Saturday, September 7, 2013

Coloring Embossing Folders

At Convention, we saw a demonstration that included brayering ink into an embossing folder.  You put your cardstock into the folder and press - it creates a "stamp" of that pattern on the cardstock.

I was playing with the Alphabet Press embossing folder because I had my baby on my brain and wanted to design a card for upcoming baby showers that I will be attending for friends.  I applied the ink to the folder and decided to put it through my Big Shot and see what the embossing did to the ink.  It was GORGEOUS!  It gave it a graffiti look that I loved.  I shared this card with my customers at my camp this morning and they really enjoyed the technique as well.

Most of them converted the card into the Star Version I've included below instead of the baby card and used Teeny Tiny Wishes to populate the saying so it was a birthday or thank you card instead of a congrats or baby card.

  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz
  • Ink: So Saffron
  • Stamps: Zoo Babies and Seeing Stars
  • Accessories: Vintage Buttons, Big Shot & Cutting Mats & Magnetic Platform, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, Square Collection Framelits, 7/8 Scallop Punch or Small Star Punch (retired), Scissors, Dimensionals, and Adhesive
Craftastic Notes:
  • Make sure you put the ink on the raised side of the embossing folder.  That way when you run it though the Big Shot, the ink is in in the impressions of the folder instead of on the top.
  • When doing the banner, use the hexagon punch to form an easy banner end!
  • When using buttons, put a scrap of cardstock through the holes instead of thread.  It helps draw the button into the card's color combination and it is easier to do than with twine or thread.
  • Create polaroid embellishments using the square framelits to add a trendy twist to your projects!
  • The 7/8 Scallop Punch works great to punch out the lions head in the Zoo Babies set.  Dimensionals are your friend and add a nice touch to every project!

Have a craftastic day,

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