Using Embossing Diffusers In Your Cardmaking0
Hello, Sylvia here with a tutorial using embossing diffusers. Sizzix make two sets of diffusers but if you want a particular shaped aperture you can make your own by using extra thick card and shaped dies. The diffusers allow you to make the most of your embossing folders by creating areas without embossing, or embossing just a small area of a folder.
The diffusers come with a template and insert shape, both can be used as I will show you in the tutorial.
To make the basic cards you will need:
- a set of diffusers
- embossing foders - I used Crafter's Companion A4 folder Nordic Weave
- papermilldirect white and coloured card - I used white linen, white hopsack, intensive blue, post box red and apple green
- masking tape
To use the diffuser first place your card in the embossing folder, place the diffuser on the embossing folder and fasten with masking tape to stop it moving. I used an A4 folder and embossed two panels but it is the same principle for a smaller folder.
Run the folder and diffuser through a cutting machine to emboss. It may take a few attempts to find the ideal sequence of plates to use for your particular cutting machine. I used the Big Shot and found it best to leave out the bottom cutting pad.
Remove the card from the folder to reveal the embossed card with the plain diffused area. The embossed card can now be used for making your cards by cutting to size, stamping, decorating and mounting onto card blanks.
To emboss just a small area of the folder use the insert shape. Follow the same procedure as before but place the insert shape over the area you wish to emboss and fastening it with tape.
The embossed area can be left plain or highlighted with inks or chalks and used to make up a card.
The plain area can be stamped with an image or die cuts can be used as in the two cards below. This is something a little different I do hope this gives you some inspiration to try this technique.
Have you started your Christmas cards yet? I have made a start with these cards but still have lots to do. Don't forget to let us see what you are making with papermilldirect card by posting your makes on the facebook page or on instagram.