Pasta Machine With Plastic Plate Embossing




About: I enjoy everything

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

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.
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

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

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

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

Step 5: Turn or Rotate the Pasta Machine for the Finished Embossing.

This is the embossed image in/on the paper (flipped over) next to the template.
Second image is the embossed paper.

Step 6: Optional Project

I placed stick on foam shapes onto a plastic pressure pad and ran it thru the pasta machine.  I used the rubber backing pad and 110 pound paper.

Taking the same foam shape, I stuck one on a  wood block to create an ink stamp.
Using an inkpad, I loaded ink onto the foam shape and transferred the image onto the embossed sheet.

Step 7: Another Option

Using flexible plastic patterns produce very nice embossed images

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    9 Discussions

    Fikjast Scottkrummrey

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    A pasta machine is a good tool to add to a collection. I have a second one to run my clay.

    Take care