Monday, June 18, 2007

Are we having fun yet? Or You Ain't the (EM)boss of Me - dcm

I know I am! I tried something different today. On the Gingerwood stamping forum, Friday is tip day. A couple of weeks ago, one of Susan's tips had to do with using a Cricut machine to make embossing folders. Well, I don't have a Cricut, but I do have a Big Shot and plenty of dies that can cut chipboard, so I gave this a try. I went for simple. I took some chipboard and cut a strip of it large enough to accommodate a word. I went for "fun". I then cut out another piece of chipboard that was twice as tall as my piece. I scored it and folded it in half. That would become my embossing folder. Now it was time to make the positive and negative designs. I used my Stencil alphabars and my Big Shot and cut out the word "fun" from my original strip of chipboard. I glued the outside of the letters to one half of my folder, then keeping the pieces of the letters in place, I applied a small amount of glue to each piece and closed the folder, pressing both sides firmly together. I waited just a bit and then opened up the folder. This is how it turned out.

But how did it work, you're now wondering, eh? It worked quite well.

I tried some text weight paper to start off. I got a nice impression! I accented it with some ink, punched around it using a mega scalloped oval punch, layered it onto a giga scalloped oval of Luxury Stack DCWV cardstock, embellished with an altered paperclip, layered all of that on still more DCWV cardstock, and mounted everything on a card made from Bohemian Chic American Traditions paper. I think this technique opens up a world of possibilities!

I just realized that this card works for this week's daring cardmaker's challenge, which has to do with embossing! It was a do-it-yourself emboss, but it fits the criteria. :-)


  1. Very cool. I'm hoping a friend with the big ole Sizzix will try this and then I can borrow it:)

  2. Great idea, I think one of our other darers, Angelnorth, does something similar to this.

    Thanks for sharing your card and your "how ti" with us


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