Thursday, May 14, 2020

{Spotlight Project} Maria Stretches Stash - Dies

Hello there STAMP friends! I've another Spotlight post for you today. It's an easy way to stretch your stash and add a subtle touch to your CAS card backgrounds. Nothing new here, just a reminder to use dry embossing in your creative process and today I've used dies for this. (And a soon to be released coffee stamp set ;)

Gather supplies - I was itching to use the sweet little coffee mug from Shery's new set, Sweet Kindness, and continue the theme with the Coffee word die and Just Caffeinate clear stickers. Grabbed a card of Neenah 110 lb solar white cardstock, a couple markers, a mini mister and an embossing mat.

Used a circle die to map out where to stamp the two coffee mugs.

Stamped, colored, die cut and matted the focal image of two happy mugs.

Then I dry embossed my cardbase.  TIP: Before dry embossing, give the cardstock 2-3 spritz from a mini mister. This softens the fibers in the paper and it takes the embossing better without cracking the paper.
The second photo shows the sandwich I use in my Big Shot - platform, thin die adapter, embossing mat, cardstock, die, cutting plate.
TIP!: Since you must run the cardstock through the machine multiple times to dry emboss the word die randomly on the front, start in the middle and work your way up and then reverse and work your way down. That way you can avoid flattening the already-embossed areas.

The last step was to add the sticker sentiment to a complimentary scrap of CS and then Glossy Accents to the sweet little mugs.

I created a second card with the same technique and a stand alone butterfly die.

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  1. Have never tried this - what a great idea!

  2. I have embossed using dies, but never like this - stunning backgrounds, and wonderful cards
    Stay safe

  3. Wow! I love the embossing using dies!! Fantastic background effects :)

  4. Cute. I like the embossed backgrounds and the cute mugs and butterflies.

  5. Great reminder. Have to send a quick card today and this will be perfect inspiration❣ Thanks. I need to remember The quick focal image, I seem to make every card too involved. New goal for today. Thanks for the inspiration. Stay safe and crafty!

  6. These are so cool!! I haven't embossed with a die in a very long time!! I've never done it with a word stamp; that is such a great idea!

  7. I like the look of the butterfly embossed on the card.


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