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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Make It Again Monday; More Acrylic Paint & Embossing Folders

Updated: Oct 22, 2022

Hello everyone! I am back with MAKE IT AGAIN MONDAY; a bi-weekly Blog and YouTube post. These posts are my way of sharing current and available products and techniques with you that I LOVE and a good excuse to MAKE IT GAIN! Today's cards feature one of my all time favourite embossing folders, Simon Says Stamp's Wildflower Field, in conjunction with a technique that I love ... acrylic paint on embossing folders.

For this technique, a brayer and a flat acrylic palette will be required. My panels are Neenah Classic Crest 110lb card stock that are A2 sized. I like to work with Distress Paints. I have tried other brands of acrylic paint but the consistency of the Distress line seems to work best for me. I am, however, adding in Folk Art's Gloss Metallic, White Flash. It add a beautiful, shimmery finish to the backgrounds .... that I was not able to capture in the photos but in real life ... gorgeous!

  • The colours of paints used were Speckled Egg, Broken China, Salvaged Patina, Dusty Concord and Spun Sugar.

  • Small amounts of paint were applied to the acrylic palette. The brayer is rolled over the paint. To ensure the paint is applied consistently on the roller, it is rolled off on some paper towel lightly. The paper towel has some texture to help the roller move more effectively than it does on the acrylic surface.

  • The paint is applied with the brayer to the flat side of the embossing folder. It is important not to load up the brayer with too much paint as it will fill in the debossed areas. Instead, several thin layers of paint are applied to the embossing folder.

  • The panel is positioned on the side of the embossing folder with the acrylic paint, the embossing folder is closed and it is rolled through a die cutting machine. The 'sandwich', the layers that are put together to get the right amount of pressure, will differ between diecutters. I used Spellbinders' Platinum machine and was able to feed the embossing folder through on just the platform with two layers of card stock on top. The die cutting plates were not used.

  • Because I created all of my panels in one session and the colours were harmonious with each other, the acrylic paint on the palette was not cleaned between panels. However, the embossing folder was as paint can build up and get into the debossed areas. To do this simply, I sprayed the folder with water, laid down a couple of layers of paper towel and rolled it through the die cutting machine. At the end of the session, the folder was cleaned thoroughly in hot, soapy water.

  • The panels were trimmed to 4" x 5 1/4", mounted on scalloped rectangle panels and then onto top folding, A2 sized card bases.

  • The sentiments were die cut from both white card stock and sheet foam and stacked.

  • After the sentiments were positioned on the panel, Crystal Clear confetti finished off with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew completed the cards..


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