Monday, November 7, 2016

Double Embossing Technqiue

Happy Monday! 

First week of November down.  Ack!  It will be December before I know what hit me!  Bit of a busy week - hair at noon (yay!  Looking a LITTLE bedraggled these days!  A new do should fix me up!) - ortho appointment for Becca, volunteering at the Senior Residence, funeral, Remembrance Day and two stamping classes.  Not OVERLY busy but definitely have to be on my game to get it all in AND feed the family *lol*

Today I'm sharing a SUPER new technique I re-found - dunno if it's what it's called but I'm calling it the Double Embossing Technique 'cause … well … you emboss it two ways … so … ya.  That.

Here is the card I made ...
Now this picture really doesn't do it justice because when you see it "in person" you REALLY want to touch it.  The ornament is REALLY bumpy …

I found this technique via a blog hop when I landed on a site for "Jennifer McQuire Ink".  Check it out as she explains things a lot better in video that I can in text ...

I loved her ornament card and wanted to create something similar.  I had a few failed attempts.  Why?  Because my Big Shot "sandwich" was a little too thick which made the paper wrinkle a bit.  See the picture below?  My ornament was up high on the paper … and when I ran it through the Big Shot the paper wrinkled.  My solution was to a) use a less intricate thinlit (I don't know if that helped but went with it) and b) I kept the ornament lower on the layer.
So … this ISN'T the thinlit that I used (from Delicate Ornaments) - I used the long, thin one … but I snapped a picture of my "sandwich" using this one so ...
Did you watch the video?  DO IT!

One key to success is to make sure you use your embossing buddy on your card stock.  The other is not to apply pressure when"inking" your thinlit with your versa mark pad!  You don't want to get versa mark any wear but on the raised parts of the die.

So the sandwich I used was:

  • Big Shot Platform.  I sued the new one that is in the catalogue but it DOES work with the "old" platforms … just open all the tabs.  (don't use the magnetic platform …. use the one that came with your machine)
  • Clear Cutting Plate
  • TWO of our silicone rubber sheets.  I tried using just one but the impression wasn't as deliciously deep as with two
  • Paper
  • Thinlit (which has been EVER SO GENTLY "inked" with a juicy versa mark ink pad)
  • Another clear cutting plate

Once you run it through the folder you then sprinkle it with the embossing powder (I used silver).

Before heat setting the powder make sure you dust off any stray powder from places you don't want it to be!  I use a fine paint brush and/or q-tips to wipe away the strays.

Once you heat set it you can then go in with your clear Wink of Stella pen and glam up the bump parts.
Once the ornament was done I stamped the sentiment and pine branches with versamark and heat set (silver again).  Now it's time for the string and bow.

I've often rejected cards I've seen on Pinterest because of these darned things … but, if you watched the video above you'll find a trick that makes this totally doable for me!  I poked a hole in the top layer (Night of Navy) and threaded the ribbon through it and secured it to the back of the card with Tear-and-Tape.  I wrapped it over the top of the card and secured that down too.  I then made a simple bow and attached it using a glue dot.  Not following?  Watch the video - you'll know what I mean!

I used a Night of Navy layer of 5" x 3 3/4" and then a Smoky Slate layer of 5 1/4" x 4", all popped up on a standard card base.

SUPER sparkly, SUPER textured and SUPER "wow" factor.

This is our Technique Card for class this week.  If you are in the Edmonton area you should come!  Drop me a message to RSVP!

That's it for today.  I'm off for a coffee date and for that new do.  Hope you have a stampy day!



  1. BERNATH cigale.nathalie@wanadoo.frNovember 8, 2016 at 3:21 AM

    SUPER MERCI BCP +++++++++

  2. That is SOO COOL Tamara; thank you for sharing and teaching! (So?? Hey.... what happened to that blonde hair? LOL) Donna from S.C.

    1. Thanks Donna! It's a tricky technique to ink that thinlit ever so lightly! I had few stampers just smash it right into the thinlit and embossed the whole darned thing ... and it looked great! Either way it's nice .. and fun.
      Ya ... the blonde ... well ... long story. Back to brown (well, oce it fades about 16 shades - yikes! Felt like a goth vampire when I left ... but now that the shock has worn off I love it.
      Thanks for commenting - have a stampy day!