Tuesday, 4 August 2015

CAS Embossed Corner Garden Cards & Tuesday Tips

Let's start off with simply does it! 
A straightforward Very Vanilla card base plus a gold embossed panel. 
Add  gold foil and Very Vanilla die-cut butterflies with a few pearls for the body and a gold embossed Wooden Expressions Natural Element greeting.
All topped off with a shiny gold foil mat.

So Simple...but so effective in the flesh! Not sure the photos do the card justice...

And a Trio of Tips for you (seeing as it is Tuesday!)

First tip - This is how I cut my 4" square gold foil mat and butterfly...
So I ended up with all of these... watch out for some follow up makes! Well that foil is quite expensive... I like it to go a long way...
And this is how I embossed my Wooden Essentials.... going back to a technique I learnt as a beginner crafter about 11 years ago when it was all the rage... Triple Embossing...

First...lay your wooden greeting down on your work surface. Grab your Versamark pad and tap it down onto your wooden piece.
Add your gold embossing powder, tap off and heat to melt.

Repeat twice more with a little time to rest in between...(you can actually add the gold embossing powder direct onto your previous layer whilst it is still hot without the need for Versamark... but I recommend this cool down/re-Versamark method as the wood becomes more brittle as the layers go on.... yes I learnt the hard way!! My first one split as I was a bit rough with it!!!

And  - a Third Tip tip - don't forget to add Versamark/gold embossing powder to the thin/front edge if you will see this on your finished project!! Not a particularly good photo but the left is just wood whereas the right is gold embossed on that edge!
So what is the difference - here you go - single embossed Thanks; double embossed Celebrate and Triple embossed Congrats - like pure alchemy!
And a final point on Triple Embossing items like this - you don't need fancy or Ultra Thick embossing powders or extra tools (which is what I was sold all those years ago!) Any decent embossing powder will do the job nicely....

And before I go - how about another card
Yup - another Shadowbox Frame card for you..... 
Super CAS style...proving that the front of these doesn't even need to be covered with paper... the final result is neat enough... tutorial here...

Supplies used
Stamps - Corner Garden
Card - Gold Foil, Very Vanilla
Inks - Versamark & Gold Embossing powder
Wooden Expressions Natural Elements
Dies - Butterflies


  1. Love love love this and I am going to have a go at the Triple Embossing! Thanks x

    1. Thx Julie. I think triple embossing will be RIGHT up your gold embossing street...! Enjoy...

  2. Looove it! :) I've always thought white card bases were so elegant. Even more so with the pops of gold! Super job and thanks for the tutorial. xx

    1. Thanks Kris... Glad you like! I love a white card base....

  3. Once again Amanda another stunning card. My wooden words have just arrived so will have to give this a go. That corner garden stamp is working its way up my I need list quite quickly. k x

    1. Thanks Karen... The wood words are fabulous! And I can't put my Corner Garden stamp away.... More coming soon!


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