Hello Squashettes! Gail here today to share a few embossing folder tips!
You might have come across these before, but I do like to mention the why, instead of just saying you should do it like this. Of course, you are free to do it any way you like, but hopefully mentioning some effects and consequences will make it more relevant.
My first tip today is:
If possible, orientate your folder so the hinge of the folder goes through your squash machine first
When you emboss something it stretches the material. Some materials will stretch more than others. The more detail on your folder the more stretch of your paper. This is why sometimes when you emboss a thin flat piece of card it warps. Thicker card tends to warp less, but puts more strain on your folder and also your machine.
By putting the hinge through the machine first it allows the folder to relax and any extra pressure is unrestricted by the open ends. If the hinge is the last thing to go through it can get quite stressed if things are not perfectly aligned, and if the material you are embossing stretches a lot it can end up being pressed against the folder hinge, which may break your folder, or even crack a plate on your machine. The hinge is also the thickest part of the folder so if your 'sandwich' is too thick it's best to find out sooner rather than later.....
Emboss two pieces of card at the same time! You get an emboss and a deboss in one go! I used Cuttlebug Garden Tools folder and a piece of white and pink card. I inked the emboss side (white card) with green ink and the deboss side (pink card) with pink ink and then put both pieces of card through the machine together. This isn't useful for word/number folders LOL, unless you are having an Alice type day.
If you have folder that has a perfectly repeating pattern then you can use it to make a larger panel by overlapping the pattern. Be careful with your plate placement so you don't flatten the pattern you already have. More usually you end up with a slightly less crisp overlap. You can also extend non-repeating patterns and disguise the joins by using design elements such as fussy cut images, die cuts or ribbon. I used a piece of ribbon to disguise my imperfect extension with the Do-crafts Candy Cane folder on this slightly taller piggy christmas card.
You might also have a design you can extend in another way. This Father Christmas folder from CraftStash is 10 x 15cm, but by embossing it on the left hand side of a 10 x 20cm piece of card and adding some score lines on the RHS I was able to extend this image to make a DL card. I smeared the embossed lines with black archival ink and then coloured it with Promarkers and distress inks.
Check Jo's Technique Time post from last month for masses of fab tips on misting your cardstock.