Quick note: I am off to my upline's retreat this weekend, but my husband will be home with the kiddos, if you have an order to pick up or payment to drop off. Everything is labeled with a Sharpie--just grab your bag and tell him your name and he knows what to do. He's very well trained : )
I was goofing around in my stamp room the other day and came up with something totally fun! It may not be new, but it's new to me, anyway! I found out you can dry emboss any die cut. Here's how!
First, cut out the image you want to emboss using your Big Shot and some heavy chipboard (what?!? you don't have one? Oh my word--call me right away!!!). In this case, I cut the largest butterfly from the exclusive Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die.
Here's the "sandwich" recipe you'll need to use: the cutting platform with no tabs, clear acrylic plate, chipboard die cut piece, cardstock or paper (spritzed with plain water to make it more pliable), the silicone rubber Texturz mat, and the hard Texturz plate.
Here's what it looks like after you run it through. Cool, huh? I used Barely Banana with Bermuda Bay and Certainly Celery for this card--love that combo. After I ran through the butterfly (no butterflies were harmed in the making of this project, BTW) I ran through a background of Certainly Celery on the Texturz Plates and rubbed it all over with my Bermuda Bay inkpad for a cool semi-batik effect.
Then I trimmed out the butterfly with my paper snips and sponged the edges with Bermuda Bay to really make the dry embossing pop. I layered it with a smaller butterfly cut from the same Big Shot die, and stamped with the butterfly image from the For All You Do stamp set.
And then onto the card it went with a little Very Vanilla narrow grosgrain ribbon and some dimensionals and we had the result you see in the first photo. I was very pleased with how this turned out and I will definitely be playing some more to see what other die cuts I can dry emboss. Give it a shot--a BIG shot!