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Card Making with Cuttlebug

Updated on February 26, 2018

Handmade invitation card

embossed and laced
embossed and laced

Making Cards with Cuttlebug is Easy

Cuttlebug is a handy and very useful tool in creating crafts. It is a fun gadget in making crafty things with kids too. It is not child labor (I'd protest if you would say so). My daughter, when she was still a toddler, really enjoys working with my Cuttlebug and she always volunteers to create impressions on my card projects. She thinks that it is a toy. Now that she is older, 9 years old, she creates her own greeting cards. I posted one of her videos below.

One way of attracting brides is putting something on a product that your competitors do not have. I believe that I am the only Cuttlebug owner in my city and most of my clients thought that the impressions are done by big machines. They did not know that it is a very small and handy gadget.

After buying Cuttlebug, you may want to collect Cuttlebug dies and check what is new in the market every now and then. There are different dies for almost any season and occasion. Spring, summer, fall, winter. Halloween, Christmas crafts and cards, Valentines, and others

Photos in this hub are mine. I selected the simple ones.

Spending for a Cuttlebug Machine is a Giant Step in Card Making

Your enthusiasm is high in making hand made card and you are willing to spend for the machine or tool that could help you make the giant step. You need not spend much for a machine. When I got this Cuttlebug, I was able to launch my card making business. Since it is very handy and portable, I can easily get it to my small craft shop and back to my home if I have to make a project overnight.

You also do not need to worry about electricity consumption since the operation of this handy tool is manual. For card makers like me who live in a place where power outages is very common, this tool is certainly perfect.

When I wanted to buy mine, I was deciding whether to buy Cuttlebug or Sizzix . I finally opted to buy the Cuttlebug after reading several user feedback.

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Why Opt for Cuttlebug?

Handy - small and light

Not Expensive - you can start a business with minimal start up capital

Many Dies are Available - so many designs to make

Great return of investment - couple it with creativity and you'll monetize it!

Simplicity

Embossed card with die cut figure
Embossed card with die cut figure

Where to Buy Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders and Dies

Amazon has Cuttlebug Machine and all Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and Die Cutters

I bought mine from eBay and all the dies are from there too. I became a repeat customer to more than one seller. These sellers do have their own website but I prefer buying it from eBay for two reasons: 1. It will build my profile as buyer because I will get feedback from the seller. 2. The price on their eBay listing is the same as on their websites so I'd rather visit eBay and do my purchase there because I can see all items in one site rather than visiting several sites.

How To Cut Cost

Wait for sale or promo. One of my strategies is not to buy the template that is in season. For example, if it is September (until 3rd week of October), I'll not buy templates for Halloween. Let Halloween pass and you will see those items be listed on sale. This holds true for Christmas themed templates or Valentines. Get them after the event. The problem is, you run the risk that it will be out of stock.

Bid rather than "buy it now". Sometimes, you can get it at lower price. Bid on several auctions of the same seller and have one-time shipping. Maybe, you will ask: "What if I won one auction and the other bids are yet to end?" The seller will be willing to assist you on that if you contact him. Tell him that you are waiting for the other auction results so you will cut cost on the shipping. What I did was to pay the item promptly. I pay it before I contact the seller to request that the shipping be held on hold.

The brown accent you see in the photo is a die cut output. There are many other die cutters like swirls, butterflies and other animal figures.

What You Can Do with Cuttlebug

Emboss it or Cut It

Whether you are into card making or scrapbooking, the cuttlebug is truly a “must buy” gadget for you. It is a great investment because it will serve the purpose of maintaining your creative hobbies as well as sharing your talents to your friends or clients. I share mine to my friends and nieces for free. They can come to my shop and emboss their card or art projects or they may borrow it for few days (especially during those months when there are no much orders. Wedding is seasonal so there are few months when I do not get good number of orders.

You can emboss pretty and cool impression

Most of the dies are for embossing. It truly creates a difference using cardstocks if there are elegant impressions on the cardstock surface.

You can also cut with the die cutter

If you need a die cutter, there are options for this as well. For me, I bought several die cutters but what I used mostly is the butterfly die cutter. I bought it along with four butterfly emboss. So, I can cut butterfly shapes and impress on it several designs.

Photo shows a simple impression on an envelope.

Invest on Die Templates

The die templates that you will see if you click on the amazon link below are great templates to have when you are making love-related card projects. I personally recommend these templates if you are into wedding cards, valentine cards and other cards with love theme.

Before you decide to buy a template, visualize first some designs in your mind using it. If you can come up with several designs easily then it is worth buying it.

You need die templates if you want to make a card with a lay over design or when you want to make a raised effect using the cut out.

The advantage of buying this Love Sentiments Die Template is that you can cut out three words at a time. But this works as a disadvantage if you only need one of the words in the template. You have to take time placing the paper or card stock properly.

Cuttlebug Lasts

I bought my Cuttlebug Machine in 2009

and I still did not change the pads.

The machine is as good as new.

At least four of the dies are destroyed

but it's because of mishandling by my friends

who borrowed it without taking extra care.

Imagine how many cards

I had embossed with my cuttlebug for four years.

Pair it with a computerized machine

and you have the two amazing tools to start a cardmaking business.

Type of Font

What font would you more likely to buy?

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See the butterfly? I cut it with cuttlebug die cutter and emboss it with cuttlebug embossing folder

See the butterfly?  I cut it with cuttlebug die cutter and emboss it with cuttlebug embossing folder
See the butterfly? I cut it with cuttlebug die cutter and emboss it with cuttlebug embossing folder

Cuttlebug and Craftrobo

When I started monetizing my hobby in card making and making crafts, the best items I bought are cuttlebug and craftrobo. I bought other gadgets online but they are not as useful as these two gadgets combined.

Visit my other lens on craftrobo to see that you can cut just anything you wish even very intricate and fine detailed curves. Personalizing invitation cards with these two gadgets gives you countless options of combinations.

Simple Cards

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Embossed and CutEmbossed and CutI made the inserts of this card and embossed it.
Embossed and Cut
Embossed and Cut
Embossed and Cut
Embossed and Cut
I made the inserts of this card and embossed it.
I made the inserts of this card and embossed it.

Wedding themed dies and folders

Cuttlebug All-In-One Embossing Plates, Bloom and Grow
Cuttlebug All-In-One Embossing Plates, Bloom and Grow

A set is always a great buy! Why? In most cases, the price for the set is lower than the price of the sum of the individual items.

I make hand made wedding cards so I have a collection of wedding card theme embossing plates like the items you see in the picture. I usually buy in set because I cut cost in the shipping cost. Looking at the designs in this set, you will realize that it is not only for wedding cards; it can also be for other purposes. What cards do you usually find flowers and greens? Perhaps, in a simple "hello, how are you" card which you want to give to a friend whom you have not seen in a short while.

With the set you see here, you can come up with several designs, mix and match and increase the possible outcomes you can create. It is a must have set.

 

Set or not a Set

Will you buy a set of four embossing folders even if one of it is not attractive to you?

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Do you like Cuttlebug? - Drop your comments.....

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    • iwrite100 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maribel Forayo 

      23 months ago from Philippines

      peachpurple , I'm not sure where to buy it offline. Perhaps you can try your local craft stores if they have it.

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      besides purchasing online, where can i get this bug?

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      Anna 

      4 years ago from chichester

      These cards are absolutely beautiful - you're very talented :) I bet your a really fun mom too with all the arts and crafts!

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      trevorjb1406 

      4 years ago

      Hello again, I think this is a really interesting site and it is beautifully presented. I learnt a lot as well. Thanks!

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      Nico1 

      4 years ago

      thanks for visiting my lens, hope your found it interesting - https://hubpages.com/technology/nikon-d7100-digita...

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      mel-kav 

      4 years ago

      I don't own a cuddlebug - but my friend does - and we love it! Great review.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      cuttlebugs are great for paperworks

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      LaptopLeader 

      5 years ago

      Yes. The Cuttlebug is awesome! :)

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      blestman lm 

      5 years ago

      I thought cuttlebug was a type of insect so I went to this lens out of curiosity. You have great material here and I hope your business takes off.

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      ConvenientCalendar 

      5 years ago

      When I saw the title, I thought this was about a new Disney character! Great lens!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Interesting Lens !

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      how much your cuttle bug machine?

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      This is great. I had not heard of Cuttlebug before today.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Cardmaking is addictive. I have been doing it for 11 years. My niche is tea bag folding. I love the look of embossing and Cuttlebug can get a lot of that look for a paper crafter.

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      wilsonkht 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Very nice lens about Card Making with Cuttlebug .

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      mcspocky lm 

      5 years ago

      I had never heard of Cuttlebug before, but it looks like it would be a very good crafting tool.

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