Valentine Cards using Inked Embossing Folders

Our Creative Design Team is at is again with another wonderful video collab for all of you. This month, we are sharing some Sweet Ideas for Valentines through eight amazing video tutorials.  Each of these wonderful ladies created something unique that you will love.  I chose to keep my project simple this time, and show you how to use your embossing folders with some ink to create two Fancy Floral Valentine cards. 

Each of these cards uses the same technique taking advantage of both sides of the embossing folder – the emboss side and the deboss side.  In my video, I show you the difference between the two. 

On the Funky Flower Valentine, I added ink to the embossed side of the Spring Blossoms embossing folder.  I swiped black ink lightly onto the folder to create the appearance of woodgrain. 

You can get a completely different look on your background when you pounce or sponge the ink onto the folder.  I have used this inked embossing folder technique on a few of my creations.  On my Loved Card, I pressed the ink to give it a more solid background. On my Tree Trimming card, I used a pigment ink to give it an airy appearance. 

All of these cards use an inked embossing folder technique, but each one has a different appearance because of the way the ink was applied. 


Before I continue to show you more details, I want to share with you how I created these Fancy Floral Valentine cards. This video tutorial will walk you through how to create each one of the cards and show you the ins-and-outs of an embossing folder.  

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One of the lessons I learned when adding ink to an embossing folder was to use a very light touch. You don’t want to add any ink to parts of the folder that need to stay white (or uninked).  

Here you can see what happens when you apply too much ink to an embossing folder. It’s not horrible – I’ll probably find a way to use it – but it is not the result I hoped for.  I was using pigment ink pad which has a spongy texture and made it a harder to apply. 

Each one of the cards was uniquely embellished using die cuts I cut out from some thin cuts I had in my stash.  I wanted one of the cards to have a more classic feel so I chose to use a scarlet red glitter bow with a small flower sequin in the center. 

The second card had a little bit more flair with a three-dimensional flower cut from cardstock & striped acetate, a little wood button, and some tangles of thread.  The acetate was leftover from a creativity in motion project and I hated for that little piece to go to waste. I think it makes the perfect flower. 

Both cards we adorned with a lace border – one black, one white.  I created these using the Fancy Border thin cuts which are designed to cut a continuous border. This lace die can be cut as long as you like and have a header above it as wide as your machine and paper will allow (love that).

The sentiments on these cards came from a same stamp set called So Happy Together. These stamps are so versatile and can be used for just about any occasion – including Valentine’s Day.  


Here is just another look at each one of these cards which you can easily recreate for any occasion using the inked embossing folder technique.  By simply changing the colors, the sentiment, or the die cuts, you would have the perfect card to send. 


To see more Sweet Ideas for Valentines, stop by all of the Creative Design Team channels tosee all the what these talented ladies created.  Each video tutorial will walk you through how to create an adorable DIY Valentine and show you a few new techniques along the way. 

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I hope that you were inspired by these Fancy Floral Valentine cards and that you were able to learn something new. 

On your next project, I challenge you go through your stash of embossing folders and give this technique a try – maybe a card with a bright embossing background, an inked embossed die cut, or create an inked embossed border for your page. 

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Stamping Techniques on a Classic Smiles Card

Before August comes to an end, I decided to pull out the stamp of the month one more time to create something simple and classic.  I have seen these Floral Celebration images used in every bright colors possible, so I decided to go an alternate route and make my flower a muted shade of grey. 

I know that this may seem like an odd choice, but I like to go the opposite direction of the tide.  I wanted my sentiment to stand out in a classic red and decided that a grey was a fitting color choice to pair with the Candy Apple

The sentiment was stamped onto a grey splattered white tag that I cut using the Tags & Tabs thin cuts dies. After stamping the image, I added some baseball stitching to match the candy apple color of the sentiment. 

The tag was layered onto some embossed cardstock with a brick pattern using foam tape and a decorative knot of grey ribbon was adhered to the top.

To create the dual toned flower, I used the rock & roll stamping technique with Pewter and Charcoal inks.  I stamped the leaves in Charcoal then cut out all of the images to layer onto the tag atop some loops of Silver Embellishing Thread

After adhering the flower to the card with thin & thick foam tape, I added a small red accent in the center.  This helped to form the visual triangle of red I needed on this project. 

If you have never tried the rock & roll stamping technique, you can learn about it in my Stamping 101 video. In this video I show you six basic stamping techniques you can try on your next project. 

This video was originally created for my VIP Group in May for National Stamping Day, but I felt like it was time to make it public to share with those of you who are learning how to use acrylic stamps. 

I honestly love how this card turned out with its classic black and red tones and I can’t wait to send it out to one of my customers to thank them for placing an online order. 

This Floral Celebrations stamp set will be retiring on August 31st.  It is our current stamp of the month which means that it is only available during the month it is featured and can be purchased for $5.00 with any $50 purchase from my website. 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you plan on creating a few more of your own using the Floral Celebrations stamp set. 

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A Mountain Wildflower Card

In summers past, I was able to spend my days in the mountains fishing or hiking, but this year, I have not been given a chance to go. Between home projects and a wonderful virus, lives have been spent at home dreaming of a day away. This week, I decided to revisit my memories of mountain walks by creating a simple wildflower card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge. 


I kept the design simple, following the sketch, adding some embossing to each of my papers.  The bottom half was embossed with a striped embossing folder (like shown in the sketch). To create the look of the mountains, I embossed vellum with a tree embossing folder. If you don’t have this one, the mountains would look just as amazing. 

The embossed vellum is really striking in person with white outlines where the folder created the design.  It looks simply stunning next to the pure white stripes. 

Across the centers of the two papers is a piece of burlap ribbon stitched onto the card with an uncomplicated zigzag stitch. I also used the burlap ribbon to create some “leaves” on the flower.

The flower was created using the Budding Friendship stamp set with Lemonade & Saffron inks. I added some shading to the image using watercolor pencils and a shimmer brush. 

After adding the ribbon and flower, I realized that I didn’t have a sentiment like the sketch. I dug through my stamps and banner dies to try to find something that would work. Instead, I settled on a sticker from the Timber collection. I think it fits perfectly with this design. 

This card was very simple to create and fun to make. I hope it inspired you to try something new and join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. 

 

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