Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Zoom Class Using Embossing Folders Blog Hop

I recently met on Zoom for a creative craft class with some of my fellow CAS Christmas Card Challenge design team friends - Loll, Marcia, Coleen, and Linda to learn some fun techniques using Embossing Folders.   Nancy was unable to join our zoom but did work with the techniques we discussed.

Here are the cards I made.

Embossing Folder Stamping

For both cards below, I inked the inside top of the embossing folders with a Distress Oxide Ink, spritzed liberally with water  then laid a panel of watercolor paper over the watery inking.  I put a piece of computer paper over the water color panel on the open EF and rubbed gently over the whole piece so the water color panel would absorb the watery ink.  Then I lifted the water color panel off the EF to see how it looked.  Some embossing folder designs work better than others so it can be a hit or miss.   

For the card above I used Peeled Paint DOX ink pad and Holly EF from Provo Craft.  I love how the ink pooled creating darker areas in some spots. You can't control how it will look so it's always a surprise and never the same twice!
For the card above, I used Vintage Photo DOX ink pad and Tall Pines EF from Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  Love how the ink on this one shows bare patches and swirls of lighter and darker color.

Double Dry Embossing

For this technique I embossed a white panel with one embossing folder and then embossed it with another one.  Again you have to play with your various embossing folders to see which ones work best when layered over each other.

For the card above, I embossed with 3D Texture Lumber EF from Tim Holtz/Sizzix and then embossed with Holly EF from Provo Craft.
For the card above, I embossed with Script EF from Provo Craft and then embossed with Tall Pines EF from Tim Holtz/Sizzix
For the card above, I embossed with Dots EF from Darice and again used the Tall Pines EF.  The pines seem to work well as they have a blank space on the right so you can really see the first embossing.
I die cut all three cards using Pierced Feature Frames Rectangles from PTI.  And used Small Talk: Occasion Stickers from Tim Holtz/Idea-ology for the sentiments.

Embossing Toilet Paper

We never would have tried this technique in March when there was no TP available!   

I folded over toilet paper to make 4 layers (4-6 layers work well).  I spritzed water over the top of the folded pile, flipped it over and spritzed over the other side and then put it aside to dry thoroughly. Then I embossed it.  It comes out feeling and looking like home made paper!  

I used the same embossing folder on both of my cards using this technique.  The embossing folder is Flower Heart Doodle from Sizzix.   I left the top card plain.   I sponged over the bottom card with Ranger Distress Seedless Preserves and Tumbled Glass.

Faux Patina

For this technique you choose 3-4 colors of ink pads to use - I used a light tan ( River Rock - SU), a blue (Taken with Teal - SU), and a green (Always Artichoke - SU).  

First you rub your light ink pad over the inside of the top piece of your embossing folder put a panel of white card in the folder and emboss it.   Then you sponge over the embossing with the other 2 or 3 colors you have chosen.  The last step is to press Versamark ink lightly and randomly over some raised areas and then emboss with gold or silver embossing powder.  

Note: Be sure the ink is dry on your panel and go over it with a powdered Embossing Buddy pillow before putting on the Versamark and embossing powder.  You can brush off any powder that sticks in areas you don't want the gold/silver on before using your heat tool.

Below shows the layers after using each ink -  on the left is the result inking the inside of the EF cover and running the panel of white card in the EF through your machine.  The panel on the right shows the 2nd step of sponging lightly over random areas with the blue.
Below, the left the panel has now been sponged with the darker green.  On the right it has been heat embossed in random areas with gold embossing powder and it's done!
As a variation, I made two more panels using Leaf Veins 3D Embossing Folder from Sizzix. I used Ranger Distress Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and Fired Brick (in that order) on the panel to the left below. I used the same inks as my FA LA LA card on the panel on the right.
Then I used Layered Leaf Die from Sizzix and cut out a leaf on each panel - I tried to line up the center vein on the panel with the center of the leaf as best I could.
Then I laid the green leaf inside the cut out on the yellow panel and the yellow leaf inside the cut out on the green panel.
I really like how both cards look!
I layered both the panel and the gold embossed sentiment strip to metallic gold card

I hope you have found new ways to use your embossing folders here today and will get some of your own EF's out and make some cards!  

You'll find inspiring samples from the other ladies on their blogs linked here!







nancy littrell said...

OMG..your patina dry embossed cards are Stunning with all the textures and colors, Julia. I started a piece, but now that I have seen your finished cards and followed your detailed description, I want to finish some pieces. Might be awhile, but it is definitely on my to do list:-) Loved your EB Folder Dry Embossing cards too. So artsy and beautiful. I Loved how your TP double dry embossed cards turned out. I do have a piece of TP and another using Paper towels to finish into cards. Fall is always a busy month for me, but I will get back to playing with new techniques. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Marcia Hill said...

WOW...every card is absolutely GORGEOUS Julia!! You really went to town with your embossing folders and every one is SO pretty! Love them all but my favorites are the 2 leaf cards...just STUNNING!! It was so fun to ZOOM with you and can't wait to do it again next week! And also, thank you so much for the mailbox die cuts...they arrived the other day and I can't wait to decorate them up. I had no idea they made cardstock that thick, but it will be wonderfully sturdy when finished!! I'll be sure to share photos once I'm finished. And thanks for the fun card're a gem!! Hugs. :0)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow, Julia - what an impressive array of cards!! So many great techniques all executed brilliantly!! Especially love the purple flower card although they're all amazing!!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Julia, your faux patina cards are gorgeous! I especially love the way you've done the leaves! Great inked backgrounds with lots of depth of color. Love your choice of embossing folders for the double embossing and your TP cards turned out great!

Pat said...

What fantastic results Julia using some beautiful embossing folders and great colour combinations too. I particularly love the leaf vein cards with the large leaf cut into each and the green and yellow swapped to have both colours together on each card makes for a great look. x

Susan said...

Julia, what a wonderful batch of cards! Love them all, but especially the white on white and the faux patina. Another group of us did the same techniques on another zoom meeting session with Loll. So much fun!

Christine Alexander said...

love everyone of them. Awesome inking on the folders and love that faux patine technique. Loll did that one with our group, it was my fave :)

Loll said...

WOW! AMAZING cards Julia! I love all the ones you've made with the different techniques ... some white, some with colour. They are all fantastic. I love the inlaid leaf cards the best. The texture is incredible and the colours are beautiful. Great work, my friend! xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

OMG! I'm almost lost for words! I love all the texture and inky goodness! I love them all!

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, Julia, you really got a lot done. Beautiful cards, but the Faux Patina cards are my favorite. They are so gorgeous. I need to give that technique another try.

Colleen said...

Holy Moly (just to change uip all the WOW's and OMG's! *wink. Your cards are truly masterpieces. Each and every one is fabulous. I can always refere to your post if I can't remember how one is done. Amazing and wonderful, thank you so much for gathering the "recipes" with Loll and shring how to do all of these wonderful techniques. It also helps to have amazing embossing folders, which you have! See you next week! Heart Hugs, Col

Craftychris said...

Wow! So much gorgeousness and all with embossing folders - how fab! Take care and stay safe xxx

Mac Mable said...

As a technique I so loved reading this post Julia...I learnt so much and Now my 'to do' list is even longer. Thank you for sharing x.

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

I checked out all the cards made by the group. What beautiful samples!! they became really lovely cards. Thanks for showing how you did these, mf!!