Breaking out of the Comfort Zone!

Hi All,

Becki here.

Just thought I’d share a recent make that took me out of my comfort zone.

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Firstly I cut a piece of kraft card 13.5cm x 13.5cm. That’s the standard card size I use but I didn’t want to ruin a whole card for an experiment I wasn’t sure was going to turn out.

Here comes the messy bit (normally I hate the thought of mess) but I don’t know why I had a bee in my bonnet to see how this was going to turn out.

Normally I use my embossing folders in the usual way . I put them through the Big shot and use them as a background but this time I decided to experiment! So I put a layer of acrylic paint on and then embossed through my Big Shot.

* Now at this point I want to give you a warning before you put acrylic paint onto your embossing folders. Please have something ready to clean your embossing folder immediately like a wipe or go straight to a sink and rinse it.

Don’t even admire your work of art until after you’ve cleaned the embossing folder. Otherwise you may stain it. Granted it shouldn’t affect the use of the folder and acrylic paint does pick or peel off when dry. But if you are precious about clean craft stuff this may not be for you.


1. Ink up your embossing Folder with white Acrylic Paint or white gesso

Make sure you paint on the right side on this embossing folder. Put the paint on the background, as the trees will be raised by the folder, so these will remain kraft card colour.


2. Place your Kraft card onto the embossing folder and run through your Big Shot/Cuttlebug etc…

Peel it straight off and go and rinse/clean your embossing folder.


3. So here is the finished background a little of the white got on the trees but I thought it just added to the effect (one of those happy little accidents) and you can turn round and say yeah I meant to do that 😀

So I then trimmed it down to 13cm x 13cm as I decided I wanted a 1/2cm brown edge around the card to make it jump off the page more. Stick it to the card you have chosen.


4. So here’s the next bit and I absolutely Love this…and it’s thanks to Alexandra Kamann who showed me the no-lines technique. Stamp your image in a light Ink pad. and then colour with whatever you want.


5. I used Wink of Stella Gold (FINE) for the Christmas. Take your time as obviously you will be drawing the lines over the lighter ink as well as colouring in.  I used this same technique with the Robin. Use ProMarkers or Copics to colour.


6. In my crafting I think I’m a bit of a wuss. I play it safe and stamp onto a scrap bit of card. Now A) I love to cut out and B) it’s my safety net . If I prefer one colouring to another I can cut the one I like out. (See above). The original robin that I stamped on the Christmas wording I didn’t like so much so I used another one I’d coloured – the one you see floating above legless!! 😉

shhhhhhh only me and you know!

Basically I’m saying play, experiment, have fun. If it doesn’t work at first try another way – that’s the way you learn.

Next I stuck the wording onto backing card so again I had an edge which made the image stand out more from the background.  Finally I reunited the robin with his legs!!! adding some silicone so he was slightly raised on the card. 


7. Couple of Snowflakes, a bit of glitter and card done! 

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So this is similar technique to the Robin Box Card I did which I will show you next time…

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Hope this has answered a few questions.

Thanks for Reading

Becki x 😀

What you will need


Pinflair Glue

Gold Wink of Stella Fine


CS082D Berries & Birds COPYRIGHT





 and a light ink pad

(I used a light Memento) but if you have a light distress ink pad that will work too. At the end of the day you will be colouring over the lines so you won’t see it anyway!

2 thoughts on “Breaking out of the Comfort Zone!

  1. Becki Post author

    Thanks Bernie 😀 I’m glad I took pictures as I went along as I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. Sharing is caring! x x x


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