Gail here today. That's me, long grey hair, dressed in blue.
Welcome to our first Technique Time here at the Let's Squash It! Challenge.
I love embossing folders. They are fun, easy to use and give a quick wow! to any project depending on what you emboss. Metal foil is always a winner but I have found it harder and harder to find, so let's make our own from everyday household products.
You will need aluminium foil, glue, I find a solid glue stick works well but any of your favourite glues will probably be OK, thin card, an embossing folder and your squash apparatus of choice.
Apply glue to your card, I'm upcycling an empty tea box, apply foil to card, place it in your embossing folder and run it through your machine. If you don't have a machine placing it between two heavy hardcover books and doing the embossing dance can give a good result. Be careful you don't fall off. You could never explain it to the doctor in A&E!!!!!
Things to remember........ Aluminium foil and foil sheets are easily marked. Try not to get any creases in the foil and also make sure your glue is evenly applied to your card to avoid unsightly creases and ridges on your finished sheet. I'm thinking of investing in some extra strong turkey foil next time I go shopping. If you are using a liquid glue then use as little as possible or it might get messy! Some solvent base glues, such as UHU can damage the finish on metal and mirror card so I avoid them for this technique.
I like embossing folders that have some texture on the deboss, like this Sizzix Harlequin Alterations folder. The rough sections give lovely extra texture when using foil and metal sheets. And then you just need to cut it down a bit, add a card base, a few embellishments, stamps or a sentiment and turn it into something pretty.
I added a dark purple card base and Rubber Dance Stamps Little Witch.
I wonder what she is thinking........
I hope you enjoyed today's technique. Do pop back in on the 10th for our first challenge and if you have any thoughts, questions or tips feel free to add them in the comments.
Stay safe. HUGZ