Less is More #365 – Dry embossing

Bonjour !

Oui ! C’est encore la fête chez Less is More ! Si vous nous avez suivis ces quinze derniers jours, vous savez donc que nous fêtons les 7 ans du blog. Cette quinzaine nous accueillons donc notre deuxième sponsor ainsi que nos invitées spéciales. Rendez-vous sur le blog principal pour découvrir toutes les informations.

Hello !

Yes ! It is still party time at Less is More ! If you have been following us these last fifteen days, you already know that we are celebrating the 7 years of the challenge blog. This fortnight, we welcome our second sponsor as well as our special Guest Designers. I let you go on the main blog to discover all the information.

Pour cette quinzaine, nous vous demandons d’utiliser, avec parcimonie pour rester CAS, l’embossage à froid.

For this fortnight, we ask you to sparingly use, to remain CAS, dry embossing.

Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir Tara de Seven Hills Crafts qui est notre généreux sponsor pour ce défi.

We are delighted to welcome Tara from Seven Hills Crafts who is our generous sponsor for this challenge.

Comme vous le savez déjà certainement il y a plusieurs façons de faire de l’embossage à froid : classeur de gaufrage, stylet, planche à tracer, embossage avec une matrice de découpe, embossage avec les découpes faites par une matrice. Voici les méthodes que je connais actuellement mais je serais ravie d’en découvrir d’autres si vous en avez à nous proposer.

As you already know it, there are several ways to dry embossing : embossing folder, stylus, scoring board, die embossing, die cuts dry embossing. These are the techniques that I know at the moment but I would be very happy to discover new ones if you have some to propose us.

1/ Happy new year / Xīnnián kuàilè

Pour cette carte j’ai utilisé la méthode la plus simple, celle du classeur de gaufrage.

For this card I used the simplest technique, the embossing folder one.

Il se trouve qu’hier c’était le premier jour du nouvel an chinois. J’ai donc fait une carte en l’honneur de mes amies d’Asie. Bonne année !

Yesterday it was the first day of the Chinese New Year. So I made a card in honour of my Asian friends. Happy new year !

J’ai utilisé un classeur de gaufrage sur du papier dorée (l’or est le symbole de la noblesse et de la richesse). Afin de garder la carte CAS, j’ai découpé qu’une petite partie du gaufrage pour la coller sur la double carte rouge (couleur annonçant un événement heureux et symbole de prospérité et bonheur).

I used an embossing folder on a gold cardstock (gold is the symbol of nobility and wealth). In order to keep the card CAS, I cut only a small part of the embossing to adhere it onto the double red card (red is the colour announcing a happy event and also the symbol of prosperity and happiness).

J’ai découpé le mot “happy” avec une matrice et j’ai tamponné à l’encre noire la suite du sentiment. Pour finir j’ai noué en haut de la carte un fil doré au bout duquel j’ai attaché des perles représentant des lingots (cela augure de la fortune !).

I die cut the word “happy” and I stamped with black ink the end of the sentiment. Finally, on the top of the card I tied a golden thread and I tied ingots at the extremities (this augurs good fortune !).

Stamp: Uniko “festive sentiments” – Die: STAMPlorations “Happy” – Embossing folder: Spellbinders M-Bossabilities “EL 022”.
Watercooler Wednesday challenge #157: All about occasions

2/ Happy birthday

Pour cette carte j’ai aussi utilisé un classeur de gaufrage. J’ai découpé une bande de papier que j’ai gaufré et ensuite je me suis amusée à faire de l’aquarelle dans les parties creuses.

For this card I also used an embossing folder. I cut a strip of paper that I dry embossed and then I had fun by watercolouring the debossed parts.

J’ai découpé une bande de papier noir un peu plus large que la bande embossée et je l’ai collée sur une double carte blanche. J’ai collé la bande embossée par dessus.

I cut a black strip of paper a bit larger than the embossed strip and I adhered it onto a double white card. I attached the embossed strip above it.

J’ai découpé le mot “happy” dans deux tons de rose et je les ai collés légèrement en décalé sur la carte.

I die cut the “happy” word in two shades of pink and I adhered them slightly offset on the card.

Le sentiment “birthday” est tamponné et embossé en blanc sur du papier noir.

The sentiment “birthday” is stamped and white embossed over black paper.

J’ai fait cette carte pour mon amie Anita de My Papercraft World qui fête son anniversaire demain. Alors n’hésitez pas à aller sur son blog pour, non seulement admirer ses magnifiques cartes mais aussi pour lui laisser un gentil message pour l’occasion.

I made this card for my friend Anita from My Papercraft World who is celebrating her birthday tomorrow. So do not hesitate to go on her blog to not only admire her beautiful cards but also to leave her a nice message for the occasion.

Update : Happy and honoured to be one of the Design Team Picks at Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge !

Stamp: Uniko “happy succulent” (sentiment) – Die: STAMPlorations “Happy” – Embossing folder: Couture Creations “Compassionate” – Inks: Distress “Picked raspberry, Spun sugar, Tumbled glass” – Embellishments : Pretty Pink posh “clear droplets 4 mm”.
Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge #137: Tic-Tac-Toe (I chose the right column: Word die-cut, Watercolour & Embossing)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Add a die cut



3/ Un petit coucou / Hello

Pour cette carte j’ai utilisé la méthode du gaufrage avec une matrice de découpe. En fonction des machines le “sandwich” peut varier. J’ai utilisé une Big Shot et le “sandwich” est le suivant : Multi-purpose platform tab 2 open + clear plate + thin embossing mat + paper + die blade down + clear plate. Le mieux est d’essayer et d’ajuster en fonction des machines.

For this card I used the technique of die embossing. According to the machines, the “sandwich” can vary. I used a Big Shot and the “sandwich” is the following : Multi-purpose platform tab 2 open + clear plate + thin embossing mat + paper + die blade down + clear plate. The best is to try and adjust according to the machines.

Pour la succulente colorée, j’ai découpé la forme dans du papier et je l’ai utilisé comme un pochoir. J’ai découpé autour à la main et je l’ai collée avec de la mousse.

For the coloured succulente, I die cut the shape in cardstock and I used it as a stencil. I fussy cut it and I foam mounted it.

Stamp: Simply Graphic “planche un petit coucou” – Die: Simply Graphic “Succulente” – Inks: Distress “Cracked pistachio, Wilted violet”.
Addicted to Stamp and More #279: CAS
Happy Little Stampers February Anything goes with dies challenge (To make this card I used a die to emboss and the same die as stencil. If you think it doesn’t follow the rules to enter this challenge, please delete my entry).


Et voilà ! J’espère que vous aurez été inspirés par mes cartes, par celles de nos invitées et par celles de mes coéquipières. Vous trouverez leurs créations et toutes les informations concernant le 7ième anniversaire de Less is More sur le blog principal ICI .

And Voilà ! I hope that you have been inspired by my cards, by the Guest Designers’ ones and by my teamies’ ones. You will find their creations and all the information concerning the 7th birthday of Less is More on the main blog HERE .

Merci pour votre visite et n’hésitez pas à me laisser un commentaire, je suis toujours ravie de vous lire. Bon WE et à très bientôt ! 😉

Thank you for your visit and feel free to leave me a comment, I am always delighted to hear from you. Have a nice weekend and see you soon ! 😉

22 réflexions au sujet de « Less is More #365 – Dry embossing »

  1. Visiting late… As I wrote you in my email I was busy for a couple of weeks and am now catching up on commenting! 🙂 Anyway, great job with your dry embossed cards! All are perfect examples for CAS style. I especially love the third card with the embossed flower images -I have one flower die that might work, I have to try this! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. You have given us a real treat for this challenge Izzy with such super-crisp embossing on all your designs. The Chinese New Year card is superb with it’s bold, vibrant colour and that super Chinese symbol on the luxurious pearl card. I’m bowled over by your second card with its beautiful colouring and gorgeous feminine look. Then you give us such a wonderful CAS design on the third card. Fantastic inspiration from you this week. Sorry I am late popping over to see you – it is chaos and very busy here getting our house ready to put onto the market for sale. xx

  3. Incredible as ever, Izzy! Your first one is the perfect representation of the Lunar New Year celebration. The gold tassels is an awesome finishing touch. I never knew the reasons behind the red and gold even though my parents celebrate. 😂 And both your floral cards are gorgeous and beautifully coloured. Love the fact one uses an EF and the other a die, Fantastic inspirations! xx

  4. Oh no! I completely forgot about the lunar New Year and making a card for it as I have done in the past few years! Yours is gorgeous, love that embossing folder! The softly watercolored card for Anita is lovely and therefore perfect for her! I have recently played with the embossing with dies technique but I tend to use the debossed side. Your succulent card shows me how pretty the embossed side looks! Thanks for inspiring!

  5. A beautiful Chinese New Year card. The embossing is the perfect touch. Love the frayed gold thread with the fun embellishments. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  6. Trois merveilles et toujours de belles techniques superbement maîtrisées !
    J’adore les touches d’aquarelle aux centres de tes fleurs embossées sur la carte pour Anita.
    La première, avec tout ces jolis détails, a un air précieux.
    La dernière est une superbe représentation du CaS.

  7. The richness of the red with the subtle gold texture-y sheen is fabulous on your new year card, Isabelle … super CAS succulents, so pretty … and my favourite, which I’ve been admiring here since yesterday, that beautifully watercoloured embossing! It looks wonderful enough here on your blog … IRL is absolutely gorgeous … and the layered happy is perfect with it! Thanks so much, once again, for thinking of me on my special day … and for your lovely (and so generous) shout out! Tres bonne semaine, my friend! Bises and hugs, Anita 🙂

  8. What beautiful cards, Isabelle! I especially love the one which you’ve made for the Chinese New Year. The colours really capture the traditional colours while the dry embossed images really do have that oriental look to them. I love the way you’ve created this card, keeping it clean and simple, and yet including so much lovely detail. The tassels really finish it up beautifully and make this a “wow” card. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  9. Thanks so much for joining us for the Watercooler Wednesday “All About Occasions” challenge this week Izzy. Your Happy New Years card is really wonderful and your Asian friends will love it. I like how you’ve captured the symbolism of each part and told us the story behind it. The gold embossed panel is so rich and wonderful and I love the bold sentiments against the red panel. Every part of this CAS card is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love your oriental design, Izzy – that embossing folder looks so crisp on the gold and works perfectly with the rich pink. Your watercoloured floral panel is so soft and pretty and I love your embossing with dies on your third card too. Such great ideas to inspire us all for this challenge 🙂

  11. Fabulous cards, Izzy! The first one is so rich and striking, and I LOVE the tassles! Your floral cards are incredibly pretty and I love the soft colours you’ve chosen <3 Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  12. What great techniques, Izzy. You’ve captured the oriental feel perfectly on your first one. I ADORE your second card, those pretty florals look beautiful, I must give this idea a go. And well done by combining embossing/cutting/stencilling on your third card, a complete triumph! Hugs xx

  13. A trio of thoughtful, classy and elegant dry embossed cards Izzy. So much detail and thinking behind your first card in honour of your Asian friends and beautifully put together. The watercoloured embossed image is such an inspiration that I need to give that a go at some point then perfect use of your stash on the third one with the little stencil twist too using the same die. Great ideas throughout and have a fun week x

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