Do you remember one of my goals for 2009 was to invest in some dies and embossing folders for my Cuttlebug and find out what I can do with this handy tool? Well there just happened to be a sale on so I spent rather more than I intended but have now got a healthy collection of embossing folders and a few interesting dies.
The first thing I do when I buy some more supplies is to make samples from them. I cut some cardstock to A6 and ran each piece through an embossing folder to see how it came out. As I tend to do swaps and also post finished work on here, I also marked the details of the folder on the card too, that way I have the details to hand when someone asks me what I used.
I cut samples for all the dies too and labeled them on the back as well. All of these things are now in the Design Box so when I am looking to create a new card/ATC I can have a rummage through that box and play with layouts till I find something I like. The good thing about samples like this is that you then have more time to play and create. If I don’t have time to get all the supplies out to create a finished piece I simple jot down the ideas and details of stamps/folders/dies etc that I want to use in a note book so when I have the time it is quicker to create.
My favorite discovery having made said samples is that it is great to use the embossing folders not just whole but in part for smaller projects like ATCs, I have used the Bird Call embossing folder for this month’s ATC swap card over on Stamping Mad Forum. I placed the small card into the folder, moved it till I had the area of interest in the right place then embossed. I was very pleased with the result. You can do this with all kinds of shapes, tags etc as well. Don’t think that you have to use the entire folder, try them out on your die cuts and punched shapes too.
I have even had a go with my perfect pearls over the top of embossing which looks just fab.
Have fun, its good to play
Best wishes and thanks for reading