I took possession of a new Cuttlebug a couple of months ago, but haven't had the wherewithal to buy dies or embossing folders. So, 'necessity being the mother of invention', I watched a couple of You***e videos and decided to make my own.
After two loads of washing and 12 double choc muffins (made not eaten!) I was ready to start.
I cut out a few sheets of card from cereal packets and then LOTS of circles with an ordinary office 2-hole punch. Using the 1cm squares on my cutting board, I drew a grid, and stuck a circle at each corner. Although it looked ok on the card, I didn't know how well they would emboss, or whether they were too close together. I just did a small section to experiment with. Because I wasn't using a proper folder, it took several attempts with card and then with paper, to get the right sandwich mix - sometimes it went through too quickly and I knew it wouldn't have made much of an impression and at others, I could feel the strain on the machine and whipped it out quick, before doing any damage to my new baby!
In the end, I was quite pleased with the results.
On paper -