When we last left off, we had just begun An Embossing Adventure.
After playing with my embossing folders, using various patterns and techniques, I found out what I liked most and what maybe didn't work so well.
You may remember seeing this photo from my last post:
Embossing the scraps above helped me determine that I quite like the looks of embossing on a subtle patterned paper using an embossing folder with a small pattern. While embossing and intricate design on a bold pattern is not as successful. Which, now that I type that, seems perfectly obvious. But I am a visual learner, so apparently trying it was what convinced me. I also confirmed that it is indeed hard to beat embossing on plain card stock. The texture and interest is unbeatable!
Now, that brings me to this point. Perhaps some embossing will liven up some papers that I don't feel quite as excited about as when I first bought them?
Take these papers below, from American Crafts Shoreline, for instance. I love them, I really do. That's why I bought them after all. But, for some reason I have passed by them time and time again in my paper file. Maybe I just haven't had the right photos yet. Maybe the saturated primary colors are a little trickier for me. Whatever the case may be, it's time to use these papers and I do believe some embossing is in order!
After selecting some photos that will work...
I put aside the sheets that I know I want to use as backgrounds and the rest gets cut down and embossed up:Some die cut action:
And I am left with all of this to work with!
First up, some misting and kraft pairs nicely with the heart embossed polka dot:
And here we have the full onslaught of primary colors at work. Lots of layered and embossed circles add a nice element of texture:
More of the hearts are layered up with the circles on this toned down background:
And back to bold! I love all the layers of embossing here:
And finally, not to leave any bits out, the last piece of embossed paper gets cut into a heart and combined with one of my recently put together scrap page starters:
And there we have it.
A bit of embossing, a lot of scrapping...
What did I learn this go around?
- I like the subtle texture that embossing adds and how it can tone down a bright paper.
- I REALLY like the bold primary colors on a background of kraft.
- It feels SO good to use up every last bit of something and to totally get my money's worth!
- I like embossing a lot more than I thought.