Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Hand Created Backgrounds with Embossing Folders
Another simple way to create your own background is to use dry embossing. If you want to emboss an entire 12x12 sheet of cardstock, you can use the Fiskars embossing system or brass hand templates and a stylus with help of a light table. I don't have a lot of time to scrapbook, so I go for the really easy, lazy way: emboss a strip of cardstock using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. My layout "It's All Relative" used the Baby Words Cuttlebug embossing folder. Even my photo corners were embossed using a small Cuttlebug embossing folder; an embossed Winnie-the-Pooh was used in place of a corner; and even the heart frame was embossed with another Cuttlebug folder. Using so much embossing helped to unify the layout and tie it all together. The embossing also provided texture and variety instead of using just patterned paper and plain cardstock.