Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Embedded Embossing

This morning's SplitCoast Sketch Challenge was very simple so I decided to try to "fancy it up" with fun new techniques and it gave me headaches!  I can always tell that the card isn't going well when my desk looks like this:

I just keep pulling stuff out hoping that something will come together!

But I am happy with the final result!

I did add some shimmer and bling that is better seen in this close-up:

It is cardmaking week at our church and very soon, I will be in full panic mode putting together kits for very clean and simple cards - nothing fancy, no new techniques.  But I like bringing some new ideas to our group, as we have some very advanced crafters who are thrilled by the new stuff.  So, before I hit panic mode, I tried a new technique on this card - embedded embossing, also called inlaid embossing.

It's quite simple - you just place some punches on your cardstock and then emboss the whole thing together with a detailed embossing folder.  The punched shapes "embed" into the paper and appear to be part of it.

I first saw the idea here on Andrea's blog.  Then I saw it again today, here on Gretchen's blog. 

Another quick tip - I must tell you that I HATE cutting things out.  And I really hate fussy cutting.  And I truly despise craft knives.  So many people do amazing things by cutting - mine always looks totally messy and ragged.  So when I had to cut out the inside of the teacup handle, I refused and did it this way -

Here's my first ragged attempt.  Don't do this! 
Just leave the inside uncut.

Stamp the teacup on white paper and cut
around the outside of the inside of the handle??!!
It's still cutting, but at least it's not "fussy-cutting"!

Apply adhesive to your small white piece and adhere
if over the uncut patterned paper.  It looks like
you "fussy-cut" it!!

  • Stamps: Flourishes
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Markers: Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Razzleberry, Chocolate, Blushing Bride dsp
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart hydrangea punch, EK Success leaf punch, Stampin' Up lattice embossing folder, Smooch Illuminate, Stampin' Up gems 


  1. This is probably one of the cutest cards, I've ever seen. I love how the flowers are spilling out from behind.

  2. Oooh! I love all the clever techniques you have used. And ... if a desk like that is "trouble" ... then I must be in trouble all the time! Hugs xxaxx

  3. What a fantastic card!! It's gorgeous! and I know what you mean about a messy desktop! Way to rock all the challenges! Thanks for joining us at PPC!

  4. STUNNING CARD! With a whole lot of WOW factor Kim. My desk top looks like that at least once a week..LOL. I love the techinque of Embedded Embossing. never have done this before and well it is something new for me to try. Way to rock our color combo this week at PPC. Thanks so much for sharing your creation.

    Tamie - PPC DT

  5. Lets see, I love your embedded embossing card and I have had that messy desk way to many times for the same reason. I love your fussy cut... I will now be doing that. Plus, I love how you did your catergories. Just fabulous and so easy to browse. I'm so enjoying browsing thru your blog. Hugs,


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