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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Is There Such a Thing as Cheating in Art??????

Yippie!!!!  I got to play with my new toy!!  I ordered an Embossing Kit for my Cricut Expression!  I was hopeful that it would work well on the Ten Seconds Studio metal..... I am NOT disappointed!!! :)  I think it turned out great!  I feel like I'm cheating!! LOL!! :)
I ordered it here:  Chomas Creations
I know there are those out there that say you can emboss by turning your blade upside down.  But, because I plan on embossing metal A LOT, I wanted a dedicated tool for that purpose.  To me, this is worth the money!  The embossing cartridge is very sturdy and the mat worked great!! 
Here is my first attempt and I'm very pleased!!!!
I wanted to make a card for my daughter's friend who just had to put her doggie down yesterday.  She was very attached to the poor poochie, so I hope this will remind her that "All Dogs go to Heaven".  (I'll post my final card when I get it done)

First, I found this cute image online:
Then I converted the image in Inkscape to a file to import into SCAL to cut with my Expression. 
(SCAL is a third party software program you can use with your Cricut to cut out shapes.  You are not longer restricted to images on the cartridges)

I set the program to Multi-Cut 3 times.  I think 2 would have been enough, but 3 certainly did not hurt anything!! :)

Here is a close up of the back of the metal after the machine got done embossing.

Here is what the front looked like after I took it out of the machine.
Notice the roller marks on the image.  These are very superficial and I was able to easily erase them. 


Here is the image after I refined it.  Terrible pic, but you can see that the roller marks are no where to be seen! :)  

Here is the image trimmed and sanded.  I think it turned out cute, don't you??!!  :)

Tellin' ya, loving this gizmo!!!!  I really think I'll be using it A LOT!!
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Come play and learn with us!!!!!
C Ya Soon!


  1. Susan,
    congratulations! Love how it resulted after sanding. Design looks more cute.
    Thx for sharing and for your encouragement( still didn't try mmy Amy kit here).

  2. Oh it looks AWESOME!!!! I SO can't wait to get my from Cri-Kits!!!!!

  3. This is just adorable! I loooove it!

  4. This is so awesome-I have been wanting to get back into using my cricut again-using the machine to emboss metals will give me the incentive I need to get it out of its case again. :-D

  5. Wow, what a great idea! I think I like this effect better than the gel pens.

  6. Susan, I have been putting off getting this tool. I have Amy's marker holders...LOVE those!

    Love this doggy!

  7. are an enabler!!! Lovely work! I think I have to have it too!
    Thanks for sharing!