21 May 2011

Blank Center Embossing

OK, there must be a more exciting, inspiring, name for this technique than 'Blank Center Embossing'. It's obvious I'm not good at naming things (thank goodness my daughters have family names or heaven knows what I would have come up with...)

This is the final technique that we used this week, and while the title is boring it does explain the finished product:
This is another technique that works best with a small, dense, all-over design Embossing Folder. This makes the blank center more pronounced.

I used a wooden frame with an open center - an oval that is 4 1'4 " wide by 2 4/5 " high. The size of the wooden frame was approximately the size of a finished card. These can be found at craft stores, in wood or as mat boards and should be about 1/16 to 1/8 inch thick. The openings can be oval, round, square, etc.

Cut your cardstock 5 1/4" x 4".
There is a special sandwich for this technique, starting at the bottom:
1. The Multi-Purpose Platform without Tab 2
2. A 1/16" shim of cardstock or cardboard
3. The frame with the open center
4. The embossing folder with the cardstock inside - centered over the open centre of the frame below.
5. A cutting pad on top.
Note you only use one cutting pad for this sandwich.
As each Big Shot is slightly different you may have to adjust the size of your shim to get a good impression from the embossing folder.

This should run through your Big Shot with just slight resistance. If there is a great deal of resistance use a thinner shim, forcing it through could break the Big Shot or any of the sandwich pieces.

It's much easier than it sounds, so I hope you'll give it a try!

Happy Stamping

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, River Rock
Ink: Soft Suede
Stamp Set: Countryside, You're A Gem
Accessories: Antique Brads, Eyelets, Bakers Twine Early Espresso, Large Tag Punch, Small Tag Punch.

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