This is the first of three projects we made at December’s Stamp Club meeting. This card uses the emboss resist technique. See how the embossed diagonal stripes are around the sides but not in the center where the stamped image is? While this is a Christmas card, of course this technique can be used year round for any project theme.
I thought this Santa from the Get Your Santa On stamp set looked great in the oval. I grounded him with a base of washi tape. A button with a baker’s twine bow completes the look.
Here’s how to do the embossing resist technique. First of all you need a template. I used three layers of the cardboard that comes in the DSP packs. (I find a use for everything.)
I cut them down to to 6″ x 7″.
I decided on an oval shape, so I used one of the Ovals Framelits dies to cut a hole in the center of each piece of cardboard. Since the die isn’t very think, cut only one piece at a time.
TIP: Cut the first piece, then lay it on top of the next piece and mark the oval with a pencil. Then you know where to put the Framelits die on the next piece.
Once all three are cut, glue them together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, lining up the oval cutout, instead of the outer edges of the cardboard.
Set the template aside and place your paper in the embossing folder.
Now it’s time to make your Big Shot sandwich. Normally when embossing you would use two of the clear plates and the platform with the top tab off.
Since the template is so thick, this sandwich will be a bit different. Use the platform with all tabs in place.
Hold your embossing folder and template up to the light. In the day time a sunny window works great. At night just use a lamp, or a light box if you have one. Line up the opening wherever you want it on your card. I tried to center mine.
Now place the template and embossing folder on the platform, and place just one clear plate on top. Run the whole sandwich through the Big Shot. When you open the folder, you’ll have a piece of paper that is embossed everywhere except where the template opening is.
The hardest part is deciding on the shape of the template opening. I prefer to keep them to simple shapes, like ovals, circles, etc.
Here’s what I used for this card:
Here are a few action shots of club members working on their cards.
Linda & Caitlin
It’s not too late to get a Big Shot for Christmas! It comes with the platform used here and two clear plates. Tell your loved ones to go here to get yours. Or they can contact me to buy you a gift certificate for any amount: email: [email protected] or call/text: 404-661-5222.
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