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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Triple Stamping & Embossing- and how to not get lines from the edge of a folder.

This is my triple stamped and embossed card, inspired by this one from Pinterest:

The embossing folder is by Darice,called Border Butterflies.
 There is another, called Butterfly Corner, which I think may have been the one used, but the effect is similar.

 I was going to use a 6x6" card base, so I worked out what sizes I needed for the embossed & stamped panels.

 This was  5 1/2 ,4 1/2 and 3 1/2" square. I cut the three pieces, layered them together with some repositional tape, and ran it through my Big Shot Pro.

However, things did not go totally according to plan.

I had a line from the edge of the folder across my card.

So,I Googled a bit, and tried one suggestion I found, which was to make shims to go alongside the folder. Doesn't work.

Same result- a bit fainter, but still clearly there. So I gave the matter some thought, and a bit more Googling. Seems to be a commonly asked question, and over on Splitcoast Stampers, I got pointed in the direction of the solution.

The lady on this blog, Indigo Inklings,explained how she had got rid of the lines from a border folder.
 What I needed was to emboss, but without applying pressure to the edges of the folder. Which means replacing the top acrylic sheet with something else, narrower than the folder. I cut  a piece of chipboard weight cardstock into 3 lengths, all just about a quarter of an inch narrower than the folder.

To stop them moving about, I taped them together.You may be able to see they are just a fraction narrower than the folder.

The three pieces of chipboard were the perfect substitution for  the normal acrylic block.

You can see, perfectly embossed, with no edge  lines.

Now we come to do some stamping. I'm using a mix of stamps, some from Cardio/Majestix, and some older ones I have from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. I also selected some inks to use- Meadow, Lettuce and Citrus for the foliage, Eggplant, Purple Twilight & Stonewashed for the flowers, all from Adirondack.

 I used a selection of Foliage stamps from the Summer Wreath set, and Greenery Set 1.

Then I added in some flowers,using the Adirondacks, then some dragonflies in Versafine Majestic Blue and Deep Lagoon.

The Dragonflies came from a Rubber Stamp Tapestry set called Dragonflies at Dusk.

 I finally added the Butterfly from the Summer Wreath set. With this bit done, it's time to separate the layers, and matt them onto a coloured cardstock.
I hadn't cut these yet, as I was waiting to see what I felt was the best colour to pick out the layers . I chose a darkish blue in the end, and these are all cut to be an 1/8 of an inch larger all round than the stamped piece, so they need to be 1/4" larger in total. So, that's 5 3/4" square for the first piece, 4 3/4" square for the

second, and 3 3/4" square for the final piece.
 Each piece is matted onto it's solid colour matt. Now to layer them back up again, and this is easy enough to eyeball it. By the way, this is easy to orient correctly, as only one corner is stamped, and the embossing only lines up one way. If you have an all over design, It is worth writing a 'T' for top on the rear top of each piece as you disassemble, the make the same note on the back of the solid colour matt.  It's surprising how hard it can be to line it all up again after if you don't keep track of which way is up! Now it's just a case of mounting this onto your card base, and you're done.
 You will notice my finished piece has a bow in the left hand corner.
That's because I attempted to stamp 'Birthday Wishes' after I'd matted it all up, and it went badly wrong. So the stamping is hidden behind a bow. However, not a total disaster, as it did make me think that maybe I could hide the line embossed across my first two trials behind a ribbon, so they may not be wasted yet, we shall see.


Cara said...

Lovely card. Thanks for sharing the top tips! I think the bow works well in the corner, sometimes things work out better when they don't go according to plan, but I would have been turning the air blue with expletives! Cara x

Neet said...

A fabulous card Shaz. I am not following the strips bit so think I need to sit down and try this. If I get stuck I might just have to bring some bits and pieces to Port Sunny.Hugs, Neet xx

sandra de said...

Gorgeous cards and now I know how to get that awful line out of my embossing. I always thought it was just bad technique on my part. I am late this week in replying to woyww but hope u understand. have a lovely week.
sandra de

Shoshi said...

This is a most intriguing technique, Shaz, layering and embossing and stamping, and then matting. I've never seen this done before. Very interesting how you avoided getting the line where the edge of the embossing folder was - I followed the link to that other blog. This is something definitely worth trying, I think.

I love your cards, an your imaginative use of the diagnonal ribbon to cover the embossed line is inspired! It looks really great.


Krisha said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
I'm going to try your tip with the shims. I have tried other ideas, and they really haven't worked......or maybe it's just me....;)
Thanks for explaining in detail and with photos.

Aimeslee W. said...

Well, la-di-da (lol) This is pure genius at work here. Someone definitely forgot to award you an engineering degree, I'd go find out who screwed up and claim it! Good job! And very pretty cards! xoxo

Barb said...

What a great tutorial Shaz. Thanks for sharing. Barbxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

BRILLAINT Shaz, lovely work on your card and really love all your bottled up creativity going off a tangents you are doing extra specially clever work!

Oh, and did you see this post here?... wow I love this tip too going to pin it ..

.. have pinned your post brilliant ideas never thought of doing it like this!
Thanks so much for sharing.
Shaz in Oz.x

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CarlavdM said...

Just found your blog.
What a great tip for getting rid of that embossing edge, thank you.
Off to have a look around