Hi crafters! It’s a new year, and I’m happy to be back with a new tutorial. I made two sweet cards with gorgeous dry embossed backgrounds, which you can do in just a few steps. The cards were made with the new Sizzix Sending Love Collection.
I love the Confetti Hearts 3-D Embossing Folder with the layered heap of sweet hearts. Since it is a 3-D Embossing Folder, the hearts are embossed at different depth, which makes for a great look. The texture is such that you want to reach out and touch the card. I had so much fun that I made a whole lot of backgrounds in different colors, ready to be used on projects. The technique works with any Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. If you don’t want to make a card, you can use these panels on a scrapbooking page or in your art journal. The cards were decorated with die-cuts and stamped images from the sweet Sending You Sunshine and I Heart You Framelits Die Set w/Stamps.
- Sizzix® Big Shot™ Foldaway Starter Kit (White & Gray) (#662220)
- Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder - Confetti Hearts (#663201)
- Sizzix Framelits™ Die Set w/Stamps - I Heart You (#663197)
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps - Sending You Sunshine (#663196)
- Cardstock (Brown, White)
- Watercolor Paper
- Distress Ink: (Mermaid Lagoon, Vintage Photo)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Forget-me-not, Potting Soil)
Start by smearing Distress Ink or Distress Oxide Ink on the side of the Confetti Hearts folder, which will form the front of the paper. I used both types of ink with the Oxides giving a chalkier look, and the Distress Ink giving a look of watercolor. On this photo, I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide because it showed up the best on the photo.
Use relatively heavy watercolor paper. Mine was 300 g/m2 / 140 lb. paper. Soak the paper in water for a couple of minutes to make sure that it is wet all the way through. Place it in the folder, opposite the inky side.
Emboss the paper. I used the Sizzix Big Shot Foldaway, with this sandwich: Standard Platform, 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with the paper inside and Cutting Pad.
Since the paper is so wet, the ink is instantly turned into watercolor in just one step. You might need to wipe some water off your plates, since the embossing squeezes excess water out of the paper.
I liked the lighter shades the most, but made a bunch of darker papers, too. You can also use more than one color of ink on the folder. Because the paper was soaked beforehand, it captures the details of the hearts well, and when it dries, it becomes very sturdy. You can mist the paper with water on both sides if you want to avoid the soaking.
Place the smaller heart die from I Heart You inside the larger heart die and die-cut, using a paper from an old book. This creates a dimensional heart, which will also work great as a shaker element. You need the pieces shown here for the heart card: two hearts die-cut from book paper, one heart from vellum stamped with a sentiment from the coordinating set and one stamped balloon basket. The basket was colored with colored pencils. Later, I also die-cut the “Fly with me” sentiment from the Sending You Sunshine set.
Distress the edges and stitch the paper to the card base. Glue the die-cut and stamped pieces on top. Shape the centre hearts to give them dimension. You can also place a piece of dimensional foam underneath them.
The kite die-cut becomes inlaid in the background paper, and you need to cut off the top and bottom with a pair of scissors. These are the pieces needed for the kite card: one kite, one frame piece, one stamped flower trail, a sun, tiny kites and flowers, and one die-cut and one stamped sentiment—all from the same Sending You Sunshine set.
Glue the pieces to the background. You can add more little details if you want to. There is also a tiny cloud in the Sending You Sunshine set.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit the Sizzix blog today! I hope you were inspired to do some dry embossing. A dry embossed background is a quick and easy way of giving a lot of interest to a card or another project. For more inspiration, you can also have a look at my blog Layers of Ink.