I love to get more mileage from the Stampin’ Up! products that I purchase, so today I’m going to share FIVE different embossing folder techniques that go beyond texture.
On Monday, I shared some “WOW” projects from a recent Expo event that I held with another demonstrator (you can see those card here). The projects I’m sharing here today are ones I also shared at that event.
The first card uses a technique that was all the rage when the Woodlands Textured Embossing Folder (139673) first hit the scene over a year ago. For this card I inked up the embossing folder background using a stamp pad, then stamped images over the inked background area. Place your cardstock in the folder, then run through the Big Shot as usual.
Here’s the result
The second technique is one that I came up with on my own…an original with me!! As I was thinking about what embossing folder techniques I could demonstrate a random thought popped into my head. (That can be a dangerous thing by the way, but this time it was good!) I remembered doing “crayon rubbings” as a child and asked myself the “What If…” question.
“What if I tried the crayon rubbing technique with our watercolor pencils?”
That question opened up a whole realm of possibilities and here are the results.
Place your Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock over the bumpy side of the embossing folder. Then, using the SIDE of your color pencil, lightly rub over the entire area. You will notice darker texture images where the bumps are and the lighter strokes become the background color. Isn’t that so simple and easy?? And, I think any type of color pencil will work for this.
(Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141468; Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141713; Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 142761)
My next embossing folder technique adds color inside the folder by sponging on it. Use Sponge Daubers (133773) to randomly add a variety of ink colors on one side of the folder. Place your paper inside the folder and run through the Big Shot. The ink will transfer to the cardstock creating a fun background for your project. And, no two backgrounds will turn out the same!!
Here’s what my card sample looked like.
NOTE: If you try this technique, experiment with which side of the embossing folder you ink. Each side will give a different look. And, if you want to take it a step further, get a more subtle color pattern by running a second piece of cardstock through the Big Shot WITHOUT re-inking the folder.
(Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 133737)
Here’s a fourth embossing folder technique project.
The background for this card is done on Watercolor Paper (122959). This is the only type of paper you can use for this technique. As in the last technique, use Sponge Daubers to add ink to the RAISED SIDE of the embossing folder. Then, use a Stampin’ Spritzer (126185) to get the inked folder wet. Place the watercolor paper in the folder and run through the Big Shot.
(Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141471)
I did share one more embossing folder technique at the Expo…the card I shared on Monday. I used the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231) to stamp on the card base of that card. (You can find that post here.)
Stamping with an embossing folder is easy. Apply ink to one side of the embossing folder using your ink pad. Place cardstock in the folder and close. Apply pressure with your fingers to transfer the ink to the cardstock. That’s it! The results will be different, depending on which side of the embossing folder is inked.
Whew! Well, there you have it. FIVE different ways to use embossing folders techniques for card making that go beyond texture. Which was your favorite? What technique are you excited to try? Leave a comment and let me know.
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