I really like the dotted ribbon too.

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