Did you get the “Sand and Sea” suite from the January – June Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog? Wasn’t it fun to have a die AND an embossing folder with the same image. First you ran it through your machine to cut it. Then you stamped the images. And finally you ran the cut and stamped image through with the embossing folder. What fun that was?
But with the Art In Bloom Bundle, you can cut AND emboss with one pass through the Cut & Emboss Machine. That’s even more fun!
Cut and Emboss The Flowers At One Time
First of all, this bundle isn’t made up just of a Stamp Set and a Die Set. This bundle also includes an Embossing Folder. That makes this new way of cutting/embossing really easy at a 10% discount! The way that this works is also really easy. I even tried it out on one of my customers who hadn’t been doing any crafting during the pandemic. She understood how to do it right away.
First you stamp the three flowers, all of which are on one stamp base. There is an outline stamp for the flowers as well as fill stamps for all three. For this card, I used Gorgeous Grape Ink to stamp the outlines and Highland Heather Ink to stamp the fill. Then you take the 3-flower die and place it on one side of the embossing folder where it will slip right into place when it’s in the correct place. Finally, line up your stamped flowers inside the dies, close the folder and run it through your cutting machine. Cut and embossed flowers in one swipe!
Using the Embossing Folder to Emboss My Background
Not only can you use the embossing folder as part of this cut/emboss sequence. You can use it just like you use any other embossing folder – to emboss! For this project I used Mint Macaron Cardstock as the embossed background layer and also for the card base. I really like layering a card base with the same color as the background layer. I’m not sure what it is that gives me the sense of elegance with this. Perhaps it’s just the sense that the cardmaker took the time to add an identical layer – more psychological than artistic?
And Just a Touch of Ribbon and Pearls
I adjusted the placement of the flowers in the Mint Macaron embossed layer so that they were a bit towards the top of the card. That gave me plenty of room for a sentiment in the bottom section of the card. The die set that comes with this bundle has a label die that fits the sentiment I used – long and thin. But, by the time I got to this part of the card, I was so over cutting and embossing. So I just trimmed the sentiment to be the right length and just about 3/8″ wide. That way I could use a piece of the Highland Heather 1/2″ Grosgrain Ribbon as a layer under the sentiment. I liked that look enough that I took another small piece of the ribbon to tie a small knot and adhere it in the middle of the flowers.
Finally, with all the purples going on, I added some pearls from the Pastel Pearls set. I chose the Highland Heather color for the center of the flowers as it seemed to me to accent the middle of the flowers better than the darker Gorgeous Grape pearls.
Looking Forward to Trying This Set Again
Now that I have this combination of the Embossing Folder and Dies out of my system, I’m going to try some other ways of using this set before too long. There’s a sample in the Stampin’ Up! 2021-22 Annual Catalog that I’m going to try next. I just have to decide which color combo I’m going to use. Any suggestions?