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Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers

Tuesday, 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) —

card 3  card 4

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’!


Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit

Friday, 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.



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



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…



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…



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…



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:

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,





Must Have Tools for Cardmakers

Thursday, 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






Panel Canvas Technique

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Karen N here today sharing with you a fun technique that you can use to create a home decor piece called canvas panel with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Paper.  I took a class from Tim Holtz a couple years ago and have adapted what I learned into a simple way to create something cool to hang on the wall.  You can see other home decor ideas on our pinterest cardmaking page as well. Here’s the finished piece.



I started with a 6″ x 6″ canvas that I got from my mom.  I took the back off of a 6×6 paper pad and cut it to 5″x5″, then I cut it in half.  For the vertical panels, I cut a 1.5″ piece and then cut 1/4″ off and used the rest of the panel on the left side.  On the right side, I cut 2″ and then cut off 1/4″, cut 1″ and cut off 1/4″ and then used the rest for the bottom panel.

Once the panels are all cut, then comes the FUN part.  Decorating them. I used the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper to cover them in varying patterns and added the following embellishments: See more Tim Holtz videos.

1. Upper left:  Sentiment (from Unity Stamp Company) and butterfly chip from UmWow Studio.

2. Lower left:  ribbon and lace from 3 Girl JAM and Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key (attached with a Tim Holtz jump ring).

3.  Upper right:  Flower cut from Elizabeth Craft Design die – Flower Set 1 and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage leaves.

4.  Middle right:  Tim Holtz word band and Timeless Twine in Neutral

5.  Lower Right:  butterfly fussy cut from Wallflower paper.

You can embellish each panel however you want though.  Lots of fun to do….and it becomes something you’ll be proud to give as a special gift or to hang in your home!

To see a video with how I put together this canvas, please check this out or watch on youtube directly.

Craftily yours,




Wedding Card using Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A great Card idea for Dog Lovers! This week I decided to make a Wedding card or invitation using Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs. This may seem like and unusual choice for a Wedding card, but not if you are making a card for an animal lover! Anyways here are the supplies that I used for my card. View more wedding cards or other cardmaking ideas!

Products available at Cut at Home:

Spellbinders Decorative Elements, Label Thirty-Nine – SKU: S4-464
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs 12 x 12 Paper Pack – SKU: 4500970
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Ephemera Cards – SKU: 4500976
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Black Soot – SKU: TIM19541
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU:657900

photo 1 (10)

I also used a stipple brush, corner punches and bling from my stash.

This was a pretty quick and easy card. I used a 5″ x 7″ card base, I cut a piece of the black pattern paper 6 3/4 x 4 3/4, I also cut a piece of the gold pattern paper using the Spellbinders die. This is where the sentiment will be placed. I inked the edges of the black patterned paper.

After I had the pieces cut I used a paper punch and punched photo corners out of both the 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 paper and the other patterned paper. I adhered these pieces to my card base. The I place the die cut in the middle of the card and added the sentiment, before I adhered the sentiment I used a corner rounder and rounded the edges. The I was ready to add the finishing touch, the bling!

Here is a look at the finished card:

photo 2 (10)

I hope that you enjoyed my project, it was lots of fun!

Till next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Cascading Hearts and Owls for cards and scrapbooks

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Karen N here with a couple fun projects I did using a NEW die – the Spellbinders Cascade Hearts die!  These dies not only cut the size of a regular card, but they add fun cut-outs to the card.

First up, I made a card….


Eeek!  Don’t you LOVE those hearts?!?  The full recipe for the card is below.   This die is super fun for card-makers, but I also decided I needed to use it on a scrapbook page.  I have a small 6×6 scrapbook frame on my mantel that I switch out little lay-outs, and I needed one for my son (who is serving in the U.S. Army).  Here’s what I did.


Here’s a video that shows how I put the card together and some more views of the lay-out. Also you can go here to see more card ideas for cardmaking:

Recipe for Card

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Paper

Spellbinders Cascade Hearts die

Spellbinders Winter Owl d-Lite

Walnut Stain distress ink

Brown AC cardstock

Copic Markers, flowers, twine and a button

Recipe for lay-out

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Paper

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Motif Paper

Spellbinders Cascade Hearts die

Chipped Sapphire distress ink

Red AC cardstock, Linnie Bloom Star, AC flower embellishment

Thanks for checking out my projects today!
Craftily yours,



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