Monday, June 4, 2012

Lifestyle Craft Embossing Folders 3

This was a large release, so lots to share with you. I am going to try to finish up today, though. Lots to share and lots of reading, so that's why I've broken it up into three entries rather than one VERY long posting. As I have mentioned before, these are lovely embossing folders so I don't want you to miss anything.

For this card, I used one of the plates from the Floret set. I embossed the flowers onto a cream piece of card and cut it down to fit the front of my card (background to my little image). I started with a cream card base which I then topped with a piece of blue card and then a piece of DP from a little 6 x 6" pad called "Fiddlesticks" by Miss Caroline Designs. The little image, which I fussy cut, is by Saturated Canary ( Isn't she beautiful? I added a strip of purple which I first trimmed with one of my Martha Stewart border punches (I really LUV those punches and use them often). In the top right corner, I've added a scalloped circle of blue and a regular circle of yellow gingham which I then topped with a Prima flower and some die cut swirls. For the inside of this card, I used the solid purple card from which I cut the strip for the front to layer on top of the inside. I then took a piece of the embossed cream (that I had cut down for the front) and placed it along the side to tie in with the front. I printed off my verse and cut it with a Spellbinder die. I inked around the edge and adhered it to my card. Totally lovely little card with the embossing pieces adding that additional texture and WOW factor.

For this card, I used both plates from the set called "Bloom." Both plates are super fantastic! For the front, I started with a rose-pink coloured card. On top of that, I placed the periwinkle coloured card that I'd embossed and inked. (I used "Heliotrope" by ColorBox and lightly ran the pad over the raised, embossed surface. I went over the front several times until I got enough ink to make the embossing POP. If you rub too hard, the ink will get onto areas other than the raised portion, so light strokes with several passes works best.) I added lace, ribbon, a square of DP (from Fiddlesticks pad) which is matted on the rose, and a fussy-cut Tilda image from Magnolia Inks.

The inside used the second plate in the Bloom set. It is a lucious Mum looking design which radiates from the center all the way to the edges. It was so pretty that I deliberately left off the sentiment so that you could see the full design (although it will not be any less effective or lovely with a design on top). I again inked the design with the Heliotrope ink (Heliotrope is a purple colour, so it really made the design POP), and I added two little corner punched pieces using the DP that I'd used on the front.

I like to coordinate and finish off the insides of my cards to go with the fronts. I don't often show the insides (should do that more), but I do decorate the insides to all my cards. This not only gives a more finished look to the card, but it also prevents the front from being so much heavier than the back.

OK, you are going to have to go to one more entry to get the last of my designs. I know I said I was going to finish up with this entry, but I fibbed (grin).  I think the final installment in my embossing folder adventure deserves its own entry.

Remember, Darlene sells all these beautiful embossing folders (plus 4 others by Lifestyle Crafts) at her blog site. You need to go there and have a look. Her prices are fab. You just need to find what you want to order and then email her with your list. You won't find an order form or check-out procedures as you might at other store sites, but believe me, the prices and service are well worth this different method. You will find a direct link to Dutch Paper Crafts on the left side of my blog. Click on it, and it will take you directly to the site.


  1. Absolutely stunning work Jenee! I love how you've used these plates!

  2. Have come across your blog my accident love all your work well done, love the bride card but they are all lovely