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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. For exercise I play badminton and I have been Geocaching since 2009 and now and again Pokémon Go. I run UK based on-line papercraft and stitchers groups.

Monday, 9 June 2014

June Craft Club - Embossing

For this month's technique we looked at dry embossing. Embossing is where the image is raised from the surface of the card. Dry Embossing is where the card is "stretched" into the raised form.

Initially we looked at how we emboss by hand using embossing tools and stencils. Here you push the card gently through the stencil with ball tools, starting with the biggest and being careful not to go through the card.

You can use brass/metal stencils or plastic ones. We even had a go using the embossing folders (which are essentially for use in a die cutting/embossing machine) and they worked a treat.


We looked at folders which come with specific dies and most recently you can get folders which cut and emboss at the same time. e.g the butterflies. We also looked at how you can colour your images using chalks and/or inks.







Finally we saw how to emboss a frame using special cut-out plates in your machine. The plates I used are Tim Holtz Diffusers but you can also get some called Easy Frames by Darice.

Here's a great blog post showing the double embossing technique using the Tim Holtz Diffuser Plates.

 

Here are a couple of projects made today, a hand embossed bookmark and a frame embossed card. I look forward to seeing other finished projects.

May's Finished Cards

Here are a few of the cards made up using the inked ATCs we made in May.






I just think it is amazing that we can use essentially the same items and even colour schemes and still produce our own distinctive cards.