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I like the hard to see details in scrapbooking and on paper. Embossing is an excellent detail. 

I also like to use everyday items to produce results.
I found a Pasta machine at a garage sale and I thought that it would make a prefect rolling mill for paper. 

I also thought if I use flexible plastic, I could make my own templates to emboss into the paper.
Plastic plates from the dollar store gave me the perfect plastic to make templates.
 
 
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Step 1: Gather the items

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Paper – 20 pound general purpose
               110-pound card stock
Plastic pressure pad:  I purchased and using plastic from a file folder.
Rubber backing pad: I purchase some a 6 inch by 6 inch by 1/8 thick from the plumbing department. I believe it is for patching piping.
Templates - Plastic Plates – must be flexible- found some at the dollar store
Pasta machine * Please note: The opening of the pasta machine is 5 ½ wide, so all items are cut to size; to fit this width.                             Length can be variable.
Marker
Household scissors
3 by 5 cards
Optional (secondary projects)
Foam patterns - with sticky backs
Wood – 2 inch by 3 inch – I used this size for a backing for an ink stamper
Inkpad - i was working with green, but any color will work
Plastic patterns – these have to be flexible
 

Step 2: Cut out Templates

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I used a 3 by 5 card to make a template.
I made my design on the card and cut it out with household scissors.

I traced the template onto the plastic plate with a marker.
I cut out the patterns from the plates using household scissors.
 

Step 3: Setup - backing plate, pressure plate and template

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First - The rubber backing plate is placed down first
Second  - I used 110-card stock paper.
Third -  The flexible platic template is placed.
 

Step 4: Load the roller

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I set the opening setting to the greatest level (largest opening)
 

Step 5: Turn or rotate the pasta machine for the finished embossing.

Picture of Turn or rotate the pasta machine for the finished embossing.
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This is the embossed image in/on the paper (flipped over) next to the template.
Second image is the embossed paper.
 
krummrey5 months ago

Next time I see a pasta machine at a flea market I'm getting one. :D
Thanks for sharing

Fikjast Scott (author)  krummrey5 months ago
A pasta machine is a good tool to add to a collection. I have a second one to run my clay.

Take care
mole11 year ago
This is brilliant!
Fikjast Scott (author)  mole11 year ago
Thank you
foobear1 year ago
This is so smart!
Fikjast Scott (author)  foobear1 year ago
Thank you
pinny1 year ago
Great idea! I love embossing but refuse to pay the price for machine.
Fikjast Scott (author)  pinny1 year ago
thank you for the nice comment