Tuesday Tutorial with Iris

 Hello Whimsy Friends it's Iris here today and Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday here on the Whimsy blog. I will be showing you a partial embossing technique using our NEW Slimline Embossing Folder Thatched with a self-made embossing frame using the Slimeline Marquee Die

Here is what you'll need to create this card:

Slimline Thatched embossing folder
Best Best clear stamp set
Layered Dahlia clear stamp set
Slimline Marquee die

Slimline card base, topfold in black 3.5" x 8.5"
Orange cardstock layer 3.25" x 8.25"
White cardstock 3.5" x 8.5"
2-4 cardboard panels 3.5" x 8.5"
Scrap pieces of black cardstock for sentiments

2 different colors of orange ink (light and darker)
2 different colors of green ink (light and darker)
White ink pad, white gel pen, stamp positioning tool,
glue, foam tape, purple tape, masking paper, alcohol or water spritzer,
die cutting machine, paper cutter, scissors, stylus, wax paper,
foam pad or mouse pad, a few clear sequins or confetti

Here is how to create this card:

We are starting by creating the embossing frame. This frame is what allows us to partial emboss the pattern onto our white cardstock layer. There will be no pressure applied to the windows so that it will leave unembossed areas and giving us a nice smooth space to stamp on.   
Depending on the thickness of your cardboard you will need about 2-4 Marquee frames. The completed frame should be about 1/16". This is not a set value just my experience. It also depends a lot on your machine and the pressure it applies. You might need to do several test runs until you are satisfied with your result. You might need more or less frame layers. In my case I used heavy weight 140lb watercolor paper and layered 4 frames on top of each other.  I am using a Vagabond die cutting machine. 
Glue all your frame layers together and use purple tape (or any low tack tape you might have) to adhere the frame, centered on top of the embossing folder (see picture above). Now you are ready to go.

Take your piece of white cardstock and spritz it slightly with water or alcohol to make it more pliable. This will prevent the paper from cracking while embossing, especially with thicker paper/cardstock. It also gives a better embossing result that is more clear and crisp. But be careful not to wet it too much then it has a reverse effect and might rip easily.

Put your cardstock centered in the embossing folder like you normally would. Depending on your die cutting machine you have to figure out what the best sandwich will be. Like I mentioned above I am using a Sizzix Vagabond machine. I put my embossing folder and frame directly on top of my extended multipurpose platform - NO cutting plate underneath! - with both tabs closed. Meaning in my case it sits right on top of tab 2. Then I place a cutting plate on top. (You might have the same sandwich if you are using a Big Shot). Now run it through your machine.

 Here is the result. Our cardstock is nicely embossed leaving the areas where the windows in our frame were nice and smooth. 

Tip: If you want to make the unembossed areas stand out even more you can do this little trick. Using a piece of wax paper rub slightly over the unembossed areas. Put the cardstock on top of a foam pad and with a ball stylus and the help of the embossing frame trace around the outline of the windows. This makes the windows more pronounced.

I stamped my windows using the Layered Dahlia clear stamp set by Crissy Armstrong. I recommend using masking tape while stamping to avoid getting ink on the embossed areas. I used two different tones of orange ink for the blossoms and two different greens for the stem and leaves.

When you are done stamping the flowers trim your embossed cardstock to size (3" x 8")
I used words from the Best Best clear stamp set to create my sentiment strips.
I stamped with white ink (Hero Arts Unicorn) onto black cardstock.

Tip: Often when you stamp with white ink onto dark cardstock the coverage is not perfect. Even if you are using a stamp positioning tool and stamp the sentiment repeatedly. I find that it never really comes out perfectly with the white ink (no matter what white ink I am using). If that happens I'll take my white Gelly Roll 10 pen and slightly trace the letters. It makes my sentiment look perfect. I highly recommend the Gelly Roll 10 as it is slightly thicker than the regular Gelly Roll pen and the ink comes out very smooth. It's also important not to apply pressure and work slowly as you do this. 

Ok, so now it's time to assemble and decorate our card. I glued the embossed layer on top of the orange cardstock and then adhered both with foam tape to the black card base. I then added the sentiment strips with foam dots. A few clear confetti sequins finish off our card.  

I hope you liked this partial embossing tutorial and give it a try. You can create embossing frames with any die shapes from your stash. Have fun creating and thank you for visiting us here today on the Whimsy blog!

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Whimsy Digital Design Divas April Wrap Up and Guest Designer Tina Boyle!

Hey there Whimsy friends,

it's time to share our final Digital Showcase for April.

Our next post will be with the New Release for May!

Crazy how fast this year is going.

We have a big line up of images to share today,

so be sure to grab a big cuppa!

Before we share our extra DT creations for April,

let me share with you the gorgeous creations

that were designed by our lovely

 April Digital Guest Designer

Tina's first creation used the super cute set by Crissy Armstrong called Best Fishes.
Her fun slimline shaker card design really showed these cuties off in style!

For Tina's second creation, she used the super sweet Noah's Big Flower from our Sassy Cheryl Collection.
I just adore the scene she created for this design. That freehand background is just so gorgeous! 

Tina's third creation uses the fun Party Pig image from our Some Odd Girl Collection.
She's used lots of fun Whimsy papers and dies to create this scene. Don't you just love the fun texture and pattern?!

Tina had such fun with her pig creation, she decided to pull out a fabulous Whimsy Stamps
image containing another sweet pig image from our Polka Dot Pals Collection of stamps called Syeda.
Another absolutely stunning freehand scene from Tina! I love the way she's used the sweet flower stamps.

Thank you so much Tina for sharing all your gorgeous creations with us this month.
Each one is a little work of art!

Now let's see what the Divas got up to for the rest of April. We've shared lots of amazing creations already this month,
but as always, you can't slow this team down and there's still more to share!

We have some extras creations to share which are not part of this release.
The team have had fun with other Whimsy Images this month too.

Deni has used Some Odd Girl image Butterfly Fairy. How gorgeous is this?!

Deni also created this super cute card with the sweet Dustin Pike image Dragon Begging.

Sandra had fun with the cute Crissy Armstrong image Crabby Cranston, hehe, too cute!

Sandra also created this fabulous design with the Some Odd Girl image Coffee Lover Mae

When the mojo's flowing, you just keep going!
Here's Sandra's Some Odd Girl Trio having a Spectacular Soirée

And just to show you don't always need an image to create a gorgeous card,
here's our Susan with a fabulous slimline creation using diecuts and a digital sentiment.

We had such a huge release this month,
there are extra images to check out
in the thumbnails below.

We hope you had a fantastic April
and we can't wait to share more creative fun
with you in May!

Hugs and happy crafting from me