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Come and join me in my Creativity Zone where you can enjoy fun and challenging card design ideas that will inspire you to learn new techniques to maximize the use of your craft tools, most especially the Silhouette Cameo machine along with the Silhouette Studio Designer software, and truly enjoy your crafting to the fullest.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Monochromatic Embossed Cards

There is such an understated elegance on monochromatic cards. I only used cream cardstock for these cards colored with Tim Holtz distress Ink but you can actually use any dye ink pad.

I have been pinning a lot of embossing tips and techniques for embossing machines like the Cuttlebug and the Sizzix Big Shot embossing machines on my Pinterest board. I have also been pinning a lot of Embossed Cards to get back to for card ideas. I just love embossed cards! One of the techniques that I've been wanting to try is braying the embossing folder with ink to produce a colored embossed surface, or braying the embossed card directly instead of the embossing folder. I don't have a brayer but I when I saw this technique, I immediately purchased one from an online store in the USA. It will take a while before I will get it and since I've been itching to make these cards, I used the Tim Holtz blending tool in applying the ink unto the embossed card which worked perfectly well. Perhaps I don't really need the brayer. I actually learned how to make my own homemade blending tools with the use of wooden blocks. I plan on posting a tutorial on how to make these.

I created the square frame perfectly measured for any of the Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page punch set. I used the 'Deco Fan'. The 3 layer flower is my own design. The flourish and leaves are all designs purchased from the Silhouette online store, names indicatd in the photo captions. The flower, the flourish and the leaves were manually embossed with my favorite stylus set, the McGill Paper Blossom tool kit. The details of the other supplies used are all indicated in the caption of the photos.

For attaching the card layers, I always use double sided tape instead of glue. For the 3D effect of the flower, flourish, leaves and the recessed frame, I always use my homemade 3D tape. Make sure to use strips of 3D tape that are the full length of each side of the frame to make it sturdy.

Everything in the card, except for the flourish and the leaves which are Silhouette designs, are included in the free file:

card base
frame
square piece to be embossed 
3 layer flower
Birthday Wishes sentiment
sentiment tag

ADDED July 8, 2013: I created a matching box for this card (Click on the link).

I only share my files with my blog followers. Just post a comment with your e-mail address indicating your request so I can send you the file. For those wishing to become a follower, just click on 'JOIN THIS SITE' right above my blog followers' list. Please make sure to double check that your name appears in my blog followers' list. If you don't see your name, that means something went wrong with your registration. Please make sure to check to follow 'publicly' and not 'privately' in the registration box otherwise your name will not appear in the followers' list. Please note that subscribing by e-mail does not put your name in the blog followers' list so it does not get counted. Again, to become a follower, you must click on 'JOIN THIS SITE'.

Happy crafting,
Ligaya










3 layer flower - my own design

Silhouette :Design ID #2529  'Flourish' 

Silhouette Design by Lori Whitlock: '3 Wheat'

Silhouette Design by Lori Whitlock: 'Beautiful Branch'

Tag & sentiment - my own designs



Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page Set- 'Deco Fan'

Sizzix embossing folder - Flower Lattice (Corners & Lattice set)

Cuttlebug embossing folder - Brocade

Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap

Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Milled Lavender


McGill Paper Blossom Tool kit



87 comments:

  1. OMG! Your card turned out so beautiful, the embossing is just so elegant! TFS!

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    1. I love the monochromatic embossed cards. It is beautiful and yet elegant without being overly done as in too much on the card!

      marda

      mardafrie@aol.com

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    3. Lynn C. (wordperfectqueen@yahoo.com)July 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Another beautiful card, Gayle. Thanks for sharing and sharing the file. I appreciate it.

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    4. I would love your file!

      I follow by email and have joined your site.

      Mardafrie@aol.com

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  2. Beautiful Ligaya! I don't use my embossing folders often enough and I love the monochromatic look too, it's so elegant. Thanks in advance for the file.

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    1. Oops, sorry. My email is linda.mc23@aol.com. Thanks!

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    2. fabulous: would love to have the file to try some out myself. They are so elegant.
      larkrise26@gmail.com

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  3. wow! i love your cards! fab! =)

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  4. This is so beautiful. I would love the file. Thank you so much. acclack at msn dot com

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  5. love it .I would love your file too .I am sure mine wouldn't look as good but would love to try it

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  6. I forgot to say that I'm following you via Email

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  7. Your card is stunning I would also like the file please to make this myself.

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  8. As usual, it's a beautiful card.
    Please send the file to: jstheboss@cox.net

    Thanks!!
    Sharon

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  9. Sorry my email address is mweir49@virginmedia.com

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  10. This is one of the most gorgeous cards I've ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing the file as well. Please send it to damullins at gmail dot com.

    Thank you and have a great weekend!

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  11. OMGoodness! I love your cards! I bought that stylus set after you mentioned it once, and I LOVE it! I would totally enjoy trying to make this card. Thank you for the files... (((hugs))) pinkbear59@gmail.com.

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  12. These are beautiful and so versatile. I'd love the file. I already purchased the McGill set to use with the sunflower file that you gave me. Thanks for sharing your expertise. Please send a copy of this beautiful file to rosstheresa@sbcglobal.net

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  13. This card is really elegant! Please include me when you share your file?

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  14. wow that is gorgeous, I would love the file please
    cherylchifley@yahoo.com.au

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  15. Stunning cards. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent. Email to rae_shop@yahoo.com.au.

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  16. This is beautiful Thank you for sharing such talent with us.

    Kim Colson
    k1i2m3@cox.net

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  17. Oh, Gayle, your work is simply beautiful. These are so elegant. Can't wait for the blending tool tute.
    Karen kbrig@ptd.net
    Thank you in advance.

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  18. your cards are stunning! I`d love to receive the files!
    here goes my email addy: vivi.casale@yahoo.com.br

    many thanks!!

    xx

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  19. so beautiful and elegant!

    agnes

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  20. So beautiful, you are such an inspiration Gayle. Thanks for sharing your work.
    Jogry

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  21. These cards are just gorgeous, please may I have the file.
    Thank you
    riverlander47@gmail.com

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  22. They are beautiful! DeAnne

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  23. They are beautiful! DeAnne

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  24. I have just found your blog your cards are great
    I'd love to receive free files to a.matthews636@btinternet.com
    Thank you

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  25. wow how gorgeous being monochromatic.
    I would love the file robyn.irving@gmail.com

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  26. You do awesome work. I tried the brayer with my folders but didn't like the ink everywhere so I will definitely try it your way. Thanks for sharing. I too would love the file. You can send it to Mrsjaws27 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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  27. Hi Gayle
    Another fantastic card. I have just finished making the Photo Wedding one you did a while back and am so happy with how it turned out. Will be giving to my niece later this month.
    I would love to have the files for this new card.
    kaz@designsinstitches.com
    Thanks again
    Kaz

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  28. Your work is gorgeous. I would love to try this. My email is bbbomar@aol.com. Thanks for the inspirations.

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  29. Wow!!!! These are stunning! Would love to have the files.
    My e-mail is rosetresures@yahoo.com

    Thank you. Rose
    rosetresures@yahoo.com

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  30. beautiful card, now if I can just do it
    I'd love to have the file
    jmp10221@att.net

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  31. Absolutely beautiful!!!! Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to try this! Behmann@bellsouth.net

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  32. Your work is fantastic, I would love to try to make this. Please send the file to:
    theresaewing@ymail.com

    Thank you

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  33. Another great card! Would like to try it. My email is grandmax2ns@gmail.com
    Thanks

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  34. Wow.
    Just awesome.
    Thank you
    nworley@cox.net
    **U**
    Nance

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  35. Wow.
    Awesome,
    Thank you
    nworley@cox.net
    **U**
    Nance

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  36. I would really love this file Thank you for sharing with us.

    Kim Colson
    k1i2m3@cox.net

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  37. Hi Gayle -- I would love this file for the card front. It's a wonderful idea and you did such a beautiful job with your cards. Thanks for sharing, Jamie
    schnirchj at gmail dot com

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  38. I would love this file! This is absolutely gorgeous!!! patticann@yahoo.com. I hope I get this file. I became a follower a long time ago, but I've never been successful in getting any of the files I've requested. I went in and subscribed again this weekend. I hope I have better luck getting the files now.
    patticann@yahoo.com

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  39. Always been a fan of monochromatic but was never sure how to put it all together! Thanks for sharing. kini62@yahoo.com

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  40. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the embossing, inking and the design is so elegant!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  41. would love this, Gayle. You do have the most beautiful cards!

    Lois John
    koismjohn@yahoo.ca

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  42. Such an elegant card and the soft colors are just beautiful.
    Myrna

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  43. beautifull card you make!!
    Hanny

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  44. i would love the card file
    Ann W
    weedmana@embarqmail.com

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  45. Gorgeous. I can't wait to try this card. Would love to have the files. My email address is c24wpt@comcast.net.

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  46. sooo beautiful!! I just bought Sizzix small embossing machine..without any folders so now i have to get some folders to start embossing ;) Can you please share this file with me? kinafari@gmail.com

    Thanks and greetings from Denmark

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  47. Lovely cards. I also love monochromatic cards. Thanks for sharing. I would love the files please.
    kathycrafter@gmail.com

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  48. I would like to join your site, your cards are great. I'm a Pisces too so I love the fish bowl easel card I spied on Pinterest.
    carolea.sweeney@comcast.net
    http://carolescreativecritters.blogspot.com/

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  49. Thank you for the file, Gayle. I cut it out and tried it with 5 of my PATP sets and it works perfectly!
    I"m so happy!!!
    Karen

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  50. Very elegant...thank you. bmac.baverstock@ontariomd.ca

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  51. Whoops! I forgot to leave my email address.
    jennyplace26@gmail.com

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  52. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I, too, don't use my Cuttlebug as much as I should ... but this gives me inspiration for making special cards. I chuckled when I saw your homemade blending blocks, because my husband made a whole bunch of blending blocks for me a few months ago, and I think your idea was adorable! I just love having a separate block for each color, without the expense of buying them, don't you?
    I would love the file. Please send to djames24809@gmail.com

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  53. You are so talented, I love this card and your techniques, Please include me when you share your file and send it to ambezine {at} yahoo {dot} com thanks in advance!

    Ambezine

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  54. Would love to have the files. Thanks for your generosity.
    quillpm@yahoo.com

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  55. Your cards are very inspiration. Would love the cut files for card and box to try. Thank you in advance.
    kathymis@westnet.com.au

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  56. Lovely! Can not wait till I make this one.
    dpeterson210@gmail.com

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  57. Beautiful and I really appreciate how you lay out the pictures for instruction, may I have this file too please suziqintx2002@yahoo.com.

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  58. Please send the file to me, Joyce Feagin at jfeagin@tx.rr.com. I need a lesson on doing this. I don't think mine is seen by you. I'm signed in but don't understand the comment as.
    Joyce

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  59. Love this. I have only recently started embossing and I love it. Please sent me this file too to judygcurtis@gmail.com
    Thank you.

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  60. I too would like to try more embossing and this is so beautiful. May I too have this file when you can?catagal@aol.com-------

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  61. These are just beautiful. I would love to be added to your group ermapar@comcast.net. Thank you

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  62. Gorgeous cards and I would love to have the cutting file at ritaepot@gmail.com.Thank you
    Rita

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  63. Oh wow, I would love to have this file. Thank you! Please send to jeannen@yahoo.com

    :)

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  64. Hi Gayle, I adore this card but I forgot to add my email on my first request! Thank you! sonjanoeth@yahoo.com

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  65. Good morning, I was just looking for a beautiful card to send to my mom and remembered your great suggestions on the silhouette blades ... looked through blog and found this card and it is perfect. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. ksf621@gmail.com

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  66. I recently read your post regarding the cb09 alternative blade and holder for the Silhouette cutting machine. You recommended an eBay seller in China. Is there a particular reason you go with that seller as I see the same holder on eBay for less money. Are his holder and blades of higher quality than the others?

    Thanks, Janet J.

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    1. Hi Janet. I have not heard any complaints on the quality of the blades from my eBay seller and all the blades that I got from him really do cut like butter. I did mention to him that I found a couple of ohter eBay sellers selling them for a lower price and he warned me that there are some blades that are of inferior quality and he assured me that he the ones he sell are the best quality. I have heard from other users who bought their blades from other sellers that they got blades that do not cut as nicely. I will copy and paste your comment and my reply in my CB09/aluminum blade holder post so that others may read it, too.

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  67. wat een mooie kaart graag de file,
    alvast bedankt groetjes elly
    evanseggelen@home.nl

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  68. Thank you for sharing your beautiful works. I so love them.

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  69. Amazing work. Thanks a lot sharing the tutorial.

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  70. this one i love too! thanks again! mulan_gbg@yahoo.com

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  71. Hi! thanks for the tutorial. I enjoy embossing too, and this technique is something i wanted to master. Id love to receive the file. ven711@gmail.com

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  72. Wow, I just discovered your blog and I love your creations. Please, can you send me the file? mipumo2112@gmail.com Thanks in advance :)

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  73. So elegant & beautiful! I would love the file for this as well as the box file - thank you for being so generous! Christi ~ StampinDiva@yahoo.com

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  74. OMG! The Lavendar is gorgeous. I would love to receive this file from you. Please send to Shawn.box@bridgeband.com
    Thank you so much in advance.

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