Hi everyone, it's Alexis from the Creative Team! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. It truly feels like Spring is in the air and with it comes tons of rain and lots of rainbows. I was inspired last week to incorporate the rainbow palette with some of our new Chapter 1 & 2 3D Embossing Folders. There were a few tricks I wanted to try with the folders using some of our new surfaces and a few inking techniques. I've shared some of these tricks below!
What you will need:
- Sizzix® Big Shot® Machine (660200)
- Sizzix® 3-D Textured Impressions® Embossing Folder - Adorned Tile (664426)
- Sizzix® 3-D Textured Impressions® Embossing Folder - Doily (662265)
- Sizzix® 3-D Textured Impressions® Embossing Folder - Geometric Lattice (664425)
- Sizzix® Framelits® Die Set 8PK - Squares (657565)
- Sizzix® Thinlits® Die Set 3PK - Occassion Phrases (663850)
- Sizzix™ Accessory - Multi-Tool Starter Kit (662875)
- Sizzix™ Making Essential - Express Glue, 120ml (664576)
- Sizzix™ Making Essential - Maker's Tape, 2PK (663473)
- Sizzix™ Making Essential - Sequins & Beads, Gold, 5PK (663864)
- Sizzix™ Multi-Tool Accessory - Blending Tool Head w/Replacement Sponge (662880)
- Sizzix Surfacez™ - Cardstock, 8 1/4" x 11 5/8", 10 Neutral Colors, 60 Sheets (663780)
- Sizzix Surfacez™ - Texture Roll, 12" x 48", Gold (663803)
- Paper Trimmer
- Ranger Distress Oxide Inks (variety of colors)
One great way to create a unique embossed background is to mask off a portion of the embossed design to control where to place inks. As I wanted to blend a rainbow background down just the center of my embossed Doily design, I used Maker's Tape to mask off the edges of the trimmed cardstock panel. I chose to use Distress Oxide Inks for their ability to blend and layer colors without creating a muddy effect. Once I finished inking my desired color pattern I removed the tape and had a perfectly centered inked background. I added some lines around the edge of the inking with a fine liner black pen to make the colors pop. I additionally added a sentiment and some gold sequins along the bottom of the inking with liquid adhesive.
Inked Folder Backgrounds
I love being able to ink 3D embossed designs because the ink makes the various heights really come to life. But it's hard to ink the bottom layer and then add a separate color to the top layers. So for this background, I placed my Distress Oxide Ink directly to the valley side of the Adorned Tile folder. This way once the panel was embossed the only area that had ink was the lowest layer of the embossed design. I then blended additional ink colors along the heights of the embossed panel to create a two-tone effect. I glued some gold sequin, vellum and a die-cut gold Texture Roll sentiment to the center of the card for some final touches.
Die-Cut Shape Window Backgrounds
Sometimes I don't want to use an entire panel for a card, but would rather create a framed focal point. For this particular card, I nested two Square framelits together to create a frame shape out of gold Texture Roll. Before I ran the dies through the machine I secured them together using Maker's Tape so that I could get the same frame shape multiple times. I cut several of the frame from Texture Roll and stacked them together with liquid adhesive to create a dimensional frame element. I then used it again to die-cut the center panel for the embossed design. Once this square panel was embossed with the Doily folder, I inked the embossed details in a diagonal pattern. You then adhere the panel into the center of the frame on your card base with liquid adhesive. For the finishing touches, I adhered five die-cut sentiments together to create a dimensional sentiment that would match the die-cut frame. I then adhered the sentiment and gold sequins to the embossed panel. This concept would work with any nesting die shapes and would allow for a variety of shapes and sizes to be created using this trick.
Texture Roll Backgrounds
One of our newest Sizzix Surfacez, Texture Rolls, create the most beautiful embossed backgrounds. For this final card I simply embossed a die-cut panel of Texture Roll with the Chapter 2 Geometric Lattice folder and added a sentiment to the top of the embossed panel. As the metallic surface already creates such a beautiful effect I didn't want to add anything to the embossed panel, so I brought my color into the die-cut sentiment. However, if you desire a color pop, you can sand the top of the embossed Texture Roll surface and then pull ink or paint across the sanded portions.
The best part about embossing is that there are a variety of tricks and techniques that can be employed with them. I hope you enjoy just a few of the ones I highlighted today. Are there any others you would like to see or that you have been wanting to try yourself? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time...Happy Crafting!