I am back today with another card for our Work Your Stash Wednesday challenge. I love how this challenge is making me use my supplies, some new some old, all of them needing some love!
Remember those things called embossing folders? Well today, I am using one that I have had for years and only ever used once or possibly twice. Our theme for this week is Red/Pink Valentines Day.
And I went with a technique that I tried a few years ago during a class, and I love how this turned out. These are the steps you need to take to enable you to dry emboss one area of the embossing folder, in this instance a heart 🙂
1 Create your diffuser (if you don’t have one) by die cutting 6 hearts and adhering them together. The amount may vary depending on how thick your card is and what machine you use, you need to experiment! A diffuser is a mechanism that allows you to part emboss an area of cardstock by applying pressure in that specific area. Tim Holtz does sell some diffusers but I didn’t have a heart so I created one.
2. Secure your cardstock into your embossing folder with washi tape. I secure it in case I need to run it through twice and I don’t want it to move in between.
3. Adhere the stacked hearts to the top of your embossing folder. I positioned mine towards the centre top of the folder and secured it down with washi tape. It looks a bit odd but it works!
3. Create your sandwich for your die-cutting machine. For the Sizzix Big Shot, this was using the bottom tab in your platform, a cutting plate, embossing folder (with cardstock enclosed), stacked die cuts adhered to the top
4. Run it through the machine. Once or twice depending on your machine and the depth of embossing you desire. Make sure the heart does not move as you run it through
I then painted the raised embossed areas of the heart using a never used Twinkling H20 shimmer paint. These are little pots of gorgeousness – I have loads that I have never used.
Lastly I white heat embossed a sentiment on a skinny black strip and adhered it over the heart using foam pads. And of course, a few sequins to finish it off.
So that finishes my card for today. I hope that you give this technique a try, it really is pretty easy to do, you just need to play around with your diffuser to get the effect you want. Happy crafting!