Tag Archives: embossing

Using a laminator for gold foiling…

… Also known as, do I really need the new Minc foiling machine? I love the idea of foiling my stamped images and can’t wait for the fine emboss powder to arrive today. Thank you Amazon!

Studio Calico Funnel Cake – Take Two

FullSizeRender (6)When Funnel Cake first came out in 2014, I convinced myself I would never use the stamp or die more than two times and bought the digital version instead. I printed it out on vellum ONE time — see here — and it looked amazing but I only used it one time. So when the funnel cake stamp and die set mysteriously ended up in my cart during last month’s SC St Patty’s Day sale, I don’t know what I was thinking but boy am I thrilled I got the set. I’ve been playing with different materials and textures and using the die with an embossing pad and it’s been so much fun!!

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The first experiment started out with a layer technique I’ve used before with small pieces of patterned paper. This time, I used washi on a blank sheet of copy paper and die cut the outline. On a sheet of letterpress paper, I used the stamp — the MISTI stamping tool was critical here to ensure smooth and even coverage! — and ran the die through my Evolution using the squishy embossing layer to create this textured, quilted feel directly over the black lines. Then I carefully glued the washi-covered copy paper on top of the letterpress paper. In person, it looks and feels so awesome.

How freaking cool is that?!IMG_1300 Like SERIOUSLY coolness!IMG_1302 One last time – I promise!IMG_1303

On this second batch of blue cards, I repeated the same stamping and embossing technique using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the background with neocolors before using a waterbrush. I’m not very good with blending the neocolors but I started to get the hang of it after a few cards.

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Studio Calico Hercules Fancy Stamp in Ultra High Embossing Powder

I initially bought the Hercules kit because the stamp really did catch my fancy (sorry – I can’t help myself.) Even though I made many many cards with the flowered paper from that kit, I didn’t use the stamp until this weekend. I’ve found it a tough sentiment to use but it all seemed to come together for this card.

I also used some stickers from Crate Paper’s Notes and Things accent stickers as well as a Dear Lizzy emboss folder I recently got for a great deal from Amazon. Isn’t that bow emboss detail darling?



A Mama Elephant Haul with Stamps and Creative Cuts

The first card I made with the sets combine the sentiments from Splendid and the Creative Cuts.

I’ve resisted buying die cuts for a very long time because most of the materials I used can be easily cut using my Silhouette. As I started using thicker weight materials — especially when letterpressing — the Silhouette wasn’t able to consistently deliver a clean polished cut. My first set of steel dies from My Favorite Things – the Circle Stax set – was so awesome, I decided to double-down and purchased the Mama Elephant Creative Cuts set. I also got the Cozy Christmas set (which I’d been eyeing since last Christmas) and the Splendid and Make A Wish stamps.

This is the first card I made using the sentiments and cuts.


I adore this 3D bow. I sprayed it with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold. Next time, I’m thinking teal with white polka dots!IMG_0002

A close up at how well the stamp works with the resist technique. Gah – so pretty!


A picture of my haul. Love Mama Elephant!


2014 Project Life – Snippets from Weeks Two and Four

Week Two 

This week was frigidly cold. My dog wouldn’t go out the first few days for his walk. After day three, something changed and now he will play everywhere in the snow for at least 30 minutes. From a project life standpoint, I so enjoyed using the Project Life Coral Edition and seeing how well all my existing supplies and embellishments fit with it. DSC00733 DSC00735


Week Four

Early this month, I had the great fortune of finding four of the Studio Calico stamp sets that I missed out on. I had so much fun using them in my layouts this week.



Experimenting with Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress

Things I’ve learned so far:

* Lifestyle crafts emboss folders can be used as “letterpress” plates.


* Taping the sides of the platform and the right amount of ink will create an amazing letterpress effect.IMG_4737

* The debossed and inked image will create a translucent finish and pool in strange ways when you don’t apply enough ink.

IMG_4665IMG_4663* Letterpress scraps are so easy to incorporate into cards. IMG_4670* Letterpress scraps are also great for creating mini vignettes!IMG_4793

Faux Letterpress Using Emboss Folder and Stamp Pad

For supplies, I used Hero Arts mid-tone ink in Raspberry Jam and a Basic Grey emboss folder. I learned the technique from YouTube scrappers who call it “Faux Letterpress.” It was super messy to clean up, did not ink cleanly, and provided an emboss instead of a letterpress deboss but I still love the look.