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Best Cuttlebug Ideas and Tips

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The Provocraft Cuttlebug

The little machine that does it all

The little machine that does it all

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 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.

he Cuttlebug has a suction function so that when you unfold the base to open the machine it will sit firmly onto your smooth work table

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.

As of 2019 Provocraft announced that the Cuttlebug was no longer going ti be sold. But we know that there are still a lot of machines out there, so we continue to offer ideas and tips.

Everything You Need To Know About The Cuttlebug

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.

With the Cuttlebug, you get the "A"plate( a spacer), two "B"plates (for cutting), One embossing folder and two metal dies. You also get one rubber embossing mat which is 6 by 8

More Cuttlebug Advantages-Why Should You Consider Getting One

  • 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

What Does The Cuttlebug Cut?

Try using cardstock, thin metal, thin wood, some fabrics, thin felt, poster board, chipboard, tissue paper, and fun foam just to name a few. The height of your cutting materials should not exceed 1/8".

Never force any materials through the machine, you may cause damage

Cuttlebug Plates

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Cuttlebug Plates

The plates that you need to use the Cuttlebug include an A Plate, Two B Plates and a C plate.

It's normal for the Cuttlebug plates to get marked from the dies that you use. And you might even see a little warping on your plates. They are still very useable.

The plates need to be aligned on the front and back for the machine to work correctly. If the plates are lined up correctly and inserted the handle will start turning on its own and you know you are good to go. Never force anything through the machine ! If it won't move, realign the plates or check your sandwich configuration.

The plates come in the standard size. There are also 6" by 13" plates as an extra purchase. These are perfect for your larger projects.

There are also magnetic mats that hold your dies and act as extra shims.

In addition, you can also get magnetic cutting mats for the Cuttlebug You would use these with thinner does. They require two B Plates and i A Plate

The A Plate

The A plate is about 1/2 " thick. It gives your sandwich most of the bulk that is needed to get the right pressure for all your projects. It is used for all projects except for the " All In One Embossing Folders"

The B Plate

There are two plates that come with your machine. Each plate is 6" by 8". There is also a 6" by 13 " plate that is available for longer projects as an extra purchase.. These are the plates that take the most wear. They will have die cut marks, but those marks will not affect any of your projects. You will want to flip your plates every cut or embossing to minimize warping.

The C Plate

The standard size is 6" by 8" in your bundle. There is also an extra plate for an additional purchase that is 6" by 13". The C plate gives you extra height especially when embossing.

These are the longer Cuttlebug plates that will help you create longer projects

These are the longer Cuttlebug plates that will help you create longer projects

Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

Cuttlebug embossing folders offer a wealth of design opportunities, They come in different sizes for all of your needs. They can also be used in other embossing machines

Cuttlebug embossing folders offer a wealth of design opportunities, They come in different sizes for all of your needs. They can also be used in other embossing machines

How To Use Embossing Folders With The Cuttlebug

The embossing folders are so easy to use! And the results are spectacular! I use them on cards, scrapbook pages and all kinds of paper crafts. 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.

How To Emboss With The Cuttlebug

  1. Cut a piece of paper to the size of the embossing folder
  2. Place the paper inside the embossing folder
  3. Create a sandwhich ="A"plate on the bottom,"B" plate, the embossing folder with the paper inside and the other "B" plate on top
  4. place the sandwich on the platform and give it a very slight push.
  5. Turn the handle till the plates go through the machine.
  6. Remove the paper from the embossing folder and admire

Cuttlebug Sandwich Cuide

Sandwich may need to pass through several times based on cardstock thicknessOr use plumber’s black rubber plus red rubber gasket, instead of mouse, then add last plate B.

Die Cut/Embossing ToolsCardstockChipboardOther Media

Cuttlebug Dies

Pad 'B' Media Die (blade up) Pad 'B' Rubber Mat OR Magnetic Mat Pad 'A

Pad 'B' Media Die (blade up) Pad 'B' Pad

Pad 'B' Media Die (blade up) Pad 'B' Pad 'A

Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

Pad 'B' Folder (Media inside) Pad 'B' Pad 'A'.

Pad 'B' Folder (Media inside) Pad 'B' Pad 'A

Pad 'B' Folder (Media inside) Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Accu-cut: ZAZ Cut & Emboss folders

Pad 'C' Cardstock Die Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Big Shot

A plate B plate Embossing folder ( with cardstock inside) B plate Cardstock Shim

Big Shot Dies

B plate Cardstock Die (cutting side down) B plate

Boss Cut Dies

Pad 'C' Die Cardstock Pad 'B' Pad 'C'

Brass Embossing Stencils

Pad 'B' Embossing Mat or Plumber’s Gasket Cardstock Brass Stencil Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Ellison AllStar: Large. Red die

Pad 'B' Media Die (blade up) Pad 'B'

Ellison Big Shot Embossing Folder (Use the plastic folder that comes with the die)

Pad 'B' Folder (Media inside) Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Pad 'B' Folder (Media inside) Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Ellison Bigz

Pad 'B' Media Die (blade up) Pad 'B'

Embossing Templates (Sizzix)

Pad 'C' Cardstock Brass Template Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Embossing Templates - thin

Pad 'B' Volcanized Rubber Media/ Brass Template Pad 'B' Pad 'A


Pad 'C' Cardstock Die Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Nestabilities -You will need an embossing mat to emboss,

Pad 'B' Cardstock Spellbinders Die pad 'C' Pad 'A'

Pad 'B' Pad 'B' (try 2 first) 2-3 Cardstock Shims Embossing Mat Die with Die cut still in Die Pad 'A'

Quickutz 2x2 die

Pad 'C' Cardstock Die Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Quickutz Embossing Dies

Pad 'C' Cardstock Die Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Pad 'C' Media Die Pad 'B' Pad 'A'

Revolution Dies

Pad 'B' Cardstock Die Pad 'C' Pad 'A'

Simple Impressions

Pad 'B' Folder (cardstock inside) Pad 'B' Pad 'A' OR TRY Pad 'B' Folder (cardstock inside) Chipboard Shims Pad 'A'

Sizzix 12 inch dies (option 1) You’ll need 2 ‘A’ Mats & 4 ‘B’ mats: This will make a ‘Double stack’ – Notice the mats are staggered or overlapping – When it is part-way, add the second ‘A’ mat and ‘B’ mats (respectively) behind the first stack to finish the cut.

Pad 'B' - Pad 'B' Cardstock 12 inch Die Pad 'B' - Pad 'B' Pad 'A' - Pad 'A'

Sizzix 12 inch dies (option 2 – Sizzix long mat option) 2 ‘A’ mats and 2 Sizzix long mats: Part way through, place the second ‘A’ mat behind to complete the cut.

Sizzix long mat Cardstock Sizzix 12" Die Sizzix long mat Pad 'A' - Pad 'A'

Sizzix Bigkick Dies Although these dies are larger than the other large Sizzix dies, they are the same thickness.

Pad 'B' Media Die (blade up) Pad 'B'

Sizzix Big Shot

Pad 'B' Die (cutting side dow