What is a Cuttlebug®?

Cricut Cuttlebug
Cricut Cuttlebug is great for embossing, cutting and adding dimension to flat paper products

Cuttlebug® Basics

A Cuttlebug® is a non-motorized machine that can cut out dies, emboss intricate designs and also score paper to create 3D paper embellishments. If you like to make elaborate cards or scrapbook pages, having a Cuttlebug® would probably prove extremely helpful to you.

One of the most prolific users of the Cuttlebug® machine is Anna Griffin, a designer who is often featured on the shopping network HSN.  Anna and Cricut teamed up to create a brand new option for the Cuttlebug® called Cut And Emboss, which allows you to both cut and emboss very intricate detailed paper pieces.  Being able to do both cutting and embossing of the same paper allows you to craft both with and without your Cricut Maker or Explore.

It’s important to note that Cuttlebug® is not the only manual die cutting machine on the market.  As such, embossing folders and even dies that you purchase from other companies such as Sizzix will work in your Cuttlebug® and vice versa.  That means that most dies and embossing folders are interchangeable, which is a good thing for the home crafter.

How does the Cuttlebug® work?

Think of the Cuttlebug® as a manual die cutting machine like your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore.  Instead of designing on your device, you put the entire project together by creating layers–sort of like making a sandwich–that you run through the slot on the Cuttlebug® machine.  The machine exerts extreme pressure on the plates, your folder and the materials in your layer sandwich to either emboss, cut or emboss and cut.

Do I need a Cuttlebug® to make things with my Cricut machine?

You do not need a Cuttlebug® to craft with your Cricut, but having one will take your projects to new levels.  Adding dimension with intricate embossing folders will elevate your paper layers to new heights, making them look more professional.  Embossing paper and other materials with incredibly intricate details cannot really be achieved by hand.  In addition, sometimes a design is so intricate that it would take a lot of time to cut using the blade system of a Cricut Maker or Explore machine.  Running an intricate die through your Cuttlebug will achieve wonderful results in more than half the time!

What else can I do with a Cuttlebug®?

Embossing with the Cuttlebug® can be simple or more complex.  You can sand your embossed white cored paper to show the detail or you could use stamping ink to highlight the design.  You can also use ink inside the embossing folders to create a very special inked and embossed look.

Additionally the Cuttlebug® can be used to score paper, which eliminates the need for tedious marking and scoring to accomplish the same task.  Making rosettes by hand used to involve making dozens of scorings with a stylus and scoreboard, but this can now be achieved quickly and efficiently with the Cuttlebug®.

One of my favorite uses for the Cuttlebug® is as a die cutter for flamboyantly designed words, as these can waste a lot of paper when done on the Cricut Explore.  The Cuttlebug® uses smaller sized paper, so it’s a great way to use up paper scraps or to maximize your use of specialty paper, such as glitter, velum and cardstock.

Who is Anna Griffin?

Anna Griffin is a lifestyle designer with roots in the creation of elaborate wedding and event invitations.  Her style is very floral and she is known for creating intricately layered cards; she enjoys using “old world” designs in fresh new ways.  Anna has been working with the Cricut (Provo Craft) company for several years, developing digital content as well as launching her very own version of the Cricut Explore and Cuttlebug, which is detailed in gold and cream tones.  She is a frequent guest on the shopping channel HSN and has presented tools and papers exclusively for the channel.  She is based out of  Georgia and has her own blog and online store.

Where can I buy the Cuttlebug® machine and accessories?

The Cricut Cuttlebug® is available on the Cricut website, of which I am an affiliate.  If you are planning a purchase of the Cuttlebug®, embossing folders, additional plates and intricate die cuts, please feel free to use my link with my special code (CRICUTNEWBIES1), which will give you an additional 10% off your purchase of most items and free shipping:

My special link to Cricut, which should be used with the code CRICUTNEWBIES1 for maximum savings

Cricut Cuttlebug Mint Machine
The Cuttlebug includes all the necessary plates and rubber mat to cut and emboss!

Please note:  As an affiliate of Cricut, I may be compensated a small percentage by Cricut for any orders you might place. #ad

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