Old School is new again.

Crafting tools have a way of being hot, warm, cool, cold, then hot once again.  The prices we pay for these tools can be a bit high.  Trending is not something I follow.  Heck, I can’t keep track of myself let alone what is the newest trend.

While I am in between things to do, here at Message In A Fold….yes I’m just a bit full of myself :D, I have been going through my cupboards and stashes.  Once in a while I run across something that I totally forgot I had.

A hidden treasure

A hidden treasure

In 2004 I bought the Fiskars Shape Boss.  It, at that time, was the “must have” tool for every scrapbook artist and card maker.  I used in in my daughter’s wedding album in 2005 and then stuck it away and it has been neglected ever since then.

This is what one looks like….if you don’t have one already.

Fiskars Shape Boss

Fiskars Shape Boss

Shape Boss

Shape Boss

This comes with bright orange pegs (or mine did at the time).  These are to hold the templates in place and keep them from wiggling around while you are working.

Pegs

Pegs

The overlays come in two sizes.  Overlays are purchased separately.  Large for 12 x 12 and a medium one for 8-1/2 x 11.

12 x 12 overlay

12 x 12 overlay

8-1/2 x 11 overlay

8-1/2 x 11 overlay

There are two pieces to each overlay.  A gray bottom piece and a clear overlay for the top.  The clear overlay is marked with grid lines that help to align your paper between the layers.

2 pieces to the overlays

2 pieces to the overlays

Line up the holes in the overlay with the holes in the Shape Boss.  There are holes on all sides of the 12 x 12.  The 8-1/2 x 11 have the three holes on the longer sides.

Line up the holes

Line up the holes

Closer view of the holes

Closer view of the holes

Insert the pegs.  Don’t push them too hard in the holes.  You will have to round up some pliers to get those suckers out if you really mash them in.  Just push the pegs in the holes far enough that raising the top layer doesn’t send the pegs flying off the board.

Insert pegs

Insert pegs

Raise the top layer and scoot your paper between the two layers.  The Fiskars site recommends to add a sheet of wax paper over the card stock at this time.  I just now found that out.  I don’t go much for reading directions.  Maybe that is why I have to struggle with things….ya think?

Insert card stock between layers of the overlay

Insert card stock between layers of the overlay

Align the card stock within the grid lines.  This will help you when you begin the embossing process.  Once you take it out to have a look you can put it back in the right spot if you align it at first.

Align the card stock at the grid lines

Align the card stock at the grid lines

Card stock inserted

Card stock inserted

If you want to use the interior panels instead of the borders, align your paper with the “Registration Marks” located in the interior panels.

Registration Marks

Registration Marks

When I purchased this Shape Boss it came with a stylus.  I don’t know if they still do.  Now use your stylus within the overlay piece you want to use.

Stylus

Stylus

You may be wondering what this is all about.  I need to get back to making some cards.  I’ve used four techniques for each size….12 x 12 and 8-1/2 x 11.

12 x 12:

Heat Embossing:  I used VersaMark and some really old and pretty turquoise powder I’ve had for a long, long time.  When heat embossing your embossed image, there are a couple things you need to do.

FIRST.  Really, and I mean REALLY, rub over the paper – not so hard  you flatten all you work – with an Embossing Buddy, dryer sheet, or whatever you use to remove the static from paper.  If you don’t do this you will be spending a lot of time brushing off the excess embossing powder.  Let me tell  you this from personal experience.

SECOND.  When using the VersaMark, or any other embossing ink pad, keep the pad FLAT.  Very light pressure on the pad against the card stock and swipe in long strokes.  Don’t mash the ink pad to the paper.  You will have a huge mess then when it comes to heat this.  Easy swipes will make for a cleaned heat embossed image.

Heat emboss over the embossed image

Heat emboss over the embossed image

Chalk:  While the card stock is sandwiched between the overlay you can use chalks to fill in the image.  Use the overlay as your guide.

You can chalk the embossed image once you have it out of the overlay.

Chalk

Chalk

Colored Markers:  Those of you that are adept at using the Copic or other  markers will have fun with this.  Even those of us that are a bit dangerous wielding the markers can have fun.

Colored Markers

Colored Markers

Ink:  Smearing it all up with ink is fun as well.  The different depths of color you get while sponging on is a joy to see.

Ink

Ink

Now for the 8-1/2 x 11 Overlay.

Twinkling H2O’s or other Shimmer Paints:  Trying to see the embossed image on this white paper was a bit of a challenge but it turned out pretty good.  There are so many products on the market today that can give this old tool a face lift and these sparkly paints are just one of them.

Sorry for the out of focus shot here.  There is nothing that can hide my bad stamping skills 😀

Shimmery paints

Shimmery paints

Just look at all the sparkle 😀  Oooooh, pretty 😀

Oh so shiny

Oh so shiny

Chalk:  As with the 12 x 12…you can chalk your image using the overlay instead of pressure embossing the image.  With a Q-Tip and chalk colors of your choice it is really easy to make this embossed image pop.  It even helped my stamping skills 😀

Chalk

Chalk

Colored Markers:  Same as with the 12 x 12.  Use your Copic or  other colored markers to make the raised embossed image pop out.

Colored markers

Colored markers

Ink:  Once again, sponge ink over the embossed image to bring the shape out from hiding 😀

Ink

Ink

I like the convenience and speed available with the Embossing Folders from Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz, and Stampin’ Up!.  Load the paper and crank it through the machine for awesome results.

There is just something about doing this old style way.  Taking the time to press with the stylus and work it around to get the image.  It can make for a “Zen” hour.  Do something that requires very little thought to give your mind a chance to relax in a meditative state.  Hurry another day….or soon after creating the image 😀

So, if you have one of these tools hiding away in your stash….bring it out and play with it for a while.  What kinds of things can YOU come up with using the products you have?  The ideas are endless….

Stickles

Glimmer Mists

Alcohol Inks

Acrylic Paint….that might be something to try.  Paint the paper with the acrylic paint, let it dry then do the embossing.  The paint will break off in places….ooooh, that sounds like fun 😀

Inks and mists

Perfect Pearls

Micro beads and glue

Just think of ways you can use this tool. Emboss on journal tags.  Mini album embellishments. Card fronts.  Scrapbook pages.  Emboss a photo with a lot of open space.

Okay, I’ve talked myself into going back into my room and play with this thing again 😀

Advertisements

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Indira
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 10:25:55

    Hi, Leslie I haven’t see that tool, but the finish look with the chalk and the color markers is beautiful. When I started I bought some fiskars template, that come with a kind of craft knife, but circular and the template has some figure and decorated edge to use on my scrapbook. But, now I have my bigkick and the cricut and that tool is in some plastic box I have and never use it again, maybe is time to start to use it. Hugs.

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 08, 2012 @ 11:40:16

      Isn’t it funny how one thing can lead to another? Me and my old tools stashed made you think of one of yours 😀 I don’t know what tool you are referencing here but I’d like to see something that you make using it once again. Even if it is a flop 😀 maybe someone else will get inspiration from you 😀

      Thanks Indira – Love you
      Leslie

      Reply

  2. gardenpinks
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 11:45:23

    Oh I had one of those! When I first started card making I bought one and used it a few times but then it was moved around so much because I could never find a proper place for it in my limited area that finally I got rid of the plastic base but kept the texture plates and stencils, the embossing tool is still used regularly. I wonder if you could use those stencils in the Bigshot like bass stencils can be used? Wouldn’t even know where those plastic stencils are now but still have the texture plates! I have loads of brass stencils but have no idea where the light box is lurking. I tend to use paste with my stencils now and then use either chalks or glding flakes on the dried paste. It is good to revisit old techniques now and again. Love the different effects you came up with, those pieces look like tiles.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 08, 2012 @ 11:45:52

      I don’t see why you would not be able to use the stencils in a Big Shot. Probably have to have one of those squishy pads, or two, to make it work. Sandwich the paper between the two layers and give it a try.

      This was a fun experiment to play around with. I REALLY need to get my butt in gear and make some cards.

      Love you – Leslie

      Reply

  3. Maureen Mathis
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 19:18:07

    Oh NO! I still have your copics! I’ve been babysitting them while you were working, and I forgot that I have them. I finally started my own collection, I liked them so much. I didn’t remember until you mentioned copics – I thought – wait a minute, I have her copics! I’m so sorry, I’ll have those in the mail to you this week!

    i taught today at Michaels, so I won’t get to watch your videos until tonight, but I can’t wait! Thank you so much; it means the world to me that you took the time to create and post these. I know it took a lot of time, and I really appreciate it!

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 08, 2012 @ 22:54:05

      I totally forgot about the Copics. Seriously, I did. I was thinking about Tracy and all the cute, cute, cute things she does with her markers. Totally green with envy 😀 Tracy, and others like her, would have made me envious in grade school with the way they color so well. Another thing I’m a bit intimidated by 😀

      Your very welcome 😀 The video is not one of my more stellar moments. There are some things you can’t see at all because I was so focused on what I was trying to say you can’t see what I’m doing 😦 I really hope you find help in the videos and are not totally worse off than you were before 😦

      Love you – Leslie

      Reply

  4. http://fastingforweightloss.net
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 16:35:59

    Thank you for another informative web site. Where else could I get that type of information written in such a perfect approach? I’ve a venture that I’m just now running on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: