Have you ever bought an embossing folder and been a bit underwhelmed when it finally arrived? I know I have, although rarely with Stampin’ Up! Still, it makes me think very carefully about what embossing folders I decide to buy. This week I finally got my hands on one of the double packs of embossing folders designed for the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine. Thanks & Hello was my first choice from the 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue and oh my goodness they are amazing! Despite their compact size they definitely pack a punch as today’s thank you card shows.
THANKS IN MANY LANGUAGES
As soon as I unpacked the embossing folder I had an idea for a masculine / gender neutral card. After a little thought I chose the Thanks embossing folder for my first project, the Hello folder will come later.
To really make the embossed design pop I decided to use the inked embossing folder technique. For this I opened up the embossing folder and gently pressed a Soft Succulent ink pad all over the inside (on the logo side). Then I carefully placed a 3-1/2″ x 6″ piece of Soft Succulent Card inside the folder and ran it through my Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. When I opened up the folder the card was beautifully embossed but with a darker background between the words.
With that done I set the piece aside and began work on the rest of the card.
I started by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Soft Succulent Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to make my card base.
Then I chose a textile effect piece from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. With its subtle pattern this neutral background would allow the embossed “thanks” layer to stand out.
First I cut a 2-3/8″ x 6″ piece of the DSP and using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) fixed it to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess with Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Next I cut two 1/2″ x 5-1/4″ pieces and a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Using liquid glue once again I attached the DSP strips to the bottom and top edges of the Basic White Card. Then I added the assembled layer to the inside of the card base.
Now all I had left to do was the front of the card.
First I needed one last piece of DSP, this time 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and I glued it to the front of the card base.
Next I trimmed the embossed thanks layer to 3″ x 5-1/2″ and glued it onto 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card. Then for extra interest decided to use some Gray Granite twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. I wrapped the twine three times around the bottom of the assembled layers and secured it on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive. Finally, instead of a bow, I tied a short piece of twine around the three strands with a simple knot.
To finish I attached the completed layer to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my project was done.
OK I am officially in love with this embossing folder. It’s not a 3D embossing folder but still manages to create an amazing textured layer. What do you think? I can’t wait to show you the “Hello” one from the set. Watch this space…