Now, we’ve got our bugs, our free & cheap artwork files, & these awesome Cricut software titles that limit us by our imagination alone (and not our wallets) – we can now make endless qtys and types of die-cut and embossed designs (for almost no cost) for scrapbooking, cardmaking, and other paper crafts.

I showed you an example of a homemade embossing folder in a previous post. This post focuses on making texture plates instead.

I tried making some texture plates (w .04 caliper chipboard) this weekend. Here’s how they turned out:

Here’s what I found:

Chipboard thicknesses can range from approximately cereal box thickness (.2mm or .02 caliper) and about .04 caliper. Thinner ones simply require extra (cardstock/chipboard) shams in the Cuttlebug sandwich.

My main secret here: tan (latex rubber) embossing mats from Spellbinders! For your Cuttlebug sandwhich, you might layer an A Plate, an embossing mat, your paper to be embossed, your homemade texture plate face down, another mat, a cardtock/chipboard sham or two, and a B Plate to top it off. Then just run it through once or twice.

Those tan embossing mats from Spellbinders really are amazing. You can actually emboss & deboss at the same time – if you make the texture plate a certain way. For example, if you take a little piece of cardboard cut from a postal mailer/envelope, punch some holes in it, glue those circle hole cutouts back onto it in different places (so you have some holes cut out of and some holes glued on to the cardboard) and run that through your embossing machine with your paper and embossing mat & all that. It comes out with both embossed & debossed circles – or whatever other great multiple-level textures you may come up with.

You can also use glue or puffy paint to add texture to your texture plates.

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