Saturday, 31 March 2012

Carson's Creations Embossing Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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This is my first blog hop and I would like to thank Georgiana for asking me to participate. This hop is all about embossing. I am new to dry embossing (as of Christmas) and still trying to build my collection. While looking for a good deals for embossing folders, I found a tutorial on making your own. I continued my search and found others doing the same. The original one I saw involves gluing the negative on the opposite side of your cut, much like the ones you buy. This seemed tedious and had disaster all over it. Another I found involved using a rubber pad. This seemed much easier and made me wonder if foam could be substituted? I didn't act on this right away, but then this opportunity arose. I went right to work and through a little trial and error I made my own embossing folders. The following are my steps and some pictures. I regret that I didn't take pictures of each step, so if you need any clarification please ask.

Step 1: Choose your Cut. The two folders I made, I used cuts from Paper Lace 2.

Step 2: Cut your design 3-4 times on thick card. I used card stock for my original one (music notes) and cereal box for my second. I like the cereal box much better and gave much better results.

Step 3: Glue all cuts together, trying hard to keep it all lined up. Then glue to one side of  a folded piece of card.

Step 4: Adhere two appropriately cut pieces of craft foam opposite your design. I found my craft foam at the dollar store 2 sheets for a dollar.

Step 5: Run your folder through your embosser with out paper. This should be a tight fit, but it will be easier after you indent the foam.

Step 6: All systems GO!

I used my folders as backgrounds for these projects, but I think the dotted one would make a good texture on a smaller cut. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I look forward to your improvements and designs.

I also have some blog candy that I will announce early next week. All you need to do is leave a comment and be a follower
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  1. Colin, your tutorial is awesome! I can hardly wait to try making my own embossing folder! Who would have thought.... TFS!


  2. What a clever idea!! The possibilities are endless with this technique! Your cards are fantastic!
    It's a pleasure to be part of this hop with you, Colin. Enjoy your weekend!
    Small Bits of Paper
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  3. Like the idea of making your own embossing folders. Had seen several ways and will give your way a try. Now to find some of the foam. I've done heat embossing, dry embossing & started by embossing with a lightbox, stylus & template.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  4. Awesome!!!! I would have never thought to make my own embossing folders!! Your's are great! Love the cards you made, too!! :)

  5. Thanks so much for teaching us how to do this!! They look great and you make it sound very easy :-) I am happy to be a new follower...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  6. great idea! I will give that a try!
    Carol N<><

  7. I had no idea you could that! I will have to give it a try, thanks for the inspiration!!

  8. Love how you made your own folders,your cards are fabulous.I find it hard to make anything without embossing!!
    Jayne x

  9. I will have to try this. TFS.

  10. That is really cool, Colin, that you made your own folders. Love the music note one. Both your cards look terrific! Thanks for the inspiration; glad to be in the hop with you!--Pat N.

  11. Great idea!! Thank you for sharing! Christina

  12. Hi Colin! This is a great idea! The folders you can create are endless! Love the music notes, matches your cut perfect! It's been fun hopping along with you today!

  13. Great cards. Love the music note card. New follower here.

  14. Very cool technique thanks for sharing!! I am a new follower!!

    sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

  15. oh these are interesting! haven't seen any of these before -- but they look like great fun! :) great card! :)

    i'm a new follower of your blog too. thanks for the chance :)

  16. WOW I'm excited to try this. Your card turned out great. Thanks for the inspiration. I am a new follower

  17. OMG COLIN! This IS brilliant! I had no idea this was even possible! Great job on your first hop! {{{Clapping}}}} Well done my friend! I have to give this a try.

    Both cards look great also! Is the dancer from the Art Deco cartridge? So cute...


  18. Oh wow, you ROCKED this Colin!!! This shows how creative you are, but I didn't have any doubts, great job!

    mzcherub at gmail dot com

  19. What a great idea. It looks fantastic. Seems complicated.

  20. Wow, this was an excellent tutorial. I will be trying this technique. Glad to be sharing the blogging stage with you and am a new follower!!

  21. Wow, Colin, this is so awesome!! I love this many possibilities!! Thank you so much for sharing and your tutorial was perfect!! And I absolutely LOVE the flapper card!! You did a fabulous job with your first blog hop :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  22. Hi Colin wow that is so cool I lots of possibilities! Thanks for all the great info great job on for your first hop! Karen

  23. How neat. Great job for your first blog hop. Glad you joined in. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I am a new follower now.

  24. Colin! Awesome DIY tutorial. I'm brand new to both dry and heat embossing. I JUST got my Cuttlebug this week, and will debut my first card here at the hop. When shopping for designs, I found the folders very limited, and I would love to create my own. So thank you for the info!


  25. love your projects!! i am happy to be following your blog now! can't wait to see what you come up with next! i esp love the lady dancing.. the way the lady is posed reminds me of the seinfeld episode where elaine does that weird do you know what i am talking about?! love that show! thanks for sharing!! enjoy your weekend! :) ~hl

  26. Very cute cards.I have always wanted to try my own embossing folders.

  27. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I bought one of those make-it-yourself embossing folders, and haven't used it yet because I couldn't decide on a design good enough to use it on. This would definitely be a more affordable option for making a bunch of them.

    bborre at hotmail dot com

  28. Wow thanks for sharing with us your idea on how to make our own embossing folder. I sure will be giving it a try. Im a new follower.

    mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

  29. what a great idea and your cards are too cute!!! TFS

  30. OMG! this is adorable. I love it.
    New follower and follower of Mr. Linky

    creativediva98 at gmail dot com

  31. Thanks for sharing these impressive folders. Sounds like everyone wants to give them a try. I am extremely happy that you were able to be a part of our Embossing hop. I hope you enjoyed the experience and will do more.

    Until the next one...
    Carson's Creations

  32. Thanks for sharing your great way to make embossing folders. I have seen the other tutorials alos, and they looked too tedious for me! Great cards too!

    missstamper (at)

  33. Great pics on how embossing works. Cute cards.

    Be blessed, Beckie

  34. Colin, thanks for sharing your technique for embossing folders, I love it! Great projects too and yummy candy ;) I am a new follower
    have a great day
    unikebyyes{at}yahoo{dot] com