DIY: Fiskars Fuse Series: The Basics

February 11, 2013

Fiskars Fuser's Manual Day One

Alrighty, guys…today’s the day I do something a little different. Today’s the day I share my first product review series and I really hope you like what you find here over the next few days. This week, I will be sharing video and photo tutorials all featuring the Fiskar’s Fuse!

First up, I have the very first video of the series, where I’ll be covering all “The Basics” of this machine. The format of this video is a little different than anything I’ve ever done, but I hope you’ll enjoy and learn lots!


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In addition to the facts and specs of the Fiskars Fuse, this series will also include lots of projects…13 projects to be exact! I think you’re gonna love ’em all! In the meantime, here’s a few sneak peeks of what’s to come.



Fiskars Fuser's Manual Sneak Peeks Day One


HaveQuestionsGraphicI’ve done my best to make each day of these series as comprehensive as possible. That said, I’m sure I’ve forgotten something! If you have questions or need clarification on anything, please leave a comment! I’ll be responding to each question as they come in…and as always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback!


28 thoughts on “Fiskars Fuse Series: The Basics”

  1. Omg!!! You are the cutest thing ever! A tad excited about winning the fuse? You? No way!! Its not like anionr heard you on the floor at CHA screaming—Hahaha.

    I loved the video, especially the cute lead in! Your soooo savvy with video editing! Great job! Plus, you looked über stylish!

    I agree with you about the plate designs. Trendy and modern motifs and patterns would be great because you could use them a lot more for a variety of projects!

    Where did you film!? You had great counter space!! If that’s your kitchen, in going to emboss my mouth shut from jealous screaming at your amazing amount of counter space!

    Can’t wait for Day 2!

    1. GIRL!!! I WISH that was my kitchen!!! Our condo building actually has a huge event space that I was able to use for recording this series. There is a great kitchen area there with a great countertop!

  2. Fabulous video! And I agree with Emily – you are so adorably cute!!! The only question I have is: Would I be able to use other brands of dies and impression plates, such as Papertrey Ink and Sizzix? Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us. You are a real gem.

    1. Hey Sue!!! Great question and you’ll be happy to know that the answer is YES! You can use your Fuse with low profile dies as well as dies from Sizzix. You’ll need the Adapter Kit which is sold separately, but allows you to use the Fuse with pretty much any other embossing or die cutting product.

  3. I am currently trying other brands of dies in the machine. Some work, some don’t. When I tried the Fiskars texture templates, that are supposed to work in the machine, I couldn’t get them to work with the recommended sandwich. I tried many sandwich combinations to get it to work, but never found the right solution. If you have these templates and can get them to pass through the machine, I would love to know what you did.

    1. I feel your pain, Brenda! One of the most popular questions being asked is about the ability to use other products in the Fuse. Your texture plates will definitely work in the Fuse but you’ll need the adapter kit. I’ll be talking more about the Adapter Kit on Friday, but it basically comes with a bunch of plates that can be combined in different ways to accommodate dies and embossing folders from different manufacturers.

      1. Since I also won my Fuse System, I’m guessing we have the same supplies. I have tried using the adapter plates with the Fiskars Texture plates, in the recommended sandwich order. I can’t get them to pass through. I hestitate in using brute force…I don’t want to crack the texture plates. The texture plates I have are blue and double sided about a 1/8″ thick. I will try to have a live chat at Fiskar’s and see if they have a solution.

    1. So glad you liked! I thought it would be fun to put a face and a voice to the blog! Hopefully y’all won’t be sick and tired of me by the end of this!

  4. Thanks for this series, Amber. I can feel a ‘must have’ coming on. I have loved letterpress since I had a chance to do a workshop in the real thing, metal type letters and all, some years ago.

    I suspect the letterpress paper they market has a higher rag content than normally found in cardstock for scrapbookers and commercial offset printing. You’ll probably find some good papers for this from a supplier that sells to artist printers. I’d seek out some 100% rag papers and see how it handled them.

    1. YAY! I am so glad you commented. This is what it’s all about – learning from each other! I am going to definitely look into your paper suggestion! Thanks.

  5. I bought the Fiskars Fuse last Sep. when I was on holiday in Massachusetts. I got an awesome price on it at either Hobby Lobby or Joanne’s. I love it! I can cut numerous dies all at the same time. I live in Canada and up here it costs $3.99 – I snagged it and the adaptor plates as well as 3 dies and the oval letterpress plate for $315.00 and that figure includes the tax.

  6. Love that you are doing this. Even though I definitely cannot afford a FUSE right now, it is always nice to see what is out there and to dream! I really appreciate how you showed the end result with different types of card stocks and weights. Can’t wait for the next installment! Thanks so much.

  7. OMGosh, it was so much fun to see you in this video, Amber! You are absolutely beautiful and so much fun to watch! Thank you so much for your honest review…Fiskar’s couldn’t have picked a better person to win this baby!!!

  8. Amber,I just did a live chat with someone at Fiskar’s. We still couldn’t get the texture plates to work and tried a few alternate sandwich ideas. I’m off to play with it some more. Don’t spend any time trying to solve this issue. I’ll work it out if I can. Thanks for your great videos! Loved the projects you shared today!

  9. Yay you! I could watch Amber channel 24/7! You always answer questions that I have, you show us great stuff, you work so hard and so successfully at presentation, etc., etc. I just can’t say enough about how much I have been enjoying your blog. Thanks so, so much for all your efforts.

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