Discovering Jennifer

I just discovered Jennifer McGuire and my mind…is…blown. Specifically, I watched her video tutorial on inking embossing folders. The ink gets stamped into the “valleys” of the embossing, creating this beautiful contrasting effect. You can then run an ink pad over the raised areas to create striking designs.

After watching her video, I was inspired to create a card using that technique, and an additional two more using the supplies I had on hand.

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For the first card, I used an embossing folder from Sizzix and Memento Dew Drop inkpads. These are so inexpensive, so it was a good choice for me to start building up a collection of inks. It helped that they were available in a physical retail store in Singapore (Made with Love) so I didn’t have to wait for them to be shipped or buy them sight unseen.

I inked up an embossing folder and placed my paper inside the folder, making sure not to move the paper after I set it down on the ink. I ran the inked embossing folder through my Cuttlebug using the basic embossing sandwich.

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Then, I used a contrasting color to ink up the raised ridges of the cardstock. I found this technique worked best when you use a light color for the lowered portion and a bright or more vibrant color for the raised portions.

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I am not fond of the mustard/olive piece but it was good practice!

Then I trimmed my piece down and adhered it to a top folding card base in cream/ivory.

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For my second card, I first ran my white cardstock through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder (no ink this time!). I stamped the dotted circles to create my background and added two strips of glitter green cardstock to tie the card together. I stamped a simple “hello” sentiment to finish the card.

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For my last card, I used a memento ink pad to “smush” ink all over the background – on hindsight, I was a little light handed. I then used a darker color to ink up the edges to create some definition. Then I used the same dotted circle stamp and a flower to create a simple design on the bottom right corner.

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I still have a LONG way to go when it comes to creating cards. I can see my proportions are off, my finishes need work, and there are definitely more efficient methods to do what I’m doing. Still, I’m happy with what I made given the limited supplies I had and am excited to make more!

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