I received a CRI-Kits Embosser in the mail this week. My two boys started a summer camp on Tuesday and Thursday, so had a couple boys free days to play and experiment.
I discovered a few things when playing around with the embosser and mat. First off, I definitely recommend the mat! I was hesitant about cutting with a blade on the embossing mat, I was thinking that it would tear up the mat -- but it didn't! I have cut many items out and the mats looks as good as when I first put it on. So you can both cut and emboss on this mat.
The embossing pen did a very good job on vellum! See the Mini Album below for some results. I put the vellum on the embossing mat, and placed the Cricut machine Speed on 3 and Pressure on 4. Every once in awhile the vellum would tear, but really not too often.
I haven't had a chance to try the metal out yet, but I will soon!
I tried embossing paper, and I was not impressed (nor was the paper). If you are wanting a crisp embossed line similar to what you get with a Cuttlebug folder, or hand embossing -- you will not achieve it! That being said, you can get faint embossing on paper. Below is an example of an embossed project - the white portion is vellum and the brown center is paper. The brown paper is a 2 sided paper from American Craft. I embossed the 'Family' on the paper by doing 2 passes. The first pass I put the Cricut machine Speed on 3 and Pressure on 4, the second pass I bumped up the Pressure to 5. The paper seemed to tear if I only tried one pass with Pressure on 5. I also tried the old dry embossing tip of rubbing wax paper over the paper first, no difference. Once I embossed the word 'Family,' I turned the paper over and sanded the brown paper surface off to show the white core. After sanding the image the words were legible - but any appearance of being raised (embossed) was sanded off! Next time I need text, I will simply use a CRI-Kits gel pen.
I started thinking I how disappointed I was in the paper embossing, and then it hit me --- I could still use this 'faint embossed line' as a way of scoring my cards and boxes! I have always hated those pesky little score cut lines that leave ugly marks on my boxes. This is even better than using the CRI-Kit pens to draw the score lines (see this post). I can now can cut and score my boxes with the Cricut machine all without having to use my ScorePal -- Whoo Hooo!!
Here is a Mini Album that I made using the CRI-Kits Embossing tool. I made the pages of this album out of mini album refills. The cover and back of the album are made out of cardboard (old cereal boxes). I cut the cover slightly larger that the refill pages and adhered some brown cardstock to both sides. I then used some ribbon on the cover to hide the ugly album rings.
By the way, can you tell I am too cheap to purchase a Bind-It-All?