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Friday, August 10, 2012

A Little Impressabilities™ Show and Tell by AJ Otto

Hiya!  AJ here with a few cards using Samantha's Spellbinders Impressabilities™.

If you haven't used these or seen them before, these are MUCH larger than Spellbinders others they carry.  These are meant for use in the Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting machine, but can be customized for those of you who may have a smaller platformed system.  Since they are made from metal, they can be easily cut down to size.  You can also use them to stencil, or as an actual metal embellishment.

Today I am using them for their intended purpose, to emboss!  This is the GI-002 Butterfly Garden Impressbilities I am using today.

 Here's the basic Grand Calibur sandwich for these- base plate, Impressabilities, paper, tan mat, and embossing plate.
I have a piece of the Paris Girl 6 x 6 paper pad that I am using today.  Depending on which side you use, you will have a different embossed/debossed look.  Here the butterflies are raised.

 And on the flip side they are debossed.  Your embossed patterned papers are ready to use!

 Continuing on with my card, I m using Samantha's S5-146 Botanical Swirls, Corners, & Accents.
For her Spellbinders dies, the Grand Calibur sandwich is- base plate, die- cutting side UP, paper, and cutting plate.  (Mine is used and abused! ;)

 Run through your machine and you can see this die template create two die cuts.  Make sure to emboss as well.

Here I have separated the dies after being embossed so I can stamp my sentiment onto the middle piece.

I am using the Botanical Swirls and Labels stamp set from JustRite stamps here that coordinate with the dies.  There are a few ways to do this if using red rubber stamps- One is to stamp FIRST, then line up your die around the image, or you can do it this way.  Grab some temporary adhesive, and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  *This stays on my desk I use it so often*

 Temporarily adhere the smaller die cut to your working space with the temporary adhesive.  Stamp your image onto your SAMJ.  Place the SAMJ over your die cut.

 But the handle up into the corner of the plastic sheet.

 Line up just where you want it to stamp.

 I usually do this two handed, but didn't have a third arm for photographs today.  I always hold the blue handle steady and stamp- but you get the just of it.  ;)

 Another quick tip- When using some of the more intricate Spellbinders dies, place a piece of wax paper over the die BEFORE you place your cardstock down.  This is the Eiffel tower die template from the S5-145 French Frills set that coordinates with her same stamp set from JustRite Stamps.

 And here are my finished projects- my first card uses the new Paris Girl line from Carta Bella, and the Botanical Swirls and Labels stamp set.  You can see I used the pink side of the embossed paper.  I adhere the die cuts with some 3D Foam Squares to make them pop.

 The second card uses the backside of the embossed patterned paper, and the Ooh La La French Frills stamp set from JustRite stamps.

 And one more to show another of her Impressabilities, the GI-003 Sea Flowers, paired up with the label from the French Frills die set, and a stamp from the Ooh La La French Frills stamp set.

Sometimes it's fun to emboss patterned paper to add a little texture to it.



  1. Great tutorial AJ and I love your cards too!

  2. Anonymous8:36 AM MDT

    Great Tutorial AJ. Love your cards!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous cards!

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to make a great tutorial!!! :) The cards are beautiful and I love all the new Spellbinders & their coordinating stamps!

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    Partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  5. Love how you made these! Super fab!


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