HAPPY MAIL!! Chameleon Color Tops Kickstarter Kit

Super excited to finally have my Chameleon Color Tops from the Kickstarter program a few months back.  No big unboxing .. lil man tore into this box the second we got it haha.  He likes Happy Mail as much as his momma does.

Ok..so for those who of you who don’t know what a Kickstarter program is.. a brief explanation.  Kickstarter is used by companies to raise funds to get new products into production and I guess probably gauge the public’s response to an idea to see if it is worth continuing with before committing to Big $’s  in production.

Anyone who was involved in this one will tell you… the public responded… in a big way lol.  this project was open for funding for a month.. and met it’s initial funding goal in the first 2 hours of  going live.  If you are a Chameleon Pens fan… that would come as no surprise to you at all LOL.

Various reward levels are available to suit funding partners of all budgets.  Funding commitments started at $10,  all the way up to a whopping $400+ for those people who just wanted it all. Each funding level had it’s own rewards associated with it.  Basically you select how much you want to pay in to fund the project and you get the rewards on offer for that level BEFORE they go on sale to everyone else.  Much as I would have loved to go all out for the “LOT”, I just didn’t have the funds available to do that * sigh.  But I did jump in and get my  Color Tops… and then on top of the regular rewards there were also goal rewards. As funding offers flew in .. a new goal level  reward was added in…so on top of my color tops… I also received a bunch of extra goal rewards. The detailer pen, an additional blender pen, extra tips and color cards… there was also free online classes offered which we all received  when the funding period closed.

Ok so..what did I pay? and what did I get …  a $70 pledge got me the full range of  the brand new product “Color Tops” plus the extras mentioned above.  If you know what tip to tip blending is, and already know the concept behind how Chameleon Pens work…. then this will  be easy to understand.  Instead of coloring with one color and achieving your tones with the blender tops on each pen…. you can now tip to tip blend EASILY, ACCURATELY AND ….in COLOR!!!   yup.  The exact way you blend with your current Chameleons using clear blender.. but in color.

I am not going to gab on forever about this right now… expect a new post real soon, probably with video. If I can find a quiet minute to make a basic one I will.

One Happy Crafter… thanks Chameleon Pens!!!  comes as no surprise you blew the funding goals out of the water again this time.  And for all of you who missed out on the Kickstarter again this time… The new products will be available soon 🙂  If you haven’t seen these pens before…and this is your  first time hearing the name … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN !!!!  lol

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Beginners Guide to Embossing with Folders

This is a totally different technique to embossing with powders as seen in Nanadonna’s Tutorial.

 

Sizzix Machines


Embossing with folders usually requires a machine such as Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, Big shot or similar.

There are lots of machines on the market and we will link to some of them at the end of this post. Choosing a machine comes down to budget and personal preference based on your crafting needs.

Embossing machines use what are referred to as embossing folders to create a raised design on your card stock or materials.

Embossing folders consist of two sides….a negative and a positive image and your card stock goes in the middle.  The plastic texture plates are hinged to take the guess work out of matching the two plates.  The folder is then sandwiched between the machines plates and inserted into the  machine… crank the handle and voila, beautifully embossed card is now yours to play with.  You can emboss directly onto your card blanks, or on to sheets of card which can then be applied to your base.  There are lots of examples of projects using embossing folders in our Message Board and on the galleries.

 

Here are some examples:

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Embossed Card Samples

 

This is a selection of  card stock that has been embossed using  the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  This machine uses A2 size folders and is great starter machine for someone on a budget or just testing the waters.  My 3 year old loves to help  emboss with this, and it’s manual crank….so safe for little fingers.  so far we have only tried to emboss one alien figure LOL

 

 

 

 

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Embossed and decorated Card Sample

 

 

This is a card with an embossed greeting that has been embellished with a Gelly Roll Stardust clear gel pen for  some extra bling. You can learn how to do the  dry inking effect HERE

 

 

 

 

 

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Embossed and decorated Card Sample

 

 

 

Again, more examples of  embossing  done using an embossing folder and Gelly Roll Stardust pens. These particular folders are the Dandylion folder from Darice and in the background is the Daisy folder, also from Darice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embossing folders range in price  depending on the brand and the size.  Make sure you check the maximum size  capabilities for your particular machine.  The Texture Embossing Boutique is a budget machine intended only for embossing and it only takes the A2 size and border folders.

If you want to be able to use dies too, you should consider looking at something like a Sizzix Big Shot, or  Big Kick ….or if you have the budget for it and need larger capabilities.. check out the Big Shot Pro with an impressive 13 inch capacity and a price tag to match.

The range of dies available is immense..so take into consideration what you want to do now AND what you think you might want to do in the future when selecting a machine.  I just ordered a Big Shot  because I want to be able to die cut some of the fancier card templates and got a great deal on some Sizzix dies a few weeks ago…which you can read about HERE

Links:
Sizzix Die Cutting & Embossing Machines
Darice Embossing folders
Sizzix Embossing supplies