First quick impression
I quite liked the look of the kit, The Embossing Folder looks like it will be quite versatile, the flowers can easily be used for Poppies in Remembrance Cards. As can the Flower stamp, the other two stamps are more restricted to Oriental designs. The tiny die looks small enough to be easily lost if not put away carefully. Let’s get crafting then!
Testing the Stamps
You know the routine by now. The stamps were tested using the Stamping Platform, (read the post about it here) and Ranger Archival Ink. I then use a brayer to roll across the stamping platform to ensure there is an even connection. These stamps did need a second inking but behaved well and gave a good impression once they were stamped twice. Of the three stamps, as mentioned above I could see I might get the most use out of the basic flower stamp as I don’t have much cause to make Oriental Cards.
Testing the Embossing Folder
As always I used my Gemini as it is the only full sized machine I can manage with the Fibro, read more about the Gemini in this post. As expected the Gemini produced a clean crisp embossed panel. If I had a complained it is not with the embossing folder or the Gemini but with the relatively cheap Mirror card I used, great for basic matting and layering but it didn’t cope well with the embossing. But this is not about the cardstock but the embossing folder which did a great job.
What else was in the kit
There was paper included but this was a bit of a mystery as there were two sheets of 6″ x 6″ paper included but the packaging stated there were four papers so I don’t know if the labelling was wrong, my set had a couple of sheets missing or everyone’s kit did if you received this kit and had four sheets do let me know as I am curious to know what the other two looked like!
As already mentioned there was also a tiny blossom die. I cut out a few with my Spellbinders Sapphire which is small enough for me to manage with little dies. I believe this is only available from Create and Craft but there are other small machines on the market like the Baby Blue. The plusses to this die are the fact that it can make use of tiny offcuts and it is very handy for someone without an electronic die cutter. To be honest, if I had wanted to cut much more out I would have created something similar (or found an existing cutting file) for the ScanNCut. I’ll be honest I wouldn’t have had the patience or the crank ability to keep cutting these out one by one by hand.
What I made with itSo onto making a card then.
The first thing I did was put the paper with all the small images through the ScanNCut so I could work with these as individual images. Thanks to the Fibro if I hadn’t been able to do this with the ScanNCut there is no chance I would have been able to do it by hand.I decided to use the other sheet of paper as the main focal image. As this was a 6″ x 6″ paper I used a 7″ x 7″ card blank As this was a 6″ x 6″ paper I used a 7″ x 7″ card blank and decided not to use a mat layer as I wanted the clean white background. I fastened the main paper down with Collall All Purpose Glue. I positioned the four vines and scattered them with the cut-out blossoms from the paper, these were glued down with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue. I decided to use a trio of the purple flower shapes one with a sentiment and the other two with images these were also glued down with Cosmic Shimmer. Finally, I added the five blossoms I had cut out with the die across the top in a way I may have used pearls on other cards. If I’m honest I don’t think they add anything to the card and I wouldn’t do that again if I had extra papers to recreate a card. Here is the completed card:
Although I quite enjoyed making this card I did not get the satisfaction I have out of other designs. The papers are now more or less used up so there is the Stamps, Embossing Folder and Die Left. As part of the whole point of this project is to reduce and declutter my craft stash I am well aware that I have kept most of the recent things I have tested therefore I have come to a conclusion that with this kit I am actually going to split the difference. I am going to keep the Embossing Folder due to its versatility and also keep the one flower stamp as this coordinates well with the Embossing Folder and has the same versatility. I am however going to let go of the two other stamps and the little blossom die to make their way to another home where they will be appreciated. I have already got stamp sets by Sheena Douglass and another make (I can’t remember who at the moment) buried away in my craft stash.