Warning – this is a longer than usual post. For ages I’ve wanted to create a Techniques Folder of the many techniques we use on our cards with a short explanation and sample of the technique. So my plan is to share a different technique every Tuesday – I may need your help to keep me accountable on this :). I’m sure this will be an invaluable resource to have on hand. My plan is to use our 6″ x 8″ album (144203) along with the Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Photo Pocket Pages (144205) – you can find both of these products on page 154 of the Annual Catalogue.
So my first technique to share with you is dry embossing. Dry embossing is a great way to add dimension and texture to your projects. It requires the use of an embossing machine – like our Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine on page 170 and an embossing folder. We have a range of embossing folders on pages 184 and 185 of the Annual Catalogue. When we talk of dry embossing we usually think of embossing cardstock but we can also emboss our Designer Series Paper. Here are a couple of examples.
The left and top images show the paper before and after embossing so you can see the effect the embossing folder has on the paper.
I decided to mix and match these papers and created four masculine cards using the A Good Man stamps set and Stampin Blends.
I used a range of Stampin Blends – Card #1 – Night of Navy, Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Ivory. Card # 2 – Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake and Ivory. Card # 3 – Mango Melody, Night of Navy, Cinnamon Cider, Seaside Spray, Crumb Cake and Ivory. Card #4 – Seaside Spray, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Crumb Cake and Ivory. The embellishments are from the In Good Taste Elements.
For the inside of each of the cards I used the words from Pretty Perennials – page 31 of the Jan-June Mini.
I was having so much fun I did a feminine version using the Old World Paper Embossing Folder and Tasteful Touches stamp set.
The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments and has been stamped in Rococo Rose on die cuts from Stitched So Sweetly. The flower has been stamped in Rococo Rose and been ‘fussy cut’. This image and the ones used for the inside of the card are from Tasteful Touches. The greenery has been die cut in Mint Macaron using the Forever Flourishing dies.
I hope you give this technique a go – it adds extra texture to your papers and projects.
The new January to June mini is live as of today. If you haven’t received a copy please let me know and I can send one to you or you can hop on over to my Catalogues page to download the pdf version. During January and February for every order you place of NZD$110 you get to pick a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.
Well that’s all for now – remember to check back again next Tuesday for another technique.
Until next time …