63 posts categorized "Embossing "


Sat 26

Christmas Berry Wreath
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome! I have two cards for you today made with just one of the large beautiful wreaths from Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" stamp set. My first card above used a larger portion of the wreath and my second card used the left over piece for a more clean and simple look.

I stamped the wreath on an oversized piece of black card stock then embossed it in gold. Here's a look at the nine colored pencils I used:


On the leaves and berries I left the darkest parts black, adding the darkest shades of green/red, progressively getting lighter toward the ends of the leaves and to one side of the berries. After laying down a little color from dark to light, I went back over each area where the colors met and blend them a little. You can also color light to dark as shown below on the right side:


I added white colored pencil to the lightest areas. Here's the complete colored wreath: 


To create cards, I cut the wreath with the second largest "Wrapped Stitched Rectangle" die and matted it on the largest die from the same set, cut from white card stock. 

I heat embossed the sentiment from "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set on vellum and cut it with "Stitched Circle Layers" die, cutting a 2nd circle from white for the mat.
With tiny dots of glue on the back of the vellum under the letters, you can't see the adhesive from the front.  For a finishing touch I added Glossy Accents to the berries.
Here's another look at the card:


Here's my second card that I made with the left over portion of the wreath:


There was a thin left over black strip from the wreath to use on my 2nd card.  Using my Misti, I lined up the wreath with the gold embossing so I could re-stamp the wreath on white card stock. After lining it up I closed the lid on my Misti, removed the black piece and stamped the whole wreath on the white card base.


Then all I had to do was line the black strip up with the white part of the stamp and adhere it to the card. I used the same sentiment and circle dies for this card.

The wreath stamp from the "Berry Wreath"stamp is large and I love that you can get several Christmas cards from one stamp!  So many possibilities with this stamp...maybe divide the wreath however you like, or use just half of the wreath on each card - so many options!

I hope you like my idea of splitting the large stamp into several different Christmas cards and hope I've inspired you to try something new!

Happy crafting and thanks so much for stopping by!






Tue 22

Boo Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a clean and simple Halloween card for you. I took several elements from the new dome dies to create this simple card.

To begin, I used gray cardstock and die cut only the haunted house from the Haunted House Dome Layer Die. Next I die cut the Winter Wood Dome from black cardstock and glued the haunted house behind it.  After I glued the die cut to white cardstock, I adhered the card front to a gray cardstock mat.  The matted card front was then mounted to a white card base. 


To finish the card I die cut the pumpkin from orange cardstock and glued that to my card. Next I used black cardstock and white embossed the word Boo. I used a 1" circle punch to cut out the word and glued it to the top of the dome.


That's it for today!  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!






Thu 17

by Michelle Bala


Happy Friday! Michelle here, sharing my version of watercoloring! I used a whole bunch of distress oxide inks and colored pencils. 

First I stamped the pumpkin onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper with waterproof black ink, like InkOn3 black out ink. After the ink sets, I use washi tape to secure it to a flat surface. Next, I brush some water all over the paper. Not too much. I do not saturate the paper. Now I grab my distress oxide inks and start watercoloring. I smoosh my ink pad onto a non porous surface like a piece of plastic. Than I add some drops of water and mix up the color. Using a small paint brush, apply your color. 

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I used shades dried marigold, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, barn door, squeezed lemonade, crushed olive, mowed lawn, and vintage photo. This is a slow process. Add a color at a time, a layer at a time.  After the inks and paper dry I added some shading with colored pencils.  The next step is a little tricky. I placed the panel in my Mini Misti so I can get perfect placement for heat embossing. I used gold embossing powder. 


Next,, I trimmed the panel slightly smaller than my A2 card base. I added some gold paint splatters. I adhered the pumpkin panel onto a gray cardstock base with foam tape. 

Lastly, I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and added a few gems.

Thanks for taking a peek! Hope you give this watercoloring technique a try!

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Thu 10

I Love Fall Most of All
by Michelle Bala


Hey there, Michelle here! The newest Christmas Release has to be my  favorite! Especially this stamp set, Harvest Love and Kindness. There is something beautiful about warming fall tones. I used colored pencils to add color.

First I embossed the autumn cluster with white embossing powder than I shaded with colored pencils. I used the darker shades first, medium than lightest. After the coloring is complete I die cut the cluster. Next, I used Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die and die cut the base panel. I embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder.

I adhered the die cut kraft panel onto a card base. Than I layered the die cut leaf cluster. Lastly, I splattered some white and gold paint and added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wed 02

Have a Spooky Halloween
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here...sharing a fun Halloween card using some of the newest dies and stamps from Memory Box. The large bat die is called Cave Bat. I die cut the bat twice and used Copic Markers in shades C3, C4, C5, C7 and C9 to color. The large jack-o-lantern is called Jack-o-lantern Bucket. I used shades YR04, YR07, and E08 

The smaller dies, pumpkins, ghosts and bats are from the one of the newest layer dies called Haunted Entrance Dome Layer. I used Copic Markers to color in shades 100, W1, W00, G94, YR04, YR07, E08.  For the background, I inked up a piece of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with broken china, seedless preserves, and black soot distress oxide inks. 

The sentiment is from one of the newest stamp sets, Halloween Pumpkin. I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!! 

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Tue 18

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone.  Today I have a easy card featuring more of the new dies from the Christmas release. 

To make this card I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and loosely painted a background using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Oxide Ink.  When it was dry I spattered white ink on the background to look like snow. 

Next I die cut the sled from silver foil paper and glued it to a strip of vellum paper. I die cut the words Merry Christmas from black cardstock and adhered this to the same strip of vellum. I wrapped the vellum strip around the watercolored background and glued it to the back of the paper.

Next I glued the card front to a black cardstock mat and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.


On a strip of black cardstock I stamped the sentiment and white heat embossed it.  I used foam tape to adhere it to my card.


To finish the card I added a snowflake embellishment to the sentiment strip.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!






Sun 02

Inlaid Single Pine Landscape Frame on a Christmas Plaid Background by Jean Okimoto

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Set the Single Pine Landscape Frame into a Christmas Plaid offcut and create a simple guy card for the men on your list.  The card is simple...not the guy!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another 2020 Christmas Collection design for you.


Cut the new Single Pine Landscape from Open Studio Watercolor Paper and leave the diecut in the die.  Add more texture by pressure-embossing it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Cut the green and white plaid background from the new Christmas Plaid 6x6 set - we're using the offcut here.  Place the offcut in the frame and tape the plaid and watercolor paper together on the reverse side.  Attach it to a green slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").  

Cut three of the Singing Birds from the red glitter cardstock in the new Holiday Glitter 6x6.  Attach them to the card - use foam tape for the center and right birds.  

Prep the Celebrate Cursive Script die by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to help release the diecut. Cut Celebrate Cursive Script from the red sheet in the new Polished Foil Pad.  It's easy to cut delicate designs with this special foil and you won't have to remove those stringy threads.  Attach the shimmery greeting to the card...and that's it!

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I love slimline cards and how they can surprise someone who thinks the business-sized envelope they've received is just another bill or "special offer."  See the new dies, printed papers, foil, glitter cardstock, embossing folders and glitter glue here, write your wishlist, then visit or order your holiday designs.

Thanks for visiting!





Sun 26

Emboss and Distress the Garden Party Floral Corner by Jean Okimoto

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Blend the warm colors of a summer sunset onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper and add 3D embossing to create a floral card for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another Garden Party Collection design before we introduce you to our 2020 Holiday Collection.

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 4" Square Basics die.  Spritz it with a light mist of water and sponge it with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I've used spun sugar, squeezed lemonade and dried marigold here - but any combination of your favorite soft pastels would work for this design.

Air-dry the inks.  Moisten the reverse side of the paper with another quick spritz of water to prep it for embossing.  Emboss it with the Floral Corner 3D Embossing Folder using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - thick base platform, folder with the watercolor paper (inked side up) and two layers of 80# cardstock.  No embossing mats or plates.

Place the embossed paper on a smooth, hard surface and distress it with sandpaper or a sanding block.  I used #180 sandpaper and short, light upward strokes. Remove the residue with a tissue.  Attach it to a side-folded 5-½" square white card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Melon Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the top and two sides with the 2-½" Square Basics die, then trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Color the white glitter sheet from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad with a Copic, Sharpie or Zebra Mildliner pen.  Punch ¼" accent dots.

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Our Design Team can't wait to start sharing our newest release and holiday designs with you...great dies, embossing folders, new glitter glues, artpapers and 6x6's.   There's something for everyone!

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday - 






Tue 21

Peace and Good Will
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  I'm back today with another Christmas in July card for you.

To make this card, I started by stamping several images from the Mistletoe Swag stamp set and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  


Next comes the fun part! Painting all the images.



I was planning on leaving the background white, but I decided it needed something to make the leaves and berries pop. Once the paint was dry, I spattered the background with white paint.

I die cut the word Peace from gold metallic cardstock and glued it to a vellum strip of paper. Next I gold embossed my sentiment on a strip of navy cardstock and adhered it to the vellum paper.  I adhered the vellum strip to my card front and glued it to a white card base.


That's the card for today!  Thanks for stopping by.







Sat 11

Nesting Nativity Christmas
by Trina Pham


Happy Saturday!  As the expression goes, it’s Christmas in July and I am sharing a Christmas card today.  I saw this video from Laura Fadora using thin frame dies to create backgrounds / patterns.  I thought of giving it a try with regular nesting dies (since I already have them), but kept forgetting.  So when thin frame dies popped up lately (Jennifer McGuire has a couple of videos here and here), I thought it was time.

My card is quite simple.  I chose to use my least used Square Basics nesting dies and started by aligning them all on temporary tape.


Picked up the whole thing and used it to dry emboss a piece of Bristol paper.  Follow your machine’s recommendations for this.


Used it again, but this time to die cut from regular white cardstock.


I don’t have much in the way of color cardstock, and by die cutting from white, I can color the sections I need with my Copic Sketch markers.  Matched and adhered the coloured frames over the dry embossed background.


To complete the card, the Drop Nativity was die cut three times from black cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Removed unwanted parts with scissors and cut a flat bottom edge with my paper trimmer.  The Chesshire Peace was die cut from blue glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter pad and also from black cardstock and offset for a shadow.  Assembled the card to finish.


This is a great way to stretch your nesting dies.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.