COLOR/EMBOSSING FOLDERS

TGIF…YEP ITS FRIDAY AGAIN…and I hope this is not the first time this week that you have had time to sit and play or just look…

FIRST A BIT OF BUSINESS TO TEND TO…

CALLING ALL PINTEREST PINNERS!!!

HI guys, yes, I am a Pinterest Pinner but I recently saw a huge ( well for me anyway) problem… Someone had taken some CALLIGRAPHY photos off my blog…that in itself was not a problem I love people sharing things from my blog and she did have the link to my blog however, the bad news was she apparently didn’t read the blog. That too doesn’t surprise me or upset me since I know I tend to talk a lot…lol  but by not reading before she took the photos she ended up responding to a comment that the CALLIGRAPHY WAS MINE!!!! That freaked me out…it was not mine and I did make that clear on the blog …said I gotten the photos I posted from CALLIGRAPHY NORTHWEST 2012 the TEACHERS show.

 

I am one of those people who hate when someone takes credit for things that are not really theirs!! I even know of an author of card making books who claims folds , cards etc that are not theirs… so I try always to give credit where it is due…or at least where I got it from and so its my bad that this piece of calligraphy DID NOT give the author…BELIEVE ME I won’t do that again. This is one of my pet peeves taking credit you don’t deserve so to find a piece out there that wasn’t mine but someone was saying it was freaked me… to her credit I asked her to remove it and she did at least I think she did…

The bad news about PINTEREST is that its easy to grab stuff and pin it and some in fact a lot of the stuff I see doesn’t say who did it… and trying to get hold of Pinterest to tell them about it and get it removed is a HUGE PAIN…its not easy and you can see why …how the heck would they be able to go out there and find it without a lot of help… so MY REQUEST IS please if you share stuff off my blog… be sure you give credit where credit is due AND IF YOU CAN’T FIND IT ask me in the leave a message section at the bottom OR DON’T PIN IT…AND I PLEDGE TO DO MY BEST TO NOT POST ANY PHOTOS THAT DON’T GIVE PROPER CREDIT…. THANKS PINNERS

 

This week I am  sending  you to DAWN’S COLOR EMBOSSING FOLDERS…for a great technique which maybe you don’t know about and even if you do she has some good advice to share.

DAWN'S COLOR EMBOSSING FOLDER

DAWN’S COLOR EMBOSSING FOLDER

DAWN'S EMBOSSING COLOR

DAWN’S EMBOSSING COLOR

In any case use the link above to see how she does it and watch her video….

Ok you will notice that the templates/folders she used were both very plain and that’s not a bad thing but when you get down to my samples you will see I don’t have very many that are plain…lol…. also hers are going to look a lot cleaner and neater than mine again that’s a good thing but I am certain that there are others out there like me who are not so neat and clean…lol..I love her technique of using the brayer to ink  the template .  IN the past ( like when that Dam_brayer is hiding on my desk somewhere) I have been know to just ink directly onto the folder with the ink pad…now in my defense that it not an option for the STAMPIN UP  pads don’t stick up above the container.  Still this is cleaner and in cases where you are using a darker ink it helps to not get SO MUCH ink on the folder.

This is a great technique if you don’t have a lot of paper with a white core which means you don’t have the option of sanding  the embossed paper to bring up that white …what ??? You didn’t know you could do that yes… if you use paper that is colored only on one side this means USUALLY that if you emboss it and then using a very light touch you can sandpaper gently over the raised part and it will give you paper a distressed look and show the white thru so that you have more contrast and your embossing shows up better.

But back to the inking here are some of my samples and I’ll try to explain each of them and I will also tell you before that I showed you both sides colored… with the ones I use sometimes its hard to tell which way will show up the best so I did it inking one side and then again inking the other side…now the first think you’ll notice is that the ones that words, letters or numbers on them one side is going to be backwards…like check out the clocks below..but I am going to use the one that’s backwards as Background on  birthday card and say IF ONLY WE COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME…then inside say but since we can’t LETS PARTY!

 

DARICE CLOCKS

DARICE CLOCKS

DARICE..is the brand of this template but there may be other brands with clocks asl and you can see the one on the left is the one that is printed backwards…still I like it alot and I do plan to use it…the one on the right is the one that is printed correctly and I like it to…

A HINT....never throw a mistake away RIGHT AWAY…. it maybe that you will come up with a way to still use it or use part of it etc…. eventually though we all have to throw things away sometimes… but since these folders are usually being used as background look at it carefully cause there may be a way to use part of it or you may come up with a way to use it that’s silly like mine.

TIP…I found an online company called CONSUMER CRAFTS…and they carry this DARICE BRAND of folders as well as some others…their prices are FANTASTIC…about $3-4 dollars and they ship rather fast…that said a lot of time it seems like the one I want is sold out but if check back in a week or so its back…so I am pleased as most of the store fronts don’t have a lot of selection since this is a kinda old technique or they are now packaging them in multiples and only one of them do you really want…anyway I like them and no I don’t get a kickback…lol…

postmarks by darice

postmarks by darice

I love these postmark images… they are great for a background with a little envy ( short for envelope) with maybe a card or tag in it that says YOU’VE GOT MAIL..* ( next week I am going to show you this really cool envelope making tool.)  but till then you know you can buy money envelopes ( about the size of business cards) at almost all office supply stores I got mine at STAPLES.  They come in a box of 100 I think and so they would be good to share with a friend who has the same passion you do …or do like I do and just tell yourself your gonna make a ton of cards… lol..good news is they are not expensive.

Ok the one the left I did using the brayer with fairly dark purple ink… and while I will use it  I like the one the right better…I thought the purple would look like cancellation marks but I am just not crazy about it and to get it to read correctly you are going to get a lot of ink on the paper so the one on the right was embossed WITHOUT ANY COLOR ON THE FOLDER so it was just embossed on white cardstock then after I used the BRAYER and rolled it lightly on the brown distress pad and then gently rolled it over the raised surface..I did not press too hard* but I did go over it a couple of times and I really like the effect and the fact that more white surface shows than the other one… * HINT.. DID YOU KNOW THAT ONCE YOU EMBOSSED A PIECE OF CARDSTOCK  you can’t rub over too hard to make it go away…you don’t have to worry about that…the act of embossing the card stock stretches the fibers of the paper and it will not totally go back..you can flatten it a little but it will still show up and it will not be destroyed because you pressed too hard however you may put more ink on than you wanted..Just thought I’d let you know that while I was thinking about it or I might have a senior moment and forget…lmao…

color folders 3These are just to show you what it looks like to do color on color… I used an orange on the left and that same purple on the right and I inked both of these folders before I embossed them..

birch trees..

birch trees..

I don’t mind the smudges on the left as I plan to trim this one down…

alphabet with rainbow pad

alphabet with rainbow pad

film strip

film strip

I thought this film strip would do well with small photos glued into the strip… most printers will let you adjust the size of your photos and you could also just use stamp images inside..again I don’t mind that the film looks kind raggedy…if you have  friend that gets your quirky sense of humor you can glue in our photos and just say AREN’T YOU GLAD WE DON’T LOOK AS OLD AS OUR PHOTOS…lol…Yes, I do have friends and they send me ugly cards about my age also so its ok…but beware this may not work for your GRAMMY as she may be sensitive about her age… I even have a stamp that says IF YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR PASSPORT PICTURE YOU NEED A VACATION…

kh color embossing

kh color embossing

kh color emboss and stamp

kh color emboss and stamp

kh color emboss

kh color emboss

 

kh color emboss with hanging pumpkin

kh color emboss with hanging pumpkin

This last one was my favorite I embossed the web on black paper then I took white pigment pad and gently rubbed over the embossing for a real cob webby look…at least thats my thought… now I also used up one more of those 10,000 tags I have and made the pumpkin hang on the front…. AND FOR THIS GIRL its never too early to be thinking HALLOWEEN..

Ok, that’s it for this week..

and my TIPS are

To test the color and test the side that you plan to emboss…also I would pick a few folders that you really like and I would ink and emboss several so that you have them on hand and also because if you as messy as me you will probably get ink on your hands and then on your card!!!!ARRRGGGHHHH so ink, emboss and lay aside to dry…

Also for ease for cleaning both folder and the brayer( available at AMAZON) I used only washable dye based inks not pigment…if you have to use a pigment color cause you just love it then WASH IT AS SOON AS YOU ARE DONE WITH IT…even with the dye based inks like all paint /ink some are staining and you may find that they lightly stain folder and for sure the brayer but its ok…won’t show up if you use a little 409 or something like that and wash it but the pigment inks can really be hard to get off if you don’t wash quickly before it dries.

As I was writing I just thought what would it do if you inked up the folder with the WATERMARK pad which is just going to make the color of the cardstock a shade darker so here is the answer…

watermark embossing

watermark embossing

Ok both were embossed with the watermark pad ink and the difference is VERY  subtle maybe it would show more on a darker cardstock or maybe a folder with less detail more solid like the stripe ones DAWN used in her sample… best I can  tell you…

Well AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY …the wireheaded cyber toad…aka kath

 

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