Sunday, May 30, 2010

Embossing has arrived!

Well I've finally bought an embossing machine: the Texture Boutique by Provocraft - it's like Cuttlebug Lite as in it embosses but does not die cut. When I've saved my pennies, I may get a Cuttlebug, until then I can use my Silhouette which does a beautiful job but is time consuming as I keep getting sidetracked when I use it! My first embossing projects (other than the 200 scraps of paper I did, lol) are below

This card uses the Swiss Dots embossing folder and the D'vine Swirls embossing folder, which echoes the swirls on the patterned paper.  The dots are repeated in the Polka dot ribbon on this really simple card. Stick the first length of ribbon across the card, the next layer is almost twice the length of the base piece, loop it into the middle of the card, fixing the middle in the middle (surprise!) and the ends in the middle with glue dots. Repeat with a slightly shorter piece for the top loop - EASY! Inking the edges of the embossing really helps bring out the texture.

On this birthday card I used the "Bird Banner" digital stamp from Two Peas In A Bucket.  I painted it with Jo Sonja acrylic paints and wrote the sentiment with a permanent marker.  The paper is from the Gypsy Sisters range by Kaisercraft, the bottom layer is flocked, which gives a real vintage feel to the card.  The blue rhinestone brad in the centre of the flower helps tie the colours together, the little pearls around it just helped fill the space! I used a punch my mother gave me on the metallic paper border, which I used my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder on - it adds texture without being too fussy.

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