Is It Wrong to Love My Embossing Folders?

I made three fairly simple cards for my class next week- not a lot of stamping or coloring, and no fancy folds- but I really like them anyway.  I was looking at them, trying to decide what made me choose them for the class, and realized that I really, really like the (dry) embossing on them. Take a look and tell me what you think.

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The first card uses two embossing folders, one (Lace 3D) for the background in Whisper White adhered to a matching card base, and the other (Subtle 3D) in Blushing Bride for the “ribbon” effect. A few embossed leaves, a butterfly (snipped from the multiple butterflies in Butterfly Beauty die set), and a word from the Well Written dies makes a happy card for just about anything you want to celebrate!

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Next up is another multi- purpose card- it could be for a birthday, thinking of you, or any special celebration.  It has an Early Espresso card base with a panel of Blushing Bride embossed with the Subtle 3D folder (you’ll see a pattern here, I love this folder!). Next is a panel of Early Espresso which has been cut and embossed in one step with  a die from the Lovely Flowers die set. Add your sentiment, this one is from the Forever Lovely stamp set, and cut a piece of light cardstock for the inside sentiment.

Lastly, a slightly more involved card, featuring- you guessed it, the Subtle 3D folder again.  This one uses one of my favorite stamp sets from the new Annual Catalog, Bird Ballad.

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Over a Basic Black card base, I used the Crackle Paint background stamp in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Next I made a frame from Soft Suede cardstock using two adjacent sizes of the Stitched Rectangles die set, and used the smaller rectangle of the two to cut the piece with the birds, which are stamped in Memento Black ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I then textured the stamped image with the Subtle 3D folder.  I think it looks like fabric! The cool hexagon stitched label is from the Stitched Nested Labels die set.

I hope you’re inspired to try some embossing folders in your papercrafting- I really do think they bump a project up to the next level.  I’ve embossed and die cut using my (very old) Big Shot embossing machine, but I am excited to tell you that Stampin’ Up! is soon going to be offering a new embossing alternative.  I am waiting with you to find out what they have in store!  They did such a great job upgrading from the available stamping platforms when they came out with the Stamparatus, I feel sure the new offering will be special.  Hmm, Stamparatus… that gives me an idea for my next class!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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