For this week's project I decided to try out Anna Griffin's Accordian Embossing Folders that I purchased off HSN during their all day craft day on May 9, for the embossing portion of the collab. For the punch portion of the collab, I used my favorite punches, Stampin' Up! to create a beautiful flower.
Here is a close up of the card that I made:
Here's the actual card:
Here's a close-up of the belly band:
My TIPS when using AG Accordian Embossing Folders:
- If you purchased the 12 x 5-1/2" paper from AG to use specifically in her folders, measure it. I ran two sheets thru the embossing folder and it didn't fold right and was off. When I decided it wasn't OE (operator error), I measured the card stock and it measured 11-7/8 x 5-1/2", NOT the required size for the folder.
- If the paper cracks when folding along score lines, use two sheets as instructed and run forwards and backwards thru your machine.
My TIPS when using the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Paste:
- I used the sponge in the lid, a make-up sponge and my finger and all did not give me the control I was looking for.
- I liked placing a small amount of the paste on my crafting mat and spritzing it with a little water and mixing and applying it with a paint brush.
- With Very Vanilla card stock, punch 2 Blossom punches and one Pansy punch.
- With a flower shaping tool:
- Apply pressure along the edges of all petals
- Zigzag from the edge of the petals to the center
- Flip flower over and in a circular motion, apply pressure to the center. This will cause the flower to get more dimension.
- Sponge all the edges with Crumb Cake ink.
- On one of the Blossom punches, snip between two petals to the center of the flower. Apply a small bead of hot glue to the center of one petal and overlap the two, causing the punch to now be a five petal flower rather than 6.
- Cut a strip of Very Vanilla card stock to be 8-1/2 x 1/2".
- Fold at the 4-1/4", unfold and fold in half lengthwise
- Open up and cut half of the lengthwise fold to the half way fold.
- Fold the 1/2" side to the 4-1/4" fold and on the 1/2" side, fringe.
- Using a quilling tool, insert the tool into the 1/4" end and roll up. Apply a small bead of hot glue to end to close.
- Fluff open the fringe.
- Apply a small amount of gilding paste to your craft mat. Spritz with a little water and mix with a paint brush. Brush on all the petals to your liking.
- Take the center piece that you made in Step 5 and with the fringe side down, swipe thru the diluted gilding paste on your mat.
- Once dry, assemble.
- Fill center of flower, lower rolled portion, with wet glue (something that will dry clear). Once filled, add Mini Prills. Set aside to completely dry.
Check out my video for a closer look at this beautiful card:
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