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Sue Duffy
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!®

May 10, 2021




Hello, Stampers!
    Did you know that you can use your stash of stencils and/or Decorative Masks as embossing folders?  All of the above patterns were created using stencils and my Big Shot.  And, in some cases, depending if you want to add a heavy coating of Distress Ink, you can even get a transfer image at the same time, like the top photo.  I haven't tried this yet with SU! inks, but I will.  It is a simple technique, but not quick.
    I happened across a video by Jennifer McGuire using this technique with Distress Inks.  It can be a little messy, but really just water messy, so nothing harmful.  Depending how tight or loose your die cut/embossing machine is, will make a difference.  Try starting with how you would use it for wafer thin dies.  I used our THICK white cardstock and a couple of the older Impression Mats and platform with my older Big Shot.
    Two quarter sheets of THICK cardstock (Jennifer McGuire used 110 lb.)  I inquired of SU! the weight of our Basic White Thick cardstock but they said they were not able to share that proprietary information from the manufacturer.  
    Use ink direct to paper and heavily cover the whole surface of one of the quarter sheets.  Bold colors work best if you want to try a transfer.  For testing with your machine, don't bother inking.  Either way, generously SPRAY, not just spritz, one quarter sheet with water and take to your embossing/cutting machine.  You want the pressure to be quite tight, but, of course, don't force it.  The "sandwich" is as follows, bottom up:

    Platform and whatever shims or plates/mats you believe will work for your machine;
    Wet card stock;
    Stencil or SU Decorative Mask;
    Second (dry) quarter sheet of cardstock (if you want to try for a transfer,  or just scrap paper, if you don't);
    Top plate.

    Of course, you will have to let it dry and it will curl some.  When it is still just slightly damp, you can just lay a couple of books on top overnight, iron it, or run it through a foiling machine once or twice.  Trim to whatever size you need.
    Just play around with it and if it works for you, make several in different colors to have on hand.  You can use a light color cardstock for your transfer image, as well.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

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