Valance Technique for AI Card

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Today’s tutorial is a technique to use your embossing folder with a stamped image!

In this case the size of the card and the stamped image was dictated by the embossing folder.  I love this Art Impression series of stamps called “Golden Oldies”.  I’ve collected quite a few of these stamps because they’re perfect for all the humorous cards I make for the Senior Living community where I am a hairdresser in their salon.  I love this stamp called “Gossip Club”.  I was inspired by a card I had seen on Pinterest where they had used this same stamp and created a valance.  I had these border embossing folders from Darice and I knew this particular one would make a great valance for the ladies tea party.

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It measures 1″ x 5.75″.  I stamped the image on a piece of white cardstock that measured 6″ x 6″.  Here’s a picture of the stamp.2016-01-27 16.43.39

Next I colored the image with Copic Markers. See the list of colors at the bottom of this entry in the supplies list.  Then I trimmed the size to fit the embossing folder to 6′ x 5.75″.  Next I put my colored stamped card into the embossing folder and ran it through the Cuttlebug.  Because I wanted to color my embossed valance, I embossed another scrap piece of cardstock and cut the valance out.2016-01-19 16.07.29I used this two ways. First to expose only the lace scallops side to color the lace with a pink PanPastel.  Then I masked off the lace and the rest of the card so I could use a dotted stencil to make the rest of the valance Polka Dot. Again I used the same color PanPastel. 2016-01-19 16.09.47

I made the stencil with a file from The Silhouette Library.  If you have the Silhouette machine then you know they have lots of border files.  If not, you can purchase a border stencil or use any kind of a stencil you like.  Just mask off what you want to protect.2016-01-19 16.10.51

This is what you end up with.  Mine now measures a 5.75″ square.  I then chose a Art Impressions sentiment I loved for this picture because the lady pointing her finger looks the typical “bossy type” and the lady in green next to her looks taken aback by whatever she’s saying.  Next I die cut and embossed the sentiment with a die from Spellbinder’s “Card Creator” set of nested rectangle dies.  Because the card was now already fairly large, I used black cardstock cut 6″ x 6″ for a 1/8″ border around my image and then Pink cardstock 6 1/2″ 6 1/2″ for the last mat.  The white border is the base card which measures 6 3/4″ square.  The card needed a little bit of embellishment and I found 1/4″ pink polka dot gross grain ribbon in my stash that I thought worked great.  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will look at some of your embossing folders in a new way!

Materials List

  • white, black, & pink cardstock
  • Art Impression Stamps:  Gossip Club
  • PanPastels: Susan’s Garden Flower coloring Kit #1
  • Darice border embossing folder
  • Copic Markers: E71,74,000,00,21 R81,83 B21,23 YG11,17,15 Y08 G07 RV10 BV000 N0,2,4
  • Gross grain ribbon from Joann Fabrics and Crafts
  • Spellbinder’s Card Creator nested die set