Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Little Experiment

I was so thrilled that Stampin' Up! started making embossing folders, because the depth of the impression is so much better than the Texturz Plates. (Note: if you lightly mist your cardstock with rubbing alcohol before using the Texturz Plates, the impression will be deeper, and the paper won't curl as much as with water!)

However, I found that our wonderfully thick cardstock tended to crack a bit, so I wanted to see if there was a remedy for that little problem.

Using the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder (in the Holiday Mini catalog), I first ran the cardstock through the Big Shot using Tab 1 of the Multi-purpose Platform, as per the instructions on the MPP.  As you can see in the photo above, it makes a nice, deep impression.  But if you look closely at the photo below, you can see there are little cracks in the petals of the flowers.  

It will still look gorgeous on a card, and most people won't even notice, because they'll be so totally blown away by the overall beauty of your creation.

I found you can still get a lovely deep impression, without the cracking, by eliminating the Tab 1 of the Multi-Purpose Platform!  Just use the platform itself, with Tab 1 and Tab 2 opened out of the way.

Interestingly, I also tried spritzing the cardstock with alcohol to see if softening the fibers would help, and in both cases (with and without Tab 1), the paper cracked.  Go figure.

Well, I'm off to make some cards, and a new project I think you will like!  Have a great Wednesday!!!

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea for a blog post! I always think it needs to have a card, but I love this "how to" idea. Hmmm? You've got me thinking!


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