Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Embossing Folders and Diffusers 101

Carly from the Close To My Heart Corporate Office shows us ideas for adding texture and dimension to our paper using the embossing folders and diffusers.

The CTMH description of the video Embossing Folders and Diffusers 101 is "Learn about how using embossing folders and diffusers can take your artwork to a whole new level."

Some tips from the video that I want to be sure you do not miss:
  • the embossing folders have an opening in the top so you can emboss larger pieces of cardstock, just line up the edge and emboss again
  • Close To My Heart cardstock has a white core, so you should emboss with the grain if you want to make the white core less visible (at approximately 2:40 into the video Carly shows how to determine the grain of the paper; hold the paper in the middle and look for the natural curve); determining the grain of the paper is also demonstrated in the video Score Big with Embossing which I shared on my post Achieve Great Results with Embossing Folders
  • another way to reduce the white core from being visible is to spritz the cardstock with water before running through the embossing machine; the Spray Pen (Z1380) works well for this
  • the diffuses come with a protective film that should be removed prior to use
  • keep both pieces of the diffuser; use the circle or square if you want a circle or square embossed area on your cardstock; use the rectangular piece, with the circle or square cutout, if you want the outside of your cardstock embossed (with a flat circle or square focal point)
  • when sandwiching your folder, cardstock and diffuser, you typically replace one of the cutting pads; in the Cuttlebug the sandwich would be A Plate, B Plate, Embossing Folder (with cardstock inside), Diffuser (in place of B Plate)
  • CTMH suggests using the hashtag #embossing on social media
If you have questions about the embossing folders or diffusers, please do not hesitate to send me an email. If you are ready to place an order, the Shop Now button will take you there.

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