Here at Crafter’s Companion we are counting down the days until the launch of the NEW 3D Embossing Folders and we couldn’t wait any longer- we just had to share this incredible tutorial from Nick Roberts to show you just what they can do!
Well summer is certainly on it’s way. How exciting, Lighter evenings, Spending more time outside with Friends and Family and everyone’s favourite, a wonderful barbecue. Why not make yourself a unique and stylish lantern with your 3D Embossing Folders. Really impress visitors with your crafty expertise. This has been designed to fold flat for storage, so you can use it time and time again and it will look amazing on your table.
To create this lantern you will need!
CC 3D Embossing Folder ‘Country Garden’
Matt Black Cardstock
3D Glue Gel
Sara’s Signature Collection Shabby Chic ‘Classic Lily’
Sara;s Signature Collection Butterfly Lullaby ‘Butterfly Dance’
CC Textures Collection Stamps ‘The Great Outdoors’
Pebeo Studio Acrylics Black Gesso
Pebeo Studio Acrylics Iridescent Copper
Pebeo Gilding Wax Empire Gold
Pebeo Gilding Wax Renaissance Gold
White Stayzon Ink Pad
DecoArt Antiquing Cream ‘Green’
Take 4 pieces of matt black card measuring 18.5 x 15 cm, Score each along the long side at 1 cm.
Top Tip: Don’t score just yet.
The folder in this project has an ideal area for a decorative window. Take a basic circle die, here a 5 cm die was used to cut a window on each piece.
Top Tip: Emboss a scrap piece of card first to select and position the aperture exactly where you like, then use this as a template for your project.
Now you’ve cut your apertures, position the folder centrally, remember to take into account the tab
Score and burnish the tabs, then use either tacky glue or red liner tape to join the pieces together.
Top Tip: Leave the last tab unstuck to enable easy access for decorating.
Decorating is always such fun, the following steps show 2 different ways to decorate your special lantern. Have fun choosing your theme or follow these steps to recreate one of these.
Around the edges and aperture dab, or randomly apply sand texture paste. This helps achieve a seamless blend between card and embossed area, it also adds wonderful texture. Allow this to dry thoroughly.
Using black gesso, stipple over the texture paste then set aside to dry.
Apply gilding wax to the embossed and textured areas to enhance the wonderful 3D look. Empire and Renaissance gold gilding waxes were used here.
Top Tip: Apply gilding wax using your middle or index finger. These two fingers are naturally weaker, so it helps when applying gilding wax which are always best with light pressure.
For this alternative look, there was no texture paste applied. The lantern was painted turquoise/green left to dry and then dry brushed with copper to give a verdigris look.
Cut out 4 circles of parchment, slightly larger than the aperture then using white Stayzon ink, stamp the dandelion. Use 3D glue gel to secure your parchment over the inside of the window.
Top Tip: Use a basic circle die 2 sizes bigger than the one used for your aperture to give the perfect size.
For the graduated lid, cut 3 squares of matt black card as shown in the photo. Score the largest at 1 cm on all sides, burnish and form the lid with tacky glue. The other 2 need to be scored at 0.5 cm and 1.5 cm and burnish. The 0.5 cm flap with serve as a tab to attach to the lid. When these are dry, stick the second and third box, centring them onto the main lid. Decorate as described for the lantern.
Your lantern will look wonderful without any further decoration, but here are a coupe of ideas for embellishments you could add.
Classic Lily die set cut and painted as for the copper verdigris effect. Then shaped and assembled with tacky glue before arranging them on the lantern and securing them with 3D glue gel.
These were made with scrap black card, embossed with the same folder gilded with the same waxes as the alternative lantern. Then shaped and assembled to the project using 3D glue gel.
Here is a selection of just some of the ways you can decorate your lantern! Have fun and be creative!
Don’t miss the ODS launch of the 3D Embossing Folders on Hochanda!
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