Monday, 17 October 2016

Getting more from your embossing folders.

Have you ever thought of using your embossing folder to make faux letterpress look or use them as stamps? 

Well, today I am going to show you a few cool things you can do with your folders.

First up, you can easily achieve a faux letterpress look by inking up your embossing folder. It is really easy to do. As you know, every folder has a side that will emboss and the other side will deboss. Emboss is the raised effect, deboss is the opposite, so that is the flattened bit. Inking up the side that will deboss will give you the faux letterpress effect. You obviously can't do the letterpress lettering unless the words on your embossing folder are back to front. But you can make a cool letterpress look with patterns.

Here I have inked up both sides of the embossing folder so I can show you the different looks.

Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228

Now you can ink up the folder a few different ways. Today I just used the ink pad straight to the folder, but you can use a brayer as well or a sponge.

Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228

Now here are the different looks from the two different sides of the folder.
The first one is the faux letterpress look. The ink has gone in between the raised sections of the folder. So in the deboss part of the pattern.

Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228

Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228

This is what the other side looks like. So the ink on this side is on the embossed or raised part of the pattern.

Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228

Another completely different look can be achieved if you use the embossing folder as a stamp.
You ink the folder up the same way, but this time you don't run it through your die cut machine. Instead you just use pressure with your hand or something like a brayer. 
Oops maybe I should of painted my nails again before I did this tutorial.....

Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228


This is the effect you get on the embossed side.


Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228


And this is the debossed side.

Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228


So you can get some really cool effects just by using your embossing folders a little differently.

This is the card which inspired this tutorial. It is a card we did at my team leaders meeting last week.

Embossing Folders - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here - http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=31603&dbwsdemoid=4008228



So I hope you think about using your embossing folders more and using these cool techniques

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle

1 comment:

  1. Very fun technique. Thanks for sharing it. BL
    http://scrappingranny-colleen.blogspot.com/

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