Wednesday, January 27, 2021

GIVEAWAY!! Purr-fect Birthday...Dry Embossed with Ink

Hi, Friends.....

I do love me some cats and hearts and some bright colors....esp pink! I am here with a couple of fun cards to share with you for the Let's Squash It! Challenge.  The current challenge (still open for another few days!) is Challenge #4 - Embossing Folder + Animal.  

Get your shades on.......and let's take a look!  

I LOVE LOVE LOVE having some inky I smooshed my Distress Ink cubes directly onto my embossing folder, and then gave it a light misting of water, and embossed a piece of white cardstock.  You never know what you are going to get on crazy projects like these but I LOVE the results.....even if I have to clean a bunch of drips and sprays up afterwards.  It's all part of the process!!!  Fun!

A few tricks I have learned that help with this technique:
1. Use heavy-duty cardstock.  I use some 110 lb. weight that holds up well to the drenching it inevitably endures.
2. Use colors that will blend well with each other so when they bleed into each other you get a pleasing mix....not mud.  :)
3. Plan ahead as to which part you want to be colored....the design or the background....and smoosh the color on that side of the folder.  Here I wanted lots of color so I smooshed the background.  Just smooshing the cats and hearts would have yielded a different look....mostly white.
4. Fly with the arty look.  Don't stress about a bit of ink on the "white" parts.  It's all good.
5. If there are places that did not get enough ink, you can take a brush and pick up some of your ink from your pad and fill in where you need more color. 
6. If the paper is curly and warped after it dries completely, you can flatten it out under a heavy book.  If that is not enough, slip it back inside the cleaned-up folder and re-"squash" it.  Just make sure you get it positioned correctly so the ridges and bumps are in the right spots of the folder.  Comes out nice and flat...with fresh crisp embossing.  :)

Here's one I made in cool tones:

Supplies used include:
Darice - Cats embossing folder
Distress Inks
Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock
Fiskars - Friends Furever
stamp set

Waffle Flower - Flora Cat Meow stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set (apparently retired)

Did you notice that I mentioned I have a............


I have two extra of these adorable Darice - Cats embossing folders.  I would like to gift one of them to the Prize Vault at the Let's Squash It Challenge Blog (Jo or Gail, please contact me to arrange this if you are interested).....and I would like to give one of them away to one of my commenters.


Here's how to enter to win one from my blog:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post clearly stating "Yes, please" for the prize draw and also leave your email address (in code is fine). 
2. Deadline for entries is 11:59 pm Pacific time, Feb. 2, 2021.
3. I will use to help me select a winner.
4. I will announce the winner here on my blog a day or so later. 
5. Open long as I can mail to your country during the Covid insanity. I will do my part, but sadly I cannot guarantee delivery to international winners even if I mail it.  This is a weird time!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my cards.  If you have a longing in the depths of your stash for that embossing folder I hope you will enter my drawing, too.  Have a joy-filled day!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Let's Squash It! Challenge #4 - Embossing Folder + Animal
2. Word Art Wednesday - Week #475-#476 - AG
3. Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2104 - Anything Goes
4. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #19 - Add a Heart
5. Creative Fingers Challenge #200 - AG


  1. Dear Janis
    I hope and pray you and your family are fine. Your cards with embossing folders are beautiful. Yes please i would like to have an embossing folder if I win and myemail address is Thanks for your kindness.Love and gratitude Surekha

  2. Yes, please! What a cute embossing folder! Had not seen this one before. Your cards are adorable!

  3. What a coincidence, I've been inking my embossing folder this week too, and am about to blog the card I made - with a totally different result, because I used embossing ink. I've not seen this gorgeous folder before and would love to go into the hat please. janesgrapevine AT

  4. That folder is rather cute, and I love the way you have couloured it
    Yes please from me
    farrellg41 at

  5. I love these so much! I was using similar shades to card #1 yesterday - such a fun combo. What a kind offer to make, Janis. That's so sweet of you. Either Gail or I will be in touch. Big happy hugs to you, sweet lady, Jo x Oh, yes, and thanks for playing at Let's Squash It! LOL.

  6. Wow, so amazing and cute cards. Love them both. This embossing folder is really wonderful. Yes, please, for the prize draw.
    Hugs, Valerija

  7. Oh my goodness, that is a super cute embossing folder that I hadn’t seen yet. Your lovely bright colors are wonderful.

  8. Yes, please! Love these fun and colorful cards and thanks for all the tips/tricks with this technique.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  9. OMG OMG yes please. This is so adorable. I'd love to be in the draw for one of these adorable folders and thank you so much for offering one to our prize vault. That is so awesome of you. Might have to enter my own challenge bwahahahhaahaa. I love that your folder includes your animal and I love the colours you used. Thanks for joining the fun at Let's Squash It! and thanks for your generous support. HUGZ

  10. How fun!!! Love those colourful embossed kittens! I have tried this technique years ago with natural themes (foliages and tiny flowers...) and I loved it. Thanks for remember it to me!!
    And yes please for entering in the draw, that EF is so cute!
    P.S. Love also that super-sweet kitty in the photo, it makes me smile!

  11. Oh your cards are gorgeous!
    Yes, please for giveaway.

  12. I love this Janice! Yes, please to kitty prizes! Thanks and take care!

  13. wow, I love all these beautiful colours and I like this technique.
    Yes, please, for the prize draw. thank you so much for the chance to win.
    crafty hugs xx

  14. I love the bright color! Both are great. So happy you shared it with us at PIP Challenges!


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