Let me introduce to you today’s card.
Long story short, this card wouldn’t have happened had it not been for my friend, Red. 😉 Red and I go way back. Back to the dark ages of scrapbooking.
Anyhoo, as Red often does, she dialed me up earlier to talk about life and stuff. And, of course, paper crafting came up. She has a real passion for trying new techniques.
Anyway, she had an idea to ink up a Cuttlebug folder and then emboss with it, but she wasn’t sure how it would look so she asked me for my thoughts.
So, with phone in hand and hundreds of miles between us, we figured out how to pull off her idea. The end result is the inky, debossed background you see on today’s card.
Anyway, let me break it down and show you can get this inky, debossed look, too.
You are going to need:
* A Cuttlebug embossing folder and diecutting machine to use with it
* A nice, juicy dye ink pad. We used Black ink from Marvy. (Important note: Avoid solvent inks like Staz-On if you don’t want to permanently dye your folder. Stick to dye inks, like CTMH’s Exclusive Inks and Marvy’s Marvy Matchables.)
* A piece of cardstock
The first thing you are going to need to do is cut a piece of cardstock to fit in your embossing folder. Set it aside.
The next thing you are going to do is open up your embossing folder. Rub your ink pad all over the side of the folder that will deboss your paper. Avoid putting any ink on the side that will emboss it.
Set your paper on the folder. Close the folder up. This is what you’ll see when it’s closed up.
Run the folder through your diecutting machine.
Remove folder. Open the folder up and you’ll get the pretty background paper.
Clean off your folder by using a baby wipe or stamp cleaner. Be sure deboss some scratch paper in your folder afterwards, just in case you leave any ink behind.
That’s it for today. I’ll be back later.
Thanks for stopping by!