Hi there, anyone else having trouble accepting that it's November??? Thankfully, here at Let's Squash It! a new month brings a new technique and a new challenge, so it's not all bad.
Today, I'm going to share some of my attempts to combine two of my favourite cardmaking techniques: stencilling and embossing. This really won't be a 'masterclass', but I thought I'd show you some of my hits and misses with this technique.
I started off by thinking I could just grab a great folder and a great stencil and the magic would just happen. However, that's not really how it went, as you can see below.
|No details on stencil. EF is from Cuttlebug.|
I'm just not sure about this one... Hit or miss? A lovely stencil and a lovely embossing folder, but maybe not together.
Next, I tried this...
|Funky Fossil stencil and Distressed Lines EF by Creative Expressions.|
These patterns really work together to create something harmonious and rather beautiful.
This seems to work too and looks almost like fabric.
I decided to try a few other possible ways of combining a stencil and embossing folder. I think this may be 'cheating'!
|AALL & Create Barbary Stars stencil and Cuttle Bug EF|
Interestingly, the embossing process very slightly 'shrinks' the embossed card because it has taken on the pattern of the folder. This means that there is no longer a perfect 'fit' when you replace the middle panel. A floral stencil would have been lovely with the daisy border.
I liked the idea of framing the stencilling, so tried this:
My next attempt is slightly better; I think there may be a slight struggle going on here, but no battle between the patterns. I LOVE the frame effect sooooooo much but the central panel should be solid for this to be hailed a success.
Then I had a cardmaking epiphany, and went hunting for a very simple stencil and a simple EF, where the pattern wouldn't break-up or visually fragment the stencilled image.
|Papercraft Magazine stencil and Gemini EF - Set in Stone|
Yes, I think I cracked it - simplicity is the key. Solid stencil patterns look great with an EF pattern. At this point I went and lay down in a dark corner for a while.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my ups and downs with this technique. It's been a journey, people!
Only two days to wait for a brand new Let's Squash It! challenge... I wonder what the theme might be? 😜😜