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Sunday, 13 September 2015
Letterpress With Hummingbird
Topic: Dry Embossing

More letterpress with the Cuttlebug. This is the fourth of seven I made in this project series.

For this card I used the leafy branch folder. I smeared the bundled sage Distress ink pad over the surface of the folder and misted it with water. I also misted a piece of white cardstock and inserted it in the folder. After running through the Cuttlebug I hit it with the heat gun to dry it.

I used the bundled sage Distress marker to create drop shadows under the leaves. Then I attached a pre-stamped sentiment to it.

The hummingbird is printed on vellum. I ran the whole piece through the Xyron to apply adhesive to the whole back of it. Then it was placed on the leafy panel and both together were trimmed to size.

I hand drew in the eye on the bird and mounted the background to a sage green card base.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 12 September 2015
Letterpress Porcelain
Topic: Dry Embossing

Creating more cards using the Spellbinders demonstrated technique using embossing folders and inkpads to make letterpress backgrounds.

This is the third of seven different embossing folders I played with.

For this I used a larger folder with a stylized vine border on one side. I smeared the scattered straw Distress ink pad over the surface of the folder and misted it with water. I also misted a piece of white cardstock and inserted it in the folder. It was run through the Cuttlebug and then I hit it with the heat gun to dry it.

On this one I grabbed the scattered straw Distress marker and sketched in drop shadows under all the white elements. Itrimmed this panel into a tallformat and attached it to a dark yellow card base.

A pre-stamped sentiment on white was bordered with more of the dark yellow and popped it up on foam tape.

Hard to see in the photo bur the upper edges of all the white elements have a little Stickles sparkle.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 11 September 2015
Letterpress Hearts
Topic: Dry Embossing

After watching an episode of "Scrapbook Soup" on public television on  using embossing folders and inkpads to make letterpress backgrounds I decided to try a variety of enhancements to make cards.

This is the second of seven different embossing folders I played with.

For this one I used was the hearts folder. I smeared the barn door Distress ink pad over the surface of the folder and misted it with water. I also misted a piece of white cardstock and inserted it in the folder. Once through the Cuttlebug and I hit it with the heat gun to dry it.

I scallop punched the top edge, stamped some unreadable script over the surface with aged mahogony Distress ink and applied Stickles to random hearts.

I stamped the same script onto some red paper to match the card base.  Then I punched a heart from it and applied it on the surface of the card. A prestamped sentiment was trimmed and then I smudged ink on the edges before attaching it.


As a finishing touch I placed a single red rhinestone in the center of the 'o' on the sentiment.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 10 September 2015
Letterpress In My Cuttlebug
Topic: Dry Embossing

I was watching an episode of "Scrapbook Soup" on public television and the guest from Spellbinders demonstrated using embossing folders and inkpads to make letterpress backgrounds. I have done this before but decided to do more and try a variety of enhancements to turn them into cards.

I chose seven different embossing folders to play with.

The first one I used was the herringbone folder. I smeared the concord grape Distress ink pad over the surface of the folder and misted it with water. I also misted a piece of white cardstock and inserted it in the folder. Once through the Cuttlebug and I hit it with the heat gun to dry it.

I didn't do anything more to the background. I trimmed it and attached it to a blue base card. I had a collection of vellum elements and one that looked like stained glass was a perfect blend of the purple and blue.

I added a stamped sentiment to the bottom of the illustration and popped the vellum piece up on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Inspired by an Alphabet Channel
Topic: Dry Embossing

I was flipping through the channels on the TV last month and stopped to watch Anna Griffin on one of the '24-hour-we-can-sell-you-anything' channels. She was showing some new Cuttlebug folders she had designed. I didn' want any of them but watched just to see what new techniques she was using.

Only one thing really caught my eye and that was her use of a gold paint pen traced over the raised embossing.

Well, I HAD to try that!

I pulled out some glossy cardstock with a color-changing blue/purple/green finish. It reminds me of the look of oil on water.

I ran this through the Cuttlebug with a folder from the 'friends' set and then used a gold Krylon paint pen to trace over all the dandelions. I put it back through the Cuttlebug with a text border folder and then used the gold paint pen on the words and the swirl.

A piece of shiny gold cardstock was embossed with the 'heart blocks' folder and I cut a strip of that to apply under the text.

I trimmed the embossed panel right next to the raised border and mounted on purple for framing.

I do like this style and may try it again.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Winter Scraps
Topic: Dry Embossing

I had a part of the dry embossing layers left over from yesterday's project and decided to use it right away instead of stashing it to work with later.

The treatment was very simple. I bordered the embossing with pink, selected a pre-stamped sentiment on blue and bordered that with pink as well.

I made a blue folded card base and overlaid it with a blue dotted paper.

I popped up the sentiment on foam tape and added two shimmery heart stickers.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 30 January 2015
Winter Embossed
Topic: Dry Embossing

One of my groups issued a challenge to make a 'winter' card. I immediately thought of the snowflake embossing folder but wanted to do something different with it.

I first laid out together on white cardstock the Swiss Dots folder and a border with a cabin in the woods. These were embossed using the Cuttlebug. 

I then used a foam dauber to color these raised parts in blue.

Then I ran the whole thing through with the Snowflake folder and used another foam dauber to color all the snowflakes - including those that covered the cabin border.

I then placed the cabin folder back over the blue coloring and ran it through the Cuttlebug again. This was colored again with blue to enhance its definition.

This was mounted on a pink card base, leaving a border all around it.

I embossed a frame on another piece of white and trimmed it to the widest border and removed the inside section. This was mounted over the colored piece using foam tape.

Exactly as I envisioned it!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 25 October 2014
The Woods In Fall
Topic: Dry Embossing

More scraps left by the granddaughters were some woodgrain embossed on white cardstock. They were squareish so I added some scraps to top and bottom to get them up to A2 card size.

I used some Distress Ink to make the woodgrain more defined and then found some vellum leaves in the sticker drawer.

I added words from the Tim Holtz book of word stickers, using those printed on Kraft.

I had two styles of leaf in different sizes so I made sure the leaves on each card were consistent.

These are both built on kraft card bases.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 24 October 2014
Country Fall
Topic: Dry Embossing

I picked up a new embossing folder a while back and hadn't used it yet. Then, after the granddaughters left, I found a scrap left behind from one of their projects... a blue cardstock with the chicken wire embossed on it.

Some of the white core showed through so I used my sanding block to expose even more and love the result.

I made a card base by combining this scrap with some linen-look paper and then went to the sticker box to see what I could find that would suit these papers.

I came up with a fall scene using stickers from three sets. The cats and pumpkins are one set, the scarecrow is another set and the stars are yet another.

I used a blue marker to draw in some ground for everything to rest upon.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 11 January 2014
People of the Heart
Topic: Dry Embossing

I saw this idea on a blog somewhere a long time ago and sketched it to try later. Well, what do you know? Later is here!

The plan starts with a couple of large heart punches or diecuts. I had neither but I did have an old Coluzzle with a heart shape. Yep, I can use that!

For the lady I cut hearts out of pink and salmon shimmer cardstock and ran both through the Cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder. I used a round punch to open up the neckline, added three tiny brads for buttons and a paper rose for a corasge.

The man is made with white and black shimmer cardstocks. The black is embossed with the twill folder and then cut halfway down the center. This allowed me to fold back the lapels. I tied a knot in a folded black 1/8" ribbon and then attached it to the white heart. The black heart is then layered over top of it.

With a black border, the background is metallic silver run through the hearts embossing folder.

This would make a good anniversary or valentine card, but it is actually going out in a swap.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Two By Two
Topic: Dry Embossing

I had a bunch of small scraps in the patterned paper bin and cut them into 1 1/2 inch squares. I then paired them in sets. For each set I chose a patterned paper backing and a color to use for bordering.

Each of the patterned papers was run through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then the texture was either sanded to reveal white or sponged to color the raised pattern.

For this first set I used a 1/4 inch corner rounder on all four corners of the little squares. This one uses a 'mesh' embossing folder and sanding. All bordering in white to continue the red, white and blue theme.

For this one I chose a map background and a script embossing folder, sanded. All pink bordering and stamped sentiment.

The last of this style has a floral background with a daisy embossing folde, sanded. All bordering in blue and a green sentiment to pull color from the background.

For the remaining cards I rounded opposite corners of the little squares with a 1/2 inch corner punch. The placement of these with the points outward make them look like a flower. The first one uses a floral print with a leafy scroll embossing folder. I sanded this one, too and used kraft for the bordering.

I followed this with an inked scroll embossing folder on a tiny floral paper. Bordering with green picks up color from thebackground and provides contrast for the feature elements.

There's more contrast in this one. I started with a blue patterned paper with tiny fleur-de-lis in gold. I used a fleur-de-lis embossing folder and inked it with gold. Bordering in blue and an fold sentiment finishes this classy card.

And finally, an all-green card. The background paper was embossed with vines and birds and then I sanded it to reveal the pattern. The sentiment is a grayed green to echo the background paper.

By now you've probably noticed the 4 squared on every card are popped up on foam. The sentiments are all glued directly to the face of the squares.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Car Parts
Topic: Dry Embossing

I ran across a snippet of cardstock with license plates printed on it and thought it would be fun to combine it with an emobssing folder I have with an antique car. As I pulled out the embossing folder I remembered that I have a stamp similar to that. Imagine my surprise when I pulled it out and discovered they are exactly the same, even to the same size. HA!

I stamped the car on some brown cardstock and then embossed it with the folder. Cool - except the folder has such sharp edges that it kind of tears the edges of the image. I used a foam applicator and distress ink to recolor those areas.

I pulled out more printed cardstocks with distressed looks and combined strips to create a masculine backbround. A vertical strip also got a piece of twine knotted around it. The car image was banded and popped up on foam. I reversed the colors for a stamped sentiment and tied it to the twine before popping up on foam.

As a final step I added three square nailhead stickers on th lower left.

I had enough matrials to create two identical cards at the same time.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Double Delight Embossing
Topic: Dry Embossing

To make a special card with dry embossing I decided to double the delight.

I ran the cardstock through the Cuttlebug with a corner floral folder and used a foam blender to color the raised portion with 'Spun Sugar' distress ink. Then I ran the cardstock back through the Cuttlebug with the script embossing folder. I followed that with the foam blender and 'Old Paper' distress ink, keeping it off the floral area.

I added a couple of die-cut corner swirls embellished with pink 'dew drops'. I added a diecut text last.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Not Your Gramma's Chalkboard
Topic: Dry Embossing

A challenge to use chalks on a card led to making these two cards. For both of them I started by dry embossing a background on white cardstock. I used a q-tip to apply chalks to the raised portions and then sprayed with a sealing spray to set the chalk. Trimming and bordering with a pastel. I also used the same treatment for a sentiment strip.

The first was using a corner treatment folder with greens and yellows.

The second uses an all-over floral with a variety of colors.

Yes, I really have started making Valentine cards already... by request of OWH.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 7:48 PM PST
Saturday, 12 May 2012
One, Two, Three, Four, Five
Topic: Dry Embossing

Next up in the series of Rebel challenges was to make a card with 5 different elements.

Element One: Embossed Acetate colored with Alcohol Ink

Element Two: Tissue Tape strip (with musical print)

Element Three: Bird Stamped on green paper, trimmed with thin border and mounted on foam tape

Element Four: Red Nail Head dot stickers

Element Five: Cardstock Text Sticker, mounted on black, teimmed with thin border, popped up on foam tape

This is one of the acetate background I did a few weeks ago and set aside while waiting for inspiration on how to finish it. Here's the inspiration and the finish and I love it.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Embossed and Embellished
Topic: Dry Embossing

I love the graphic effect of dry embossing folders and sometimes just want them to be the center of attention. Especially this folder from a Cuttlebug set which included the folder as well as a diecut set of several phrases.  The 'front' of the folder is marked but if used that way it makes the image indented. I really like it with the image raised so I always use the folder backwards. That's just how I roll.

For this first one I used a tan linen-texture paper. After embossing I used Copic markers to color the raised parts a light green. Then I attached sticky-back garnet colored rhinestones to some of the dots at the end of the 'branches'. I stamped the greeting directly onto the face and cut the panel to mounto on a light green card base.

I embossed again on the tan cardstock but this time I used light brown Copic for the coloring. The decorative dots here are gold 'nail head' stickers. I stamped the sentiment the same as before and used a medium brown card base.

Then I wanted to create the color in the background and leave the image light so I applied milled lavender distress ink direct to the inside of the folder before making the embossing on cream cardstock. This was too pastel for what I had in mind. So I used the brown Copic on the stems and dots again. I used ruby colored nail head stickers this time, stamped the greeting and adhered to a pinkish card base.

Still trying to get that background color I went with a darker purple distress ink on the folder before embossing. Much better. I used the light green Copic for the stems and left the dots uncolored. Digging into the stash of supplies I found these bitty purple flowers someone sent in a swap (thank you, whoever you were). I cut off their stems and glued in clusters to the stems to make real flowers out of the image. Oh, yes! I cut some of the cream cardstock to stamp the greeting and layered it over purple to match the flowers. The whole piece is attached to a light purple card base.

Now THAT is one yummy card!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Drunken Acetate
Topic: Dry Embossing

So, this was a challenge on one of my groups: Dry emboss acetate and use Sakura Lacquers to color in the image. Ummm, I don't have any of those. So I'll try out other products and see what works.

First, I tried using Copic markers. They look sketchy as they don't spread like the liquids would do. I ended up using two colors for the stems (green and brown) and two in the buds (yellow and blue). I stamped the text on a ledger paper and used a dry adhesive around the edges to mount.

Then I decided to try out alcohol inks. I put a drop out on an acrylic block and picked up with a water-brush filled with blending soluton. This was painted into the indentations of the embossing. On this one I used the inks to wet and they ran up the sides of the indentations. I let them dry and then used a sanding block to clean up the edges a bit. This scratched up the acetate so I just went with it and sanded it to a satin finish.

I stamped text on a printed cardstock and mounted the acetate over that. a red border sets it off from the very similar colored card base.

I kind of got the hang of it with this one. This technique does not lend itself to neat, clean edges but gives more of a watercolor effect. I used only green ink and mounted over a blue paper. This was such a nice pattern I didn't want to cover it up so I just added a single strip of cardstock with a rhinestone border and three satin bows.

I can't see myself spending a LOT of time with this technique. I do have a couple more made up that I have to turn into cards someday, though.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 2 April 2012
Owl Always Love You
Topic: Dry Embossing

I started with a dry embossed page and used a craft knife to cut away the plain background. I backed this with a pink and green hand-marbled paper and placed both on a green folded card base.

I used large letter stickers and little tag letter rubons to create the text.

OK, it's a bit corny but I kinda like it.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 5 March 2012
Snow and Ice
Topic: Dry Embossing

Assignment: Make a card about snow and ice

I pulled blue cardstock and used a border embossing folder and a snowflake one together. I used blue and white Liquid Pearls to enhance the embossing. I cut a label with a Spellbinders die and trimmed it out with the Liquid Pearls as well.

After mounting the background on a white folded card base I used foam tape to mount the label. The text is silver peel-off stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 23 January 2012 10:15 PM PST
Monday, 9 January 2012
Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head
Topic: Dry Embossing

I wanted to try out a technique I was reminded of a while back and selected the snowflake embossing folder for the Cuttlebug. I inked up the inside of the folder with Distress Ink and then impressed a piece of glossy cardstock with it. I messed up with the first piece but saved it and did the procedure again. With the old one I used a circle punch and punched out 5 of the snowflakes. These I mounted on the good piece with foam tape. The feature piece was attached to a turquoise folded card base.

I cut a strip of the turquoise and punched a scalloped edge on it, attached it to the card and added a clear text sticker. Each of the popped up snowflakes got a turquoise rhinestone.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST

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