Friday, May 30, 2014
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Stamping
Hi blogging friends
A short while ago, I came across a card that was stamped with an embossing folder and I really, really loved how it looked but had no clue how it was done because there was no information with the card. Fortunately, Splitcoaststampers recently uploaded a tutorial including a video HERE so I have spent alot of time playing in my Craft Room trying to learn the technique.
My initial attempts were quite frustrating because I wasn't sure how much water to spray on the folder. I found that if I sprayed too much water, the pattern was lost - and then if I didn't spray enough water, I wouldn't get a lovely graduation of colour. I also played with different mediums such as Tombow Pens and Distress Inks and tried different colour combinations plus I experimented with different embossing folders and found some worked better than others. I also tried watercolour paper and smooth white cardstock and they both gave very different results but worked really well. I also learned to let the cardstock dry before thinking that it looks terrible because it looks different after drying.
I was so fortunate that yesterday someone else was caring for my loved one all day so I spent a large part of the day with no interruptions where I could really get stuck in. And it was great because the day before, we had been at the hospital for appointments for a good deal of the day so I appreciated having a day off after the appointments. It is very, very rare that I get a whole day to myself at home where I not only have a physical break from being a Carer but also a complete emotional break. I felt on-top-of-the world at the end of the day and so excited to learn a new technique. And I didn't even need to make dinner that evening - that was made for me as well - ahhhh, bliss!!
So, without further ado, here is my card:
I used a Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder and randomly applied Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage and Faded Jeans Distress Inks then sprayed the water onto the folder using a Ranger Mini Mister and lay my smooth white cardstock down on top. I left the cardstock there for almost a minute and pressed down with my fingers so all areas of the cardstock received the ink then lifted it off. Where there was a darker pool of colour that stood out a bit too much, I simply used a tiny piece of paper towel to blot it up a little. I left the cardstock to dry by itself but I guess you could dry it with a heat-gun if you were in a hurry. I was a little afraid that I would spread the ink into the white areas and spoil the effect so I just waited patiently for it to dry because this was my favourite one out of all the ones I had done and believe me, I did tons of them LOL! Ohhh, I just love how the colours mixed - so pretty don't you think?!
I added the teal cardstock strip then stamped the sentiment using Colorbox Peacock pigment ink and heat-set it using Satin Pearl embossing powder. I diecut a heart from teal cardstock from the Memory Box Hearts and Stars die set and popped it up on a 3mm dimensional. Lastly, I corner-punched the RHS of the main panel then tied on the twine. It really is a simple card even if it took a loooooong time to get to that point but I am so glad that I persevered!
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
Splitcoaststampers Technique Lovers Challenge - TLC482 - To Emboss or To Stamp which is specifically for Embossing Folder Stamping
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #323 - Blues and Hues
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog today - I appreciate it very much.
Stamps: Sentiment from Stamp-It Australia self-cling rubber sentiment set siset014
Designer paper: None
Ink: Ranger Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Bundled Sage; Colorbox Peacock pigment
Accessories: Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder, Darice Hemp cord (Riot Art and Craft), 3mm dimensional, Memory Box Hearts and Stars die set, Big Shot, Ranger Mini Mister, heat-gun, Satin Pearl embossing powder, cardstock - teal, white
Punches: Stampin' Up corner punch