Tuesday, January 27, 2009

still more textured impressions cards

Whew! It's been one of those weeks! I've been wanting so badly to make some cards, but most of what I made I didn't really like for one reason or another. Nothing seemed to work. I hate it when my muse deserts me! It came back today though--probably didn't care for the snow and sleet outside. LOL! Snow day here, so lots of uninterrupted time to craft--loved it!

Here are a couple of cards that I made using the Sizzix textured impressions folders....

This first card was made using the A2 embossing folder from one of the Happy Birthday sets. If you look at the design of this folder, it's actually supposed to be an invitation with Who, What, When Where etc embossed on the front. At this point, I can't see needing that sort of thing for my card-making, but I did like the rest of the design. I did a bit of creative altering and now have a nice blank space instead, where I stamped the large Inkadinkado sentiment. I added some Distress Stickle sparkles and some rhinestone bling and voila! A birthday card rather than an invite.

For this card I used the medium size textured impression folder from one of the Thank You sets on Core'dinations card stock which I'd cut using a scalloped rectangle Nestabilities die by Spellbinders. I sanded the embossing and accented it a bit with some Memento dye inks. The patterned card stock is by Die Cuts with a View and the decorative edges and corners were made using the Martha Stewart scallop dot edge punch. I then added some clear rhinestones as accents.

Okay. I'll save some of the other cards that I've made for some other posts. :-)


  1. I love how you altered this folder--could you explain more about what you call "creative altering" because I bought this set today and I would love to find out how you did this. Thanks for all the sharing you do on your blog...


  2. Hi Donna, I didn't elaborate because I usually don't like to describe a process that does fairly permanent damage to something. I don't mind experimenting, but usually I'm trying to make something more useful, like modifying those small embossing folders to reach the middle of a card. But since you asked.... LOL!

    I mentioned that I didn't anticipate using this folder as an invitation, ever. So for me it was no biggie to pull out my craft knife and cut out the "Who, What, Where, When, RSVP" part of the folder. I cut just one side of the folder and I tried to keep the edges nice and clean so that I wouldn't get stray embossing of the cut edges. I still ended up adding a shim on that side of the folder to keep the pressure off those edges though. I think there were a couple of stray marks when I tried it the first time. And I also kept that part that I cut out. I figured that it wouldn't hurt to have it on hand, just in case. Not sure how well it would work, but I could probably selectively emboss that part back in if I needed to. :-)

    Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Thanks for the clarification--I really enjoy reading your blog and admire your energy and imagination in working with these tools.


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