I am so excited about the dies that I designed for Diemond Dies because it’s a long-time goal of mine to contribute to the crafty community in a unique way as well as to help support no-kill animal shelters (part of the proceeds of all the dies I design will be donated to no kill shelters – YAY!). And in particular I thought the Cozy Ugly Sweater Cover Plate Die would be particularly well suited for an embossing technique!
The card design started with the entire background being embossed with the Cozy Ugly Sweater Cover Plate Die on plain white card stock. To emboss with a wafer thin die, I use my Sizzix Big Shot with the Extended Multipurpose Platform (a Multipurpose Platform can also be bought separately if your die cutting machine didn’t come with it) with the following “sandwich”:
1: I lift up the top flap of the multipurpose platform so the #2 flap is off the platform.
2: I lay down one Spellbinders Cutting Plate (these work the same and are often cheaper than the Sizzix brand)
3: I lay down my die, cutting surface facing up
4: I top the die with card stock I want embossed
5: I lay down a Sizzix Silicone Embossing Mat (this feels rubbery)
6: Lastly I top the whole assembly with a Sizzix Impressions Pad (this seems a little thicker and less hard than a standard cutting plate
This seemed like the perfect background for the cute and cozy little foxes from the new-to-me Neat & Tangled “Merry Kisses” stamp set! I colored up the foxes with the following Copic colors:
Male Fox: YR21, YR14, E13 and E15 with W0 and W1 for the grey parts and R30 for the ears and blush
Female Fox: Y00, YR21, YR14 and E13 with W0 and W1 for the grey parts and R30 for the ears and blush
Dark blue of scarf: B34, B37 and B39
Medium blue of scarf: B12, B14 and B16
Yellow of scarf: Y00 and Y13
I fussy cut out the foxes with my favorite Fiskars Spring Loaded Scissors and inked the edges with a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker for a nice, finished look.
To add a warm glow around the fox couple, I used finger daubers and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw on the embossed background. For a bit of shimmer, I also coated the area with some Clear Wink of Stella. I stamped out the “Warmest Wishes” sentiment from the stamp set with VersaMark Ink on black card stock and used Ranger Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. I simply hand cut it into a flag for the foxes to sit on. I popped up both the sentiment and the foxes with double sided foam adhesive squares to add a little extra dimension.
The following is a process video of the embossing sandwich and the Copic coloring:
My readers may use the Diemond Dies Coupon Code: thankskristina on all orders of $35 or more and get free worldwide shipping and 10% off! Plus know that on sales of any dies that I have designed (Cozy Ugly Sweater Cover Plate Die, Mandala Snowflake Die Set, and Holiday Words Die Set), part of the proceeds will be donated to no-kill animal shelters. YAY!
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This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday New to You Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Card Mania Christmas Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Penny Black CAS Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Anything Goes Challenge
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Monochrome Christmas Challenge
MFT Color Challenge #84