Friday, October 24, 2008

textured Cuttling

I had to carve out some time from the busy-ness of real life to do some crafting. I have a fun announcement to make, but as much as I hate to tease, I don't want to say anything until tomorrow. In the meantime, I have a quickie tutorial using Cuttlebug embossing folders. I'm calling this particular look "textured Cuttling".

In keeping with the season, here's a card that shows off this technique.

I used the D'vine Swirls A2 Cuttlebug embossing folder on sheets of black and white cardstock. The skull and crossbones are a 3 X 3 Cuttlebug combo set. The extra texture that you see is from using mesh inside the Cuttlebug folder when embossing.

Here is a close up so that you can see the impression made by the mesh on the cardstock. The sentiment is by Inkadinkado and stamped using Memento dye ink, and the decorative corners were punched using a Tonic fleur corner punch.

Here are the specifics on using the mesh to add texture.

Here I used a piece of fabric mesh. This is the sort of thing that you see used for bags for laundering lingerie, or gym bags are occasionally made from this stuff as well. Just place it between the cardstock and the front of the embossing folder and roll it on through the machine as you normally would.

And this is how it turned out. I like the D'vine Swirls pattern because it has a nice balance of design and empty space.

You can use other types of mesh as well, as you can see above. Drywall tape will give you a small tight regular pattern. The gold mesh is a wide ribbon that I bought last Christmas. The orange mesh is the type of netting that you sometimes see used to bag produce; some bath sponges are made of a softer version of this stuff, too. What I look for is something that is dense enough to stand up to pressure, but isn't so hard that it will mark up the folder--this lets out metal or wire mesh. No need to mess up a perfectly good folder! But I also like stuff that won't necessarily take the impression of the folder so that I can use it over and over again. That's why those forms of netting up above work so well--they meet all of my criteria. I'm sure that there are more items out there that would work great for textured Cuttling. Hopefully this will give you a few places to start. :-)


  1. Thanks for another neat tutorial!

  2. Thank you for sharing such an ingenious idea! This opens up so many possibilities, and you have such beautiful work!!

  3. How clever! This is wonderful I love it and thank you!

  4. neato, my kind of gal thinking outside the box. Ty for sharing.

  5. What a really creative card and thanks for the hint about the net and embodssing too!

  6. Thank you for sharing your Tutorial with us. Your cards are great.xx

  7. I wonder how a piece of chicken wire would work, I can see that pattern with stampings of either green pea vines or sweet peas on a card, your post is going to have me looking all through the farm supply and hardware stores now. :-)
    for a deeper impression perhaps a square of hardware cloth?


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