Hi there, Squashettes, it's Jo here dropping by with a Technique Time post for you!
I'm here to talk patterned or design papers with you. Let's face it, we all have waaaay too many paper pads in our stash, right? I was having a little tidy and began wondering about how embossing would look on some of the papers I have in my collection. I grabbed a few sheets and decided to give it a try.
My first effort went like this:
Mmmmmm, well, ok. This does look lovely, but the pattern on the paper is completely dominated by the embossing. I also noticed that the DP cracked in some places as I'd decided not to spray it because the paper is quite thin. However, it's not really noticeable unless you hold it to the light.
Next, I decided to pair a folder with less intense patterning with a paper with a repeating or less random pattern. I put the paper inside the EF to give me an idea of how this might work.
This is lovely IRL, and will make a sweet background for a future card.
Next, I found this very ordinary looking paper (told you I have a lot of paper) and paired it with this gorgeous EF...
I love the result!
After trying it in my folder, and looking carefully at where the lines needed to cross the pattern, I made this!
I think the knack to embossing design paper is to look carefully at the patterns on both the EF and the paper - do they compliment each other or do they contrast to good effect? Very busy designs will probably end up looking too jumbled, so just take a while to look at what you have and see what works best in combination.