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Sat 09

Double Emboss Gracious Woodgrain
by Trina Pham


Happy new year everyone!  Did you enjoy the Valentine blog blitz this past week?  You still have until tomorrow, January 10 at 11:59 pm EST, to leave a comment on any of the posts for your chance to win the corresponding giveaway.  Today I’m using the Woodgrain Heart die again, which you can win from Michelle’s post yesterday, to create a masculine love card.  Because this die is solid, it was perfect for one of my favourite double embossing techniques using a die and an embossing folder (EF).

Started by opening the Gracious Leaves 3D EF.  Adhered the Woodgrain Heart die with cutting edge facing up onto the flat side of the EF. 


Secured a piece of mixed media paper over top with temporary adhesive.  This is the die/EF setup for the technique. 


Placed an embossing mat then cutting plate on top and ran it through my die cutting machine according to its recommendation.  For a good impression, I ended up adding a couple of shims. Having secured the paper with temporary adhesive in the previous step allows for multiple run throughs.  This is what resulted.


As you can see, the patterns of both die and EF are now dry embossed onto one piece.  Important things to note about this technique: 1. die must be solid 2. heavy thick paper or cardstock works best 3. do not close the EF.


To complete the card, the heart was die cut from masking paper and the negative cut piece was used as a stencil.  Blended two shades of brown dye inks to colour the woodgrain heart.  The sentiment was die cut twice from white cardstock and once from dark brown and stacked for dimension.  The butterfly was die cut from white Polished Foil paper and popped up with mounting tape.  Crystal glaze was added to the sentiment for more shine to finish.


And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend. 





WOW!!! Such amazing way to use that lovely wood-grain die!! I have never thought about use EF with die, but it's really a fab technique!! LOVE the brown heart and sentiment plus white! A fabulous masculine card!

What a great idea and the result is fabulous. Love it all.

Love the embossed designs! Awesome card! I'll have to try this technique!

What a great idea! Cannot wait to try.
Thank you.

It was a fun week. I really like your use of the woodgrain heart. This is a wonderful card.

Excellent post, Trina - love your card and thanks for the tutorial!!

Such a fabulous technique with a real Wow factor. Stunning card with great texture Trina x.

Love the embossing and the wood grain heart.

Wonderful technique and amazing results, Trina! Love this masculine love card!

This is a beautiful card Trina! I LOVE your double embossing technique. What a great way to use dies in a new way.

Fabulous card, Trina. Love the rustic look and the double embossing technique.

Beautiful twice dry embossed texture for your background and Heart, Trina. I love your MB heart die and Butterfly Heart Frame. TFS your beauty, my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

I always love it when you do this technique Trina :)

SWOON!! Such a BEAUTIFUL Design!! I LOVE the Double Embossed Technique!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

This technique gives such an awesome look, Trina! I need to try it again. Thanks for the tips. Love that woodgrain heart that's so perfect for the guys in our hearts!

That technique is so cool and great results with this folder and die, Love it, thanks for sharing!

What an interesting technique with beautiful results!

What a great technique! Love your card!

I’ve never tried this technique and love the result, a fab masculine design.

The texture of the wood grain die is such a versatile die.

Gorgeous card and fabulous technique and thanks for all the details and tips. Will have to try this ! x

Love your card. Thanks for sharing your technique, definitely will be trying it!

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