How to Cut a Plumber's Gasket for the Cuttlebug

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Cuttlebugs are die cutting and embossing machines that can create some fantastic effects on paper and card. Embossing folders are used with the Cuttlebug to create three-dimensional textures on sheets of card, but often their designs cover the whole sheet.

By using a plumber's gasket, cut into strips, the embossing can be used to frame the edge of the paper only. The centre of the card can then be left flat, highlighting a printed or painted design. A plumber's gasket is a sheet of rubber, normally 1/8-inch thick, that can be bought in hardware stores.

Print or paint a design in the centre of the card, leaving at least 1 1/2 inches of space for the embossing all around.

Cut the plumber's gasket into strips of rubber 1 1/2 inches wide, use a cutting mat under the gasket to save damaging home surfaces.

Cut two of the strips so that they are 7 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide. Cut two more pieces so they are 2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide.

Put the card into the embossing folder.

Place the longer strips of gasket over the card, so they are on the longer edge of the card. Place the smaller strips of gasket top and bottom on the shorter edges. The gaskets create a frame around the card, leaving the designed area uncovered.

Place the folder and gaskets onto Plate A, and put plate B on top. Run through the Cuttlebug as normal.

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