So today I decided to finally play around with my new GC Machine.
I have seen various tutorials on YouTube for Embossing Folders and Inks i.e Here and This one, Looks pretty easy right ? ! Wrong …was nothing but a major failure. I followed what they said and 2 hours later I admitted defeat with this.
I had tried with Distress Inks and Memento Dew Drops, I inked raised side and not so raised side…Failure each time. I noticed in one of the videos she just used A plate & Raspberry plate do we not need Tan Embossing mat also ????
So many videos using this technique some with tan embossing mat others not… all very confusing…
So I am asking for a BIG HELP here…. for anyone who has a Grand Calibur and has had successful results with embossing folders and inking, please could you let me know exactly what you did please ? Tanning mat or not ?? What technique worked best ….
Please excuse the awful colours I just grabbed first 2 colours at hand, plus I only have 2 embossing folders at moment ( rest are on way )
Seeing as my plans for making a start on Christmas Eve box No2 did not materialise due to weather, it feels like the Artic here, I decided to check one of my favourite groups on Facebook.
Someone had posted a thread Home For The Holidays which included a video etc.
WOW is all I can say about this fab tip with using a Tracing Wheel ( commonly found in sewing or baking ) and I just had to try it out.
Here is my attempt, albeit a rough go on cheap card, but it’s there !
This tip is a godsend as I wanted a stitched die but this will do me for now, amazing what tips people can come up with plus we all know how expensive it can be when starting a new hobby.
After making the Baby Boy card, I thought let’s play around with new my dies.
I started off well then hit a mental block so decided to stop. Maybe that was a right decision or merely the fact I was in agony with my elbow (tennis & golf elbow double whammy ).
I just love these my new dies from Tattered Lace, and of course added bonus when over half price in sale.
First off was the cute gingerbread men just something about them that remind’s me it’s christmas. ( Please excuse the bit of card on Oh What Fun sentiment it is definately not stuck on )
Next up was the Elf, now I will admit this had me stumped as I had to cut and layer it and I will blow my own trumpet here and say for my first attempt it’s ok, not 100% perfect and maybe looks a bit patchy but for me its a miracle I did it ! Now just to add the eyes. Opps forgot to mention I used Distress Ink to colour the white card.
Lastly was the embossed Let It Snow ( yes I am singing the tune in my head but only The Overtones version ), I had help here as folder would not fit my machine, but how stunning does this look ? With the cute snow people or is it snow couple I have no idea ?? The embossing would look simple and effective without the added couple.
Hope you like
Supplies :- All dies – Tattered Lace, Banner Die – Clearly Besotted
Well as I had today off I decided to be bit more creative.
I have seen so many gorgeous cards being made by fab creative people that do inspire me but the image in my head does not always appear as end result – How many others have this problem ? So frustrating even when i follow guides but I must not let this get me down as still a newbie.
Did a couple of cards, just love the CBS Lets Prance and Elves stamp set. My colouring is getting there and I must admit I do enjoy using Prismacolor pencils. Only thing I wish I could of changed was background on the Elves card, but I know next time to do this.
The tags I had problems with as i just could not get my Inking to be solid, even though I tried the Versamark trick. So anyone who has tips please let me know.
Anyway here are my morning makes …. any feedback much appreciated as always
Supplies :- CBS Lets Prance, Elves Stamp Set & Baby Shower Stamp + Die Sets, Memento Ink Pads, Prismacolor pencils