Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Monday, 22 November 2010

Part 3: Enlarging Cuttlebug Folders

Today I will try to illustrate how to enlarge folders by two other ways.
The first is the most simple and obvious, by only embossing part of the card, and thus as only a part needs to be embossed it can be made into a large card for those more formal occasions, like a wedding card (oops! I almost wrote weeding card, I think I have it on the brain - neglected garden!).

These two cards were ordered by the same lady. This first card is her grandson's wedding card and it was a first in many ways but was really fun as a learning curve. Used beads and flowers for the first time, and also the Swirls embossing folder came out a treat. it is a similar card design from one of Ikki's wedding cards, as I recall. (see her blog here).

The flowers were wrong colour (yellow!) so I coloured them using the Ranger Perfect Pearls, clear embossing pad to adhere, and sprayed a little water to set. Worked a treat! You can see the colour change a little on the green part of the flower.

I have made this card again a bit improved but forgot to take a photo - sigh!

The second card was for their engagement and the enlarging part of the folder was done by overlapping the pattern where it repeats itself half way through the pattern.

I tested the success of pattern repeating on scrap paper as I did with the other one below. Then I did it on the actual card. You will see one tiny spot where the join was little imperfect (see above left of the "S"), as this was the area where the pattern repeats itself.
You carefully roll the folder through till you feel the edge of the folder (like a bump) the first time then you reverse it out so you dont get the edge line.

Then you match up the pattern of the folder, (this one is called "Textile" by Cuttlebug)  and watch carefully as you bring it back from the other side of the card to the point where they join, taking great care you dont go to far.

I used some self adhesive silver braid from a local scrapbook shop, I have seen this in Sydney too last week, so it available elsewhere and suspect it may be from overseas like a lot of our things here.
The corners are Cuttlebug Vintage corners (Ikki's idea put double side tape on them, and alphabet, before cutting - easy to attach!).
Greeting is in mirri card and computer print of greeting before cutting and embossing spellbinders labels Four, initials in Olivia Cuttlebug, a small ribbon flower, and scored top and bottom to finish off the card on Eziscore.
Really enjoyed the learning curve on both these cards and hope you will also!
Any questions in case have not explained it properly please ask, I know what I mean but you may not at all!


Eileen said...

Morning Shaz with MIL poorly I have not been able to get around my blogs to have a look ! Cor you have been the white and silver cards ...such an elegant, classy look ...and those pansies...pretty and eye catching card. Take care xx

Ps Mil is very unwell and they are looking to operate 93 this is not good news !

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ooh, I am sorry to hear that Eileen thought that she was on the mend..and will pray for her especially for wisdom for doctors. Surgery is never fun, and more especially at 93.

Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my cards, I actually dont know how you get time to do all your blogging with your gorgeous cards, I just love your blog.
Next week I hope to post some of my brayer cards with Stampscapes site, I reckon you would love that site too am going to post a link when I do it so you can check it out. Just back from the first of Christmas outing this evening at our church, so lovely to see some folk again there, from up the road a bit... Special night!

ikki said...

Hi Shaz, I'm trying to have a catch up day on replying to emails received and that I have left in my box waiting for such a day! Love your cards and the way you have matched the folder pattern. Not easy with the Provocraft/CB folders and not many of the older pattern will do this. Swiss dots is the best! There are folders from Crafts 2 U that are good for this with repeat patterns and the size of the folder is a proper A6 size whereas the USA size is smaller. Not sure if you mean you have cut two borders and joined them, if you have, many of them can be cut in the same way as you have matched the embossing. ie Cut so far - move the die and cut again. Thanks for mentioning the Cupboard, as always much appreciated. Enjoy your day, ikki x

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