Hello stampers and Happy New Year! Today I am sharing a cool technique that involves inking up your embossing folders and stamping on them before running them through the Big Shot. I shared a video last week on how to do this and it was a big hit. Today I thought I would also talk you through the steps of doing this and show you a few pictures of several variations.  Here is what you need:


Woodland embossing folder with Lovely as a Tree, three ink colours and two punches


I found that these colours worked together really well. First you ink up the entire Woodland embossing folder on the Sizzex logo side with Soft Suede. Then you swipe it a few times with the night of navy ink pad. Then stamp the tree from Lovely as a Tree with Garden Green several times at different heights. Lay a white piece of cardstock 4″ by 5 1/4 inches on the uninked side of the folder about 1/4″ from the folder seam. If you look carefully you will see that the bottom of the trees starts at that point. Close your folder and run it through the Big Shot with just the base and two clear plates.


Card front that has been inked and then stamped on.


This is what it will look like, but each time it will turn out differently which makes this technique so artistic. I used a 1 3/4″ circle punch to cut out the sentiment which is from Rose Wonder. The 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch with night of navy is a great accent.


Finished card using Rose Wonder, Lovely as a Tree and Woodland embossing folder.


With the card above you can see that I swiped the night of navy on the folder on an angle at the bottom making it look like a woodland hill. This is just a happy coincidence! Swiping the folder with this dark colour also accents the bark on the birch trees beautifully don’t you think? Here is another one so that you can see how two identical cards can still look very different with this technique.


A more intense card with darker ink on the Woodland embossing folder.


This second card has more intense inking on the folder and therefore looks a lot different than the first one. I realize that the scallop circle punch is retired but thankfully Stampin’Up! offers the Layering Circle framelits which will also do the job. Both cards have a base of Night of Navy cardstock.


You can make this card even more detailed by adding another stamp to the mix. I used the antique car from Guy Greetings. I also want to show you the difference when you choose different colours for the car. For one I used early espresso, which I thought was a suitably dark colour. For the other card I used night of navy for the car. Which one do you like better?


early espresso or night of navy car?


The other difference with this card is that I inked the folder first with marina mist and then I brayered over the trees lightly with early espresso. I prefer the first colour combination as I find that the birch trees pop more in those cards. I do love the car in behind the trees though. This just shows that you need to play around a bit with different colours and techniques to see what you like best. I just clean the folder with a baby wipe in between cards. You do need to start with a clean embossing folder each time. I have not found that this technique does any damage to your ink pads either. Rest easy. Breathe. It’s ok!!


Guy Greetings, Lovely as a Tree and Woodland embossing folder


Do you notice the difference it makes when you do the card “landscape” style rather than “portrait”? It allows you to add more trees and I really like that too. This also contrasts the two different inking techniques. On the left is the marina mist with brayered trees and on the right is the first formula with soft suede and night of navy.


Car from Guy Greetings in the woods with Lovely as a tree too.


I hope you have a lot of fun playing with this fun and easy technique. We are in the middle of a cold snap with lots of snow so it is great to play inside a warm house with ink and paper. Here is the video that I shared last week. I hope you all have a fantastic 2018! Remember, today is the last day to order from the Holiday catalog and tomorrow Sale-a-bration starts. What fun.


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