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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Holiday Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Cheer Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our Holiday Cheer monthly special. 73276490_10156830555192686_7077222899618152448_n.jpgIf you have come here from Darlys Recker’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As I began playing with all of the products in the Holiday Cheer products, I pulled out my Cricut™ machine and started playing with the Free SvGs that come with the bundle. After creating those fun ornaments in the background, I realized that they did not meet the specifications for this hop, so I decided to start over and created this sweet little Tree Trimming Christmas card instead using stamped images from one of the Holiday Cheer stamp sets. MissCarriesCreations-HolidayCheerBH-TreeTrimmingCardSM.jpg

If you take a look at the image in the Traditional Holiday stamp set, you will see that the truck and the tree are one complete image. To create the image you see, I used a masking technique. Let me show you how I did this.

I began by stamping the image onto a full-adhesive sticky note. I cut apart the sticky note into two separate images – the tree & the truck – and placed the mask down onto my cardstock. I stamped the truck portion using Intense Black Ink, then switched to the other mask and stamped the tree in Evergreen.

By creating the masks, I was able to stamp the image in the colors I desired.  This is a simple way to alter an image without cutting the stamp. I shaded the truck using TriBlend Markers, cut out the image, and attached it to the card. MissCarriesCreations-HolidayCheerBH-TreeTrimmingCarddetail.jpg

As I said earlier in the post, I also used the Holiday Cheer SvGs to create some charming ornaments. I will be posting a tutorial showing you how I made those creations next week.MissCarriesCreations-HolidayCheerSvGOrnaments.jpg

Now ‘Hop” on over to Ramona Temple’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. The Holiday Cheer bundle is only available through November 30th, so be sure to contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can save 30% on this bundle.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Here is the list of supplies I used on my Tree Trimming Card

Traditional Holiday (CC101912)
Traditional Holiday Stamp Set

X5978
12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock

1385
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

Z3518
Snowflakes Embossing Folder

D1283
Say It in Style Stamp Set

Z1263
Bitty Sparkles

B005GZ2174
Full Adhesive Sticky Notes

cricut-explore-air-2-cutting-machine-mint-d-20180712145726333_631711
Cricut™ Air Two

Z2088
Clear Embossing Powder

Z8001
Candy Apple Pigment Ink

Z2497
Dark Red TriBlend Marker

Z2863
White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad

Z6512
Evergreen Exclusive Ink Pad

Z4189
Intense Black Ink Pad

Z2474
Ice Grey TriBlend Marker

Z4220
AntiStatic Pouch

Z2045
All Purpose Mat

Z4252
Heat Tool

 

 

Inked Embossed Background Card

I know that it has been over a month since I last posted a tutorial.  I have been working hard to create some new projects and “trying” to create some process videos you can watch.  Please understand, I am trying to learn and we have limited internet at my house, so finding an offline editor has been tricky. I attempted a program called Filmora and it was a bust. After six hours of editing, it left a watermark covering half my screen and took five hours to convert to MP4. (Sorry I am ranting) So…instead of a video like I had hoped, this week, I am going to show you how to use your embossing folders to create and inked backgroundMissCarriesCreations-URLovedCard-TuesdayTutorial
Paper Needed: 5½ x 4¼ Heather Cardstock, 5¼ x 4 Heather Cardstock, 5 x 3¾ White Daisy Cardstock, Sweet Girl Cut Apart Sheet, 5 x 2 Ballerina Cardstock

To create an inked embossed background, you will need to start with an embossing folder that has a larger image. (I have tried this technique with delicate images and the images don’t appear as crisp.) I chose to use our new Flower Garden Embossing Folder. You will notice that there are two sides to the embossing folder – one where the images are raised and the other where the images are inset. We are going to use the side that has the logo on it – the side with the inset images.

Simply apply the ink across the surface of the side of the embossing folder with the logo (inset images). I used Ballerina Ink to match the images from the Sweet Girl cut-apart sheet.

Place the White Daisy cardstock onto the uninked side of the embossing folder. Carefully, close the folder and keep it closed while you place it between the plates of your embossing machine. If you move the cardstock, you risk the chance of your image smearing.

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After embossing your cardstock, remove from the folder and set aside. Rinse your embossing folder with some warm water, dish soap if needed, and set-aside to dry.  That is all you need to create this beautiful inked embossed background.

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The rest of the card is very simple to make. This technique can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor projects. This Inked Embossed background creates such a beautiful accent to anything you make.

I will be continuing to search for an offline editor so that I can finish the process video for you.  If you have an suggestions, please comment below.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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