Pink Robot – Background Gears Embossed with Dies

Double the use of your dies by embossing instead of cutting with them. This Pink Robot has a silver foil background of gears embossed with dies.

For this months Crafting By Designs challenge, Anything Goes! It’s really a great challenge as you can be creative and make anything, and then you’ll be able to win 2 free digi stamps!

For this pink robot birthday card, I used the digital stamp Birthday Bot from our sponsor Dr. Digi.

Pink robot birthday card

To make the birthday bot pop, I put it on a background of silver foil. As cool as this paper is, it needed some texture for more interest. Die-cutting gears from the foil didn’t give the look I wanted, but I didn’t have an embossing folder that said “robot.”

See below how I used my gear die-cuts to created a background embossed with gears.

Steps for the Background Embossed With Dies Technique:

1. Cut silver foil paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″.

2. Make your “sandwich:


  • Impressions Pad (white)
  • Thin silicone rubber mat (blue)
  • Silver Foil Paper (good side down)
  • Die (cutting edge UP)
  • Standard cutting pad (usually clear)
  • Platform (set to the shortest setting)


TIP: Sometimes I find the sandwich needs to be super tight for die-cuttting as it rolls through, but the embossing with dies onto foil technique doesn’t take as much pressure to get a deep texture.

3. Run your foil and die-cut/embossing sandwich through your die-cutting machine.

Supplies for a Pink Robot Card:

Big Shot Embossing Mats

Big Shot Embossing Mats

Want to learn some tips on how to use digital stamps and combine them with your stamp and crafting stash? See the post below for lots of tips and tricks:

how to use digital stamps twitter

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Happy Crafting!

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4 Responses

  1. Megan says:

    Hi Laura, a superb robot card, love the robot in pinks and I think the embossed cogs on the silver card are brilliant as a background… have a wonderful weekend… Megan

  2. oh my gosh, what a fun, cool card. and the embossing really takes it to the next level! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (embossible!) STASH with us this fortnight!

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