Today’s card shows a technique that will give you more mileage out of your embossing folders. For this card, I used a Brayer. I inked up the brayer roller with Mellow Mombo ink, and then brayered the raised side of the embossing folder. You will probably need to re-ink your brayer several times, and keep rolling on the design until it looks completely covered. Just be careful not to push hard, or your ink will go into the flat areas.
Once your folder is nicely inked, lay a piece of cardstock carefully on top of the inked side, closed the folder and run it through the Big Shot.
When you open the folder, hold it open so the inked piece of cardstock can fall out. If it doesn’t fall out, carefully peel it off. You just don’t want the ink to smear. Set your piece aside to let it dry, as this technique can put a lot of ink on the cardstock. If you look at the picture closely and focus on the embossed piece, you will see the ink doesn’t go everywhere perfectly (plastic doesn’t receive ink as well as rubber), but it still creates a very nice effect.
Two for One – For the card design I chose, I embossed a full mat-sized piece of Whisper White cardstock (sized to fit in the folder), then cut it in half. You can make two cards with one step when you need smaller pieces.
Equal Parts – While the Tempting Turquoise piece looks smaller than the embossed piece, they are really the same. I just positioned the ribbon to the side to make it look otherwise, because I think it is easier to cut pieces all the same size. To make the whole mat piece sturdy, I cut a piece of scrap cardstock a little shorter then the two pieces of mat cardstock, and about 2″ wide, and then used liquid tombo to adhere the mat pieces to the backing piece. Then I taped the Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon to the back of the mat and popped it on my card base with Dimensionals.
Washing Reds – Use a utility or non-staining sink to rinse your embossing folder and brayer, just to be safe. Often, plain water is good enough for many ink colors, but I’ve noticed with reds of any sort, the ink seems oilier and tends to cling to the sink, folder, stamps, etc. Use a non-creamy (clear) hand soap to clean up your folder and brayer if they don’t rinse off easily, and clean up your sink right away.
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