Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cut Out pressure embossing technique & Men's Suiting digital freebie

Today's card uses another pressure embossing technique
I'm calling it cut out pressure embossing for lack of a better name :)
It gives you a quick one-layer (very easy to mail) card:

pressure embossing cut out

(Well almost one layer: there are patterns adhered
behind the cut out embossing)

The patterns...

Men's suiting is hot right now (brings back
memories of wearing second-hand men's suit jackets,
vests, n hats... in highschool & feeling so hip!) heeheehee

Sooooh, I thought you might like some free digital
papers of men's suit patterns. They're made in Photoshop
each section of pattern measures 4 1/4" x 2 1/8"...

Dark Men's Suiting patterns:
(fits 8.5 x 11 inch paper)
Lighter Distressed Men's Suiting patterns:
(fits 8.5 x 11 inch paper)

(light PDF is linked here on Flickr)

I used the patterns on the card above to place
under cutout pressure embossing
(The embossing folder is from Stampin' Up Manhattan Flower)

Areas of the embossed cardstock were
cut away with an Exacto blade:

t's very easy to do:

1) Emboss some cardstock
2) Cut out sections with hobby blade
3) Stick paper(s) behind cut out areas
4) Mount it on a card

Clickable blogger thumbnails:

There's a full pictorial for how to do
cut out pressure embossing here:

(and general embossing pointers)

Hope you're having a lovely day,

P.S. The patterns are fun to print on canvas:

fedora & ties on printed canvas mel stampz

These are some menswear items that I cut free-hand
then pierced & stitched onto cardstock

(The suiting patterns print lighter on Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas making
the dark pattern more dark gray than black- which is great if you love gray like i do).

28 comments: said...

Fantastic technique. Thanks for sharing. x

pescbrico said...

Wow, this is really clever and pretty!!! Have a wonderful day!

Margie said...

Like this idea Mel - thanks so much for providing us with the suiting samples. Will definitely give this technique a go. :)

Dawn said...

love,love,love it kiddo!!!

Ruth said...

Wow! this is super and could be adapted to suit different folders..I'll have to try it, Ruth x

Deebi27 said...

Oh I really think this is a real treat...thanks girlie. and as soon as I get new ink cartridges I am printing some new! The embossing cuts idea is a fabulous look for the car. You hit a home run again Mel...thanks!

Clare said...

Thank you for the suiting patterns...they are fabulous!

Arlene said...

I LOVE this technique. If I have time tonight, I'm going to see what embossing folders I have to give it a go. I put your link on Die Cut Divas flickr group at I wanted everyone to see this!


Beth Norman said...

Oh, Mel, you outdid yourself. You are the queen of talent. I LOVE what you did with this folder.

Glennis F said...

great technique - I wish I had that folder

Unknown said...

Gr8 idea. Love it. :D

g said...

oh WOW i LOVE LOVE LOVE these patterns- thanks for this awesome file! i'm totally printing them on sticky back canvass- i can't wait!!! beautiful card & fun canvass too <3

Nettie said...

Thanks Mel, awesome idea. Love the technique you can bet I will put it to use:)


Nancy S said...

Love this card! The contrast between the soft curves of the rose and the bold shirting patterns is really striking.

How do you get such nice, deep embossed lines? I have both a Wizard and a Big Shot and I've found that I get better embossing with the Big Shot, but yours are better than antyhing I've done.


Holly Saveur said...

Such an fantastic idea!
(have to buy some embossing folders now!)
Are you feeling better?
Have a great day!

Michelle Quinno said...

Wow, your card is gorgeous! Thank you for the papers!

Lana said...

Very Cool! Thanks so much for sharing!

Holly Young said...

Love it Mel! Great way to add some interest to the plain embossing. I love the way your ties look too!

Deepa Gopal said...

Amazing as ever! You come up with so many new techniques...

ps:Thank you so much for ur visit & kind comment Mel. I am so happy since it's coming from someone talented as you:)

Anonymous said...

Simple but hugely effective technique. I am definitely trying it out tonight. Thanks for sharing it with us. Elsona Muller

Zituska said...

How clever is that! BTW how did you cover up the paper pieces inside the embossed card?

Zituska said...

Thank you Mel! What a clever idea is the cut out embossed card.BTW how did you cover up the different paper pieces inside the card?

walchowDesign said...

Fantastic idea and love the pp too!

jintyoo7 said...

Just found your blog :o) Thanks to Arlene (Clarian's Hawk) = Wonderful thank you so much and also for the Men's suiting download - very happy :o)

Merry said...

Oh wow...what a fantastic techinque....I will have to have a look at my embossing folders and have a go. Thanks for sharing.

Bernie said...

Thyis is one of those DHU why didn't I think of that ideas. What an amazing result.
Blessings Bernie

Wida said...

wowza, this is incredible

Auntie Em said...

Great technique and tips and thank you so much for the freebies! I love the look of them printed on the canvas! :)