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Monday, September 10, 2012

A Cheap Way to Emboss Without Shims

Wooho! Our Barbara (bdjeepers) from the Silhouette Plus Forum shared some information on some new mats used for embossing without shims. After watching the video, it brought to mind some gaskets I bought at the hardware store. Two gaskets come in a package and they were less than $3.00!

I went straight away to my craft room, pulled out those gaskets, snipped of a piece of ribbon and punched out a scalloped shape to see if my cheapo hardware store gaskets would do the job. Here is a video to show you how it turned out .

Thanks for stopping by. Have lots of fun embossing the day away.

Update: I wanted to share this too. After making the video, I wanted to try using a die from one of my Spellbinders dies. Here is what I did to get this embossed look on the card stock. The gaskets are each 1/16 of an inch I used two so they are 1/8 of an inch.

1. First I cut the shape out and left the card stock in place.
2. Next, I placed the die with the cut card stock still in it on the "B" plate card stock facing up. 
3. Place the gaskets on top of the die, add the "C" plate and roll on through.

This is a tight fit but it will go through and emboss beautifully! Below are some pics of the die I used and the embossed piece. I bet some of you thought it would My Cuttlebug wasn't stuck to the table surface and it was tight but I knew my dear old Cuttlebug could handle it. :)

Update 2 :This is a link to the type of rubber gaskets I used. It's called Rubber Sheet Packing


  1. Nice video and I already have a set of rubber gaskets like that. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Debbie. I haven't come across rubber gaskets. Glad you found a good, cheap alternative for using with embossing machines.
    Tine :)

  3. Hi Debbie,

    Ok I am TOTALLY going to go out and buy a couple of these today. I LOVE hearing your voice, you are wonderful. Thanks so much, Debbie.

    Blessints, Barb

  4. Debbie, what a great tip and thanks for sharing! Lol... I'll be making a trip to my hardware soon for sure!

  5. have u tried the small mouse pads that are real thin...they work awesome. and you can cut it to size. I have the big shot so that is what I did.


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