Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Challenge #9 - More Inspiration

Hello Squashettes!!  Gail here today with a little more inspiration for our current challenge, use a nature themed embossing folder and watercolouring.  Some gorgeous makes in the gallery already, but still plenty time to join the fun.


Today I'm using a beautiful 3D folder from Sheena Douglas called Wisteria Wall.   I love the way Sheena tends to combine soft and hard elements together in her designs.  I am not really a flower person, but when I saw the riveted sheet background behind the lovely wisteria I just had to buy it.  The sale price helped me along as well........

I am so pleased how this turned out.  I smeared distress inks on my craft mat, spritzed generously with water, then I used my water brush with added bling to watercolour the embossed design.

I embossed a normal pale grey thin card sheet with the folder and used Wilted Violet for the flowers and Evergreen Bough for the leaves.   You can be quite accurate with placement of colour on the embossed areas, as I tried to be with the leaves.  The flowers I was more splashy with, and after I had finished painting I still had some colour on the mat so I just kept loading it on to create very pleasing shades of violet. 

I used very very dilute Stormy Sky and gave the background a watercolour wash.  I love how the embossed areas suck in a bit more ink giving automatic shading.  Cool and very easy.

I sandwiched my panel in an old book to dry and flatten out.  One cup of coffee later and it was ready to mount on a 9x7" card base.  I trimmed a smidgen off the side and added a pre-printed sentiment strip from a Kort og Godt patterned sheet.  It says Good Friends are Worth Their Weight In Gold.  Well, you are, aren't you.  

Thanks for dropping by.  We hope you feel like getting squashy and splashy with us this month.  Linky closes last minute of the month so still plenty of time to sit in the shade and watercolour a masterpiece.  Hugz



Thursday, 17 June 2021

Challenge #9 - Inspiration

 


Hi, it's Jo here with a little inspiration for Challenge #9 -  Nature meets Watercolouring.

For my card I used Darice Embossing Folder Bold Daisy, which seems to be out of stock everywhere I've tried to link to. Such a pity as it's a gorgeous folder.


The die cut and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp set You Matter

This card was very quick and simple to make and just involved smooshing some Distress inks, spraying with a little water on the EF and running it through my Cuttlebug. 

We've already got some beautiful cards in the gallery but, as always, we'd love to see more people play along with this fun challenge!

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Challenge #9 - Nature and Watercolouring

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 9th challenge here at 

Let's Squash It! 

Let's Squash It! is The Embossing Folder Challenge.  We are gonna help you explore the world of the not so humble embossing folder and encourage you to dig 'em out, knock the dust off and find old, new and fun ways to make your projects pop.

 


We have an awesome team to keep you entertained and awesome challenge themes to stretch your creativity and get you using all those long forgotten and neglected embossing folders.  
For those of you who are just tuning in you can check the previous posts for the story behind the genesis of the challenge and the technique time posts for awesome tips and techniques to help you make the most of your supplies and folders.

Challenges start on the 10th of the month and run to the last day at 23.59 GMT.  We will be picking top picks and a winner, who will have a chance to be our guest designer for a future challenge.  There is a little prize on offer for a randomly selected winner and these will all be announced on the 5th of next month.   


So, Challenge #9
And this month's theme is

Use an embossing folder with a Nature Theme AND Watercolouring

 
Use a nature themed embossing folder ie flowers, trees, animals and use water with your colouring medium, eg watercolour paints, watercolour pencils, Brusho powders, distress inks.  Check Gail soggy technique time post for ideas on colouring.  Please make sure you include both parts of the challenge on your card and also check da roolz to ensure your entry will be eligible for the random prize draw!

 

We are very pleased to have our Let's Squash It!! Empress joining us as our guest designer this month.  Please welcome Marlena from Marlena is Faithfully Crafting.

"Hi my name is Marlena McDeavitt. I have the honor of being a guest designer at Let's Squash It. My online name is Marlenaisfaithfullycrafting at blogger and I've been creating since 2011 as faithfully as I can! I'm a Jesus follower, mother of three young ladies and wife of a supportive husband. I'm surprised I've stuck with one main craft (stamping) for so long! I wasn't sure how long I'd stamp cards, since I like to try new crafts now and again. I feel the stamping community has been so supportive and the market is always evolving, so there's room to grow as a designer. Thank you for having me here!"

 

Here's what Marlena made:


 
A gorgeous close - up


Marlena's Card uses
Darice Embossing Folder - Dotted Tree

 
And here's some inspiration from the team...…
 

Gail's Card uses 
Gemini Embossing Folder - Butterfly Effect 3D
 


Jo's Card uses
Spellbinders Embossing Folder - Shell Beauty


 
Please do check da roolz to make sure you will be in the running for da prizes.  

This months randomly selected winner will be able to choose a prize from the
 
Now it your turn!
Grab your embossing folders and watercolours and join the fun.
We are looking forward to seeing your cards.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Technique Time with Gail - June 2021

  Hello Squashettes!

Gail here today, a little later than planned, but hopefully it's worth the wait...........


Today I want to talk about colouring techniques, in particular using watercolours with your embossing folders.  I'm gonna call this my squashy sploshy period....

The easiest thing to do is probably to smear your folder with a water reactive ink, such as distress, spritz and send that baby through the machine.   This gives you a nice background colour and leaves your embossed image white, or whichever colour your card was to start with.  In my case I started with a grey woodgrain card and went a bit crazy with the water, so it's not as clean and well defined as I am sure it could be, but for my 'Thinking of You' card it works for me.  I used Sizzix Bird embossing folder for this card.

You can also use watercolour paints and a brush, or water reactive pens/pencils to colour parts of the folder design.  Here I embossed Sizzix Cockerel Frame and used some tri-paint colour sticks I have.   I used a waterbrush to pick up colour from the light green colour stick and painted the embossed area of the frame.  Then I wet the colour sticks and applied colour to the embossed outline of the bird and then to the debossed areas inside the bird, spreading the colour with my water brush.  

 

You can also try some resists to keep your embossing pristine and give interesting effects.  Embossing powders and wax are good to use with water based colours.   I used Brusho wax sticks here and Brusho powders for a blast of colour.  These wax sticks are like colourless crayons. 

I embossed Nellie Snellen Ball Flowers on white card, used the wax sticks on the embossed texture, sprinkled the Brusho powders where I wanted my colour and spritzed with water.  This gives a much more random effect to the colours, but love that wax resist.

Here I've used the same wax resist with Sizzix Groovy Flower folder but I mixed my Brusho's with water first and used them as watercolours to fill in the embossed design.  This gives more control on where the colours end up.

I hope I have given you a few ideas for using watercolours with your embossing folders.  Drop back on the 10th for a fun new challenge with Jo and I and our awesome guest.   See you then.  Hugz

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Winners and Top Picks for Challenge #8

  

Hello Squashettes!  Gail here today to announce the results of Challenge #8.


So many gorgeous entries and so many different ways of solving the challenge.

We'd like to say a thank you to Riet for joining us as our guest and creating such lovely cards.


But you are here for the winner and top picks aren't you?  So let's get to it......

Our two runners up, impressing us with their fabulous squashing are:

Sally
 
 
Love that gorgeous embossed frame

and

Jules

Three adorable designs!

 We hope you'll wear your badge with pride!



Our top pick and winner of our Empress of Squash award,
(with a chance to guest design for a future challenge) goes to:

Tina

Gorgeous embossing and so striking with the big red roses.

Here's your badge and well done on being our Empress of Squash.


We also have our random draw prize to award!  
Mr Random says the lucky winner is......
  
#7
 
Tina

Wow, double skills Tina!  Please email me at craftynomad@gmail.com with your address details, and also let me know which folder you want from the prize vault.

Thanks again to Riet for joining Gail and me for this fun challenge, and a very big thank you to everyone who joined the fun. Our next challenge is due to start on 10th May, and don't forget to check out the Technique Time teaser on Saturday 8th. Hope to see you there!  Hugz

Monday, 24 May 2021

More Inspiration for Challenge #8

 Hi, it's Jo here to give you a little more inspiration for our current challenge.


We've had some great cards in the gallery and Gail and I love seeing what you've created for this theme. We've also got another fabulous make in the gallery from Empress Riet (#11) which you really should take a look at!

My card is very simple, but was fun to make. 


This sweet embossing folder is from Darice and is called frame. It's a real oldie so is unlikely to be available, which I think is a pity as it's lovely. The fussy cutting took ages, bit I like the end result. The stamps are from Birthday Wit! by Stampin' Up! I've just checked and it doesn't look like this is available either - shows I'm shopping my stash!

You still have until the end of this month to join the fun, so why not get squashing right now!

Monday, 17 May 2021

Challenge #8 - Inspiration

Hello Squashettes!!  Gail here today with a little more inspiration for our current challenge, leave some space and bling it up!

I love keeping things simple, so this theme is perfect for me, and I have masses of bling, so it's wonderful to be using a bit more than usual.  Here's my card with Nellie Snellen Ball Flower embossing folder.  

 
I used an offwhite wood effect panel, smeared the flat side of my folder with Tumbled Glass distress ink and embossed.  No water added and I got this lovely swirl effect with the ink.  Gorgeous!!!  I think it goes well with the subtle woodgrain texture.  I blinged up my flowers with rhinestones and stamped the Norwegian Happy Birthday sentiment.   A blue card base and done!!   

I hope you get some time to grab your folders and bling and join the fun.  Jo did a fabulous technique time post so check that out for ideas and inspiration.   

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz


Monday, 10 May 2021

Challenge #8 - Let's Make some Space and Bring on the Bling!

 Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 8th challenge here at 

Let's Squash It! 

Let's Squash It! is The Embossing Folder Challenge.  We are gonna help you explore the world of the not so humble embossing folder and encourage you to dig 'em out, knock the dust off and find old, new and fun ways to make your projects pop.

 


We have an awesome team to keep you entertained and awesome challenge themes to stretch your creativity and get you using all those long forgotten and neglected embossing folders.  
For those of you who are just tuning in you can check the previous posts for the story behind the genesis of the challenge and the technique posts for awesome tips and techniques to help you make the most of your supplies and folders.

Challenges start on the 10th of the month and run to the last day at 23.59 GMT.  We will be picking top picks and a winner, who will have a chance to be our guest designer for a future challenge.  There is a little prize on offer for a randomly selected winner and these will all be announced on the 5th of next month.   


So, Challenge #8
And this month's theme is

Use any Embossing Folder that leaves some space AND Bling


Use an embossing folder that leaves some un-embossed space and also add some bling eg sequins, rhinestones, glitter etc..  Check Jo's awesome technique time post for ideas on leaving un-embossed space.  Please make sure you include both parts of the challenge on your card and also check da roolz to ensure your entry will be eligible for the random prize draw!

We are very pleased to have our Let's Squash It!! Empress joining us as our guest designer this month.  Please welcome Riet from I need to Stamp!


"Hello everyone, My name is Riet and some of you know me as Riet Harikini. I love to stamp and make cards. But I can also take a trip into the art journals and mixed media. I really enjoy being able to participate here as a guest designer. I find it very difficult to use embossing folders and I hardly ever use them. Until Gail and Jo started this challenge blog. Great idea from these two ladies. Now I use them more often. Enough talking now, let's get to work, and show us your beautiful ideas."

Here's what Riet made:

 
Riet's Card uses
Nellie Snellen Embossing Folder 05 Rectangle Frame


The folder Riet used.  


 
And here's some inspiration from the team......
 

Gail's Card uses 
Crafts Too Embossing Folder - Christmas Tree Frame
  



Jo's Card uses
Crafts Too Embossing Folder - Trellis


 
Please do check da roolz to make sure you will be in the running for da prizes.  

This months randomly selected winner will be able to choose a prize from the
 
Now it your turn!
Grab your embossing folders and dies or scissors and join the fun.
We are looking forward to seeing your cards.



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Technique Time with Jo - May 2021

 


Hey, Squashettes, it's Jo with you today to talk about SPACE!

No, not the final frontier stuff but how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your embossing folders and create some 'white space' in your design. Obviously, when I talk about 'white space' I just mean a break or gap in the pattern of the embossing - the space doesn't have to be white. 

There are so many great EFs out there and many come with a 'gap' in the pattern for a sentiment or image. Just looking through my collection I spotted I'd got these.


If you haven't got folders like this here are a few simple ideas to help you achieve the look.

D is for Die Cuts
A die cut window can give great impact to your card. I decided to use a square die to complement the pattern.


Thankfully, I'm now in the habit of die cutting first to avoid squishing the embossing!


I think the window looks good cut into the embossed lattice pattern.

 
The resulting gap can be used to frame an image or create a window for a splash of colour and a sweet sentiment.
 


P is for Partial
Space can also be created with partial embossing. You can achieve this effect in exactly the same way as partial die cutting - just don't run all of the folder through your machine.


I may not have chosen the best folder to demonstrate this effect, but a score line makes a nice, tidy border to the embossed portion of the card.


B is for Borders
And what about those cute little border folders we all have?



Just look how much glorious space there is for your design and/or sentiment! Love it!
 
D is for Diffusers 
Finally, we need to talk about diffuser plates - yes, seriously, we do! 

White space can be created using a diffuser plate. I tried to make my own diffuser, but failed to come up with a design that went through my Cuttlebug. So I called for some help from the lady with the rabbits and Gail kindly supplied the following pictures to help finish this post.

Gail has a set of three diffusers. You can buy this set from from Sizzix UK or Sizzix USA etc. The set is designed by Tim Holtz and there's a handy video on the Sizzix sites to show you how to use them.



When using the diffusers insert them into your die cutting machine as if they were a plate. Please DON'T add them as an additional plate or your embossing machine may not survive the ensuing battle! 

Where the diffuser has a gap you will get a gap in the pattern of the embossing.


How cool is that???


Substituting the circle gives you a 'spotlight' impression in the area covered by the diffuser plate. 


Doesn't the selective embossing look great and give a terrific focal point. And just look at all that white space just calling to be decorated or stamped with a sentiment.
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Thanks for sticking with me during this long post. There are many brilliant techniques for creating space, gaps and spotlights and it was tricky to cram everything into one Technique Time session!

I hope this has got your mojo warmed up and ready to go... We'll be back in a couple of days with the next challenge. Can you guess what it might be?