Thursday, January 17, 2013
This is a card layout that I've seen a lot and I had fun adapting it to this Collage Curios stamp set with its small images. I also used the new Soda Pop Tops from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog. There are two sizes of these, the larger Pop Top (filled with a 1" Circle Punch) is shown on this card and you can see the smaller Pop Top (filled with 1/2" Circle Punch) below in one of the close-up photos.
The Soda Pop Tops are a very thick embellishment, but I flattened them simply by running them through the Big Shot between the Cutting Plates, with the Multi Purpose Platform opened to no Tabs. You can flatten several at a time. You can also punch a threading hole with the Crop A Dile or with the Hand Held Punch, either before or after flattening them. I colored the Pearls with a Brown Sharpie for these flower centers shown in this close-up photo.
Another technique I used on this card is Selective Embossing with the Big Shot and the new Hexagon Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF.) This Embossing Folder is a full card front embossing folder, but I only wanted a strip of the embossing for this card. I cut a 3/4" strip of heavy weight chipboard (from the Glimmer Paper Packs) - if you don't have thick chipboard, just cut a few strips and adhere together to increase their thickness. This strip is stuck to the back of the TIEF with a small piece of adhesive, just enough to hold it in place. Then place your cardstock inside the folder and use only the top cutting pad to run it through the Big Shot. My chipboard was very thick, so it replaced the bottom cutting plate. You can play with the pressure by using no tabs or Tab 2 on the Multi Purpose Platform to get the embossing texture you'd like. By adhering the chipboard strip to the folder, it stays in place just where you want it each time. You can use this Selective Embossing Technique with any shape, such as Ovals, Hearts, Circles, etc.
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