Friday 14 September 2012

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
Wow didn't that week go fast!  FDD comes around so quickly.
This week I'm hoping to impress you with Impressabilities®!
So what are they??
They are flexible metal templates for embossing. 
They come in two sizes 5.5 x 4.5 and also in Grand size measuring 8 x 11 - fantastic for boxes.
I've chosen one of the smaller ones to demonstrate with this Friday - Flowers
 The sandwich is A Base Plate, your Impressabilities, cardstock/paper, 
tan embossing mat and B Embossing Plate.
 Looks lovely doesn't it...
 There are other uses for your Impressabilities.
Use them as a stencil, just rub over gently with some distress ink.
 The result is soft and pretty.
 You can also apply ink straight onto your Impressabilities, place your cardstock on top, run through with the correct sandwich to create the letter press technique.
 I really like this...
 I don't want you all to be too shocked but I'm not making a tag this week!!
It's going to be a little box instead - Square Bracket Edge Box
This is the lid.
 The box base is cut from plain dark pink cardstock.
 Fold along the embossed lines, make the creases sharp with a bone folder and apply adhesive to the tabs.
 The box assembled. 
 The lid seems to need a little something extra...I know - a butterfly! 
Les Papillions - an intricate die but easy to remove when using waxed paper.
 The finished box.
Not too fussy or busy but I can see an array of these on a dinner/party table.
Thank you for all your support with Friday Die Days.
Don't forget if there are particular dies that you would like to see featured, just drop me an email.
Talking of emails - Sue asked me for my email address yesterday,
here it is:
Have a lovely weekend everyone.


baconbits said...


I have some of these Impressabilities but not been happy with the results. I will try again after your post.
Your box looks amazing.
Amanda x

Unknown said...

Hi Christine, once again you deliver the goods. I look forward to FDD to see what you come up with. You have given me more ideas to try with the impress abilities. Thanks


Bea said...

great to arrive at FDD - the impressabilities certainly provide a pretty background and your box would make a lovely gift - so pretty.

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, I have these Impressabilities too, but haven't really used them much..however your project is gorgeous, thanks for the inspiration to get them out again! Carole Z X

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

I have one of the large ones and have only used it once with a really poor result. I don't have a Grand Calibur I have a Cuttlebug and Big Shot Pro so maybe I am using the wrong sandwich but not sure which I should use. Your example is stunning as always so I really must have another go! xx

barbiepinkfairy said...

Never used impressabilities but loks good. Box is stunning!

Janice said...

I haven't got any of these dies, Christine, but this box is really pretty. I love the colours you've used too. Thanks for another great FDD!
Janice x

Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
beautiful box and wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. As it ended up with a lovely butterfly, and I know how you like butterflies like myself.
You might like to have a look at my blog today. I have flying butterflies on it.
Have a wonderful crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, I absolutely love the effect from the impressabilities, the letterpress effect is stunning.
The box is gorgeous, and the lid using the pattern you have created is gorgeous, I think these will be going on my Wish List ha ha.
Like you, I can't believe where these weeks are going, tempus fugit. Time has absolutely flown since I retired last year, I don't know where the year has gone. It's scary......
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Val in Spain xxx said...

Hi Christine. The Impressabilities certainly make a lovely background. The little box is so pretty. Lovely idea for those little table presents at Christmas.

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine i am shocked that we have had no tag this week ,but a change is as good as a rest so they say[ only kidding ]

Your tutorial is fantastic and your box is beautiful well done .

Take Care
Elaine H X

hazel young said...

Morning Christine love the impressabilities ive got the cherries and the snowflake and another one that i can't remember off the top of my head. Love them. Loving the box love the coloured card you used i just love pink that bracket box die is on my very long and getting longer wish list. xx hazel

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
I have a couple if these but my results are not that great but I'll persevere. Pretty box and love the butterfly.
Have a good day.

EmmaT said...

Morning Julia, i haven't any impressabilities so this is a great post for me as i wasn't sure how to use them.
You can use them just like masks.
Lovely little box

Maggie said...

Another great FDD must get my (1) Impressabilities out and play again the box is very pretty it's on my wish list!!

Susan said...

Thanks for the in-depth tutorial. I don't have any impressabilities, but for choice I'd prefer this method over using embossing folders.

Sarah said...

Christine you tutorials are so helpful and amazing. The little box is perfect. Enjoy your day.

Sarah x

Sue B said...

Thanks for showing the impressabilities today as I have some of these but never use them but now you have jolted me to get them out. Love the little box & must admit that since I got the butterfly dies everything I now make seems to include one.

Redanne said...

Excellent tutorial Christine and thank you, I will now get out the few that I have and try again, your results look beautiful and I love that butterfly. I have cut mine up in the past and put them on cards as decoration and they look good like that too. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Lynne said...

Hi Christine, love the effect and the little box die is so versitile, you just can't go wrong with a butterfly. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow afternoon, Lynne ..x..

Ita said...

hi christine fabulas box that you could use for any occasion.Thank you for the fantastic tuturiol,we have not seen much demos Impressabilitys, I love the BUTTERYFLY ,i ordered some dies with them yerstdat as I did NOT have a butterfly Die

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, I love Die Days!..I love the different ways you show they can be used...Love the box..:)..xx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
Really love this box,this is a great tutorial. x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, Loved the tutorial today, have thought about getting Impressabilities but you know what its like, the pennies only go so far and with all the things you want, well, what do you buy next!!!
But it is a different matter when it comes to that box die,it really has come to the top of the list! Please dont tease me using it so much, I'm not able to source it from anywhere at the moment (unless you can tell me otherwise??
Have a great weekend crafty best wishes, Carolyn x

Planetsusie said...

What a super little box Christine, I love my impressability but have yet to try inking it before I put it through my GC. How effective!

Hugs Sue P xx

nmty said...

Hi christins fabulous demo today. i have a couple of the small impressabilities and one grand and i love them. i used to have a problem with them not fully embossing but a friend gave me a tip to sray the card with a little water in a mister bottle before puttung through the machine and i definately get bettet results now. love FDD. lv norma

nmty said...

Hi christins fabulous demo today. i have a couple of the small impressabilities and one grand and i love them. i used to have a problem with them not fully embossing but a friend gave me a tip to sray the card with a little water in a mister bottle before puttung through the machine and i definately get bettet results now. love FDD. lv norma

sheila said...

Such a pretty boc. I have this impressability die but have never used it, thanks for the inspiration, I shall ahve to go and try now.

Disco Queen said...

Hi Christine, I want to thank you for introducing me to impressabilities a while ago. I just love them. I was finding it hard to find masks with small patterns so was making my own. However, I couldn't get anywhere near the fine detail of the impressabilities or the incredible designs. The butterflies is my favourite, followed by the paisley.
My tip when embossing is to thoroughly coat the embossing mat & die with talc to reduce sticking & to slide a knife blade underneath to slowly lift it.

Rosie said...

Thank you, Christine. I have the Sea Shells Impressabilities and it is so detailed. I'll dig it out now and have another go.

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