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.
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.
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
First Prize in the
Stamping & Scrapbooking Contest