Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Embossing folder with ink techniques ~ 4 ways

Hello.  For Technique Time at Unity, I am sharing four embossing folder with ink techniques.  This creates card backgrounds with texture and an artsy look.

For different looks, try different inks and different ink placement.

Here are helpful tips for using an embossing folder with ink.  To begin, precut all of your card panels.  Also, choose embossing folders and inks for use on the inky background layer.  Next, ink the inside of the embossing folder.  Note, each background technique describes the inking process below.  Then, place the panel onto the inked side of the embossing folder and run it through your die-cutting or embossing machine.  Next, gently remove the inky panel from the embossing folder and allow it to dry.  Finally, layer your card front panels, accent with a stamped vellum or cardstock layer, to finish.

Sentiment:  Happy Birthday

For the card 1 background panel, I added ink to the inside flat side of the embossing folder.

Sentiment:  DAD.  The man, the myth, the legend.

For the card 2 background panel, I used an ink smooshing technique.  Onto a plastic craft mat, I added distress oxide in two colors with a light water mist.  Then, I placed the inside flat side of the embossing folder over the inky craft mat to apply the ink.  Extra ink was smooshed onto the same panel afterward.

Sentiment:  Be calm.  Trust it will be okay.

For the card 3 background panel, I added the ink to the inside raised side of the embossing folder.  The swirl details are shown in color on this background.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
~ Psalm 143:8

For this card 4 background panel, I added ink to the inside flat side of the embossing folder and then applied the ink pad direct to the panel for a distressed look.  This one is made rustic intentionally.

On all of today's samples, I used vellum stamped panels without added color.  I wanted the backgrounds to show through the vellum.

I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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For another inky embossing folder background technique and video tutorial, click HERE.

Here is another look.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Hello Sweetheart Bouquet, Favorite Dad, Trust It Will Be Okay and Hope & Strength; My Creative Time scalloped stitched rectangular dies, PTI cardstock vellum, Pink & Main surface ink, StazOn black ink, BasicGrey paper, Ranger archival ink and distress oxide ink, embossing folders, Big Shot machine, cardstock, Altenew palette mat, paper trimmer, flat and foam double-sided clear tape. 

Be sure to visit the Unity blog for the entire article and tutorial.
Also, you can find my other features at Unity's
Technique Time and
Watercolor Wednesday.

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  1. Great tecniques and video..we have some of the same embossingfolders :). Must try this too..

  2. Wow! These cards are so the techniques. Love this tutorial.
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