I thought I would share one of my favorite ways to add 3D to a project without the bulk: DRY EMBOSSING. There are different ways of dry embossing, with a stylus, by hand, or with a die such as this one by Cuttle bug:
This system is so easy and works with different medium ( I will talk about dry embossing pieces of plastic on a future post )it works every time and here is how it turns out:
Now to be really cool, it needs a little extra step: SANDING.This will bring out the design, the only thing is the more you do it, the more you flatten the paper ( counter productive! ) and the more you run the risk of having a big hole in it. So moderation and gentle circular movements are key here!
Now the embossed piece can be cut the way intended. The technique "shrinks" the paper so it has to be embossed first. Here is an idea of similar squares, the only difference being 2 have been embossed and sanded:
How about seeing the end result on a 12 by 12 L.O ?
The little girl on the L.O is my sweet niece Claire. To emphasize the "wave" theme, I used a big acrylic stamp from Fancy Pants.
And because I LOVE stamps, I chose to make little embellishments out of the Hero Art circular motives.They are water colored and glued with a 3d glue dot.
solid cardstock: bazzill; p.p: K & Company; clearstamps:Fancy Pants and Hero Art; rub ons: American Crafts; water color; dry embossing; Cuttlebug; die cutting machine: sizzix; brad: The paper Studio.
Thank you very much for your comments, I hope you enjoy this sort of "step by step", I welcome your questions or comments.