Hi there, Squashettes, it's Jo here to wish you all a very Happy New Year and to pose a very important Embossing Folder related question: to mist or not to mist??
I thought I'd try a little experiment to see whether misting or spritzing your cardstock (before running it through your embossing machine) really improves the quality of the embossing.
First off, I grabbed some leftover card that was sitting on my work desk. I picked an embossing folder at random from my growing collection (I blame Gail), sandwiched the card and ran it through my Cuttlebug. Then I misted a second piece of the same card and repeated.
Here's what I got...
Mmmmmm, well it's hard to see but the misted card seems to have a slightly deeper embossed effect. The card has warped very slightly.
Here's a close-up. It does look nice and hasn't damaged the texture and finish of the card. This is Papermill card (about 80lb weight) and seems to have survived a spritzing nicely. Was it worth doing? Yes, I'd say that it probably looks better.
Next, I tried another colour card. This is Bazzil Basics, which is my go-to colour card.
This card just soaked-up the water like a little sponge. Yes, it gave a nice impression, but was totally ruinous of the texture and finish of the card. Drying it with my heat tool just made the card look scorched, and removed the nice surface sheen that Bazzil has.
I also tried some Crafter's Companion watercolour paper and could certainly see a difference.
Having looked at some very persuasive blog posts and videos about spritzing and misting, I realised that many of the best results seem to be achieved when using Stampin' Up! cardstock. I tried a different embossing folder and some Temping Turquoise card, and was very impressed with the result.
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It's probably tricky to see, but the misted card has a much deeper impression and looks great.
To my mind whether you mist or not depends on the cardstock you're using. Thicker card generally seems to give better results when used in an embossing folder and is also less likely to tear. If you're planning to use a heavier, thicker card a little spritz of water certainly seems to improve the embossed effect you get.
I guess my advice would be to do a little test with your cardstock before spiritzing or not. Also, don't overdo the spritzing - remember, you're misting not drowning the card.
There's another challenge on the way, so Gail and I will see you soon for more embossing folder fun!
BTW - All views in this post are entirely my own, and I'm not receiving any form of remuneration from the companies I've mentioned.