Wednesday, October 5, 2011

tutorial - Double embossed Chipboard

Dry embossing and heat embossing on their own are each fantastic techniques used to add texture and interest to your project, but throw them together and you have some serious wow factor. Allow me to demonstrate on this adorable chipboard piece of a woman’s silhouette in an evening dress. This tutorial was featured in the July copy of Scrapbook News and Review magazine

•Perfect Pearls
•Embossing powder
•Embossing folder
•Cuttlebug or similar embossing machine
•Heat gun

Step One: Place your chipboard piece on your non-stick craft mat.
Step Two: Paint the surface of your chipboard with a base color. I used some black Liquitex acrylic paint. This paint is really thin and offers a clean and smooth surface to work on.
Step Three: This step is optional. I wanted to add a little shimmer to the dress part of my piece so I dusted a coat of Perfect Pearls onto the piece while the paint was still slightly damp.
Step Four: Use some embossing ink to stamp onto your chipboard. Add some embossing powder and heat emboss your stamped images. I used platinum UTEE in my example. I love the texture of the UTEE and I knew it would deliver a great contrast against the black background.
Step Five: Place your chipboard piece into your selected embossing folder and run the piece through your Cuttlebug or similar embossing machine.
Step Six: Remove your chipboard from the embossing folder and embellish further with pearls, paints, etc.

This technique can be applied to chipboard pieces of all shapes and sizes. Try mixing different styles together like flourish stamps with polka dot embossing folders. Use different coloring mediums for your base. Try using two or more different embossing folders or stamps for a single piece of chipboard.

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