Double Embossing

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Does anyone else feel as if this year has flown by?  Just think there's only 109 days left before we will be celebrating Christmas...its just amazing how time flies and now I reflect. Last year around this time I found the blogging world and in October I had my very first! I've met people from England, Norway, Australia and Finland without leaving the comfort of my home or paying for some huge ticket or phone bill.  I gained a DNL and not one but two new grands. Whew...and the year isn't over so I'll wait and see what other blessings I will encounter.For now I want to share a card with you, but its nothing grand. I discovered this rather neat techniques and wanted to share it. I think I found it on Splitcoaststampers, which is where I find a lot of really cool techniques. Anyway this one is called double-embossing and I thought it was really cool. Hopefully you can see why it is called that. Here is the card and a close up of the double embossing.
 As you can see this is a standard 5x7 with a couple of layers.  I used bazzil cardstock for my base and mat and the designer paper is MME.  I added a bit of ribbon from StampinUp and bling by Recollections. Then I decided to  add a border using one of Martha Stewart's border punch.

The blue paper is embossed with the dots and then embossed with the leaves and bird. For this technique you will need to choose two embossing folders.  One should be a background folder (full coverage) and the other folder will need to be less busy because this will be your focal point.
You can see the two different images on the close up.  A quick summary of the technique goes like this.  You start by running your focal folder through your Sizzix and heat emboss the image using clear embossing powder. Once you've completed that you select your background folder and run your image back through your Sizzix (make sure you get the right side up).  You'll end up with a double embossed focal point.  Pretty cool eh? I thought it was pretty neat so I tried it myself.  I'll add the complete step-by-step tutorial to my tutorial list located under the tutorial tab along with a video within the next couple of days.

This next card I did just because I needed to try out my new die I got from Happy Scrappy, who had a going out of business sale.  She had all her merchandise prices at 45% below her original price.  Deals like this are hard to pass up, so I had to add a few to my inventory (whether I needed it or not).  I'm a mini-hoarder you see and at the moment I am really not worried that I might grow into a full hoarder (he he). 

The die I used for this card has all these intricate flourishes with the word "Peace" spelled out in the center.  You would think this was difficult to cut but using the metal adapter made it a cinch.  I absolutely love that cuddle-hug metal adapter.  If you don't have one (they are hard to find) I highly recommend you pick one up. Your most intricate dies will cut cleanly the first time.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come back again often.  As always...
"find beauty in all things and then go and create your own"


CraftySue52 said...

Really like the black and white card...very pretty...thanks for sharing.

Kim. said...

The double embossing technique looks great and makes a lovely card. The peace card is so pretty, glad you said that about the metal adaptor plate as I have one on order due to struggling to cut my Cheery Lynn dies.
Kim xXx

Glenda Atkins said...

Looking forward to your tutorial as the technique looks lovely on your card, it should be well worth learing! Both cards are fabulous!

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