Hurray!!! A play day with Maggi, Mary, and Pea at my house. Our objective... play with our cuttlebugs using various dies and embossing folders. I did some research prior to our get together and gathered a bunch of techniques from this website: http://melstampz.blogspot.com She has over 200 ideas identified via links on her blog; however, not all of the links are still valid so you will run into some that no longer exist. I also obtained a couple of ideas from our friend Carol's blog: http://carol-creative-expressions.blogspot.com Carol has one of the best blogs you will ever encounter.
We didn't come close to trying out all the techniques I had gathered, but we had a successful day... and what is more important is that we had a blast. We'll just have to get together for another Cuttlebug play day!
I'll apologize in advance for the lack of pictures I took during our day. We were just too busy....
Maggi and I have had more experience, and a lot more dies, than Pea and Mary so this was a learning session too.
We all walked away with bits and pieces to make cards or projects in the future.
We started with the thin dies: spellbinders, memory box, and prickley pear. Then we advanced to the next thickness: cuttlebug cut and emboss folders, sizzix sizzlits, and cuttlebug dies. Then up to the thick dies: sizzix alterations and sizzix on the edge dies.
So now onward with the few pictures I have...
So we tried some techniques. This one and the next are created with the double embossing technique. You use one folder, in this case it is birds, and after debossing the paper you apply ink (either direct to paper or with a foam applicator or sponge) to the debossed side of the card.
We were oohhing and ahhing when these 2 cards were created by Pea and Maggi.
I'll definitely give this technique more attempts. But I do think you need to be particular about which 2 embossing folders you use, and I think that the first application of ink should be a lighter color than the second application.
For some of the embossing folders we were having a difficult time determining which side of the folder is considered the deboss vs the emboss side!!!
Oh well, does it really matter???
We had fun... that is all that counts!