Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pressure Embossing, a.k.a. Dry Embossing

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s 2013 Sale-a-bration set: Patterned Occasions and Vine Street embossing folder
What do you think of when you hear the word "EMBOSS"?  The word emboss refers to a raised design.  In our world of paper crafting there are 2 ways to achieve a raised image: 
  1. pressure embossed
  2. heat embossed
See samples made with heat embossing here.

This card has 2 examples of pressure embossing.  Can you find both examples?  One is obvious and the other a little harder to see.

[1] The bottom gray part of the card has a leaf pattern impressed into the paper. This was created with the Big Shot and the new Vine Street embossing folder available in the Sale-a-bration brochure

Close up of the embossed pattern for Stampin'UP!'s 2013 Sale-a-bration Vine Street embossing folder.
[2] The other raised part of this card is a square outline framing the elephant.  Typically a single line like this will be referred to as "scored" rather than "embossed".  

And of course Stampin'UP! has a tool for scoring too.  For single lines like this you can use the scoring blade on your Paper Trimmer. But for more elaborate scoring projects you'll definitely be wanting the Simply Scored tool.

And how about those rhinestones?  The elephant is a "jumbo" animal so Jumbo Rhinestones seemed like the right embellishment to use here . . .  along with the gorgeous Melon Mambo striped organdy ribbon. This ribbon has a bit of an iridescent sparkle to it which really dresses up a project. And the diagonal stripes seemed to fit well with the embossed image from the Vine Street folder.

When was the last time you played with your embossing folders?  Why not add some embossing to your next project,  it will be sure to "impress" the people who see it. ;)

And if YOU want to be impressed then be sure to check out Stampin'UP!'s Idea Book & Catalog and the Spring Mini Catalog

Then, after you've made your WishList, you can order all your stamping supplies here

And right now, during Sale-a-bration, every $50 worth of product you get lets you choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochureNow that is impressive!

Happy Stamping

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