Sunday, 8 August 2021

Technique Time August 2021 - Embossing different materials

  Hello Squashettes!  Gail here today with another Technique Time.   


We hope these posts will help you find some fun new ways to stretch your embossing folders, or maybe just remind you of some techniques you haven't used for a while, so grab a cuppa and take a look. 

 Today I want to look at things we can emboss other than paper and card.  

Here's a few of the ones I have tried


Vellum gives a lovely effect with the embossed areas turning opaque.  A die cut circle embossed with Do-crafts 3D Clocks adds a nice subtle detail to this card.  If your vellum is thin, or your folder 3D, go careful with your embossing pressure or you might get some holes.  I solved the problem by sticking a duck over the little boo boo!!!  Remember die cut before embossing!  


Acetate and Plastic

All that crafty plastic packaging that just goes in the bin can give some very fun effects when used with embossing folders.  I used Sizzix Ledger folder to add an interesting layer on this ATC.  Hide your glue/tape behind a strategically placed sentiment or embellishment


Scratch Paper


Raid the kids craft box for scratch paper or make your own!  That colourful card with the black wax coating you scratch off.  Embosses beautifully and then carefully scratch off the raised areas for a wow effect. This is Sizzix Flourish folder.  


Metal Sheets

Metal sheets have already made an appearance at Let's Squash It! in our very first challenge so what can I say??  Blubb Blubb!!  Metal sheet + embossing folder = awesome!  This is Sizzix Mermaid folder. 


And for a final surprize.......

Something I have been thinking about trying and what a fab result!!!!!!!!


How cool is that!!!!   I know you can tool leather so I thought I'd give it a go with an embossing folder.  I bought some leather scraps off amazon and found a piece that wasn't too thick and ran it through my Big Shot with Darice Tickets embossing folder.  Things to remember.....  The leather is quite a thick layer, unless you get a really thin bit of pig or some such, but it will compress when embossed, but go gentle with your pressure.  Also, the leather stretches and tends to move so only run it through once for a nice crisp impression.  If you want to run it again make sure it hasn't moved at all.  

I used this piece to make this card and I'll put all the details on my blog if you are curious.  

Thanks for dropping by.  We will be back on the 10th with a brand new fun and exciting challenge and another lovely guest designer.  Take care.  Have fun.  See you soon.  Hugz


Tina Z. said...

Amazing ideas, thank you!

Dotty Jo said...

Goodness, what a fabulous post! So much to inspire in this one, Gail, Jo x

Robyn Oliver said...

Go Gail.... fantastic technique inspiration... looks like I'll be scrounging the drawers and EF to try this out. hugs Robyn

Angelnorth said...

Some fab ideas here Gail, love the leather idea especially!

Conniecrafter said...

Great reminders and the leather looks cool!

Jeanne H said...

Excellent ideas, Gail. Thanks very much.