There’s something to be said about a crafty product that allows you to crank out a quick project and also looks elegant and like you spent forever making it. One of the items I was looking forward to trying the most after the last 24 hour craft event on HSN was the 3D Embossing Folder Bundle from Crafter’s Companion. When I bought it that day, the gilding wax had already sold out…but I wasn’t worried because I had already hoarded every color of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse that exists and knew I could use that too!
The concept is simple…just place your cardstock in the folder and run it through your die-cutting machine (helpful sandwich guide for these folders can be found here) like a regular embossing folder. But unlike a regular embossing folder, the result is several layers of dimension (notice above that the stripes appear to be under the floral design and then a label shape rests on top of that). Note: I have several of the Next Level Embossing Folders from We R Memory Keepers and love them too, but these provide more of a layered 3D look rather than just a 3D appearance to the embossing.
After I embossed a few panels of black cardstock (included in the kit), I tried different combinations of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to colorize the “English Rose” design (my favorite of the four). In the first sample, I lightly rubbed Pure Platinum, Spring Green, and Peony Pink mousses over the pattern with my finger. This resulted in kind of a vintage look that I thought was pretty elegant.
Using brighter mousses (Pacific Teal, Spring Green, and Pink Flambe) that I had spritzed with just a bit of water before rubbing them over my embossed panel, I achieved a more modern look. Watered down, the mousse could be applied to the design more easily and smoothly, but I did lose a bit of the detail as well.
Speaking of detail…there is a ton of it in this folder! Crafter’s Companion is known for their intricate die designs, and somehow they’ve translated that into an embossing folder now too.
To create the finished card, I simply tied a bow around the panel with black organza ribbon and adhered it to a 5″ x 7″ black card base. The sentiment was made using an Adhesive Foil Transfer design and some blue watercolor foil from my stash. I used an old label die from Spellbinders to cut the panel into a shape similar to the label below.
For the more modern design, I left off the ribbon and just added a foiled sentiment directly to the embossed panel with bright pink foil. I like both of the looks I achieved with the same embossing folder, and can’t wait to try the other three designs.
Did you order any goodies during the last 24 hour craft event?