Friday, 31 August 2012

Friday Die Day

Hello friends,
Today I'm not featuring a die template, instead it is an M-Bossabilities™ folder - Garden Delight -
it is still Spellbinders™ so I'm hoping you will enjoy this slight deviation.
If you haven't come across their unique embossing folders before you are in for a treat!
They are clever in that each folder has two designs - one on each side, created and matched to bring you more versatility and value.  Garden Delight brings a bouquet of flowers and vines and butterflies in flight.

 First I'm going to show you a letterpress technique, you may have seen this already - it's fab!
I've used Distress Ink and rubbed it over the raised side of my embossing folder.
Using a piece of plain cream cardstock, I've placed it inside the embossing folder.
The sandwich for Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folders in the Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine is
A-Base Plate, M-Bossabilities folder and Grand Raspberry Plate.
When you remove it you get this wonderful colour imprinted into the embossing.
 Here's another idea, stamp onto your embossing folder.  I've used my favourite script stamp.
 It is at this point you realise the text will be back to front!  Oh well, it's more the image I'm after!
The end result is a lot more delicate but still effective.
 To clean your embossing folder, use a baby wipe or damp cloth, it cleans off perfectly - looks like new!
Another idea is to use vellum, it embosses beautifully, bringing out the white.
 Here comes the tag! 
I've chosen to cut, ink the edges and layer up some of my sample pieces.
 Talking of vellum, this is one of the flowers I created a while back from Rose Creations and vellum, spritzed heavily with Glimmer Mists. Added foliage - it looks effective cut from patterned paper.
 The finished tag.
 A close up....
Finally - how about this idea  - Trina McClune, a Spellblogger in New Zealand has discovered
a way to use embossing folders in the kitchen!

Thank you for all your great comments yesterday, all going to plan I should be at Ally Pally on the
Sunday of that weekend and demoing on the Creative Expressions stand.
How about this weekend - what are your plans?  Hopefully crafting....
I've got my special first Academy class tomorrow (I may have already mentioned that....)
and then on Sunday I'm going on a photography course, hoping to learn lots of new tricks, ideas etc. 
I've warned Bella and Boys that I'm going to be snapping away! 
Take care.


Unknown said...

Hi Christine, love the tag, like the idea of inking the folders, what a great effect. Had a look at your link at using folders in the kitchen, get idea. Hope you enjoy your photography course, do your talents know no bounds, a very, very talented lady, enjoy and look out Elliott, Micheal and Bella she will be snap happy. Enjoy today and I know your attendees at the workshop will. Wilma

Sylvia Blum said...

Oh my goodness, Christine.. this is awesome! LOVE the vellum flower and your tag is just beautiful! thanks for sharing the tutorial!!! :)
Sylvia xx

Desiree said...

Hi Christine,
It's really nice to be able to see the embossing folders up close and inked so that the pattern stands out - I havent' seen this one before. Hope you and your crafters have a lovely day tomorrow - I know it will be a great success so won't wish you luck!!

Rosie said...

What a lovely and different post, Christine. Super ideas. Thanks. Rosemary

Sue B said...

Hi Christine, I have seen the inking of the folders done before but not stamping onto them first, what a brilliant idea. Hope your first class tomorrow will be a hit with many more to follow.
Sue B

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Another fab Friday Die Day Christine! Hope tomorrow goes well I am sure it will! Hugs Susan x

Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
love this M-bossing folder, because it has of course butterflies on. They are so versatile. Wonderful in depth tutorial, and what a beautiful tag.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Just love that rose my favourite, the way you have inked and stamped the tag looks great.
Hope all goes well for your first class tomorrow.
Have a good day.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, I absolutely adore your tag, adding ink to the embossing folder certainly gives a fantastic look afterwards, I have never seen the stamping technique before, but it is certainly very effective, shame the script is back to front, but there is so litle on the finished embossing, that it doesn't matter, but so very effective.
I had a look at Trina's great idea with the icing, when I was reading it, I got an image in my head of icing squashing out of both ends when she put it through the GC, but no it was fantastic, and lovely on the cupcakes. I hope your first class goes well tomorrow, I've got a little 'green eye' ha ha, I wish I was there. Good luck with your photography course. Lots of love from Patricia xx

LisaK said...

Love the ideas and the flower is gorgeous. Very excited that you'll be at Ally Pally. Hope to see you there!

HiggiSue said...


Oksana said...

Hi Christine, lovely tag- the flower is beautiful! Good luck with your class tomorrow, wish I lived nearer!xx

Lacelady said...

Beautiful ideas this morning. I don;t have that particular folder, but I have plenty of others I could use as a substitute.

kelly said...

Thanks for the tutorial Christine. Your tag is beautiful.
Brilliant idea for cakes too! Oh dear more expense,I haven't got any of these yet now need them! My list gets bigger every day!
Have a great day, kelly.

melanie said...

Don`t have this folder but others which could be used .Melanie

Chloe's Nan said...

This is really lovely Christine, great ideas with the embossing folder and that flower is gorgeous! I am sure your class tomorrow will be a big success. Enjoy your photography course x

hazel young said...

Morning Christine good luck with your workshop tomorrow, im sure it will be a blast.
Love the tag and the link to the icing fab idea, so i best get buying a few of these as not purchased any yet although my wish list is long xx hazel

barbiepinkfairy said...

A gorgeous finished result. Love it!

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
Another fab FDD,super tag and perfect flower.
Very interesting to ice the cup cakes I would not of thought of using icing I would have imagined the icing getting everywhere.
Enjoy your weekend,I am sure you will. x.

nmty said...

hi Christine, great demo today, i haven't purchased the M-bossabilities yet, but they are a definate on my wish list.

missed your blog yesterday, so good luck with Ally Pally. Would love to go to a big show like that, but enjoy the Harrogate show twice a year, that one is coming up soon!

what a busy weekend you have planned, i hope all goes well with the classes and that you enjoy your photography course on Sunday.

lv norma

nmty said...

hi Christine, me again, just looked at trina's blog WOW!! definately have to get an m-bossabilitie now and give this a try!!

any excuse to make cakes!

lv norma

Redanne said...

Hi Christine, thank you for another great tutorial. Your tag is absolutely gorgeous! That flower is stunning, love the colours you have used too.

Went over to see Trina's idea - such a clever way to use the folders, very impressive.

Quiet weekend here, a bit of craft. Hope the class goes well and enjoy the photography course. Crafty hugs, Anne x

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine i just love your tag, thanks for showing how to ink the folders ,
The link to the kitchen will be very inspiring for the cake makers im sure.

Was going to go away this weekend [ 49th wedding Anniversary ] however i have had a sciatica all week and now it seems to be worse as i can hardly walk this morning,so think we will be giving it a miss ,oh well never mind i can always sit and craft instead.

Take Care
Elaine H X

Di x said...

Hi Christine
Loving your tags and flowers. You are so on my wave length. Great idea with the script stamp. Butterfly missing though unless they flew of just before the pics.

What a really clever idea Trina had the cake icing looks great. Really yummy. Good luck at Ally Pally
Kind regards Diane

Unknown said...

Love this tag and will have to try this inking of the folder first idea.Hope all goes well tomorrow just wish I could have been there.

Sarah said...

Hi Christine

Stunning tag. Love the colours and the effect with the embossing folder.
Have a great weekend and enjoy your 1st workshop.

Sarah x

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine
Lovely step by step this morning, ive not tried inking the folder yet, its on my to do list! Beautiful vellum rose.

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine
Lovely step by step this morning, ive not tried inking the folder yet, its on my to do list! Beautiful vellum rose.

rlovew said...

Amazing stuff and ideas!

Craftychris said...

Brilliant tutorial and a fab folder. Your tag is gorgeous! I hope tomorrow goes really well and enjoy the photography course - I am looking forward to seeing the results! Will pop over and see Trina's blog xx

Planetsusie said...

Hi Christine - what a gorgeous tag - I love the techniques and must must must try inking my embossing folders. Will be checking the link re embossing folders in a mo! As for the photography course - I hope you really enjoy this, I can't wait for more Bella pics. You are really talented - and lovely with it!!!

I will be at the Academy tomorrow in spirit!!!

Hugs Sue P xxx

Ita said...

Hi christine ,super tutorial, I will now get more use from the embossing folder ,as at the moment I am not using it.Fab idea for the cup cakes,big good luck with your classes, and have a great weekend

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, I love this idea..thanks for tutorial..and love the end result..:)..xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, Super tutorial, love, love love the tag! I have used other embossing boards in a similar way and embossing vellum is brilliant. Must get the Raspberry plate and a couple of folders, Spellbinder folders are beautiful. Enjoy the rest of the day - at work I expect. Crafty best wishes, Carolyn x PS Have a great day at the studio tomorrow x

Carole Z said...

Evening Christine, loved today's tutorial especially as I have some M-Bossabilities and haven't really used them to their full potential, now you've inspired me with the beautiful tag, Carole Z X

Janice said...

Simply gorgeous Christine, a beautiful tag! Thanks so much for showing us the different techniques with the embossing folders, they are so effective.

I hope to be going to Ally Pally on the Sunday, so I will see you there!
Enjoy your first class tomorrow and your photography course on Sunday.
Janice x

sheila said...

Wow, what a difference inking embossing folders first makes, I just love this folder as I love all things floral. The tag is wonderful. Hope tomorrow goes well, I'm sure it will! and enjoy Sunday - being a pupil instead of a teacher.

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