Friday, January 16, 2009

selective Sizzix-ing?

Okay, I have a dilemma of sorts. Way back when, I posted a technique that I'd dubbed creative Cuttling. In short, this was a way of selectively embossing Cuttlebug folder designs using stuff from around the house. You can do the same thing with these new Sizzix textured impressions folders. Neat, eh? Looks even better because the card front is embossed edge to edge. The one problem? I can't call it creative Cuttling. LOL! Just so you know that I'm using Sizzix folders but essentially the same technique, I'll call it selective Sizzix embossing--selective Sizzix-ing is just too hard to say, even just in my head. ;-)

Here are a couple of cards that I made using wood die cut frames in place of one clear cutting plate to leave an unembossed area on the card front.

For this first card I used a wood die cut frame with an oval opening. The folder is from the Dots & Flowers set.

This one was made with a wood die cut frame with a small rectangular opening over the A2 size folder of Wedding Set 2. I then accented the opening by making score lines with my Scor-It.

Both cards were embossed with Sizzix textured impressions folders. The sentiments are both by Hero Arts and stamped using Memento dye ink. The dancer silhouettes are from an Angela Cartwright Stampington set and stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento dye ink. The flowers are Primas and I used hot fix crystals for a bit more embellishment.

TGIF, everyone!


  1. Your cards and descriptions are the best...keep up the great work...thanks...Lisa

  2. Thanks for sharing your ideas and talent.

  3. I'd love to see a photo tutorial on how you accomplished this. How did you get the texture plates already - they don't go on sale through SU until the 19th!

  4. May we see the frames you used and how thick were they?

  5. that's very clever, and it looks so elegant, I would really like to see more on how this was achieved so that I can totally steal the idea!! ha ha!!

  6. What Fabulous cards, I'd love to be able to get a look like this on my cards. Well Done. Hugs Rita xxxx

  7. Thanks for the comments, everyone! I'll see if I can put something together quickly as far as using these new Sizzix folders in this way. In the meantime, let me point out a couple of my older posts that go into more detail:

    creative Cuttling

    creative double Cuttling

    Those should give you an idea of what I did. The first one shows the "sandwich" and the relative thicknesses of some of the items that I've experimented with . The second one has some photos of the wood die cut frame with the oval center. The wood frames are very close to the same thickness as one clear cutting plate.

    Lastly, these textured impressions folders seem to have been available on the Sizzix site for a while though I hadn't seen them promoted. I just happened across them a few weeks ago in the New Releases, but they were mostly out of stock back then. They're showing up again at online vendor sites, so they're out there.

    Have fun with this! :-)


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