Woo hoo, I’ve finally received my new modem. It took me two attempts to get everything up and running (my ISP provider decided to rename my WiFi and change the password as part of the ‘repair’). So now I’m able to get back to my daily blogging schedule. I didn’t waste the time but instead decided to try out a few techniques on some new projects. Today I have two different ways to enhance your dry embossing. Both use the stunning snow design from the Wintry 3D Embossing Folders twin-pack.
ROUGH & RUSTIC
First up I decided to try out a very rough and rustic idea on a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of heavy Kraft Paper.
I began by placing the Kraft Paper inside the snowflake Wintry 3D Embossing Folder. Then I ran it through my Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. In case you haven’t tried 3D embossing folders with the Mini Machine the correct sandwich is Plate #1 (white), 3D embossing folder (with card inside), then Plate #4 (dark grey). While I liked the embossing, I highlighted the raised areas using a Blending Brush with Starry Sky ink.
To turn the strip into a bookmark I punched a hole at the top using the Label Me Fancy Punch. Then I cut 6″ of Starry Sky 1/8″ Metallic Woven Ribbon and folded it in half. After poking the loop through the hole, I threaded the cut ends through the loop and pulled gently to secure it in place.
Option 1 was complete.
For my second idea I cut a 2″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Thick Basic White Card.
This time I opened up the same snowflake embossing folder and felt the inside surfaces to find the smoothest one. Then on that smoother side I gently tapped the surface of the Starry Sky ink pad until the whole side was covered in ink.
TIP: I find by tapping rather than dragging the ink pad I get less ink in the recesses of the embossing folder.
Next I placed the un-inked side of the embossing folder onto the platform of the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine. Then I laid my card strip inside the open embossing folder before gently folding the inked side down onto the card. Finally after placing the 3D plate (#4) on top I ran the folder through the machine.
TIP: Placing the card this way and folding the inked side on top reduces the chance I’ll smudge the ink.
To get the card out of the very inky embossing folder I opened it and tipped it over so card fell out. This helps keep my fingers clean! Of course there was now a lot of ink on the card so I left it for a few minutes to dry. Meanwhile I cleaned the inside of the embossing folder in running water and left it on the sink to air dry.
After having a coffee I went back and punched the hole at the top of the card and added some ribbon as before. With that my second inked embossing sample was complete.
It’s amazing how the same embossing folder can look so different depending on how the embossed card it treated. I like both but for different reasons. Now I’m going to use these two techniques to create panels for winter card projects. Let me know if you try either of these techniques by leaving a comment below.
So glad you are back!! I always check every day.
Tracy Elsom says
Thank you Marty. It’s good to be back.