Saturday, February 28, 2009

Embossing "the box"

The past two days I have posted tutorials on how to make bigger boxes using the Box #2 bigz xl die. A longer box and a taller box. Well, at my open house, some of my customers wondered about using the texturz plates with the box. Since it's an xl die, it is larger than the texturz plates, so I tried a few different ways to successfully emboss it. Here's what finally worked:

First, cut a box. Fold on the "middle" score line-the line that separates one side from the front.

Use the fold/score line as a guide to line up the edge of the Texturz Silicone Rubber mat.

Place the Texturz Impressions Pad on top of the rubber mat, *AND LINE UP THE EDGES!* I did not do that in the picture, and my rubber "squished" out a little and embossed further onto the side panel than I had wanted. If you place the edge of the Impressions Pad directly above the edge of the rubber mat, then even if the rubber "squishes," there will be no Impressions Pad to press it into the plate. If you don't understand what I'm talking about here, don't worry, just LINE UP THE EDGES!

Now the front half of your box is embossed.

Next place your box back on the texturz plate with the non-embossed part in the center.

Again, line the edge of the rubber mat up with the fold/score line.

And again place the Impressions Pad on top of the rubber mat, *AND LINE UP THE EDGES!*

Now your whole box is embossed. The front and side panels might not match up perfectly, but it won't matter.

Assemble your box and decorate as desired. Sorry this isn't the best picture in the world, but of the four I took, it showed the embossing the best. To help your embossed image stand out more, spritz your paper with rubbing alcohol before placing it face down onto your texturz plate.

I used Pacific Point, Robin Hood Red, and Tangerine Tango CS; Tangerine Tango 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon; Pacific Point corduroy buttons; Birds & Blooms sizzlits; Texture Plates Kit #4; and Box #2 bigz xl die.

Sweet wishes!

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