It’s A Dazzling Dimension Technique Blog Hop!

Lovely layers of Dazzling Dimension. This month’s Technique blog hop will be full of projects showing you methods of adding dimension to your projects. Whether you are starting here or have come from Maz Wood’s blog, you are in the right place. When you are finished taking a look at how I used embossing folders to add dimension, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


I enjoy adding dimension to my projects with texture paste, foam tape, embellishments, and, my favorite, embossing folders. There are so many fun ways to use embossing folders on your projects. Today, I am going to show you how I used some embossing folder techniques on my two Life is Cherry cards.

After I share my cardmaking techniques, I have a little Five Minute video for you. In this video, I will show you three fun ways that you can use your embossing folders to add some interesting dimension to your projects.

On my first card, I used watercolors to shade the debossed side of a piece of cardstock that had been embossed with our Spring Blossoms embossing folder. Each embossing folder has an embossed side and a debossed side, or inset image. On this card, I applied paint to the inset images and shaded them to match the paper patterns I chose.

After shading the images, I used a pattern from our new Make It From Your Heart idea book to create the card using papers from our Mix-In collection and Eat, Play, Love paper pack. One of the patterns in this paper pack is a Lagoon and white mix of stripes, dots, and lace. I cut and trimmed the lace strip and tucked it under the embossed piece of cardstock. How cute is that??

I also used some Stickers and Wood Shapes from the Eat, Play, Love collection to embellish my card. I added more dimension on my project with foam tape and wooden hearts.

This type of card will have to be hand-delivered or hand-canceled because of the additional elements, but they are just too cute and I can’t help myself.

I also used the elements from the Eat, Play, Love collection to create my second card. On this card, I used a piece of embossed cardstock that had been heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

In the video, I show how to add ink to your embossing folder using a brayer. To create the glossy look on this card, I applied VersaMark Ink to the Floral Lace embossing folder instead of dye ink.

Before placing my cardstock in the folder, I wiped it down with an anti-static pouch. After embossing my image, I sprinkled on some Clear Embossing Powder and heat set the powder using a heat tool. This gives your cardstock a beautiful three-dimensional look with a glossy background and raised matte design.

The pattern for this card also comes from the Make It From Your Heart book. I cut the embossed cardstock into squares to fit the stitched pattern on the Cherry paper, then added some fun little Eat, Play, Love elements. When I saw the little “Roll with It” sticker, I knew that I need to add the wooden rolling pin. Punny cards are my favorite to send.

Now that you have seen how I used embossing folder techniques to add dimension to my cards, you can view how to recreate these three-dimensional looks in my Five Minute Find video.

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I hope that today’s project inspired you and gave you a few new ideas for adding Dazzling Dimension to your projects using embossing folders. Now hop on over to Tamara Sandwisch’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other Dazzling Dimensional ideas.

Don’t forget, a few of the products shown here will be retiring on April 30th. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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Welcome to the Plastic Patterns Technique Hop

These past few weeks, I have been learning a variety of new ways to use stencils, which is why I am so excited for this month’s technique hop.  118348271_10157701360272934_5253391408661344276_nI can’t wait to learn a few new methods to try on my projects.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Vintage Rose Lace card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


As with most of my experiments, this one didn’t quite start out well as I had hoped, but it lead to a very wonderful outcome.  Before I tell you the story behind the process and share my video tutorial, let’s take a look at my project. 

This simple thank you card was created using Diamond Stickles and Transparent Gloss Texture paste with one of our new 12-inch stencils. Don’t you just love that Tattered Rose background? It reminds me of old world tiles. 

Like I said, the project didn’t start out well. I knew that I wanted a thick sparkle background, so I experimented with Stickles Gel, but soon realized that the stencil I chose had too many details for that medium, so, I decided to try a bottle of Diamond Stickles instead. 

After adding the stenciled stickles (say that fast five times),  I built up the background using Transparent Gloss texture paste to create the look of etched tiles. When I first applied the paste, it appeared as if all the glitter from the Stickles was going to disappear, but once it dried, I had a beautiful sparkling background. 

To bring out the lace image, I grabbed some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and used a blending tool to add ink to the card front. I then used a paper towel to remove the ink from the texture paste and the result was a stunning etched lace background.

After spending so much time on this little experiment, I decided that the sentiment needed to be very simple and sweet.  I had debated on stamping on some vellum or even adding a little flower, but, in the end, chose to use some Blue Belle to create a little thank you card. 

The sentiment was cut out of both Blue Belle glitter paper and Blue Belle cardstock using the Thanks Thin Cuts. These two dies are designed to layer atop each other to create the sentiment and a shadow layer. 

I just loved how that glitter paper sparkled along with the Stickles on this card, so I decided that I needed to add a few more sparkles and placed  Blue Belle Glitter gems around the sentiment. How precious is that?

For those of you who have been enjoying my cardmaking video tutorials, I decided to squeak one more in this week.  This one is very short, simple, and to the point, but I hope it still helps you to learn some new techniques. 

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and that you are encouraged to experiment with some stencils in your collection.  If you don’t own any, you can purchase a few on my website, or make a few of your own using our Stencil Sheets

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using stencils on your projects.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)

Welcome to the Peek-a-boo! Technique Hop

 118073669_10157701359427934_5611536582782664203_nThis month, we are going to show you some fun ways to use windows and shaker elements on your projects. I can’t wait to see all the amazing creations that are going to be showcased. If you have come here from Alyson Mayo ’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Fall Faux Shaker Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


When I first saw the icon for this technique hop, I wasn’t quite sure what to feature for my project.  I haven’t had a chance to purchase that adorable Tabbed Door die, yet, and I have already made quite a few projects using the Windows Dies, so I decided to go back and look through my past projects for inspiration. That’s when I realized that I once featured a faux shaker border on a scrapbook page, but never showed anyone how I made it, so I decided to remake it in a whole new way. 

This Fall Faux Shaker card design turned out so much better than I had hoped.  The background for the card was created using our Multi Circle Window thin cuts which I elongated to make a slimline card.  The background is a beautiful wood-grain paper onto which I popped up the circle frame to make it appear like a shaker card. 

When I say “faux shaker”, I mean “false or fake” shaker card.  Those little sequins to not move or shake at all. They are glued into place in the windows.  

The multi circle thin cut die measures 4″ × 5¼” with one-inch circles. To make it larger, I had to cut two images one right after the other on a piece of white cardstock.  The space between the circles is quite small and it would have been difficult to try to make a shaker – not impossible, just too difficult for this lazy crafter to attempt today – so I chose to make it appear like the sequins were moving around in the windows instead. 

The 3-D Flower is one our new thin cut dies that I use to create a fall flower using White Cardstock, Vellum, and Copper Ore paper. This flower is HUGE! I only used the three smaller dies on my card. Can you imagine the size of the flower if I had use the largest die??

The two bottom layers of the flower were shaded using some Distress Oxide Inks then layered using foam tape.  The center was cut from our beautiful Copper Ore paper then rolled and shaped to form the stamens. 

I also used the Copper Ore paper to create some leaves behind the flower. I love the subtly of that copper color paired with the stamped leaf images and wood shapes. 

Once the leaves and flower were in place, I glued down the Rose Gold Sequins and added a wooden sentiment to the card. I had debated on adding a stamped sentiment, but it just didn’t seem to fit anywhere, hence the wooden sentiment – it was the perfect fit to this design. 

Do you remember how I said that I would show you how I made this card? In the video I will show you how I elongated that Multi Circle Window die and how I used Distressed Oxide inks to create the flowers and the leaves. 

You will also learn how to assemble our new three-dimensional flower and a few ideas for creatiing your own faux shaker card.   If you want to be notified when I add future video to my YouTube Channel, please take a few minutes to subscribe


I hope this project inspired you to try a few new techniques on your next project.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun Peek-A-Book ideas you can use on your projects.  

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. By clicking on those links and making a purchase, you are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)