Thursday, June 25, 2009

Raspberry Suite and FLAT embossing!!!

This card if for two challenges!!! First, it is for SCS Ways to Use it Challenge(WT224)!!! The challenge is to go Bold and Bright without staying within in particular color grouping. Well, if you have seen any of my cards so far this week they have been very bold and vibrant. You may even needed shades to view!!! LOL!!!

So, for this challenge I decided to go with the bold and bright colors of Dawn's Raspberry Suite Challenge #10. We were to use berry sorbet, melon berry, dark chocolate, and vintage cream. For this card I card I chose to use Papertrey's Mixed Messages and Bird Watching Additions sets. I just love the assorted patterned birds that come in this set. I also used some PTI bitty dot dp. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the ribbon. I love these little sentiments. I have the Megas on my wish list!!! I added a berry sorbet button with some hemp. I topped it with the little gold pearl domes that I used for the birdies eyes in a smaller size. I love my cute little birdie card!!! LOL!!

After I had my card almost complete, I decided that I wanted to use some subtle texture. Something to play off of the bitty dots and the bird patterns. I looked through my cuttlebug embossing folder stash and came up with another folder that I had not used in awhile. I have several embossing folders that I just had to have, but they never get much use. It occured to me the reason I do not use these folders near enough is that the embossed pattern is alittle too intense for me. To each his own, right?

I did a card a few months ago where I used my crimper. I dislike the harsh crimping look, so after I crimped, I took the piece of cardstock and put them between my Big Shot clear plates and flattened it. I LOVED the flat subtled texture look. So, when I was making the texture decision with this card, I decided to flatten the cuttlebug embossed cardstock the same way. I LOVE it!!! The texture is subtle and it is sort of flat, but the shape is still there. How cool!!! It is like I have NEW stuff. I thought I would share with you. Here are a few I ran through cuttlebug embossing folders for you to see, then flattened. The picture on the right side is the flat embossed look. It is alittle harder to see with a photo, but it is drastically different to me in IRL. You can click on the photos for a larger picture.

Please let me know if this has been helpful to you in any way. Thanks so much for stopping by!!!


PTI Mixed Messages, Bird Watching Additions
PTI dark chocolate, SU cameo coral
PTI vintage cream, melon berry, berry sortbet, dark chocolate, bitty dot dp, (ripe avocado for flat embossing pictures)
PTI berry sorbet buttons, cuttlebug ef, crimper, berry sorber double stitched ribbon, hemp, pearl domes, foam tape, pop dots, glue dots, nestabilities petite circles


  1. OMGosh!! This is just so fantastic, Betty!! There have been so many times I though...I would like that if it was not so harsh...this is really softens the embossing right up! How fun!!

    Your card is very pretty, BTW!! Love those birds!!

  2. Betty, this info is ROCK! I'll do this with the patterns I find too harsh too!!! TFS!

  3. Well, you are so clever! Most of the time I like the CB embossing just fine, but you're right....sometimes it could be toned down a bit, and what a great idea. I LOVE this layout, too! Yummy all around!

  4. love your stamping on the ribbon and that great tip with the embossing....looks great!!

  5. Great idea! I'll try it sometime - like your card!!



  6. WOW - WOW - WOW - Betty!!! This is one fabulous card!!! Love the rockin' colors you used!!! Way to go on both challenges :)!!! Hugs ~S~

  7. Now, that's kinda' cool! I will have to try this! I makes me think of how much more detail a card has when you use a textured cardstock like Bazzill. Thanks for sharing your idea and sweet card!

  8. I love this Betty! I still haven't seen the new in colors in real life... but I'm loving what I've seen! Love the stamping on the ribbon and what a great idea to flatten the embossing! I agree... sometimes it's too much texture and I love this idea!

  9. Super cute and so cool! I love the colors, fun textures.

  10. Pretty pretty! Love that color combo -- I'm off to check it out!

  11. Oh my word, is this ever gorgeous!!! I LOVE what you did with Dawn's colors!

  12. You had me at "flat embossing"... what a great idea! Love this Betty.. you are so creative!

  13. Have missed your last few cards, so I'll comment here on all. Each is just wonderful! Love the colors, the embossing, the design and all the wonderful details. Thanks for sharing the 'flat embossing' technique!

  14. Beautiful card! I love all the patterned papers!

  15. Thanks for the tip, Betty! And your card is so awesome!!!

  16. i luv luv luv the card, you should come to the cuttlebugchallenge :)


  17. Very cool idea!! I would have never thought to do that!! :) Kelly


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