Today the Baker’s Dozen and I have another exciting Center of Attention Product Focus! We’ve had Spellbinders Impressabilities in the TE store for a long time, but it wasn’t until I sat down and started creating with them yesterday that I found so many reasons why these templates should be in every stampers arsenal!

I’m excited to share some of the projects I’ve created and show you just how many uses I’ve found for the Impressabilities! If you haven’t previously used Impressabilities, they’re super easy to use! The thin metal stencil can be used for embossing and is compatible with many die cutting machines including the Cuttlebug and Big Shot! You can find all of the sandwich information for using the Impressabilties with your personal die cutting machine HERE.

You can find all of our Impressabilities here. And in honor of our Center of Attention product spotlight, they’re 15% off today and tomorrow (February 16-17). Don’t forget to check out the Fresh Out of Oven category while you’re at the store. We just received a big box of the new colors of SMOOCH!

I decided to start by trying the gorgeous Letterpress technique that I’ve seen on so many cards. The finished product looks so professional that the recipient will never guess it was so easy! The only difference with this technique is that before you put the cardstock over the stencil, you apply pigment ink directly to the stencil. This is what gives the debossed portion of the image a different color. I inked my stencil with Colorbox Cloud White ink before running it through The Wizard. I also cut one of the butterflies from the design, spritzed it with Lime Metallic Maya Mist, and popped it up at the bottom. The patterned paper is from the October Afternoon Ducks in a Row paper pad and I used Thickers Patchwork for the sentiment. And here you can see a side-by-side comparison of the letterpress and embossed/chalked techniques. The technique on the left requires ink directly on the stencil before you send it through your machine. With the technique on the right you send it through the machine first to emboss your cardstock and then chalk the embossed portion with pigment ink.

I wanted to try something different with my second card so I sent cardstock through The Wizard to emboss it (with the Butterfly stencil) and then keeping the stencil in place, I spritzed the cardstock with Iridescent Pearl Metallic Maya Mist. I love this effect! I decided to pair it with the cherries from Berries and Cherries and some patterned paper that reminds me of a 70’s diner from the October Afternoon Report Card collection. I also used the same Thickers Patchwork chipboard for the sentiment. I decided I wasn’t quite through with this technique so I embossed another piece of cardstock and misted it with Lime Metallic Maya Mist so you can see the closeup of that too.

OK I promise…just one more card! This time I decided to emboss the cardstock (with the Pebbles Impressabilities), chalk the embossed portion with white pigment ink, and then cut a heart from that piece. You can see the cool design on the red heart behind the image panel. I stamped the Whales in Love with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, colored it with Copic markers, and cut it out with the Spellbinders Classic Heart die. I added Glossy Accents to the water and Crystal Stickles to the hearts. And then finished it off with some Caribbean satin ribbon and the Thickers Patchwork chipboard.

Thanks for stopping by to check out our Impressabilities Product Focus! I can guarantee you won’t want to miss the rest of Impressabilities projects the Baker’s Dozen has to share:

Charmaine, Karen G., Melissa, Jodi, Donna