Here is one of my first Christmas cards of the year... This Christmas card was created using the amazing Merriest Moments stamp set and coordinating Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder. The very pretty, non-traditional colours for this card were inspired by the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper.
Bundles: Merriest Moments Stamp Set + Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder (photopolymer: 156783). Ink: Mossy Meadow (147111), Mint Macaron (147106), Blushing Bride (147100), Crumb Cake (147116), White Craft (147277), VersaMark (102283). Card/Paper: Mossy Meadow (133683), Mint Macaron (138344), Blushing Bride (131287), Basic White (159228). Accessories: Pearl Basic Jewels (144219), White Embossing Powder (Basics Stampin' Emboss Powders: 155554), Blushing Bride 3/8" Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon (156341), Linen Thread (104199). Tools: Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine (149653), Blending Brushes (153611), Heat Tool (129056), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).
Merriest Moments Stamp Set + Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder Bundle (photopolymer: 156783) - $113.25
This is another Angled Corner Card that opens to reveal a fun pop-up on the inside, with more pretty Poinsettia flowers and foliage...
I mentioned that I used the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder to create this card. Hybrid Embossing Folders are a new crafting technology that has flown, somewhat, under the radar. When you purchase a Hybrid Embossing Folder, you actually get an embossing folder and a set of coordinating dies.
Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder - $82.00
Hybrid Embossing Folder includes one embossing folder and one set of dies.
Here is how they work beautifully together to create magic. Firstly, you can emboss with this 3D Embossing Folder in the same way as you always do...
You can also combine this embossing folder with dies, which is where the magic happens! Firstly, you can insert the matching die INTO the embossing folder. Yes, you read that right! The die fits around the embossed image and locks into the folder so you can emboss and cut with one run through the die-cutting machine!
But wait, there's more! You can also use the embossing folder and dies separately. For this two-step process, I have first die-cut the intricate foliage. I then placed the die-cut into the embossing folder, aligning up the shape to match, and then embossed to add fabulous detail and texture.
This final die-cut-and-embossed design is what I used as the main layer on my Christmas card, with a touch of white ink brushed around the outside edges. You can also see that I also used the embossing folder to emboss the whole card front too.
Stampin' Up! has two Hybrid Embossing Folders at present. There is this one, the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder, which you can get bundled with the coordinating Merriest Moments stamp set. There is also the Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder, which you can get bundled with the coordinating Art In Bloom stamp set. With this fun, new crafting technology, you can choose to use the folder and dies together or separately; the choice is yours!