The Wholesaler - layout featuring Secret Treasures Dies.

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I am a paper scrapper at heart – so there’s something really special about being able to create elements using just paper for cards and layouts. Above anything else I choose to use paper on my layouts with a few smaller embellishments, but ultimately paper rules my creativity.
I combined some of the beautiful die-cuts and chipboard elements alongside texture paste and paint on the background of this layout.
 So naturally when I create dies is one of my favourite elements to include. I can use small scraps of paper and cardstock to cut different elements out of to add as accents on my layouts, I can add different techniques to plain pieces of cardstock and I can dress them up or down as much as I like to.
For my layout I chose to emboss my die-cuts – this enabled me to pick up on the beautiful and dramatic turquoise-green in the patterned paper I used, and also the neutral brown I used as my matting to ground the elements. I used three different dies on this layout to add to my outdoorsy feel. I used the beautiful rocking horse die, tiny birdies and the beautiful large leafy die – all of them perfectly fitting into the design in their own unique way dressed up in a shiny new coat of heat embossing

Die-cut your elements out of plain white cardstock of medium weight
Cover the entire element with a layer of Versamark ink. Press the ink repeatedly onto the die-cut for an even cover of ink. Work on a sheet of scrap paper for the inking part or on your craft sheet.
Move the die-cut onto a clean sheet of paper and cover liberally with embossing powder. Shake off the excess powder.
Heat the element using your heat gun until the powder is fully melted. Leave to cool down before handling the die-cut. You can add another layer of embossing for a really smooth finish.
Tips and hints

  • Embossing two or more layers will give you a really smooth finish
  • You can decant your embossing powders into small plastic tubs with a plastic spoon making it easier to use. I store my powders this way so that I can easily return the excess powder into the container. Spooning the powder onto your elements over the tub also makes for less waste
  • The golden rule of embossing can be applied to most embossing powders – when it goes shiny, it is done heating.
  • Once an element has been embossed, the embossing powder needs to cool down before handling. If you touch it while the embossing is still hot, you will leave your finger print behind with a really unpleasant burn
Products used
Couture Creations Secret Treasures Collection: Rocking Horse [CO723518]
Couture Creations Secret Treasures Collection: Bird Song [CO723522]
Couture Creations Secret Treasures Collection: Panama Branch [CO723529]
Crate Paper Oh Darling Accent Stickers [683381]
Crate Paper Oh Darling Dainty Darling [683373]
Crate Paper Oh Darling Sweetie Pie[683369]
Crate Paper Oh Darling Dress Ups [683368]
Crate Paper Oh Darling My Girl [683370]
Crate Paper Oh Darling Chipboard stickers [683383]
Crate Paper Oh Darling Standouts [683390]
AC Thickers Baby Boy [732452]

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