Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Almost Amethyst Birthday Card With Embossies

I've made use of some of my dies for a Birthday card for someone very special!!!  The card has made its way to Australia, so now I can post it!   I've used SU's old Almost Amethyst card stock and sponged Versamark ink around the edges of the pieces to give it some depth and variation.

The Magnolia DooHickey dies I used are:

I really love using these dies, they are such great shapes!!!  Find these and much more at Magnolia-licious!  Awesome place to find Magnolia and other great things!!!  The new DooHickey dies that are coming out are listed for Pre-Order too!  I certainly have my eye on a bunch of those!!!
The doily is a Marianne Designs die, the inside frame is a Spellbinders and the border is a Martha Stewart punch.  The words are Stampin' Up and I've added some rhinestones for some glitz. This is another card inspired by Elly's beautiful work!
The embossed background was made with what I am calling an Embossie.  It isn't a new idea, it is kind of like making your own embossing folder except it isn't a folder, so more like a texture plate.

To make an Embossie:
  • Out of card stock, cut out 6 of the large dragonflies from the #9 DOOHICKEY DRAGONFLIES DIES.  I used a fairly decent thickness of card stock.  If using a light weight card stock, you might have to make double thick dragonflies.
  • Adhere the dragonflies to a piece of 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square card stock .  Cut off dragonfly parts that hang over the edge.
  • Make a sandwich to run through your machine.  I have a Cuttlebug, so I used the A plate, B plate, the Embossie, card stock for the background, the No More Shims Embossing Mat and another  B plate.   For the Big Shot, use the similar plate set up for embossing folders along with the No More Shims Embossing Mat.  It should be firm to crank it through, but not forced!
Here is an example where I did the dragonflies in black card stock, so you can see them easier.  (Obviously this doesn't have the parts hanging over the edge trimmed yet.)
The No More Shims Embossing Mat has replaced my old SB mat!  I love how I don't have to keep experimenting with shims to get the right thickness any more.  Now I can make more Embossies with any of the dies or punches that I have!  Either side of the embossed card stock can be used whether you want embossed or debossed!
Here are a couple of samples showing both sides.  I've rubbed the Versamark ink pad over them to make the images stand out more.

All machines vary, but this combination has worked beautifully with my Cuttlebug.  Just my opinion, but believe that is why this mat will adjust to everyone's machines because it is soft but thicker than the other mats I've used.  This mat has been a big hit in Europe!

HERE is a link to order from Magnolia-licious and additional ideas and information.  Making Embossies, is just one of the many things we can do with these mats!!!  I think they are terrific and I need more time to play and experiment with them.  But even if I just use them for the sake of no shims, it is well worth it!!!

If you make an Embossie, please let me know, I would love to see what you make with it!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy every day!
Patti Jo


Only By His Grace said...

Hi Patti Jo!
Thank you for my beautiful card. It is one of the nicest cards I have received. I think it is gorgeous.
I was in hospital when I received it and it really cheered me up. Now I want the DooHickey butterfly, the wild strawberry and flowers and the heart swirls. I will be broke for the rest of my life.

craftymum said...

oh my. This is stunning!
Sarah x


wonderful card. Really marvelous.

Barb Hardeman said...

Patti Jo this is stunning!!! What a beautiful job you've done with the flowers, dragonflies, Doohickies, leaves and gorgeous rhinestones!! Amazing work...and...thanks for the tip on how to make your own embossie! Wonderful...hugs...Barb

♥♥RubyM:)♥♥ said...

BOWING TO THE QUEEN!!!!!!!!!Dang you are GOOOD ! Whoof stunning or what!

((puppy face)) I need to learn how to sculpture like you.


Jackie said...

worked very well and good looks elegant beautiful

Linda said...

Wow absolutely gorgeous card!!!! Stunning color too!!!!! Awesome job on this!!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colour and all the die cuts, just Beautiful!
Hugs Julie P

Catherine Atkinson said...

Wow! Your card is just amazing!

Catherine Atkinson said...

Wow! Your card is amazing!

Paper Tails said...

Beautiful card!


Paper Tails said...

Beautiful card!


Karen's Fun Blog said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! : )

cabio's craft corner said...

This is totally stunning Patti Jo. I love the one tone and the texture you created on this card. Gorgeous work!!

Crafts2do4fun said...

Absolutely a STUNNING card, I LOVE all the dies you used the butterflies are awesome.
Love it.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow pj what a gorgeous card I love it,
beautiful diecuts and that butterfly wow.
your background is beautiful to, great job.

greetings karin

MichelleMyBelle said...

This is just stunning!!!

Elle said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love your use of the Magnolia dies.

Diana Crick said...

Truly breathtaking!!! Spectacular Patti Jo.
hugs, Diana

Betsy said...

This is so beautiful! I've never seen a card like this. I want to try making some embossies with some of my diecuts ~ thanks for the idea!

Pat said...

Hi Patti Jo! Oh my gracious! This is just STUNNING!!!! Truly breathtaking! I love it!! Hugs. Pat Frank

Angela said...

My gosh this is absolutely stunning! What an amazing and breathtaking card this is Patti Jo. Wow! hugs, Angela

Chris said...

Oh I wish I could pack those bags LOL! I had a feeling this was for Maz and now I see she's commented and she loved it, well of course she did, it's a sublime card. I've clicked in several times already for a closer look, and my goodness your skill is incredible. I love what you've done with the DooHickey's, they are beautiful dies I agree.

Thank you for the tutorial also, another wonderful idea and I'm going to have to try that as I have the no more shims mat. I'll link up to you when I post it.

Hope you have a great week. Hugs, Chris :)

Kathy Gerace said...

You absolutely knock my sox off, girl!! Your creativity knows no end. This card just took my breath away when I saw it. It is so elegant and beautiful.

Jennibee's Cardspot said...

Wow, wow, and wow again, this is amazing!!
Love Jenni xx

Norma said...

Patti Jo, this is exquisite. It's no wonder Maz is so delighted with it. I love the monochromatic look of your card. You have such an eye for fabulous arrangements. The 3-dimensional effect is fab. Love your tutorial. I will give it a try when I find the time. TSF.

Anja v K@@rten said...

Wauw, thats so very beautiful!! I'll love it.
Groetjes, Anja


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