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Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers

September 16th, 2014

Today I want to show you a fun Tim Holtz product — Embossing Diffusers by Sizzix.  You can use a diffuser along with an embossing folder to create an open spot (an area that does not emboss) on your card or other project.  It is a great way to gain additional use of your all-over embossing folders.  Here are a couple of examples (I used Pan Pastels to enhance the embossed areas so that you can see them better) —

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Two sets of Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers Dies are available — set 1 and set 2.  Each set has three different sizes/shapes for openings.   Each diffuser consists of two parts — the full plate and the cut-out.  Each serves a different function.  You may already think that this sounds a little complicated, but it really isn’t.  This is a very simple process.

You begin by selecting an embossing folder to use, one with an all-over design.  Place the sheet of cardstock that you want to emboss inside the embossing folder as you normally would.  Next you’ll want to select your embossing diffuser.  There are circles, ovals, rectangles and squares — even a cathedral window (that I used upside down like a banner).  Once you’ve selected the diffuser you want to use, remove the cut-out and set it aside.  Place the full plate over the embossing folder, adjusting it as necessary so that the opening occurs where you want it to on the design.  Use a low-tack tape (painter’s tape or other tape with light hold) to tape it onto the embossing folder.  Now it is time to run it through your die cutting/embossing machine.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot for this, and the instructions here apply to the Big Shot.  If you have another die cutting/embossing machine, you’ll have to adjust them accordingly, keeping in mind that the diffuser is the thickness of a plate and takes the place of one plate for your machine (the one closest to the base plate — you always need a plate on top).  For the Big Shot, open tab 2, and place the sandwich you just made (embossing folder and diffuser taped together) on plate 1.  Run through the machine and do the initial embossing.  You’ll see that the only areas that are embossed are the ones covered by the plate, the open areas do not emboss.  You can stop here, and the effect is a soft opening in the center (it is not particularly well-defined).

To add further definition to the open area, remove the embossed cardstock from the embossing folder.  (Again these instructions are for the Big Shot, you’ll have to adjust them accordingly for other machines.)  Place your silicone mat on top of tab 1 (tab 2 is still open).  Place the embossed cardstock, face up, on the silicone mat.  Place the appropriate cut-out shape (if you used the circle diffuser, then the circle cut-out, etc.) on top of the non-embossed area.  Top the sandwich with your impressions plate, and run it through the Big Shot.  This will add definition to that non-embossed area and, in most cases, will create a more finished appearance.

That’s it!  That is all there is to it!  It is so very simple.  Instead of embossing normally, you’re going to add a diffuser plate, tape it in place, and run through the machine without one of the cutting plates that you normally use.  As I said, the second step is optional, but I think adds a little polish.  Note that you can separately use the diffuser plate — it just ends up with a softer, less defined center.  You can also use the cut-outs separately to add a dimensional shape in the center of otherwise plain cardstock.  You could also use the cut-out shape or the diffuser shape to trace an outline of the shape on cardstock (embossed or not), or to dry emboss.   This really is a very versatile tool.  Please see the short video for additional information on how to use the embossing diffuser — I even show you how to use it to create an embossed envelope for that special card.

I made six quick cards using each of the available diffusers (both sets 1 and 2).  Because they are designed to showcase the diffusers and available sizes/shapes, I didn’t add ribbon or other embellishments that would take away from the view.  I used the extra step for each of the cards to add the extra definition in the unembossed area.  All of the embossing folders that I used are by Sizzix, although you can use the diffuser with any similar embossing folder.  I use various shades of Pan Pastel to make the embossed areas more visible for the photos (I normally do not do this).  Information on the supplies used for the cards is below in my “Supply List”.

card 2  card 5  rectangle, small oval

card 1  card 6  square, cathedral window (or banner)

card 3  card 4  large oval, circle

I’m sure that you’ll enjoy using the embossing diffusers.  They are a great idea to help you find new uses for your existing embossing folders.

 

Supply List

Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers by Sizzix — I used both sets 1 and 2

Die Cutting/Embossing Machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (you’ll need the silicone pad and the impressions pad in addition to the multipurpose platform)

assorted cardstock

adhesive (to assemble the cards)

low tack tape such as painter’s tape, etc.

The sunflower is by My Favorite Things (sunflower die)

The poinsettia is from Poppy Stamps (small blooming poinsettia die)

The die cut words are all Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets

The stickers are from various sets of Halloween Mambi stickers by Me & My Big Ideas

I used clear Wink of Stella to highlight the trees and words “Let it Snow”, also the tips of the poinsettia petals.

I enhanced the embossed areas with various colors of Pan Pastel

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Hero Arts 30-50% off Deal of the Week!

September 15th, 2014

Happy Monday Scrappers!

The Cut@Home Deal of the Week is 30-50% off Hero Hues Inks and Daubers and select cling and clear stamps!

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We only have one left of some of the inventory, so you want to act fast. And no, I am not saying that as a sales gimmick. It’s the truth! :)

Along with our other Clearance items and Specials, you don’t want to miss out on the Silhouette America Vinyl, Heat Transfer, Fabric Ink and Rhinestones. We are clearing off our shelves to make room for all the NEW vinyl and heat transfer that will be arriving the end of the month.

So what’s new at Cut@Home this week? I thought you would never ask!

Did you see Tim Holtz has three new Ranger Distressed Mini Ink sets? He started packaging four mini inks with a compatible color palette earlier this year, and they have been a huge hit! Kits 10, 11 and 12 have just been added making twelve in all. Here are the new kits:

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Do you need organization and storage for all your mini inks? Here you go!

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The Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin is the answer! It holds twelve 1×1″ mini inks and is the perfect solution to store and organize your mini inks!

We also have new dies from Elizabeth Craft Design, Cottage Cutz and Die-Namites. Elizabeth Crafts and Cottage Cutz have more of their great sentiment dies, as well as fun Christmas designs. Die-Namites dies has also released Christmas dies. Their dies are perfectly sized for A2 cards.

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For all of you Cut@Home VIP’s, the coupon codes for September are SEP432 for 40% off one Spellbinders items OR SIZ9SE for 30% off one Sizzix/Tim Holtz.

Have a good week and make sure you keep watching our Youtube channel and Blog for great projects and ideas!

Happy Scrappin!

Marcie

Owner, Cut@Home

 

 

 

Scrapbook Layout with Spellbinders Cascade Dots

September 15th, 2014

Happy Monday! This week I did a scrapbook layout with Spellbinders Cascade Dots A2 Card Die, yes a scrapbook layout! I wanted to share ways to use this die in a scrapbook layout. I also used Pebbles Chalks for creating the bubbles in the layout.

Before we get started here is a list of supplies I used for my project that are available here at the Cut at Home site:

Spellbinders Cascade Dots A2 Card Die, SKU: S4 456
Pebbles Chalk Set – Pastels, SKU: 742002
Sizzix Big Shot, SKU:657900
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo, SKU:SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T

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Other products used from my stash, pink, blue and white card stock, vellum, washi tape and acrylic circles.

This was such a fun project, I took these pictures last weekend while we were blowing bubbles, and I had just gotten the Cascade Dots die, it’s a great die for card fronts, but it reminded me of bubbles so I thought it would be perfect for my layout!

I started with two 12 x12 sheets of pink card stock, next I cut two white and three blue of the Cascade Dots. I trimmed my pictures in length to 5 1/2 inches to match the die cuts. The blue and white I used Bazzill Bling card stock, I like the shimmer of that stock. Next I ran a strip of Washi tape across the top and bottom of one of the pink card stock sheets. Next I arranged the die cuts and photos in an alternating pattern on the page, after I adhered the die cuts and photos I took three more pictures and cut them out with a circle cutter, I adhered those on the die cuts. Finally I made the bubbles for the embellishments. To learn how to make the bubbles see the above video. Here is a look at the finished page:

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For the second page I used the pink card stock for the base, next I took two of the pictures and adhered them to the right side of the page, next I ran a strip of Washi tape right along side of the pictures. I knew I wanted to use “Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere”, so I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the title. I used a font called “Bubble Font” for the word Bubbles. I also had two other pictures that I wanted to be a focal point, I used the last two die cut pieces one blue, on white, arranged them on the left side of the page, placed one of the pictures offset on the die cut, then used a circle cutter to cut the other picture, I placed that over the other die cut. I adhered everything once I was happy with the arrangement. Finally I created and added more bubbles! Here is a look at the second page:

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This was such a fun layout, I really love how the bubbles came out using the vellum and the chalks, one bit of advise for adhering the bubbles once you have them made, if you have a Xyron sticker maker the acrylics will feed through it and it makes it so you cannot see the adhesive. Here is a look at the two pages together:

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I hope you enjoyed my project this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!
Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit

September 12th, 2014

Karen N here with my design team project.  Today, I am showcasing how you can use the Tim Holtz ShadowPress debossing folders in your cardmaking projects. I used the sentiments kit.  These are SO much fun and the debossing technique is a must have for the cardmakers!

The first card I made with the “thank you” sentiment.

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And here’s a close-up of that gorgeous sentiment!

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I created a video showing you how I created this card.  Check it out here!

Recipe for Card 1:  Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit, Tim Holtz Motif Stash paper, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper, Tim Holtz distress ink (Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, and Rusty Hinge), Spellbinders Medallion Three, Die-namic Leaves die, 3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon, black and kraft cardstock.

My second card using these folders…

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Recipe for Card 2:  Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit, Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters Collection, Penny Black Bon Vivant Stamps, Memento Ink, Copic Markers

My third card using these folders…

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Recipe for card 3:  Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit, Darice Butterflies in Corner embossing folder,  lavender and white cardstock, butterfly punch, Timeless Twine

And finally, here’s card four…

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Recipe for card 4: Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit, Spellbinders Anemone Flower Topper, green and beige cardstock, Unity Stamps – Autumn Grunge, various Stampin Up inks

You can see some more Tim Holtz project videos on our pinterest page as well: http://www.pinterest.com/cardmaking/tim-holtz/

I love how versatile these debossing folders are!  And they are so much fun.  Thanks for hanging with me during this long blog post!  I just had SO much fun with these folders that I just couldn’t stop!

Craftily yours,

Karen

 

 

 

Must Have Tools for Cardmakers

September 11th, 2014

Hi Everyone, today I’m sharing some of my best loved tools with you.  Tools I feel any Cardmaker should have in their stash, eventually.  That doesn’t mean you must run out and buy them all today, especially if you are new to this fun and rewarding hobby.  But I wanted to share what works for me and why.  Things I use on a daily basis in my cardmaking and crafting. This will help you with all your projects on sizzix,spellbinders, and tim holtz

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CHECK OUT MY LIST HERE: http://ucutathome.com/blog/best-cardmaking-tools/

 

 

 

Classic Sunflower Collection by Heartfelt Creations

September 11th, 2014

I am so excited to share the new Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower collection of stamps, dies & paper!! These are some of the most beautiful and high quality stamps around! I love the detail that each one of them have! If you have not worked with Heartfelt Creations then you will definitely want to give them a try! The stamps come pre-cut, and mounted on a cling foam, which can be used with an acrylic block, after removing the paper backing, or by themselves if you do not have an acrylic block…either way results in a beautifully stamped image! Heartfelt Creations offers card kits, dies, stamps, and paper that all match the collection. There are lots of coordinating stamps, which would be great in making a scrapbook, set of note cards, or a mini album! By having the coordinating stamps, it does the work for you!

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These are just a few of the new collection that are out! I’ve used watercolor pencils to color some of these images & they turn out so beautiful! These would also look amazing with Copics, or Distress markers!

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The set’s shown here are the coordinating stamp sets that match beautifully with the Classic Sunflower. There is also a Spellbinder die by Heartfelt Creations that will cut the Classic Sunflower stamp out perfectly:

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I made a journal, using a (ugly) journal I got from a garage sale for $0.10. I took the journal a part, to use the lined paper that was inside. I cut some chipboard, and covered it with the gorgeous 12×12 paper collection. Using Mod Podge, I adhered the paper on, and distressed the edges first with Tim Holtz distress paint in Vintage photo, then followed up with Vintage photo ink. I added a tag from the paper collection, along with a ticket onto the front of the journal. I placed a few of the Sunflowers that I cut from the Spellbinder die, and colored. It turned out beautiful & was quick to make!

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The paper in this collection is stunning! Plus I love they give you tags, border strips, frames & lots of cut-a-parts to use! Check out my video for up close photos of each of the stamps, the die, and my journal.

Here is a list of the products:

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower 12×12 paper: SKU: HCDP1-247
Classic Sunflower die: SKU: HCD-753
Classic Sunflower Stamp: SKU: HCPC-3626
Summer’s Day stamps: SKU: HCPC 3630
Sunflower Bouquet stamps: SKU:HCPC 3628
Sunflower Patch stamps: SKU:HCPC 3629
Sunflower Stem stamp: SKU:HCPC 3627
Chick Retreat stamps: SKU:HCPC-3631
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage photo: SKU:TIM19527

Thanks for stopping by!
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~Corene~

 

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