Friday, January 30, 2015

Use Your Scraps: Inlaid Embossing

It's no secret that I have loads of scrapbook paper scraps (and cardstock too!). I've shown a few ways to use up scraps before but I found another: Inlaid Embossing.  I don't know if the technique is called that but that's what I call it!

Here's what it looks like, using a Valentine's card theme:

Basically, you take some cardstock die cuts or punched out shapes, scatter them on your card front, and then emboss a design over the whole piece.  The embossing squishes the die cuts to the card (though you do need to glue or tape them on first). Because the embossed pattern is all over, it unifies the piece!

Here's a variation with hearts.

I really like my chevron embossing folder best for this technique.

Here's a variation with butterflies.

You can do it with patterned paper scraps also, but it can get tricky with a pattern on a pattern (the paper versus the embossing folder). Play around. If you don't like the result, what the heck - they were scraps anyway!! Here's how mine turned out:

This technique is quite easy yet comes out so visually effective. I love my embossing folders! I especially like the 5 x 7 ones. I'd like to get my hands on some of the 6 x 6 ones, but no luck yet.

For a recap of the other Use Your Scraps techniques I've already covered, those include:

Ribbon Flags
Patchwork Mats

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