Make your OWN Embossing Plates

I am so excited about this video! 🙂
I am going to show you how to make your own embossing plates!  This means that you will be able to design your own embossed images on cards or layouts using your Cuttlebug or Big Shot!

Here is the embossed image I made today!

Note: IF using a Cuttlebug the sandwich should go something like this.

 white A plate
 add a B plate
lay down your new created embossing plate
lay down your piece of cardstock
lay down the silicone sheet or impressions pad
add a 2nd B plate

You may have to adjust by using a shim, depending on embossing plate thickness.  A silicone mat, piece of rubber, foam or a sized-down mouse pad will work for your “impressions” pad! 🙂 


  • Hi, Pink! I found your blog through a Google search on the phrase, make your own embossing plates. This is great info! I just got a great buy on an original Sizzix machine (the press type with the lever) and am looking forward to doing dry embossing with it. I have tendinitis, so the little Fiskars embossing tools just don't cut it anymore!

    I wonder how it would work to use magnet media. I was given two rolls of laminate/magnet for my Xyron 900, but I can't see ever making magnets with it. I would think the Cricut deep cut blade would cut through it well and the magnet would hold up to repeated impressions if I mounted it on a thick piece of chipboard. What do you think?

    @Penny – great idea on using an old mouse pad for a rubber mat. If I can find our old one, I'll try that. Otherwise, I may get some rubber gasket material at Lowe's; I read on another blog about using that stuff for this purpose.

  • By the way…what all will I need to use Fiskars embossing plates with the original Sizzix machine? I'm assuming I need to get the converter, but will I need anything else? Can I just shim them up with plexi or chipboard?

    I know everyone's getting the BIGkick and BIGshot, but I always liked how I could put as much pressure as needed with the old lever press style.

  • @GW I am glad you found me! I have heard that plumber's gasket will work also– and for the Sizzix machine, you will need the converter, the gasket or mousepad–and either plexi or chipboard to use as a shim. I am not sure how much you would need–you would have to play around with it a little.

    The Cricut deep cut blade should cut through your magnet material, just be sure that your multi-cut function is on. I think if you mounted a design on a piece of chipboard, it would make a wonderful embossing plate! Let me know if you try this, and how well it works for you!

  • Thanks I have the small sizzix machine so I can do boarders and that is about it for now, but this is great to know thanks again.


  • What a GREAT idea!!

    Found your post in the Lyrical Letters thread on Cricut. This is just too, too cute!

    Another idea that might work would be using Chipboard? Since it’s thicker you might not have to tape pieces together? Just a thought… can’t wait to give this technique a try. The possibilities are just endless!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • I have found the plumber’s gasket at Lowes. There are 2 different thicknesses, and I bought one of each. I believe they were a combined total of less than $2.00!

    I have a Cuttlebug and lots of the Fiskars texture plates. I used the thinner plumber’s gasket. Sandwich was:

    “A” plate
    Texture Plate
    thin Rubber gasket
    “C” plate

    I didn’t have to use anything to ‘mist’ the paper–it embossed it w/o any problems! The embossed Cardstock turned out beautifully!

    Today I inked up one of the Texture plates and ran it through on white cardstock. OH WOWZA! GORGEOUS! This plumber’s gasket just opened up so many possibilities!

    I think I’ll take a look at making my own embossing using a Cricut next! Thanks for the idea!

    • This is so cool. I can never get my sandwiches right unless I’m using the actual Cuttlebug folders. If someone has some advice, please help. I’ve tried the plumber’s gaskets, cardboard, plates, and just about everything else I can think of.


  • Wow wow and more wow. I’ve only had my Cricut expression for a short time and I’ve just put a bid on a second hand Cuttlebug. I’m so so impressed that I can use the Cricut cuts in conjunction with my new Cuttlebug, as long as I can get one cheaply enough. This is such a helpful video, thank you for your time and effort doing this for us all to see.

  • This is very cool! THanks so much for the video I just watched with my girls, our next cool toy is the bigshot- we cant wait to do this!

  • Thanks so much for sharing! I just got into crafting and card making, so as you know, it’s rather expensive trying to get all the dies and stamps one needs to be able to do all that one needs to do. This will definitely come in handy. Only question I have is, the sample you used in the video, did you find it somewhere and print it out, or was it a free hand drawing of your own? Did you use punches and just kind of glued them together to make the design?

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