So I started up the Curio the other day and was frantically looking for a piece of metal that I could emboss. Yeah skip straight past the cardstock I wanted to see what this baby could do on metal, pewter – anything that would offer a bit of a test. Lucky for me I knew somewhere in my stash I would find something that could be experimented on. And there it was, a piece of craft metal just perfect for the job.
So here’s how this little experiment project came about…[custom_list type=”dot”]
Open up your silhouette software to the design page settings.
Select the Curio emboss cutting matt 8.5×6”.
Insert your image not the page.
Resize your image to fit onto the page.
Select cut settings from the drop down menu.
Load your correct tool into the holder and select it in the menu. TIP: Note that I did not take advantage of the 2 tool holders yet – but rather just used the one holder and loaded my embossing tip into that slot. Now that I am more confident with the two tool system it is all systems go.
Choose the embossing tip you are using.
Load the material into your Curio. TIP: To load and unload the platform with the embossing mat, press the load and unload button once. The platform will release. Carefully pull out the platform and load the media. Then push the platform back into the slot all the way to where the notch in the right hand side lines up with the mark just past the frim guide wheel. Press the load/unload button again. The machine will load the platform to the correct position each and every time.
Send the image to the Silhouette Curio. TIP: Although it only says ‘send to silhouette’ the image will be sent to your Curio. Make sure that you Curio is the machine that is on and loaded with the correct medium.
Remove the material from the Curio. And there you have a gorgeous piece of embossed metal.
I adhered my embossed metal to a piece of wood and then added colour using an alcohol based art ink in 3 different colours. To add even more texture I used a couple of old rusty nails and hammered them into the metal around the edges.
There really is nothing hard about embossing on metal using the Curio since the machine does it all. You just have to be intelligent enough to tell it what to do – pretty easy huh?
But the most amazing part of it all, when you see the machine working and when you have the Curio embossed metal plaque in your hands! Pure magic!