Embossing with Cut Files


We’re adding some more shelving in my craft room at the moment and having a bit of a re-organise too which means that it’s not suitable for crafting in here this week, the cutting machines aren’t even connected to my computer. So, I don’t have any new projects for you right now but It does give me a chance to move some of my projects over from Team KnK to add the files to my archives, maybe there will be something you haven’t seen before :)

Today’s post is about embossing with cut files, I previously did a similar tutorial here if you’d like to check it out.

I love the look of embossing on cardstock especially for those really special cards such as Wedding and Christening cards, it adds a tactile quality to your cards and makes them look expensive too!

Today I will show you how I emboss using cut files, this is yet another way that having a Cutting Machine can save me money as I no longer have to purchase Embossing Folders to achieve these dimensional effects ;)

Pic 1. I cut my chosen background design from some heavyweight cardstock, I cut 2 copies and stuck them together with some wet glue so I had a few seconds to slide them into place. I cut 2 pieces to give me a deeper empression when I emboss:


Pic 2. This is the sandwhich I use in my big shot, one cutting plate – my cut file – my card for embossing – a tan embossing mat – my second cutting plate. If you don’t achieve a deep emboss add a shim (a piece of card) above your sandwhich and add a second if necessary, you should feel a certain amount of resistance in order to achieve a decent impression:


Pic 3. Experiment with different materials, you can achieve fantastic results with pearl, satin and mirror effect cardstocks:


Pic 4. I chose some white card for my card today, the embossing doesn’t photograph quite as well in white unfortunately but it is lovely in the flesh. I backed both my embossing panel and my sentiment with silver card:


Pic 5. Here is my completed card, I kept the layout quite simple so I didn’t cover too much of my embossing, I added some lace and ribbon to the middle and finished the corners with some pearls:


Here’s your Free Cut File – Formats include ai, dxf, gsd, mtc, pdf, studio & svg:
(click on the link below the image to download)

Swirly Backgrounds 1 by Bird

Swirly Backgrounds 1 Digital Cutting File by Bird


Special Day Circle Digital Cutting File by Bird

19 thoughts on “Embossing with Cut Files

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  2. Kellie

    Wow! Wonderful tutorial on embossing. I am blown away by how pretty this card is. Thank you so much for the cut file!
    Wishing you a wonderful day

  3. Lenoria

    This is a wonderful file and your card is absolutely gorgeous, so elegant! Good luck on all your rearranging and thank you for thinking of us even when you are so busy!

  4. Josie

    Beautiful card! and thank you so much for all you do and share with us…I have a question
    what type of paper do you use for the template?? and how thick is it?…ok, I have two questions lol

  5. Bev

    Thank you for the two files, but what I really wanted to tell you was how stunning your card is. It is just beautiful. Lovely for a birthday card, but as a Mother’s Day, spectacular. Again, thank you for the files and the card idea.

  6. Bridget Gillings

    Bird, thank you so much for the fabulous cutting files, and the inspiration, will definitely try this, as there are so many lovely designs to emboss with. Love the card, and such a lovely sentiment cutting file. Bx

  7. Sol HB

    I love all the pretty things you make and I THANK youuu for sharing BUT I am new at this and have a problem. I need them in SVG because I was thinking I could make a stencils out of some but I don’t know how to download the files. If I click in the image as per your instructions, all I can do is save the image. Please tell me what to do, will you?
    Many thanks!!

  8. Paula Gale


    I love the look of the foil when you embossed it! I think the majority of your backgrounds and cut files – including the doilies, words etc will be great for embossing. I certainly want to give them a try.

    Thank you for the pics and tutorial – always useful as a point of reference when chosing a file to use.

    Paula x x x

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