CTC 61: Botanical Builder Dies – Cut & Emboss Technique

Published by under cards | Jan 10 2016

CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop

The CASE-ing the Catty crew are excited to be back in 2016 for of our weekly Blog Hop, with a whole new look and even more projects to inspire you.

Each week members of the CTC Crew create projects using the Stampin’ Up! catalogues as inspiration.

This week the CTC Crew are choosing their fave projects to CASE (Copy And Share) from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue. You may have arrived from Julia’s blog, or you can start your journey here.

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

I loosely took my inspiration from a card on page 26 of the Occasions catalogue and one from our demonstrator magazine, but mainly I’m sharing one of my favourite items which is the Botanical Builder Framelits dies. Plus a pretty cool trick!

Here are the dies…

Botanical Builder framelit dies

See the long vine or leafy die? It cuts an edge and also cuts out some of the leaves.

This is what happens when you put the die on the edge of a card front:

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

What a great look!

Now here’s for the cool trick (well, I thought it was pretty cool when I discovered it by accident). For want of a more imaginative name I’ve called it the ‘Cut & Emboss Technique’.

The die left an indentation on my card front (it happens sometimes, no big deal) so I ran it back through my Big Shot with an extra shim and no dies. Did you know that you can remove most of the marks left from dies by doing this? Give it a try. You may have to play around with shims  (extra layers of cardstock) to get the right pressure, but it works very well. 

This time I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally had my card closed, so both the die-cut front and plain back of the card went through the Big Shot at the same time.

Like this…

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

I was annoyed with myself at first but then discovered that the die cut edge embossed the pattern right onto the back of the card!

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

So when you open the card, there is an exact replica of the die cut, with one part embossed and the other debossed. It is such a cool effect when you open the card.


Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

As I mentioned, the card I made is actually a cross between one of the samples from our inspirational demonstrator magazine (Stampin’ Success) and the sentiment inspiration from this card on page 26 of the new Occasions catalogue.

Botanical Builder dies and Enjoy The Little Things stamp set, all from Stampin' Up!.

I do love that sentiment, as one of my intentions this year is to do exactly that… enjoy the little things. This stamp is from a set called, appropriately, Enjoy The Little Things.


CTC61: Cut & Emboss Technique with the Botanical Builder frailest, by SimoneBartrum


Also used on this card is the Botanical Gardens paper pack, Bakers Twine, and the Botanical Gardens cardstock pack.

I hope you enjoyed my project this week. Please leave a comment if you stopped by today – and let me know if you’re going to give the Cut & Emboss technique a go!

There’s more fun in store for you over at the next blog on our hop with the fabulous Jackie – just click on the ‘next’ box below. And if you get stuck along the way you can always visit the main CASE-ing The Catty blog here.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


Cut and Emboss Technique. Cut out the leafy vine die on card front, then run the closed card back through the Big Shot with no dies and just a shim. The cut front embosses the back layer! Such a great effect. More details at www.simonebartrum.com.


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14 Responses to “CTC 61: Botanical Builder Dies – Cut & Emboss Technique”

  1. […] you’re joining the Hop here, or if you’ve hopped on over from the talented Simone Bartrum (who shared a great tip in her card showcasing the  Botanical Gardens Suite)  – a […]

  2. Jess Williamson 10 Jan 2016 at 8:19 pm

    OK – you’re a genius! How have I not tried this before? It looks fantastic. I’m off to try out this technique with all my framelits!

  3. Moniqueon 10 Jan 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Such a lovely CASE, and a great idea to use the leaves to create the embossed image.

  4. Triciaon 10 Jan 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Such a pretty & clever card & an awesome trick to boot. One I am definitely going to try.

  5. Rachel Palmierion 10 Jan 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Ooooh! That is a cute trick embossing/debossing in one (accidental) step. Love this die, love your card too, Simone.

  6. Liz Grosson 10 Jan 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Beautiful card, and the embossing on the inside is AWESOME! thanks for sharing such a cool tip, will have to try it soon.

  7. Penny Hanuszakon 11 Jan 2016 at 6:38 am

    Simone thanks for the timely tips. I haven’t received my dies yet, but am really anxious to use them after seeing your inspiring sample. Appreciated. Can’t wait to deboss/emboss. What a concept!

  8. Helen Hon 11 Jan 2016 at 8:31 am

    Fabulous card, Simone, the layered flowers on your sentiment are so sweet. Your cut & embossed edge is awesome, what a great discovery! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Bronwynon 11 Jan 2016 at 9:26 am

    Stunning card! When those framelits arrive I will be giving this handy little trick a work out.

  10. Julia Quinnon 11 Jan 2016 at 9:57 am

    And this is what I really LOVE about our blog. The amazing inspiration, sharing of creative genius AND I had to go back to the catalogue to find this stamp set! Thank you so much for sharing. I love your clever technique and your wonderful greeting on the card!

  11. Cheryl Algieon 11 Jan 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Awesome card and such a neat tip on the debbossing idea – I’ve only ever used that idea on foil to emboss a card front but will definitely be giving this a try . I also love the sentiment and it is probably the most used out of all of my new ” toys ” so far !

  12. Judy Mayon 11 Jan 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Love your card, Simone. Thanks for the tip on removing marks left from the dies. I hadn’t thought of that, so will be giving it a try. Love the ‘extra’ embossing as well. It has got me thinking of other possibilities with this technique.

  13. Kathryn Mangelsdorfon 11 Jan 2016 at 9:41 pm

    This set of dies and dsp was never on my wish list but seeing everyone creations it has now been ordered, I really love what you have done with the edge.

  14. Jackie Nobleon 14 Jan 2016 at 9:50 pm

    A stunning project Simone and a post full of tips and ideas – thank you so much for sharing! I love, love, love that stamp too and your colour choice for the sentiment makes the whole card pop! Right – I’m off to find some dies to emboss/deboss!

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