We're featuring a fun technique this time around...Embossing with Dies!!
I love all things related to dies and die cutting so this was a real fun challenge!! I used the set of dies called Flurry for my project today!
To emboss with your dies, it is crucial that you have a rubber embossing mat. This is what prevents the die from actually cutting the paper. It provides a durable, yet forgiving surface for the die to press into.
I used Mixed Media paper for this as I find that thicker cardstock yields better results. After die cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle die, I placed the 3 snowflake dies that are included in this set face down (just as if you were going to cut them!). I use a Sizzix Big Shot so I opened the first tab (as if I was going to use an embossing folder), placed one cutting pad, the rubber embossing mat, the cardstock with die and another cutting plate on top. I ran it through twice, but once would have been enough!
The snowflakes are now impressed into the cardstock which made it easy to do some loose watercolouring!!
I heat embossed a couple of snowflakes and a sentiment from the Snowy Saying Stamp set in silver and foam mounted the embossed panel onto a white card base. I thought a few clear sequins would look pretty and add a bit of sparkle!
I hope you're able to give this technique a try and I can't wait to see what you make! Remember this is our LAST CHALLENGE so let's go out with a bang!!
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