Ever since the new Hero Arts catalog came out, I’ve been obsessed with embossing and resist techniques.
Last year, my sister sent me her Cuttlebug. It took me a while to figure out the different cutting pad combinations. I have a Silhouette and I don’t mass produce any cards so die-cutting wasn’t terribly interesting to me. I bought one emboss folder – Polka Dots by Cuttlebug – and while it added some texture to my cards, I wasn’t terribly impressed and the Cuttlebug languished in my closet.
However, after watching a Kristina Werner December Daily video where she used the “Nordic Christmas” emboss folder by Basic Grey with some gorgeous Bazzill cardstock in “Marshmallow White,” I have to say that I’m hooked. I love embossing folders so much that I cleaned out an entire cubby in my craft desk so that I could access it more easily!
This first card uses both the paper and emboss folder by Basic Grey. My friend and I decided that we’re making Christmas cards to send out next year and I’ve been making mocks of possible designs. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I MIGHT have watched every single 2012 December Daily Kristina Werner over my holiday.) This card mixes a methods she demonstrated in various videos including layering of cut words. The Merry Christmas is made of three layers I cut out of my Cameo using Lavenderia font. It was painstakingly annoying to layer them just so. As you can see, I’m also still learning how to lay the vellum flat. The best part of the card to me is the embossing. I can’t believe how detailed it was and it just gave the card such a special look.
Another option we’re considering is the one below. I colored in a Hero Arts reindeer with copics, stamped the background using assorted snowflakes I had in my Christmas kits, and used my original polka dots emboss folder. I love the crumb cake on white white. What a great neutral.
The following card also uses the Polka Dots folder.
When you look closely at the dots, you can see that they’re not perfectly smooth. I find the effect quite charming and very homemade. The kraft looking paper is actually the back of a Jim Holtz core-dinations card.
More recently, I got Cuttlebug’s “Moroccan Screen” from Simon Says Stamp. It reminds me of the Louis Vuitton logo which will be great when I make cards for some of my girlfriends who love their bags. I used the folder in the card below, which mixes some of my favorite everything right now – stamps, washi, colors, techniques.
Up close, you can see how the pattern better. I think it’s super cute. The heart stamps are from this Simon Says Stamp set that I’ve been seeing all over blog land. The hearts were inked using the new Hero Arts shadow inks in Charcoal, Soft Cantaloupe, and Pale Tomato. With the awesome shadow ink cubes, I have almost every color now. They just look so great!
Most recently, I discovered Goldenshill Papercrafts, this amazing craft store in Northern Virginia. This lovely lady named Ronnie runs the place out of a store she created off the side of her home. Though they’re open only a few times a month, I can see why everyone raves about this place – it has an amazing selection and extremely competitive prices. If you bring a bag, she gives you a 10% and she automatically discounts your highest priced item by 40%. I got three purple Hero Arts shadow inks, some Jenni Bowlin inks — including the oft mentioned “Malted Milk” — and an assortment of other goodies. Everyone was super nice and this awesome lady named Karen, who was just a customer, heard my stamping woes and showed me how to stamp properly. FINALLY my stamped images using the new Stampin Up foam pads are crisp and completely filled. I can’t wait to go back once she has all the new CHA stuff in.
My favorite item has to be the QuicKutz Embossing Folders. I purchased the “Tea Party” set. They’re amazingly detailed and the designs are so special and unique. I’m still getting the hang of them – even with thick papers, some part actually seem to cut through because the details are so fine, but they are gorgeous. I think I’m spoiled for life now.