Technique Tuesday #21

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: DRY EMBOSSING WITH DIES.

This is a fun way to add a different look to a paper crafting project while getting more use out of your dies.

You will need: card stock, die/dies, die cutting machine, rubber/silicone mat or piece of craft foam, post it note or washi tape {for holding die in place}, extra cardstock/chipboard for a shim {if neccesary}.

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*Please note: depending on what kind of die cutting machine you are using, you may have to experiment with the cutting plates/shims to get the proper “sandwich” which will result in an embossed image that you are happy with. I would suggest using a small die and small pieces of card stock for practicing {this will reduce wasting paper}. If the embossing is too faint, use a thicker sandwich by adding a shim {card stock/chipboard}. If the card stock ends up cut through, cracked or wrinkled make the sandwich thinner.

 

I use a Cuttlebug so my layers are the following {bottom to top}: A plate, B plate, rubber mat or foam, card stock, die {cutting side on the card stock}, chip board {for a shim}, B plate.

 

Place the “sandwich” {all of the layers} in the die cutting machine and run this through the machine very carefully. I used just a bit of washi tape to make sure the die didn’t shift while embossing. *Please note: if you feel a lot of resistance, remove it and reduce the thickness. This may be as simple as removing one card stock shim.

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Remove the embossed card stock from the layers and it is now ready to use for your paper crafting project. This is the impression after embossing the largest snowflake.

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Since we are now into September, I decided to make a Christmas card with the embossed panel. I cut it down a bit, adhered it to some patterned paper, added some sparkly white ribbon tied into a knot before attaching it to a white card base. I then cut out two other snowflakes and layered them with a brad. Dimensional adhesive was used to add them to the front of the card and then a touch of Wink of Stella was applied on the top one. Finally, a few sequins for a bit of shine 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

 

 

 

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