Introducing the new 3-D Texture Fades embossing Folders...You will need

Before we get started I should tell you a little bit more about Bubbalux Craft Board. I won't bore you with all the technical details because all you need to know is that it cuts and embosses like a dream! It feels like a rigid plastic and at about 2mm thick you would be forgiven for thinking 'This will never cut!' closely followed by 'This will never emboss' but you would be wrong on both counts. Obviously it is too thick for standard thin dies like Thinlits and Framelits but it's a perfect match for bigz dies. You can even heat the plastic and form it into shapes, which is something I want to explore further at a later date. It you want to find out more then follow this link.

I started by die-cutting three large hearts and a set of planks using the Bigz Planks die which I decided not use in the end so I cut and extra heart! You can emboss Bubbalux without applying heat but I like to soften it slightly with the heat tool first, I think it makes the emboss detail crisper!

I am using the new range of 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folders from Tim Holtz which were simply made for Bubbalux as you can see from the results above.

I painted each heart with black gesso, it's important that the gesso is not applied too thickly. I took the Foundry and Mechanicals embossed hearts and applied shades of DecoArt Media Acrylics using kitchen paper. the colour was applied by both dabbing and dragging the over the embossed hearts.

To add the stamped detail to the Foundry heart I rolled out some cream acrylic using a brayer and applied it to the die-cut heart with various stamps. Once dry, a little gilding wax makes all the difference.

Here are the finished pieces... pretty cool!

with the botanical folder I was aiming for a verdigris effect. After applying the antique gold gilding paste I used a brush to paint the Americana 'Bahama Blue' acrylic over the top. I immediately spritzed with clean water to thin the paint before blotting some of the paint with kitchen paper. Next I sprinkled on a little salt to create extra texture.

Here is the finished piece. This one is quite subtle to let the detail shine through.

The Lumber folder up next! I applied the Charcoal Grey acrylic using a dry brush technique before adding the other shades working from dark to light and allowing each colour to dry before applying the next.

I'm sure we will be seeing more from both the folders and Bubbalux in the future, they have formed a pretty impressive partnership.

Thanks for stopping by, see you all again soon.