One of my recent crafting purchases is a Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. I bought it because I came across a slew of Sizzix Embossing Folders on deep clearance. They were 80% off, and I just couldn’t resist despite that I didn’t own an embossing machine. After researching all of my options, I settled on the Texture Boutique because it is very reasonably priced. I figured if I hated embossing that I wouldn’t be out much money. Plus the machine is really cute. It looks like a purse. How could I pass that up?
Halloween is my first holiday with this new toy. One set of embossing folders that I scored for a wonderful price (though not 80% off!) is the Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Halloween Night and Poison set. Frequent readers of the blog know that I am crazy for Tim Holtz products. His line for Sizzix was a major contributing factor in my initial embossing purchase. This set features a fabulous Halloween vignette as well as a poison label.
The label references Jackson, TN, which happens to be not too far from my hometown, Memphis. Would you believe that I didn’t even notice the Jackson bit when I bought the folders? It’s sadly true. I was blinded by the Tim Holtz label. I have little to no self-control when I find his products on clearance.
I love creating handmade cards, so making some was a natural choice for my first Halloween embossing project. Read below to learn how I made them.
- Sizzix Texture Boutique or other embossing machine
- Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Halloween Night and Poison Embossing Folders
- Orange Cardstock
- Paper Trimmer or Scissors
- 5×7 Black Cards and Envelopes
- Zots Small Adhesive Dots
Cut your cardstock into pieces that will fit the embossing folders. For this particular set of embossing folders, I cut one piece of 8 1/2×11 orange cardstock into four, equal-sized pieces.
Place one piece of orange cardstock into the embossing folder.
Sandwich the embossing folder between the Embossing Pads and Mylar Shim that come with the Texture Boutique.
One thing that I appreciate about this machine is the pictorial directions on one of the Embossing Pads. If you need a refresher on what to do, you can simply look at the Embossing Pad instead of rifling through your whole craft room for the instruction booklet. I love user-friendly tools. Crank your “sandwich” through the machine.
Place a glue dot in each corner of the embossed cardstock, and attach it to the black card.
Aren’t these cards so easy? You can finish them in under 10 mins. once you get the hang of the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. These cards are simple, but I think elegant. Although I love me some glitter, I’m not convinced that everything has to be sparkly or overly embellished to be beautiful. As I get more daring with my embossing, I’m sure that my projects will get more involved, but I’m still really pleased with how these turned out. Happy Halloween and embossing crafting!