In recent weeks, I have really been enjoying using Embossing folders. Texture is so important in a hand made card-It something that most bought cards don't have, and in a handmade card the texture and added elements of a card bring it to life, and you get that real "ooooooooh!- ahhhhhhhhh!" appeal.
In last months Hostess code club, the free gift from me to those who used the code was the celebrations duo embossing folders-I think they are amazing, and I hope the recipients think the same too!
|Celebrations Duo Embossing folders|
I thought I would write todays blog post on 2 very easy cards that have LOTS of WOW factor, in relatively simply made cards, purely by using these embossing folders (DE-embossing folders to be accurate!) In addition to using the folders, Ive used the coordinating stamp set-Happy celebrations.
|De-bossed "happy" sentiment|
|I roughed up the edges of the Layers to achieve a shabby chic appeal|
|"Celebrate" De-bossed and stamped over with the |
swipe stamp from the happy celebrations stamp set
|Shaker card action|
I think the stamp set and de-embossing folders make for very dramatic and bold sentiments (LOTS of WOW factor!)-on both of these 2 VERY different cards.
Tips for making these cards:
Every thing highlighted can be bought from my store-just click!
- The "Happy card" use these products-Happy celebrations stamp set, Weather together stamp set (for the "thanks" sentiment) celebrations duo embossing folder, and Lace trim (retired) (I think the very Vanilla lace trim would look great!) Card stock used-Whisper white, Delightful dijon, Inks used-Archival black ink, Smokey slate, Delightful dijon, and crushed curry. Adhesives used-Tombo liquid adhesive, dimensionals.
- The "celebrations" card used these products-Happy celebrations stamp set, celebrations duo embossing folders, Confetti stars border punch, Embossing buddy, Gold thread, Gold embossing powder, and Gold sequins. Card stock used- Whisper white, Elegant eggplant and Gold foil card stock. Ink used- Elegant Eggplant and Versamark ink. Adhesives used- Tombo liquid adhesive, and foam strips.
- When stamping over the de-embossed sentiment with a smaller stamps, (as in the "happy" card) don't double stamp. The de-embossed sections on your stamp will still be in the original strength colour, and your next image wont be a smooth inking. If you want a lighter colour, stamp off on a regular sheet of scrap paper, THEN stamp on the de-embossed image.
- If using a Larger stamp that incorporates the entire word (as in the "celebrations" card) you can use double stamping to your advantage. The stronger strength ink on the sentiment sections when stamped a second time will create an entire new card!
- To create a "shabby chic" appeal to your card (as in the "happy" card) run the blade of a pair of scissors over the edge of the cardstock. it adds even MORE texture to your card!
- If you are finding that the card stock "cracks" or frays after going through the big shot- spritz with a tiny bit of water to make the card a little more plyable.
- When making shaker cards, use the border punches to create a "filler" that lessens the cost of more expensive shaker fillings like seed beads. Sequins are also a fantastic filler for shaker cards as well-VERY cost effective, with Lots of WOW factor! Ive used, a combination of Gold foil punched Confetti, sequins, silver seed beads (bought at a sewing store), and floating rhinestones (bought at a craft store)
- When making shaker cards, after laying down the foam adhesive strips, but before taking the final release paper off, run your embossing buddy around the inside of the space that your shaker materials will move around in. The powder lessens the stickiness of the SIDES of the adhesive foam strip, also that your shaker materials wont get stuck.
- For more info on shaker cards, come check out my LIVE Facebook class next Saturday (11th of march) at 11 am (EST)
I hope you enjoyed todays post-I had heaps of fun making these 2 cards!
Tomorrow night at 8pm (EST) we have a VERY exciting blog hop with the crazy crafters and the extremely talented Janneke de Jong- I hope you can join us, and be inspired by all the amazing creations!- so you don't miss ANY of our blog hops, why not subscribe to my blog? I'd LOVE to have you come along and enjoy the journey with us!
Have a fabulous weekend- and try to squeeze in some creative therapy!