Thursday, November 1, 2018

CAS Mix Up - November Challenge - Embossing Folders

It's the first of the month and time for the November CAS Mix Up Challenge!   Bonnie is our hostess this month and she wants us to use embossing folders in new and different ways.

Who knew there were so many ways to use an embossing folder?

Dry embossing can add wonderful texture to a background or stamped design, 

but don't stop there.  Check out some or all of the videos over at CAS Mix Up to find 

new and exciting ways to use those folders. 

I was inspired by this embossing folder technique video for my cards today.   I made two similar cards as the technique I used involved sponging over either one or the other insides of the opened embossing folder.

I used an embossing folder, stamps, die cuts, washi tape, little flowers, and a puffy heart!
So this is what happened when I sponged Guacomole Acrylic Paint over the inside of the front panel of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cracked Embossing Folder, spritzed it liberally with water and pressed a panel of watercolor paper over it, pressing for a bit to allow the watery paint to absorb into the watercolor paper.  
I'd call this one the positive print from the embossing folder.  The green has colored the actual cracks of the design.
Stamps are from Thanksgiving Wishes by Lil' Inker Designs, Die cut frame is Pierced Feature Frames from PTI.
And here is my 2nd card that I used the same technique on but sponged the paint over the inside back panel of the embossing folder - getting what I would call a negative print.  The green has colored the spaces between the cracks of the design.
Stamps are from PTI  Forest Floor: Autumn.  The die cut frame is Pierced Feature Frames from PTI.  
The outside frames are popped up on foam tape.  I added little white flowers to the first card and a puffy heart sticker to the 2nd.  I wrapped a piece of washi tape - Lena's Pattern by Alexandra Renke - around the middle of both cards before adhering the print.

You can also try to get a 2nd print off each side.  Be sure you have your watercolor panels ready to press it right on the folder  -  a 2nd print comes out a little less defined since there is less watery paint on the folder.  Be sure to wash off your folder immediately so the paint doesn't dry on the folder.

I took one photo from my worktable showing the embossing folder, the paint, sponge and the two designs I got - the one on the left resulted from sponging over the inside of the back panel (my 2nd card) and the one of the right resulted from sponging over the inside of the front panel (my first card).
So two rather different looks from one embossing folder - used in a different way -  by sponging acrylic ink over either the front or back, spritzing with water liberally, and pressing watercolor paper over the panel!   Remember to wash your folder immediately so the paint doesn't dry on it!
We hope you'll get out all of those embossing folders you have and try out some of the new ways to use them!

Hop on over to the CAS Mix Up Blog to see how all of the talented Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer Cornelia (Stempel Spass) have used embossing folders in different ways!  You have until 11/24 to link up your creation!   Remember to keep it CAS!

I'm also linking my card to:
Less is More
Cupcake Inspirations
Theme - Fall

Stamps:  Forest Floor: Autumn - PTI, Thanksgiving Wishes - Lil' Inker Designs.
Paper:  Water color paper - Canson, Vintage Cream - PTI
Ink:  Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Guacomole Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Paper Artsy, Pierced Feature Frame Dies - PTI, puffy heart sticker - Michaels, Vanilla flowers - Simon Says Stamp, foam tape, Washi Tape - Lena's Pattern/Alexandra Renke, sponge, water mister, Cracked Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Sizzix.


Mac Mable said...

Glorious effect from the two different sides of the same embossing folder. Great to use acrylic paint as the medium. Wonderful colour of green and love the unique and artsy effect you've achieved x.

Loll said...

So clever to take prints from both sides of your embossing folder, Julia! I's amazing how different they look! LOVE the look of the crackle folder used this way --- very cool. And love it done in that beautiful green. xx

nancy littrell said...

I love your positive and negative stamped images and how you used diluted acrylic paint. I would love to try your technique. Appreciate your photos and detailed description too, my friend. TFS Julia. Hugs..Nancy

Christine Alexander said...

embossing folder stamping is one of my favorite techniques, beautiful colourss and gorgeous card

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

So cool how the pattern spills out onto the frame! Fabulous cards! Thanks for having me as your GDT!

Bonnie said...

Both of these are gorgeous, Julia! I love this soft green and how the designs are similar but different! Wonderful Thanksgiving sentiments too!

Izzy Scrap said...

WOW ! This is a fabulous technique that I want to try for sure ! The two cards may have the same design but they look totally different ! A fabulous way to give dimension to a card. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More.

Annie said...

Must try this technique Julia as both your cards are really lovely xx
Have a great weekend
Annie x

Jo Manna said...

Though this is an old video this is so new to me ...just like the stencil stamping. You have definitely had great success with this technique. I love the monochromatic theme to your card, along with the framing and that punch of a gold puffy heart was brilliant. Both cards are similar yet again very different. Love the strip of washi, lovely finish. xx

Susan said...

Wonderful positive and negative prints from your embossing folder stamping! Love the bits of co-ordinating washi tape peaking out of either side of the frames!

Susan Joyce said...

Fabulous embossing folder Julia, loved how it stamped the positive and negative spaces for your lovely card.

Mi bitácora artesanal said...

Antes que nada, muchas gracias por visitar mi blog, te sigo para no perderme tus creaciones.
Me gusta ese verde utilizado para esta tarjeta.
Besos y feliz fin de semana!!!

Trina P. said...

Beautiful positive/negative EF prints. I never thought about the other side. Great tip. xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Both are so artsy, interesting, and wonderful, Julia! How interesting to see the positive and negative embossing folder prints side by side! Love the Guacomole green color, and the little finishing touches of the pretty heart and the washi tape. Thank you so much for the process photo with the detail explanation!
Hideko xx

Diane said...

Wonderful background color and design makes a fabulous card.

Hugs Diane

AlisonC said...

These are really interesting. It's good to find new ways of using things.

Sandy said...

That is so interesting, turned out very pretty. Thank you for sharing with us over at Cupcake Inspiration Challenges.
-Sandy, DT

Karen D. said...

looks amazing mf...well done.
xx Karen

Neets B said...

What a great EF and I love both of these results. It's been a while since I used this technique so thanks for the reminder :) Gorgeous dimension from the popped up frames too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

butterfly said...

Ooh, that's a clever effect - a bit like a trompe l'oeil of depth and dimension only it's real! Great card design.
Alison x

Cathy said...

Great cards, amazing how different they look from the same folder! Cathy x

Lady Joyful said...

Really lovely card and such a fun effect. Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT (PS, sorry for how long it's taken me to comment. Life got a bit crazy!)