Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cuttlebug Tutorial - Filigree Medallion (Part 1 of 3)

(Note: Click on an image for a larger view)

The "Vintage" Cuttlebug® die set is very versatile and lends itself to many intricate designs. In this tutorial, you will learn how create a pretty medallion by combining various pieces in different ways. Pictured above are two ways of using the medallion –on a card front or as the main design element on a cube ornament. Use your imagination to come up with other applications.

It is important to note that not only the die cut image is useful but some of the cutout pieces (the “negative” space) are also very useful. Save the larger cutouts when you have punched out the dies. As I will show you in the next tutorial, they can lend a lot of interest to your designs.

The Vintage die set comes with two corner dies and two openwork squares. For this project we will use only two dies - the scroll corner and the stained glass openwork square. (They should be easy to distinguish from the tulip corner and the scallop square.)

Materials list:
• “Vintage” 2 x 2 Cuttlebug® die set;
• Cuttlebug® or any other die cutting/embossing machine that accepts CB dies;
• A 2½ inch square of cardstock for the background;
• A contrasting color of cardstock large enough to create the die cuts;
• Spray adhesive or tacky glue applied with an extra fine tip.

1. Punch out four of the scroll corners and one openwork square.

2. You will notice that the scroll corners have a small hole at each end of the design. Before gluing your corners to your background cardstock, place them just slightly inside the edges of the background (about 1/8”), visually aligning the hole from one scroll with the hole from the next. This alignment is important in order to fit inside the edges of the background.

3. When you are satisfied with the way it looks, glue the corners down. I like using spray adhesive for this step because it is fast, gives even coverage and doesn’t leave any telltale residue like other glues may. A fast-setting glue applied with an extra fine point or spread neatly with a pin head would also work.

4. Next, center and glue the stained glass square in place with its corners pointing to the aligned holes of the scroll corners. (Refer to the photos above.)

That’s it. You have created a beautiful filigree medallion that you can use in your crafting. I would love to see what you have created with this.

Click here to go to Part II of this tutorial series.
Click here to go to Part III.

If you are interested in knowing the details for the two items shown in the pictures above, feel free to send me an email at

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Ballo ergo sum
- Gitana, the Creative Diva


  1. very well written and I will have to mark this down to give a try if I get those particular dies.

  2. Oh these are beautiful!! I have refrained from buying that die, but you have shown me that I can use it in alot of ways. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Hi Gitana I saw your post on Paper Craft Planet Cuttlebug-ers Group thanks for posting the link and thank you for sharing your three Tutorials they are fabulous

  4. Wow! This is fabulous! This was one of the first die sets I bought because I just love the look, but I haven't ventured much beyond using them as corners.

  5. These are great Gitana. I bought this set and have not had much chance to experiment but now have some inspiration

    Barbara B (Cuttlebug group)