Frugal Friday checks out Stampin’ Up’s “Artistic Etchings”…One stamp set two very different looks!

Hi All,

Welcome back to Frugal Friday.  Today I’m looking at a favorite set of mine that definitely fits the frugal bill in both price and utility.   To see a full list of frugally priced under $20 stamp sets and wheels check out the lists in my Scribd files or the links in the right hand side bar.  There is a list for the Idea Book & Catalog and a separate one for the Holiday Mini.

I’m a big fan of the new Vintage trend that Artistic Etchings represents.  Lots of possibilities for out of the box thinking and creating.  And when it comes to frugal stamping that versatility is a key factor.  When one stamp set that is moderately priced to begin with can be used in multiple ways for multiple occasions you know you have a winner.

Tip: When looking at new stamp sets I try to find at least 5 different ways to use a set.  If I can accomplish that goal then I know I’ve found a “keeper”.   I also make a point of creating projects (or at least sketching them out) with every stamp in the set when I get it so I can discover the utility of each image.

 Here are two very different looks created by my friend and Stampin’ Up partner Cheryl for some of our recent events.

First up: 

From our September Stamp Camp. Ignore the Kraft looking sheet in the background – I used that for contrast so the Very Vanilla Cardstock would show up on my scanner.

Stamps:  Artistic Etchings, En Francais,  Perfect Punches

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black

Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler

Punches:  1 3/8”x 5/8” Oval Punch, 1 ¾”x 7/8” Oval Punch

Other: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers (for Crumb Cake ink), dimensionals

While the Thanks image looks like its a combination of stamps or Designer paper it’s really the one image from Perfect punches that creates the awesome background and text all in one image!   A little judicious antiquing with Crumb Cake (AKA – Kraft) ink adds to the dimensionality of the image.   Note:  The circle medallion image was stamped before the texturing with the embossing folder.   Some stampers at the Camp also included other images from the set (Crown, key, etc. some in Marina Mist) that added to the collage feel of the card.  They also had a choice of Embossing folders for different textures.

Note:  If you are looking for other ornament ideas the Crown and the “bar pin” image fit perfectly inside the Ornament punch shape and even the circle medallion looks pretty cool.   If you used an ornament punch shaped stencil you could create a fabulous background paper of scattered ornaments across the page with many of the images from this set.   The key even fits sideways!


And Second a very different look:

Artistic Etchings as a Christmas Ornament!   This particular card is a CASE of Ann Clemmer’s very inventive card – you can see her blog here.  Even though it’s quite simple it still packs a great deal of punch and was a favorite at this months Christmas Stamp a Stack.

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Lovely as a Tree,  A Cardinal Christmas (greeting)

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Versamark, White StazOn

Papers:  Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand,

Other: Modern Label Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Scissors




Artistic Etchings

Clear Mount: #120573,  $14.95

Wood Mount: #118517,  $18.95

An old-world cathedral, a street café in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the stately decorum of a royal palace—these are the types of images invoked by our Artistic Etchings set. Add its vintage look and feel to your cards and scrapbook pages to set a romantic, nostalgic mood. Available both in wood-mount and clear-mount.

Set Quantity: 6

Combines wonderfully with textured embossing folders like Vintage Wallpaper and Finial Press and many more.   I’ve even thought that the round medallion would work to approximate a Mandala (Buddhist mystic wheel image), a Sioux shield maybe placed behind the Buffalo from the In Wilderness stamp set.  The longer lacy image reminds me of one of my Grandmothers favorite pins.   And of course all the images will work alone or together to create wonderful One Sheet Wonders or background papers.

From simple to complex the possibilities are endless.


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 *** – Video  – video  – Video for another type of Ornament card


I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at a favorite stamp set.   Kudos to those original stampers who first saw an ornament in a crown and circle image.  I love the creativity of my sister Demo’s.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Quick Tip: Embossing Folders and Chipboard


Note added later:  I’ve discovered a very freaky thing.  The computer world and my blog seem to be playing tricks.  One time I log on the pictures show the correct embossed and debossed images.  The next hour the images appear to be the reverse of what they are marked.  Not sure how its doing that.  When I scanned the images something similar happened.   The initial picture looked correct as to what parts of the design were raised and what impressed into the paper.  Then when I would open them up in a viewer the design areas were reversed!  However when I first posted them on the blog they showed up as they should.  Now they are alternating.  Anyone know what’s up with that??

Hi All,

Turns out embossing folders and chipboard are the perfect ingredients for a new playtime!  What inspired that…besides my insatiable need to play with my Big Shot?

I was scanning the various forums on Stampin’ Connection the other day and came across a question from fellow (probably that should be sister – lol) demo Carol Markley (hi Carol!).  What’s Stampin’ Connection you ask?  A very cool online community sponsored by Stampin’ Up and available to Stampin Up Demonstrators only.  Another great perk when you join the team!

Question by Carol Markley:

Patty’s Stamping spot shows a convention demonstration using the lattice embossing folder with chipboard.  I have tried several different “sandwiches” and they are all either too thin or too thick.  Anyone have success with this?


Quick answer to Carols question…Yep!  

I played with that concept this morning.  And in case you’re interested, here’s what I came up with.

Chipboard #1 - Embossed


Chipboard #2 - Debossed

Each Big Shot seems to take sandwiches somewhat differently and of course it also depends on the chipboard used. I didn’t have any of our SU Longboard Chipboard on hand so I used a cereal carton for my “chipboard” – the poor woman’s version don’t you know – LOL!

Here’s the sandwich that worked for my Big Shot machine (from the bottom of the stack up):

Multipurpose platform set to Tab 1
cutting plate
Vintage Wallpaper folder (I don’t have the lattice one yet) with chipboard inserted
Cutting Plate

I did this twice and the first time it went through quite easy and impressed well. The second time it was stiffer going through and when I examined the piece I think that was because there was a a slight bit of extra paper adhering to a glued spot of the box top I’d grabbed to play with. Though it still embossed okay it was a good reminder to check my piece carefully for flaws.

Since the SU chipboard is thicker I would suggest using the bottom no tab setting and then adding cardstock shims until the sandwich feels right for your machine.   While the machines have a 3 year warranty (yay!  SU and Sizzix) you really don’t want to break yours …so play carefully my friends.

I also played with brayering ink on the folder and trying both embossing and debossing depending on which side of the folder was inked. Very cool effect.  Thanks for getting me thinking along these lines  Carol.

Oh and in case you’re wondering.  Embossing is what happens when you have a raised image and Debossing is when you have a recessed image.   It’s pretty much all about which side of the paper you use when you are using an embossing folder – something you can get away with as long as there is no text to show up in reverse.  If text is involved than an embossing folder does just that…embosses.    The new Letterpress plates from the Holiday mini are a great debossing tool when you want text as well as image impressed into the paper.


Now, after this playtime,  I have an idea for creating storage folders for my embossing folders. Cut a card sized piece of cereal box (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) score halfway and emboss the front and back just like I would a card front and back using the folder to be stored! Then attach a Round tab punch piece with the folder name on it and Voila! A very cool storage device that will sit nicely in a box or basket. Might have to play with the folder sizing and maybe make it a wee bit bigger.    Once I get one completed I’ll post a picture.

That’s it for today.   Hope you enjoyed this quick tip and a fun new way to use the Big Shot.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Stampin’ Up’s Clearance Rack Blitz: Killer Sale…up to 80% off



The Clearance Rack Blitz is on!

(click on the picture to go to my site then click Shop now and select Clearance Rack for the best prices)

The Stampin’ Up Elves have been busy and want to help you get started on your Christmas Creations early so they’ve searched the warehouse for the product that got forgot and flooded the Clearance rack with amazing deals to set you on your way.

From October 5–18, Stampin’ Up is adding over two hundred more discontinued items–some at up to 80 percent off–to the Clearance Rack portion of the online store.

Things to know about the Clearance Rack Blitz:

  • Orders for Clearance Rack items should be placed through my Online Store.
  • Qualifying orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards.
  • While the Blitz last from October 5–18, some items, depending on availability, may be made available in the Clearance Rack in the future. 
  • Note:  Some items though are only available in tiny quantities so don’t wait to order.
  • All discontinued items are available only while supplies last.
  • All sales of discontinued items are final.

Paper, ink, Big Shot dies, embellishments and more at ridiculous prices and guaranteed to be out the door in the blink of an eye.

I’m available for consultations if you need help placing your order or deciding which items will suit you and your projects best.

Happy Shopping and aren’t you glad the Elves brought Christmas a wee bit early……..

Blessings – Jean

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Stampin’ Up! Impressions Folders can be….Impressive!

Hi All,

As I’ve been reviewing the new catalog with an eye to future Tightwad Tuesday and Frugal Friday posts the Textured Impressions Folders caught my eye.  Not only are they reasonably priced they have a lot of creativity lurking between their covers – LOL!   So with that thought in mind perhaps consider this a Moneywise Monday posting – LOL!

Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Folder sample

With the introduction of the Big Shot, Stampin’ Up! was able to increase their crafting offerings and options and the impressions folders are one of the most popular.   Similar folders were originally introduced by Cuttlebug and other companies,  but Stampin’ Up recognized the need for larger full A2 card sized folders and have now set a new industry standard as to size and materials used.   The folders themselves work in pretty much any manual die cutting or texturing machine.

While you can texture an entire card front the Impressions folders are also perfect for adding texture to die cuts and punch pieces and of course as a background layer.  You can add impressions not only to paper but also to chipboard, metal flashing, wood sheets, window sheets,felt and many, many of the alternate materials usable in a Big Shot.  Perfect even for the new Stampin’ Up! Paper flowers on page 188 of the catalog.

At the bottom of the post you’ll find links to many techniques for using these folders but plain or brayered, whole, punched or torn you will soon find yourself in love with all the possibilities these textured pieces add to your projects.  For one of my own experiments with the Vintage Wallpaper folder check out this previous post.

Basic info for all the Stampin’ Up! Textured Impressions Folders:

■ Designed to cut through one sheet of paper or card stock at a time
■ Use with Big Shot machine, standard cutting pads, and multipurpose platform
■ Die size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

Definitions of terms you’ll find helpful as you peruse the links:

Embossed – as with inks the embossed side of a textured piece generally refers to the raised pattern created by the folder.

Debossed – this generally refers to the recessed pattern side of the textured piece.

Both embossed and debossed sides can show ink depending on which side of the folder you ink.

Now on to the most recent additions to the line of Folders:

From the soon to retire Summer mini:

Don’t worry, though the mini is about to retire this go to impressions folder has already made it into the new catalog.  One of the more popular of the impressions folders, I’m seeing it on projects all over the web.  Near and dear to my heart, possibly because it reminds me of the textile weaves I enjoy making on my own looms.


Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #119976, $7.95

An Exclusive Stampin’ Up Embossing Folder originally featured in the 2010 Summer Mini and now available in the newest 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Add a classic texture of richly embossed lattice work to a card or paper craft project using our Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder die. Not only will its alluring lines immediately command the eyes, but those entranced by it may not be able to resist running their fingers across its surface.


This folder’s impression has a totally different look depending on which side of the paper you place rightside up.  Both are excellent and inking the folder first then embossing with the Big Shot makes for very cool results.

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Links: – video – texturing Chipboard with this folder! – includes a sneak peek of the new Day of Gratitude stamp – Video


New in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog:

Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #119277, $7.95

Another SU exclusive embossing folder (see picture of sample above at the beginning of the post).  Brand new to the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a deeply embossed image on card stock and paper. The die embosses one side of the paper and debosses the other side, so you can use either side, depending on the look you want to achieve. You can emboss an entire card front edge-to-edge or create a large embossed image. 


Tip: Emboss a quarter sheet of Vellum then take a marker to the debossed deep etched grooves and you’ll have a textured stained glass effect that looks beautiful placed over a colored cardstock card front.

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Links: – video – emboss your napkins! – CAS – debossed



Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #120175, $7.95

Another of Stampin’ Up’s latest new and exclusive designs for their popular and ever increasing line of embossing folders.  New to  the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a deeply embossed image on card stock and paper. The die embosses one side of the paper and debosses the other side, so you can use either side, depending on the look you want to achieve. You can emboss an entire card front edge-to-edge or create a large embossed image.

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Links: – notebook cover – wood sheets embossed! – coloring tutorial for embossing folder – Gatefold never looked so good!


And, coming up in the Holiday Mini a sneak preview of two brand new seasonal folders.  Sorry, no actual product pictures available until the mini goes live on September 1. 


Spider Web – #120889, $7.95

Produces a full card sized spider web image.  The only thing missing is a spider at the center – lol!  Coordinates beautifully with Stampin’ Up’s many Halloween images not to mention creates beautiful textures for many of the Stampin’ Up line of boxes made from Big Shot dies.

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Links: – design index card only


Northern Flurry – #120902  $7.95, pg. 26 Holiday Mini

Snowflakes anyone?  This folder produces a beautiful grouping of delicate flakes in the corner of a quarter sheet or card front.  As with all snowflakes each snowflake pictured is unique.  Plenty of room for an image or sentiment or other embellishment.  Create quick Clean and Simple cards or add multiple layers for a more complex design.

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Links: – design index card only – Spider Web too!

Shopping tip:  As I was looking for links for these impressions folders I noticed several eBay ads for these current folders.  Most started their pricing at $12.99 whether new or used!!  That’s $5 more than you can purchase these folders direct and new from your very own Stampin’ Up Demonstrator!  Moral to all this…shop your demonstrator for the best deal on SU product…you’ll get great support and creative training too!


Techniques used with Embossing Folders:

While many of these show Cuttlebug folders the techniques work equally well with SU folders – better in some cases since our folders are larger than many other companies. – Big Shot 101 Embossing with Texturz plates and embossing folders – Dry emboss coloring technique – textured embossing – Sculptured Ice Technique – Window sheets – Embossing folder magic – blank space in the middle of a folder – brayering embossed images – Patent Leather Embossing – Frosted embossing with window sheets – Brayer ink on Folder – Waxpaper Resist with embossing folders – double folder embossing – whack a folder works with any embossing folder! – Papercasting

Another trick I’ve seen is to run a light colored cardstock through the Big Shot with a detailed embossing folder like Vintage Wallpaper.  Tap the raised impression with a Versamark pad and apply pastels with a sponge dauber. 

No folders yet?  Here’s a fun way to create your own textured impressions. – custom texturz with ink embossing


I Hope you enjoyed this look at the latest in economical texturing with a Big Shot.   I love that it only takes the basic Big Shot package to get started with these folders.  No extra plates, platforms or other paraphernalia required beyond basic stamping supplies.  Just Big Shot the folder and go – bet you didn’t know that Big Shot was also a verb!  It is in my crafting studio! 😀

Tip: I should probably add that if you don’t have a Big Shot you can also use a rolling pin and good bit of elbow grease to create a passable impression.  It won’t be as deep as that achieved with a Big Shot but you can still get started using these very cool tools while saving up for a Big Shot.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these click on my shopping online button at the top of the sidebar or email me your order and get started on your very own experiments with texture.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

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