I was experimenting a little more with the Brayered Embossing technique that I featured on my last Stamp Club card, and found a little twist that I may like even better—using White Craft Ink!
I came up with (I use that phrase loosely) a cute little card that we created as our Make & Take at our Too Cool Demo meeting last week.
The right panel features the Brayered Embossing technique, or maybe I should call it Inked Impressions, so as not to confuse it with brayering over heat embossed images. Either way, I love, love, LOVE the way the White Craft Ink produces a soft white textures that looks like faux flocking. Too Pretty!
Inked Impressions: Embossed vs. Debossed Sides
The basic technique is to brayer the Impressions Folder with ink, in this case White Craft Ink, sandwich your card stock inside, then run it through the Big Shot. Card #1 is inked on one side of the Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder, card #2 is inked on the other: the DEbossed side and the EMbossed sides.
The difference between which is the debossed and embossed side is usually a matter of personal preference. For the Vintage Wallpaper folder, I would normally choose the diamond-shaped, flourished design to be embossed, or raised, for most cards I create. The opposite is true for this technique. For card #1, I wanted that pattern to be white, so I inked that side of the folder, and the result is a debossed (sunken in) texture. Card #2 has the background of the pattern inked, so the flourishes are not inked, but are embossed.
Have I totally confused you now?! It doesn't really matter. Just experiment and you'll see what I mean. You can actually brayer ink over the entire folder in one Shot (get it?) to get both looks on one piece of card stock—choose which one you like better!
Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Let me just say…I love the color combination of these cards: Marina
Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Early Expresso! So crisp and fresh! I used the
Gala Designer Series Paper as the base of my coordination (and only
found out later that it is actually Chocolate Chip brown in that paper,
not Expresso. Still works!). Can't wait to try this paper out with some more projects!
Benefits of the New Streamlined Punch Design
I am SO excited that ALL of the punches are now in the sleek new punch
design! (Well, except that I don't own them all in that style…yet!)
My cards' circle accents are punched with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch, then layered on
the new Extra-Large, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. Don't you love this great big scallop?! Awesome! Stampin' Up! is able to create all kinds of fun new designs with the new, larger punch body!
There are many other advantages (and possibilities) with the new style:
- Low-profile, rectangular punch body allows for easier stacking and
- Punches lock shut for easier storage and transport.
- Dual labels on top and end allow for easy identification and
selection when stored.
- Larger, whole-hand handle design provides better leverage for easier
- Larger punch body allows for larger punched images including two-step punches, like the Bird or Owl punches.
- Improved cutting dies produce crisp, intricate designs like the new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border.
- They can now create cool double-punched designs, such as the Cog punch…it actually punches the paper twice as you press down to punch the inside and outside of the design.
- Corner punches allow you to punch a corner design along the inside
edges of a page, not just corners
I can't wait to see what other cool designs that Stampin' Up! can create with this advanced design! I've not found a better, cleaner punch on the market!
Learn more about the new punch style in this Stampin' Up! video: How To Use The New Punches.
Other Card Details: I used markers to color both stamped images from the new Friends Never Fade and Perfect Punches sets. Small Oval Punch on card #1, Scallop Oval Punch on card #2. Panels are divided by 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Early Expresso.