Friday, January 28, 2022


Today is the last card this week with the Bouquet of Love Embossing Folder and Dies, and I thought I would try a technique that I haven't used in a while.  This technique uses a brayer to ink up one side of the embossing folder before embossing your cardstock.  Depending on the side you choose to ink, you will get a completely different appearance.

For this card I inked up the side of the folder that would color the "depressed" portion of the design.  If I had inked the other side of the folder, the flowers would have been Flirty Flamingo and the background would have been white.  Does that make sense?

For the background on this card, I used Shimmery White cardstock, but you can do this technique with any type of cardstock.  

If you look closely at the small heart, you will see that I used the same technique for this piece.  I again inked the folder with Flirty Flaming, but this time I used Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  

This gives a very tonal effect which is also stunning.

It is a simple and fun technique.  The main thing to be aware of is that when you place your cardstock on the inked embossing folder don't move it around or you will smear the ink--so place it carefully.

If you haven't done this technique before, I challenge you to try it.  Experiment with various colors and inking each side of the embossing folder. I think you'll have fun.

The large heart was created from the darkest foil in the Silver Foil Specialty Pack.  It was embossed and cut in the Bouquet of Love Embossing Folder, and WOW, embossing that foil sure makes it shine.  The picture does not do it justice.  I did create a second heart out of Night of Navy and adhered it to the back of the foil heart.  I felt it needed a little extra support so that I could pop it up on dimensionals.

I wanted to keep the sentiment tiny, so that I could use the small label die in the Bouquet of Love dies.  To find a sentiment with the message I wanted, I needed to go to an old, retired favorite set, Itty Bitty Greetings.  If you can't find the sentiment you want in that set, it probably doesn't exist.  

As I was making this card, I ended up with lots of embossed scraps, so to decorate the inside of my card, I just punched a bunch of little hearts from those scraps and let them cascade down the left side of the Basic White Panel.  I love it when I can use scraps -- especially scraps as pretty as these!

Have I tempted you this week to try a Hybrid Embossing Folder?  I'll admit, when I saw the first one in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog, I had my doubts.  Putting a die inside an embossing folder just didn't seem like a great idea.  We all see the scars on our cutting plates, right?  And I was very skeptical and concerned that the die would cause similar "damage" to the folder.  But I have now used both the Art in Bloom Hybrid Folder from the Annual Catalog and this Bouquet of Love Hybrid Folder from the Spring Mini many times, and I see minimal scaring on the folder. 

If you would like a tutorial for today's card, you can download one at this link.

A list of all current products used for this card is shown below.

Note: For the Brayering Technique used on this card, I would recommend using a firm rubber brayer for the best results.  A sponge brayer may have a tendency to ink recessed areas of the embossing folder rather than just staying on the top of the raised surfaces.

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