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Friday, September 25, 2009

Swiss Dots Mania

There's some things in life you just can't live without....and I've got one for you scrappers...the Provo Craft Swiss Dots Folder.



Here at Die Cuts R Us, we call it the "little black dress" of the crafting world. Something you "need" and will use over and over again.



I have come to depend on the Swiss Dots Folder when a card or scrapbook page needs a little extra something that I can't figure out.

I've discovered that whether you are doing a LO, card, or altered project, the Swiss Dots folder can still be of use. It is great for picture backgrounds, borders, flowers, the list goes on and on. And another thing I love to do with the folder is emboss my image backwards so the dots are inverted and then fill them with glitter or crushed flock. Then you have the perfect dots and no one will know how you did it ; )

And don't hesitate to buy an Embossing Folder, even if you don't have a Cuttlebug or embossing machine. Here is a card I made using the Swiss Dots folder and a rolling pin. Embossing folders are very cheap (and can be found at the DCRU Store), so if you don't want to invest a lot in a machine, then simply buy a rolling pin. Here's a card that I made using the rolling pin as my embosser:



Now I wanted to show you how the Swiss Dots embossing looks on a LO. I embossed the strip of paper as a border and then sanded the dots to make them show up:



Here's a project I did using crushed flock in the inverted dots:



When in doubt, I always turn to my Swiss Dots folder. I think everyone on the DCRU DT is addicted to it. Here are some examples of my DT buddies cards.

First up is Carole, I just love how she used Swiss Dots for her entire background. Just beautiful:



And here is a card from Jessica. She used the Swiss Dots as an accent for her card and look how lovely it turned out:



Don't be afraid to think "outside the box" when embossing. And don't be afraid to use your rolling pin ; )

Visit the Die Cuts R Us store to buy the Provo Craft Swiss Dots Folder and all the new embossing folders that just hit the market. And be sure to scroll down to take a look at this weeks challenge and play along to be entered for a great prize.

Enjoy!
Amber

14 comments:

Sara said...

indeed amber!!! i agree 100% both the swiss dots folder AND the little black dress are a must!!! lol-it's a good thing i have both or i do not know what I would do!

what wonderful creations you made with the folder! thanks for the inspiration :)

sarabeth

the whimsical butterfly said...

Awesome post, Amber and great comparison...it's definitely our go-to "little black dress" LOL! Beautiful creations from everyone!

Lori said...

Wholeheartedly agree. I absolutely love the Swiss Dots folder..can't live without it! Great idea to turn it around and fill in the dots. Gotta try that!

CelticWoman said...

Amber, truer words never spoken, I love my swiss dots folder, well I love them all but swiss dots does get a workout. Happy Friday, Sandi

Cara said...

Who us? Addicted to embossing folders? Maybe...

Swiss dots is my fav, Amber. Thanks for a great post. A rolling pin? Who knew!? That's a great idea!!

Claudia @ Die Cuts R Us said...

I seriously need to get one! It keeps calling my name! I've already locked the storage cabinet, and I can still hear it.

Beautiful creations gals!

Claudia (DCRU)

Crayola58 said...

I have all of the embossing folders but Swiss Dots is so treasured, I have THREE. Just in case, ya know?
Great post, Amber.
Carole DCRU DT

Gwen said...

Wonderful! Wonderful post, Amber.

Smiles!
Gwen

Yvette said...

Great post Amber! Love the idea of embossing an image backwards! Going to have to try that one out!

Cindy said...

Swiss dots is absolutely one of my most favorite embossing folders! I use it all the time.

Cindy

shelly said...

i agree its the best folder yet!

- - Sheryl - - said...

I agree - this one and d'vine swirls. And if you emboss on busy pattern paper - just sand it and it POPS!!!!

Amber said...

Glad all you girls are Swiss Dots addicts too!!!

Karen L said...

I can't believe your tip about using a rolling pin and embossing folders! This is finally my excuse to buy some of those wonderful embossing folders that I've been drooling over! I already have a rolling pin.. now to get the folders! Who knew?!

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