- Mrs. Duckling
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn
You have probably figured out that I like craft stuff and adding DIY personal touches to everything. After Mr. Ducky saw how much I loved my Cricut and its creations, he decided to follow a similar theme and get me a Cuttlebug for Christmas. “Cuttle what?” Yes, my friends, it is another “craft insect” from Provo Craft to add to my collection, and hopefully use for different details in the wedding. Do you think I’m a nerd yet?
The Cuttlebug embosses and does die cuts. Basically, I can get different patterns and sizes of embossing folders to use on paper. I can also take specific dies and cut out specific shapes, and unlike the Cricut, I can get exact placement of where I want the cut to be made. An example of an embossing folder:
An example of a die cut:
The Cuttlebug was easy to figure out how to use, which is a good thing because I am not technically inclined. You use a spacer as the base, and then in between two cutting pads, you place the embossing folder with the paper inside.
Then after you have that set up, you place everything on the Cuttlebug and “wind” (my technical term) it through. It is not hard at all to do the “winding”. I was worried that I was going to have to press real hard or my arm would get tired if I were doing a bunch of embossing at once, but it is super smooth. You do have to press a little harder for the die cut, though.
And after that you are done! Remove the paper from the embossing folder and you have a fancy design.
There are also smaller embossing folders like these 3 that give you smaller embossing images.
There are so many different kinds of embossing folder and die cuts, similar to the Cricut cartridges. I have several more generic embossing folders that can be used for any sort of event. However, there are more themed ones like thank-yous, babies, love etc., if you want to be specific. I like that you can buy individual die cuts if you want something really specific like a giraffe for example, whereas with the Cricut, you would need to buy the whole cartridge, which is much more expensive.
Now how do I plan on using my Cuttlebug for the wedding? Well, to be honest, I’m still figuring that out. I think I could use it on small details for our invitations and programs because it gives a more professional and polished look without me having to send away for something like letterpress.
Up next are my first test projects with my new insect…
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