As well as stamp sets and dies there’s lots of other new products in the Stampin’ Up! January to April 2023 Mini Catalogue. Of the three embossing folders the first one I had to get for myself was the Cane Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I’ve been hoping for at least one new non-floral design that I could use for card layers and this one immediately caught my eye. On today’s project I decided to bring out the detail of the embossing using three different inks applied with a Sponge Dauber.
CANE WEAVE TWO WAYS
I began my project by cutting a 3″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Sahara Sand Card and then dampened it slightly using clean water from a Stampin’ Spritzer. Then I laid the card inside the Cane Weave Embossing Folder and placed it directly onto the platform of my Cut & Emboss Machine. After placing the 3D embossing plate #4 on top I ran it backwards and forwards through the machine. Finally I took the beautifuuly embossed card out of the folder and set it aside.
While the card was drying I decided to make that cane weave pattern the coordinating feature for this project. So I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card and placed one long edge about 1″ inside the embossing folder. Then I enbossed the card in the same way (but without spritzing it first). The embossing wasn’t quite as pronounced but still pretty amazing.
Finally I placed the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope inside the folder and embossed the cane weave design onto that too.
Now my original embossed piece was dry I set to work adding colour to the raised surface. Using Sponge Daubers rather than Blending Brushes meant I was less likely to push the inks into the background of the embossing. I began by adding a layer of Sahara Sand ink over the surface. Then I changed to a new Sponge Dauber and added Tahitian Tide ink over the top. To finish I changed Sponge Daubers again to add a layer of Starry Sky ink.
With the embossing part of the project complete it was time for a sentiment and for that I turned to the new Greatest Journey Stamp Set.
Using Early Espresso ink I stamped “I’m so inspired by your courage” onto a 1″ x 2-3/4″ strip of Very Vanilla Card. I’d planned to mount this onto some contrasting card, however that would hide too much of the cane weave texture. So instead I simply cut another identical piece of Very Vanilla Card and fixed them together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Now I was nearly ready to begin assembling the card but I just needed two more pieces. First I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Early Espresso Card for my card base. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. With that done I used liquid glue to fix the embossed Very Vanilla layer on the inside.
The last piece I wanted was a 3-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Starry Sky Card to add a little brightess. Using liquid glue I fixed this piece to the front of the card base. Then I glued the cane weave layer on top but higher up and closer to the fold. This was followed by the sentiment, attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Finally I took three of the larger embellishments from the Rustic Metallic Self-Adhesive Dots pack and pressed them onto the three visible corners of the Starry Sky layer. With that done my card project was complete.
The combination of the three inks really adds something to the embossing but as the envelope flap shows it’s not essential. I know this embossing folder will be very popular so hopefully it will end up in the 2023/2024 Annual Catalogue later in the year. Watch this space!
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Greatest Journey Stamp Set with the coordinating Greratest Journey Dies (not used today) using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included links for both options so you can explore these if you wish.