Category Archives: embossing

Cross Canada Blog Hop: How to Books

Welcome to the Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring the fabulous How to Books that Close to my Heart offers customers! If you have come from Lucy’s blog then you are on way across our beautiful country! Just read on and then I will lead you to the next blog.

For my project I decided to take the card How-to book, ‘Wishes’ to create a layout. I find the card layouts the perfect fit for single pages and since I only had one photo of my daughter to scrapbook I could only do a single page. Here is the pattern I chose.

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Now here is the layout I created using the pattern. I kept it simple and complemented the colours of my daughter’s dance costume (our blushed paper was the perfect fit for this) AND since another blog I follow was doing a challenge to use embossing folders- I added embossing to the squares of cardstock framing the picture. Simple but sweet.

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Now hop on over to Cheryl to see what she has created for you!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Technique Card Trio

The only thing better than crafting is learning new techniques while you do it! For this ‘Technique Tuesday’ I am going to share a trio of cards using a variety of techniques!

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Card #1: Be Happy

This card using embossing as well as the use of alcohol markers. To emboss you will need an embossing machine (any of them that will take a 5×7 folder will do) and one of our amazing embossing folders! If you have not seen all our designs yet then check out this link!

You place your paper in the folder, put it through your embossing machine and voila! For the above card I used the woodgrain embossing folder.

The flowers are coloured in with our alcohol markers- I stamped the outline image in black ink and then coloured.  I love how our makers blend and look so bright and beautiful!

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Card #2: Have a Beautiful Day

For this card I did a mix of dry embossing (with the embossing folder like card #1 but this time I used the honeycomb one) AND heat embossing. The feathers in the background and the arrow under the sentiment are both heat embossed.  For this technique I used Versamark ink to stamp my image and then sprinkled embossing powder over the image. (click on embossing powder to see the colours we offer).  I then heat set the powder and it becomes dry and glossy (and so pretty!).  After I just coloured in the areas of the feathers left exposed with alcohol markers.

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Card #3: Lovely

This card uses more dry embossing (this time the whole front of the card was embossed in the floral folder) and more marker work. If you look at the ‘Lovely’ sentiment you will see I blended my markers to create an ombre look.  You can achieve this by using a darker version of the colour on the top and slowly colouring to meet the lighter colour on bottom OR you can use any one marker and just add multiple layers of that colour where you want a darker shade. It will blend beautifully because you are using alcohol markers!

Here is a list of things used in the technique trio:

Embossing folders (woodgrain, honeycomb and floral)

Embossing powders (silver)

Heat gun

Versamark ink pad

Shin Han Touch Markers

Happy Birds stamp set

Seaside paper packet

Black journaling Pen (for the lines around the images)

and YES  all of these things are available on my SHOP!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Emboss it Blog Hop

Welcome to our Emboss it Blog Hop that is celebrating the release of CTMH embossing folders! I am so happy to add these to my stash (I had a few others but rarely used them) and to dig out my cuttlebug once again!  If you have hoped over from Melinda’s blog then you are on the correct path and I hope you enjoy the experience!

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To create my card I used the Dot embossing folder and one of our new M sized stamp sets- coloured egg.  I cut my card base on our Cricut Artiste cartridge and then layered some of our glitter paper (LOVE the glitter papers) with some slate cardstock that I embossed.  My egg image was stamped and then coloured with our markers as well as paper piecing some glitter paper onto it.  Then to add to the detail of the egg I outlined the image with a black marker (fine tip).

 Here is some of what I used:

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Now hop on over to Toni’s blog to see what she has in store for you!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Embossing with Ink using the CTMH Embossing Folders

Today I am going to share with you a new technique: Embossing with Ink! I am also going to share with you the Damask Folder we have- very pretty!!

Embossing with ink is a very simple technique and only requires you to have the embossing folder of your choice, some ink (I recommend our dye based ink for these projects as they are easier to clean up than the pigment) and your project paper.

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Open your folder and rub ink on the side of your choice- for my card I chose to rub the ink on the raised damask pattern (you will get a different look depending which side you use ink on so play around and have fun!)

Next, I placed the front of my card on the non-inked side so that I could get the placement just right- I didn’t want ink to get on my project until it was begin embossed.  This is how it looked before going through my Cuttlebug.

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and this is how it looked once embossed! All the ink is now IN the damask print- so pretty!!!


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Of course I finished this up with some cardstock that I sanded to soften the look- and a sentiment from the Lollydoodle complements!

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Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Embossing- Sandpaper technique

Yesterday I showed a project using just plain embossing – of course there was nothing plain about the project itself!   Today I want to introduce you to the sanding technique.  Although this technique can be used even if you have not embossed it looks gorgeous when you have!  Emboss your paper as usual and then take some sandpaper or our sanding block and lightly sand over the raised areas- because our card stock has a white core this will reveal that.  It creates such a nice finish and can take plain cardstock and really bring it to life!

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Here is a close up of the blue piece of paper that I used with the sanding technique.

Other items used on this page- Balloon Ride paper, grey glitter paper, clear epoxy bubbles.

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See you tomorrow!



Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Embossing Folders

Yesterday I introduced you to the new embossing folders that CTMH has recently produced! Today I want to share some art with you using the embossing technique at its purest- just plain embossing.  I LOVE the look and the FEEL that embossing can give to a project.  In these cards I did the same thing for each- I placed the front of my card in the embossing folder (about 3/4 of the card front in the folder).  Once I placed the folder through the machine it came out with such a beautiful texture – this pattern is our ‘quatrefoil’- my FAV of all of them!

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I then added a small strip of paper and a bow cut on the Cricut Artiste to finish of my card.  So simple and yet so pretty! So much so that I had to try it a bunch more times and with glitter paper- these are my new fav cards!!!

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Tomorrow be sure to come back to see the sanding technique with embossing!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er