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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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

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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Creating a Fall Blessings Card for Color My Heart Dare

It’s a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at Color My Heart Dare, and, this week, we are asking you to use up a few of those leftover supplies as we create with retired CTMH colors.  As you will see, I chose to use some “non-typical” fall colors to create a Fall Blessing card.  Before I show you my project, let’s look at the Tic-Tac-Toe Board.68773621_10214613503073271_2758369061397069824_n.jpg

Choose a row, column, or diagonal to create something new, then link your creation before September 27th.  I chose to use the color palette from Row two with Pomegranate and Emerald, then added my color of choice –  Goldrush. Why Goldrush? Our Love of Color Book shows Goldrush as a complementary color to Emerald, and I felt that this would be the perfect color combination for a Fall card.

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I felt like the Goldrush cardstock was a bit too harsh for my background, so I inked our Stitched Circles Embossing Folder, and ran it through my embossing machine. If you have never created an Inked Embossed Background before, you can view a tutorial HERE.  I layered my cardstock, added some stitching, then began stamping the leaves using the Hawthorn Scrapbooking Stamp set. misscarriescreations-hawthornsbstampthincut.jpg

I wanted a multi-colored look to my leaves, so I stamped them in Emerald, Pomegranate, & Goldrush, then I rolled ink onto the edges of the stamp and added another layer of color to the edges of each of the leaves. MissCarriesCreations-GratefulBlessedCard-Detail

The bow was created by adding Goldrush Ink to White Ribbon. This is a great way to make matching ribbon for a project. Make sure to “heat-set” it or let it dry a few days before using.  I cut a Stitched Circle from Goldrush Cardstock, added the sentiment, attached a few Gold Sequins and the card was complete.

I hope that this card inspired you to join the Color My Heart Dare challenge. Stop by each week for a new challenge and be inspired by all the wonderful creations.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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