Thursday, July 24, 2014


Have you tried the new shadowpress embossing folders by Tim Holtz?  They are lots of fun!  I have them all (so far) and have used them with watercolor paper, kraft core core'dinations and now transparency film. 

The base of the card is the tranparency film.  I lined up the shadowpress embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  There's white cardstock attached to the inside back (for the message).  On top of that is a black layer that is hinged (to cover the message).  The layer on top features the Honeycomb stencil (and plenty of Ranger distress inks).

This is the new Layered Bee Sizzix die and coordinating Texture Fade out of white vellum.   More distress inks were used to color the bee.  I used Glossy Accents to attach him to the transparency film.

The 'explore' didn't show up quite as well as I wanted so I v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y ran a small emery board across the embossed portions and tried not to scratch the rest of the film.  I smudged Black Soot Distress Ink into the abraded bits and wiped it off with a clean cloth.  Now the letters pop with just a hint of gray to them to enhance the shadow effect. Yay!

And here's the envelope that coordinates with the card.

I took more transparency film and cut out another bee.  I now have a positive and negative stencil.  Using Black Soot Distress Ink I inked up the bee.  Removed the stencil and put the bee image on top with temporary tape so I could ink up the Honeycomb Stencil over it.  Love the look!  Since distress inks aren't waterproof I smeared MicroGlaze over the inks and 'set them' with a paper towel to remove the excess. 

Now to go play with the Layered Butterfly and Layered Dragonfly!


  1. Hello Susan,

    I love the combination of the inked background and the transparency ! It looks like the bee is flying :)
    good idea to make the word pop up more!

    greetings from Belgium

  2. I really like the shadowpress in the trasparency! It's a really snazzy card. I think the envelope coordinates very nicely too - I like the stenciling you did on it.

  3. Nicely done and like how you made the words appear. Might have to go to Hobby Lobby for some of these letterpress folders if they have them.