Saturday, July 3, 2010

4th of July and Cuttlebug Asian Folders

I seem to be doing posts in two's, but that's ok; it's either feast or famine for me, I guess.

Happy 4th of July to everyone! This weekend I was supposed to be at camp with my husband, visiting with friends and celebrating with good food and outstanding fireworks in the little town of Industry, ME (to get there, you take a right at the back of beyond which is out past the middle of nowhere), but it is worth the drive. Each year the Volunteer Fire Department puts on a glorious show as a fundraiser. A local farmer is gracious enough to let hundreds of cars into his field for the show. If you happen to be up in Maine over a 4th, be sure to look them up! Unfortunately, I'm home, not at the fireworks. My asthma decided to act up so I'm home in the air conditioning! Feeling a little better, but the meds make me very shaky, so I can't really play today, but I can type (thank goodness for the backspace key!). Now, on to the cuttlebug folders!

When I received them, I wasn't so sure that I would like them. There are 8 in the set and I could wrap my brain around several of them right away, but some of the others took a little longer, i.e. the fish and lanterns. Here are a few things I made:

This is my favorite! The paper is Rose Thicket from Sassafras. I made a gatefold card and embossed orange cardstock with a folder from the Oriental Weave collection. I used the scalloped border that was on the rose paper and a simple thank you stamp embossed on another sheet of cardstock to hold the card closed.

This card is used using the same folder. I used my brayer to roll Memories Metallic Red ink onto the positive side of the folder and then inserted black cardstock (the ink rinses off the folder fairly easily). As soon as I took the folder out of my Big Shot, I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the image and heat set it. I cut it out, embossed the sentiment and put this card together as a masculine birthday card.

I used 2 different folders on this card. Again, both come from the oriental weave assortment. I must admit, the bamboo had me stumped at first! I embossed it on to a textured-looking PP and used my Memento Rich Cocoa to highlight the embossing. I then embossed a small piece of vellum for the upper right hand corner as a backdrop for my sentiment.

The birthday card at the top of this post was done on plain cardstock from WalMart. This folder came from the plum blossom assortment. It is a wonderful flower design, I inked the edges and popped on a little bling! The edge treatment is from the Hot Off the Press Lattice Fold template which is so very versatile for cardmaking and scrapbooking!

Here are the fish I mentioned earlier! This card again uses two folders. For the first step I again used my brayer with Memories Aqua ink on the inside of my folder, ran it through my machine and let the ink dry. I then used my bone folder to flatten out the raised embossing! Because I inked it the detail stays visible. When I had it as smooth as possible, I embossed using the fish folder and then lightly inked those raised images with Memories Midnight Blue ink.

My last samples are 2 ATCs I did using the folders and wonderful stickers from Joy Crafts.

For the one on the left: after I had used my brayer and red ink for the Celebrate card above, I ran my brayer across a piece of cardstock which gave me a slight impression of the embossing folder! The Memories Metallic inks are very "juicy" and I didn't want to waste the ink. The purple one gives you a better sense of the floral folder. To both of them I added a little bling!

Again, thanks for stopping by, love to hear what you think about my designs.

Happy Birthday America!

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1 comment:

  1. These all came out great. It looks like you have been having a lot of fun with your embossing machine.

    Thanks for sharing your creations. Enjoy your weekend!