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Embossing Folders - Unexpected Impressions*

from the online class on Quietfire Creations Forum, Thursday September 23, 2010
©2010 Wanda Hentges

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Embossing Folders




Spread light modeling paste onto white cardstock... it does not have to be even, I like some thinner areas.

Let this partially dry. You should be able to press the thicker areas but it doesn't stick to your finger. You can use a heat tool gently being careful not to get it too hot.

Open an embossing folder and press the design onto your paste (work your fingers around the folder so that it presses well everywhere)... you can press the whole piece at one time or you can do smaller areas moving the folder as you go. If any paste does stick to the folder, be sure to clean it off right away. An old toothbrush or nail brush works well to clean little design areas.

Let the paste dry completely.

Once it's dry you can add your choice of color such as inks, paints, or sprays.

This sample: Paper Size 5" x 7". Tim Holtz Embossing Folder Swirls. Distress Inks pumice stone, weathered wood, bundled sage, forest moss. Some areas of modeling paste came off when I lifted the embossing folder - gives it an even more distressed look.

I sponged on Distress Inks using a blending tool and foam. I inked over the whole piece with broken china and bundled sage blending where the colors met. I then sprayed on some water from a mini mister bottle so it would blend a little more and bleed into deeper area and then dried it with a heat tool. Next I used forest moss mainly hitting the higher spots and getting some on the edges.

Embossing Folder: Damask

I took a piece of 13mm white silk ribbon and inked one side with Distress Ink scattered straw, dried it with a heat tool and wrapped it around the background taping the ends to the back. This is layered to a folded turquoise card with a little bit of bundled sage sponged on the edges.

(Technique File Photo)

Words of Love is stamped onto white cardstock with black ink, cut out with deckle scissors, sponged with scattered straw ink, the edges distressed using the paper distresser and then inked with bundled sage. The small flourish heart is stamped with broken china. This is layered on a piece of turquoise cardstock, edges distressed with a paper distresser and inked with bundled sage.

Small Flourish Inside hearts are stamped onto white cardstock, one with forest moss and the other with broken china, and cut out with a small white border.

Decorated Box using the same techniques and more!

Spread light modeling paste on the top of the cover allowing some areas to be thinner than others. Let this partially dry. You should be able to press the thicker areas but the paste doesn't stick to your finger. You can gently use a heat tool for this being careful not to get it too hot.

Open an embossing folder (I used regal flourishes) and press the design into the partially dry paste. Work your fingers across the folder pressing everywhere. Lift and move the folder to areas that didn't get pressed. Thin areas of paste will be too dry to press into. If any paste sticks to the folder, clean it immediately. An old toothbrush or nail brush works well to clean little design areas. Let the paste dry completely.

I inked (using a blending tool and foam) over the dry paste and on around the sides of the cover with Distress Ink wild honey, spritzed it with water, dried it with the heat tool, added some barn door ink in places, inked the high spots of the paste and all edges (not the whole sides of the cover) with rusty hinge and then also did just the high spots of the paste with pumice stone.

To create the "scallop" around the sides of the cover I stamped the top of the large Flourish Inside Heart with pumice stone starting at the center of each side and then working out to the corners... use your fingers on the inside to help press the stamp firmly.

The box is inked with wild honey and barn door. The dotted harlequin background is stamped with rusty hinge. I did not ink the stamp completely and was careful to stamp so that the pattern wouldn't cover all of each side of the box (again use your fingers on the inside of the box to help with pressing the stamp). Dried the inks with the heat tool. Flicked water onto each side of the box and then dried it with a heat tool.

Stamped a quote in the center of each side with black ink. Flourishes are stamped with peeled paint.


Creating the Flourish Inside Heart Flowers

Stamp small hearts onto white cardstock (I used barn door, wild honey, and rusty hinge inks) and cut out. Create dimension in each heart by giving each one a gentle accordion fold - no actual creases - a valley fold in the center and one mountain fold on each side.

The red flower uses complete hearts. For the other 2 flowers I cut off the point of each heart. Punch, cut, or tear a circle smaller than your flower - it doesn't have to be perfect, you won't see it... this is what you will attach the hearts to, forming your flower. The first few times I made some heart flowers I used a glue dot to attach the "petals" to the circle but now I use white glue so I have some wiggle time allowing me to get the petals the way I want them.

The "center" on the 2 smaller heart flowers is a sticky back gem.

For the center of the red flower I used the lid from a water bottle. I cut around the edges of the lid, flaired them out, inked the whole thing with sunshine yellow Alcohol Ink, stamped the little hanging heart flourish onto white cardstock, punched it out (the center of this lid is about 3/4"), inked around the edges with wild honey and glued the piece into the center of the water bottle cap flower.

To create the leaves I used the large flourish inside heart... inked the heart completely with shabby shutters and then just along one edge with peeled paint... stamped it onto white cardstock and cut it out... repeated for as many leaves as I wanted. Put the hearts under the flowers with the point sticking out.

More photos can be seen on Wanda's Picture Trails site here!

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