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Best Cuttlebug Ideas and Tips

Updated on June 9, 2017
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Cuttlebug Tips And Ideas

When I took my Cuttlebug home in this box, I did not know the new world I was about to enter. It's a creative world where the only limits are your imagination! What could you create with this amazing machine? Let's take a trip together and find out!

Learning how to use your Cuttlebug is our goal. Sharing the best tips and ideas to help you use your Cuttlebug is our promise. Letting your Cuttlebug sit on a shelf cause you are or frustrated with it is about to change because we believe every crafter should have one and be using it.

The Cuttlebug is a die cutting and embossing machine made by Provo Craft, the same scrapbooking supply manufacturer that created the popular Cricut personal electronic cutter.

The Cuttlebug is a machine that uses no electricity. The paper is pressed between three plates, advanced with the manual movement of the bar. That makes this machine very portable. When it's not being used, the "table" that the plates glide on also act as the "dust cover" for the machine.

The machine will cut dies and embossing folders, which make it very useful for all of your papercraft projects. Here are the best Cuttlebug tips and Ideas to help you get your creative juices flowing.

Cuttlebug Advantages

You can use many different manufacturer's dyes or embossing folders with the Cuttlebug. Dyes manufactured by Quickutz, Sizzix, and Spellbinders are just a few of the options available to you.

This option alone makes it the best on the market and well worth the money!

The Amazing Cutting Unit—You Will Get Hooked To This Machine!

This is a terrific buy. I paid $58 for my unit in Joann's and that was one sale! Once you get started and see what you can create, I promise you will get addicted. The cost for this unit which includes the plates and one folder is under $50.00.

Cricut 2000293 Cuttlebug Machine, 14.4 by 12-Inch, Green
Cricut 2000293 Cuttlebug Machine, 14.4 by 12-Inch, Green

You get the cutting unit, all the cutting pads, an embossing folder and directions. You can get started right out of the box


More Cuttlebug Advantages - Why Should You Consider Getting One?

There are lots of reasons why folks opt for the cuttlebug over other units. Here are some of the reasons that caused me to purchase one. Hopefully they will help you make your decision to get one of your own

  • It's a very affordable unit Unlike the Cricut which can go towards $150 and up, the cuttlebug is very reasonably priced...(check out the sales I have posted for you !) For those folks who don't have a large craft budget, it just makes more sense
  • Like we said earlier, the cuttlebug accepts dies from other machines So if you have scizzix dies and others, you can use them on this machine. This was a big selling feature for me.
  • Cuttlebug can be used uses no electricity Take it to a class or a crop. It saves money and stores easily
  • Cuttlebug can emboss and cut on almost anything You can use it on cardstock, parchment paper,vinyl, chipboard, patterned paper, craft foam, light metal,mesh and fabric paper
  • Unlike other types of units, it's "sandwich system" keeps the dies from moving, so it has a more accurate cut

Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

Beautiful Design in No Time

The embossing folders are so easy to use! And the results are spectacular! I use them on cards, scrapbook pages and all kinds of papercrafts. You can get seasonal or general purpose...the great part is that you will use them again and again. The idea is that the folder presses the design onto the folder. The cost for the embossing folders in very reasonable. I make a list of the ones I want and shop around. The best buys that I have found so far in on eBay.

When I am making cards, I place the top part of the card between the two embossing plates, It will emboss only the front of the card, which really speeds things up if you are making a lot of cards for a holiday or party invites

You will use these embossing folders over and over again, so any that you purchase will be well worth the cost.

Cuttlebug Texture Boutique—My First Cuttlebug

I started with this package and have enjoyed the journey! When I purchased this unit, I was so excited I started embossing everything. I gifted my granddaughter in South Carolina this unit when I moved on to the larger Cuttlebug! Getting her started in papercrafts and scrapbooking has been a real joy for me.

Sizzix 656280 Texture Boutique Embossing Machine Beginner's Kit
Sizzix 656280 Texture Boutique Embossing Machine Beginner's Kit

This is a total package complete with texture folders and machine. This is a terrific machine to get started with. It's great because it uses no electricity, it stores easily and you can get started right out of the box!


Basic CuttleBug Tips—Ideas To Get Your Creativity Flowing

These are my favorite Cuttlebug Tips. They have been lovingly gathered from all over the internet. I am sharing them with you so that you get as much from your machine as possible.

  • When you need a little texture to a shape that you have cut, run it through an embossing folder to give it that little extra texture.
  • The best way to extend the use of your mats will be to periodically flip them over! The Cuttlebug Mat will get scratched. That's a sign that your machine is well used.
  • Combine your embossing with features from your cutting machines. I often will use a Cuttlebug embossed card and then add things that I have cut from my Cricut Machine.

Never force anything through your Cuttlebug. If it won't go through, check the placement of your plates, dies/folder and paper.

Cuttlebug Projects—Tutorials, Ideas and Inspiration

I have searched the internet for the best projects for use to use for your Cuttlebug! I hope they inspire you and get you using your machine. I have several of these projects in mind for this week.

Cuttlebug Foil Technique

Cuttlebug Tips and Ideas

Here are some of my favorite ideas and tips for use of your Cuttlebug:

  1. To prevent warping of the plates used with the Cuttlebug, flip them. Use one side and then the other. Place a little piece of washi tape or a post-it note on the side you last used.
  2. To use a scizzix die with your Cuttlebug make sure to use the B plates only and set the die at the back portion of your plate so that it will go through.
  3. To prevent paper cracking or ripping, especially on intricate designs, roll the plates slowly. You can also lightly mist your paper with water, using a very fine mister to prevent cracking.
  4. If you are using dies, place a piece of wax paper between the die and the paper. The paper will release from the die a lot easier.

Technique Or Project
Which Plates To Use
Thin Dies
A and two B plates
A plate on the bottom, B plate, die(with foam up), paper and B plate
Thicker Dies
A, C and B Plates
A plate on the bottom, C plate, die(foam up)paper and B plate on top

What Dyes Can You Use in a Cuttlebug

You can use any die on the market in your Cuutlebug!

How To Cut And Emboss With The Cuttlebug

Storing And Organizing Your Embossing Folders

I like to store my folders/dies upright in a plastic store container. You can also use one of the several folder/die storage units that are available on the market. Another alternative would be to use one of the decorative photo boxes in your local craft store. Some folks like to store them in page protectors categorized in a binder. Decide what storage idea works best for you.

If you want to be really organized, you can create a catalog for your embossing folders. That way, while you are designing, you can flip through your samples and save lots of time!

What You Need to Create an Embossing Folder Catalog

  • Index Cards or Pieces Of Cardstock
  • Hole Punch
  • Permanent Marker
  • Your Cuttlebug
  • All Of Your Embossing Folders And Dies
  • Binder Rings

First, emboss one copy of each of your embossing folders. Cut each piece to the size you desire. Punch a hole in the same end of each sample. Mark on each sample the size and name of the folder. Thread your samples on the binder ring.

The nice thing about this project is that you can put it in your purse or refer to it when you are shopping.

Tell Us About Your Cuttlebug - We'd Love To Hear From You !

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      Linda F Correa 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I have never cut vinyl with the cuttlebug. I think vinyl might be too thick. Having said that it would be worth some experimentation. I have a Cricut explore that cuts vinyl perfectly

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      tia 2 years ago

      Hi i was wondering does this cut vinyl?