Less is More #365 Dry Embossing

IHello there.  It’s the second half of our month long 7th birthday celebration at Less is More  (LIM).  Our new challenge this fortnight is Dry Embossing.  Several guests are joining us again and our new sponsor for this challenge is Seven Hills Crafts.










Embossing folders (EF) are one of the easiest ways to dry emboss a design on a card.  However, it gets a little tricky when it comes to clean and simple (CAS) cards because it can clutter up all that lovely white space characteristic of CAS cards.  Therefore, one way to pull off a CAS card using a busy EF design is to partial emboss with a diffuser.

A diffuser is a template you can add to an EF so that only the areas covered by the diffuser will emboss.  I created my own heart diffuser by die cutting 8 hearts from cardstock scraps and gluing them together.  The diffuser was then positioned and adhered to the outside of the EF with some temporary tape.  A die cut Mixed Media stitched rectangle was inserted into the folder and embossed through my Big Shot.  To complete my super CAS card, NBUS ‘with’ was red heat embossed and a NBUS ‘love’ sentiment (just purchased and now discontinued) was die cut from red glitter paper.  The panel was mounted with foam adhesive to a white top folding card base.
Some helpful tips:
– diffuser thickness will vary depending on EF, machine, etc.
– using a thicker cardstock worked better than regular cardstock
– a busy detailed EF is best for a specific shape diffuser like this heart (this Provocraft Bubbles EF was my first EF I ever bought and was the only one that worked because of its tight close-knit pattern)


Playing in the following challenges:
AAA Cards#108 All You Need is Love
Uniko#45 Something Old, Something New optional twist LOVE (old Provocraft EF, new sentiment stamp + love die)
STAMPlorationsFebruary 2018 Paint It Red







This next card was created for my friend Dorothy.  This time, circle dies were used to emboss the concentric circle background on a white A2 stitched rectangle die cut from Mixed Media paper.  The bear was stamped on Neenah cardstock with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  It was die cut out with the matching die and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was die cut from gold glitter paper.  Gold shimmer splatters were added before the panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and the card was assembled.


This one’s heading to the following challenges:
Always Happy Birthday February 2018 CAS Birthday
Watercooler Wednesday#157 All About Occasions 
Send a Smile 4 KidsAnything Goes 4 Kids or Cards for Teens
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional twist Coffee or Tea



That does it for me.  Hope you will join us and link up your CAS dry embossed cards.  For more inspirations and ideas from our guests and my team, click HERE.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!










Hashtag Selfie

Hi there.  I guess I’m still in masking mode because today’s card was created with masking. But definitely nowhere near the extent of the elephants card in my last post.  I think selfie cards are so fun and that is what I did for today’s card.

Selfie card created for challenges SSS Flickr Challenge #51, MarkerPop Challenge #101 Embossing and PP308 Color Challenge.

Using Black Intense ink, I stamped and masked the pandas and balloons on a 3″x3-3.75″ piece of white cardstock.  I colored in the balloons with Copics.

Selfie card created for challenges SSS Flickr Challenge #51, MarkerPop Challenge #101 Embossing and PP308 Color Challenge.

I wanted to make the selfie a glossy finish photo, so I covered the enitre panel with VersaMark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Continuing with the glossy photo look, I die cut the photo frame from high gloss cardstock. The hashtag was heat embossed in black and the Smile sentiment was die cut from black cardstock and modified without the circle.

Selfie Smile Birthday Card

For the background, I dry embossed an A2 piece of Bristol paper in the vertical direction using  Seaside embossing folder.  I thought these waves vertically looked like balloon strings.  For better contrast against the white frame, I spritz it with a custom spray I created from 70% rubbing alcohol and Daffodil Delight refill.  To finish, I added glossy accents to the Smile die-cut greeting and mounted it on a white card base.




I am playing in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Flickr – Challenge #51 Emboss It
MarkerPop – Challenge #101 Embossing
The Paper Players – PP308 Color Challenge