Friday, February 22, 2019

Just Add Ink #445 | Just Add Embossing

Happy Friday Stamping Friends! It's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge and this week's theme has been chosen by yours truly, Just Add Embossing.

Embossing is one of my favourite techniques and I use some sort of embossing technique on nearly most of my cards. Whether it be Heat Embossing or Embossing with an Embossing Folder but  what I've done today is something I haven't done much of, using the Big Shot Embossing Mats to turn the beautiful, intricate Stampin' Up! Dies to embossing dies instead of cutting dies. And now thinking about it I don't know why I haven't done more of it. It's so effective!

These Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies teamed with the Big Shot Embossing Mats are perfect to create the maximum 'WOW' with minimum effort.

To create the embossed background layer I attached the die lightly in place on the cardstock with washi tape so that it was positioned perfectly in place. To then emboss the cardstock and not cut it I created the Big Shot 'sandwich' which is, all layered on top of each other, starting with;

1. Big Shot Platform,
 2. Cutting Pad,
3. Die facing up,
4. Cardstock on top of the die,
5. Thin Silicone Rubber Mat (Blue one) and then lastly
6. White Impressions Pad.

Run all that through together in the Big Shot and 'Hey presto' you've embossed with your die. How much more versatile do the embossing mats make your Framelits, Thinlits and Edgelits?

Because I wanted to keep the Butterfly embossed layer as the main focus to my card today I really didn't want to add to much to the card front to 'take over'. Just a few bits of ribbon, trim, and embellishments to coordinate. Just enough.

Finish off the card I heat embossed the 'Hello Beautiful' sentiment with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat embossed the little butterfly with Black Stmapin' Emboss Powder to add the the Just Add Embossing challenge for this week.

I'm so loving how the embossed die turned out on the card front. I think I might try it in other colours and see how that turns out. The possibilities are endless.

Check out the rest of the embossed creations from the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team over at the JAI blog. Lots of fabulous creations! While you're there check out all the details for the challenge and then come and play along!

If you need a refresher on using the Big Shot Embossing Mats check out this You Tube Clip from Stampin' Up! It shows you how to layer your Big Shot 'sandwich' and which silicone mat to use with which dies. Well worth the watch!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  1. Your card is really lovely! I love the embossing mats too, but I often forget to use them. I must try harder to remember.

  2. Snap! This die is just perfect for the embossing mat. Love the colour on colour for the base & mat - with the contrasting neutrals. Gorgeous! Kelly x


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