Today's project: Embossing
cardboard (cereal boxes work great!)
die cut machine and dies (or... an exacto knife and a self-healing cutting mat)
bone folders (or Sharpie markers)
water in a spray bottle
What we did:
First of all, I need to say that this entire post was inspired by this post by Design Mom (who did a much better job of photo styling than I did...) which I discovered only a few short days before the September Craft Lab, but in just enough time to still take advantage of the Back-to-School sales where I snagged these folders for ten cents apiece.
Now, on to the project! First, we created our embossing templates. I decided to go the super-easy route and have everyone cut their shapes out using the library's die-cut machine. (Locals--Did you know the library has a die-cut machine? And that you can use it? And that there is a vast collection of dies shared between all the South Central Libraries? Call the library to learn more!)
Next, they lightly misted the "wrong" side of their folder with water and rubbed it in until it looked dry (but still felt slightly damp). This helps the material to relax over the shape and be coaxed over the edges of the embossing plate.
Then, they used tools to help them press the edges of the folders/notebooks over the edge of the embossing plate. I didn't have any bone folders, but I had some point turners from NeedleReads. The broad end worked okay...