In June 2013 I posted a picture tutorial for using wafer thin dies to emboss instead of cut. I used the Deco Labels Framelits in that tutorial, a die set that I designed for Stampin' Up! It ended up being a popular post and I always thought I should probably do a video on that technique.
It only took me a year and a half to make that happen! I know . . . speedy!
Any set of nested wafer thin dies will work for this technique and I am using (no surprise!) Pop it Ups dies by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. Here is the video tutorial:
One nice thing about Pop it Ups dies including all the decorator pieces is how easily those decorator pieces can be used on their own for card fronts, layouts, 3D decor pieces, etc. It would be such a shame to use the versatile decorator dies only for decorating the interactive card dies they come with.
This first card is so quick and simple that you can put it together in minutes.
This is an A2 card with a 4" x 4" square of patterned paper on top, the brayerinked Lorna Label from the video, a couple of strips of washi tape, a heart button and the script "hello" die from the Rectangle Accordion. Quick, easy, done!
The Love Monkey card is also an easy design with just a few more steps. I wanted the heart (notice I used the back side of the heart piece for this card) to be shiny and glossy so I pounced watermark ink over it and embossed with clear powder. The monkey stamp was a gift from Raquel that I stamped, colored and fussy cut, running my dark brown marker around the edges after cutting to disguise any white or jagged edges. The "Love you" stamp is from Stampin' Up!
For the Starfish card I went stash diving. In the top of a cabinet with a layer of dust on top was an embellishment bin filled with lots of old treasures, including some small seashells and a rope net. I've seen small shells like this in craft stores, but I have no idea where the net came from. To give the white cardstock the look of beadboard I first scored it with a scoring board every 3/8". The thin cork is from Creative Impressions and the tag die is from the Tags Pivot Card. Glitter dots create the warts (what do you call those things?) on the starfish. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the seashells.
It's always fun to use dies for something other than what they were intended for. Give this technique a try, or maybe invent your own version expanding on it. I'd love to see what you come up with!