Merry Christmas!! I hope you’re surrounded by family and close friends, and having an absolutely wonderful day! I just love this time of year, and am actually pleased that the weather is a bit crisp and cool here in Florida this week.
Last week, I shared a Occasions Mini Catalog Product Sneak Peek which caused a bit of a stir, both here on Created By You , and in several online stamping forums… You can view the original Valentine card, which featured the Valentine Defined Stamp Set and Framed Tulip Textured Embossing Folder HERE.
Although the Framed Tulip Textured Embossing Folder is an A2 (standard card 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”) size, it can be easily manipulated to change the size, creating a very pretty border and focal image for your cards and projects. Today’s Super Saturday tutorial will show you how to modify and manipulate this embossing folder using your Big Shot Machine.
Here’s a holiday gift tag I made using the Framed Tulip Textured Embossing Folder, and a Triple Loop Bow (Similar to the Double Loop Bow technique). It was for a package I wrapped for a fabulous hubby who ordered Stampin’ Up! merchandise for his wife as a special surprise Christmas gift. LOL.. although the tag may have given her a hint, I’m sure the contents were a lovely surprise when she opened that big box this morning!
Images on this tag are all from the Winter Post Stamp Set… I chose the Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and Brushed Silver Cardstock colors to compliment the gift wrap packaging. A lot of guys don’t like to wrap packages (my DH included)… so I always provide gift wrapping as a customer service!
Here’s a card made using this simple modified embossing folder technique, along with “Fast and Fabulous”, “Tiny Tags” and “Bliss” stamp sets. “Bliss” is a Sale-A-Bration stamp set which I’ve been having a LOT of fun with… Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper is also from the Occasions Mini catalog, is showcased on the lower half of the card.
Step by Step Super Saturday Framed Tulip Embossing Folder Tutorial…
- Big Shot Machine
- Framed Tulips Textured Embossing Folder
- Cardstock of your choice
Step by Step:
- Cut Garden Green Cardstock 2-7/8” x 5-3/8”- see TIPS (below) for additional cardstock sizes and helpful hints.
- Insert into Framed Tulips Textured Embossing Folder, aligning edges of cardstock square and even with outer ridge of the embossing folder.
- Insert embossing folder between clear sandwich plates of the big shot machine. Note” the long side of the embossing folder will be processed first through the embossing machine. as shown in the photo, below.
- Once you have put the sandwich through the Big Shot Machine, it will look like this… missing embossing along one long edge:
- Re-insert cardstock into the Framed Tulips Textured Embossing folder, checking to make sure the embossed tulips in the cardstock fall precisely into the tulips of the embossing folder. Look closely at the photo below, and you will see that they are NOT aligned…
- Here’s a photo of what the embossing folder SHOULD look like
- Make a sandwich again with the clear plates, aligning un-embossed long edge near the top of the plate, as you did in the first photo, and place in the Big Shot Machine…. DO NOT RUN THROUGH UNTIL YOU READ THE NEXT STEP.
- Rotate the roller mechanism of the Big Shot Machine JUST until you feel the resistance from the additional depth of the embossing folder.
- Once you feel the resistance, only roll 3/4 of a turn and STOP…
- Reverse the roller, and BACK OUT the embossing folder.. you are only embossing the very top edge.
- Your finished piece will look like this:
TIPS, Hints, and Additional Information:
- Alternate sizes of cardstock may also be used following the technique shown above.
- It may be easier to start with a larger cardstock piece and then trim along the framed tulip border when working with alternative sizes.
- When working with smaller pieces of cardstock, that only reach 2 of four borders when placed in the embossing folder:
- Align only one border with the existing tulips and embossing (as shown in photo 4).
- Work with only one edge at a time to emboss the blank edges, rolling 3/4 of a turn once resistance is felt from the Big Shot Machine.
- Be sure cardstock is aligned perfectly square in the embossing folder, or your embossed frame will not have parallel edges!
- Once all 4 edges are embossed, you will have one “messy” corner. Simply place it inside the embossing folder /sandwich and align so that JUST the corner enters the big shot machine first. When you feel resistance from the Big Shot Machine Roller, turn only 1/2 turn before backing it out.
- When using alternative sizes of cardstock, back into the frame by cutting away excess. Use the embossed frame as your cutting guide to re-size.
Hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Framed Tulip Textured Embossing Folder Tutorial! Tomorrow I’ll share another card made using this technique, and a sneak peek from the Sale-A-Bration Product Brochure. Hope you’ll stop back to check it out.
I look forward to reading your comments, and seeing your embossed projects!
Have a Merry Christmas, and a wonderful day!