Thursday, 27 January 2011

Making an impression...

Thank you to everyone for all the kind birthday wishes you sent me. I had a lovely day yesterday, a day out doing a bit of retail therapy followed by a fantastic meal with DH. It turns out I share my birthday with crafting royalty...none other than Claire Brennan of Waltzingmouse...what an honour!

I have a whole day of completely "me" time today...a day to do exactly as I wish, and it is difficult to know what to do first!

So I thought I would kill two birds with one stone in this post...first to show off some thank you cards made with my new SU stash that my lovely mum bought me for Christmas (thanks mum), and two to show how I create the impressions that so often frame my sentiments, as this one of the most common questions I get asked.


I can only show you how I do it, there may well be other ways. I just learned by trial and error. As I don't have a Wizard I use my Bigshot which works perfectly with Nesties. Sooo....

Step 1: Please two tan embossing mats onto the Bigshot multisurface platform as shown...

Step 2: Place a Nestie on top of your cardstock, with the cutting side face down, and then place on top of the tan embossing mats.

Step 3: Place a clear cutting plate on top of the Nestie and card. (apologies for the well used, I mean well loved, state of mine!!). Then just roll it through.

And Voila!! A perfectly embossed shape. What I realised after many failed attempts is that it really does not take a lot of pressure to create the embossing. I was continually trying to add shims to thicken my Nestie sandwich, then trying to force it all through, ending up ruining a lot of cardstock as a result!

impression 4

This is now a technique I use a lot, particularly for the one layer cards as it adds a bit of dimension without the need for layers.

And finally, some pictures of my with SU's striped grosgrain ribbon in Rich Razzleberry...

impression 5 with Certainly Celery...

impression 6

..and one with Marina Mist.

impression 7

Well, the day is yet young, and I am going to make the most of my day with more crafting and blogging. The weather here is horrible, very dull and freezing cold, just the excuse I need to stay tucked up in my craft room!!

I hope my l'il step by step guide helps those who have been unsure how to create impressions with Nesties.

See you again soon!


patriziawithaz said...

Gorgeous - stunning and thank-you for that tutorial - I'm off to try it asap !!! hugs xxx

Biscuitlid said...

Happy Birthday to you - a whole day late!
So lovely to see you enjoying your new stash. That was a hard secret to keep lol!

Hope you get more time to yourself to create


Biscuitlid said...

Happy Birthday to you - a whole day late!
So lovely to see you enjoying your new stash. That was a hard secret to keep lol!

Hope you get more time to yourself to create


Andrea said...

Simple and stunning cards - I love the way you use ribbon on your cards.
Thanks for the tutorial.
Love, Andrea xx

Tina said...

OK, you are alloewd to hold your hands up to your ears ... I start to sing...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to youuuu, happy birthday dear Sarita, happy birthday to youuuuu! *rofl*

I wish you all the best, lots of health, laughter and love and all of the other things, you would like to receive.

Your cards are so beautiful and these ribbons make them so very special.

Special birthday-hugs to you, Tina

Grenouille Greetings said...

I knew I would miss it - Happy Birthday for yesterday and thank you for your birthday wishes to me. Aquarians are such lovely people, don't you think!
Love the perfect simplicity of your Thank you cards with those striking ribbons.
Thank you too for your tutorial. I so often see how to do things using a Cuttlebug and then I struggle to work out how to do them with my Big Kick which is just an American Big Shot as far as I can tell. I'm off to give it a try! Belated birthday hugs! Lesley

Carol Q said...

happy birthday for yesterday Sarita!
stunningly simple and beautiful cards. I must have a go at this with my big shot. haven't done much embossing with nesties

Fiona said...

Beautiful understated cards Sarita, so elegant and classy.
I am picking up my SU order tomorrow, can't wait as really love their stamps.
Thanks for your kind words.

Steph said...

Hi Sarita. Thanks for your kind comments. I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday and have treated us with your SU stash. Gorgeous cards as usual. You always make such beautiful, elegant cards. Totally loving those ribbons!! Thanks for the tutorial too, I was wondering how you did your embossing just the other day!!!!! x

Sue said...

Hi Sarita
Happy Birthday for yesterday, glad you had a lovely day, stunning card hun, luv the ribbon.
When i emboss like that i get the marks from my plate onto the card? have to slip some paper over it, sue,xx

angelwhispers said...

Love the tutorial and what gorgeous Thank You cards!! Love them and especially look that lush ribbon! Love Chanelle xxx

Julie said...

These are very elegant Sarita, happy belated birthday.

Linby said...

Hi Sarita
Yes I got the ribbon from the US. Here's the store I use which I think you would like if you haven't already discovered it
Thanks for the embossing tutorial, off to try that out.

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

oh more gorgeous cards!!! love them! so very elegant and thanks for tutorial, must try this :) x

Juls said...

these are just so so incredibly stylish!!! Love the stripy ribbon!!! Thank you for the tutorial...I might just have to give this a go......and dont worry about your plates, they look brand new in compared to mine!! LOL!! Hugs Juls

Crafty Katy said...

I love the ribbon that you chose!

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joey said...

I am so going to try this lol, but I bet mine still wont look as elegant, I love that ribbon!!! gorgeous cards as always. Joey xx

Rufus said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Since I really like to come and see all your elegant creations, I will NOT sing! I'll have to try your embossing tip. If you think your plate is bad you should see mine! Lovely thank you cards. Hope that you enjoyed your YOU day!

Vicky said...

Ooooh, they're beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial and happy belated birthday. Love Vicky xx

Jackie said...

Superb as ever, brilliant illustrations of how simple is so classy :o)
Jackie xx

Michelle said...

Stunningly simple Sarita and thanks so much for the tut! Always wondered how you did that! Love the pink card too and you're right, the sentiment is stunning but it's how you use it that makes it sensational!
Much Love
x Michelle

*Michaela* said...

Oh, Sarita! This is so simple & sooo beautiful!
Thank you for the info on ribbons. You are so sweet!
Have a beautiful day!
p.S. Happy belated Birthday. Hope it was as wonderful as you are!

Dawn said...

Gorgeous and classic Sarita and many belated happy returns, sounds like you had the perfect day!


Elaine Stark said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have only recently bought a the Big Shot. Off to have a go. Thanks. Elaine