So, I may not be the first one to come up with this technique, but I really did come up with all on my own — as incredible as that sounds!
It started out innocently enough — I wanted to make a bookmark and wanted to play with my new Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folders. Then, I added a little color and a little more color and thought, hey, I wonder what would happen if I added a bit of UTEE to the top?? Well, let’s just say I “impressed” myself!
Here are the instructions:
Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of the bookmark you want. (I used white)
Place it in the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (or one of the Tim Holtz folders would work, too) and emboss with the Big Shot or similar cutting tool. (This is the Christmas and Thin Ice set.)
Lightly apply Barn Door Distress Ink with an ink applicator. This will add color to the raised areas and a hint to the rest.
Then, to add a bit more dimension, go over it again, with an even lighter hand, with Fired Brick.
Here’s the cool part …
Turn the Distress Ink Embossing Pad over and lightly run it across the surface of the tag (or bookmark). Don’t worry about it being perfect.
Now, add UTEE and heat.
Then, add Ranger’s new Liquid Pearls to the dots on the ornaments for even more texture and dimension.
To make the bookmark a little thicker, and to cover the back side, I attached another piece of white cardstock to the back, trimmed it to fit, and then went around the entire edge with Fired Brick Distress Ink.
The Crop-a-Dile easily punches a hole at the top for an eyelet. A few Baubles and a Swivel Clasp by Tim Holtz and a bit more ribbon to the top, and I called it done.