Thursday, March 3, 2011

Embedded Embossing Technique

Embedded embossing or inlaid embossing is a cool new technique that I've been seeing a lot lately. You have to give this a try! I think it's actually addictive. Smiley from

While I've seen a lot of cards done using this technique, the first one I did was a CASE of one that Gretchen Barron had on her blog. You can view her post HERE. It was just so striking to see these bright colors against the black background! This uses the Heart-to-Heart Punch (pg. 202-203 IB&C) and the Word Play stamp set (pg. 147 IB&C) plus a wonderful color combination - Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, and Bashful Blue. The Basic Rhinestones add just the right touch of "bling"!

After I copied Gretchen's card, I started wondering how I could make one that was more masculine, so I came up with this one. It uses the My Way punch (which I just now realized is retired - sorry about that) and the colors are Marina Mist, So Saffron, Peach Parfait, and Wild Wasabi.
While the other ladies were working on making their cards, we started talking about what other punches we could use, and someone mentioned the Cogs Extra-Large Double Punch (pg. 202-203 IB&C). So I popped into my stamp room and started pulling some card stock from the Neutrals Collection. I ended up with Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, River Rock, Soft Suede, and Sahara Sand. The greeting on this one is from the All Holidays stamp set (pg. 154 IB&C) with a couple of silver brads added.
To do the Embedded Embossing technique, you use the Big Shot and the Square Lattice Impressions Folder. First you punch out your images and then SNAIL or glue them onto a plain piece of cardstock (in this case, I used Basic Black). After you have them all attached, you simply run that through the Big Shot with the impressions folder and voila! -- the punched images now look like they are actually part of that piece of card stock! We're going to be making at least one card with this technique at my next Wow! Cards Class (coming soon!).

So give this technique a try and send me a picture of your creation. I'd love to see what you do with it! Until next time,

Jayne Stenstrom


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