Thursday 8 April 2021

Favourite: Embossing or Stenciling (& why)

Welcome to As You Like It Challenge

Our fortnightly challenge is a home for you to create something 
which gives you a warm "inner glow" of pride, without lots of entry rules.

Usually we provide a few options for you to choose from. 
You just need to select and use your favourite option in order to join in. 

For a chance to win our prize or top-3 spot, 
you need to tell us why you've made your choice.
That way our team and readers can appreciate why it's your favourite.

eg, if the theme is 'favourite animal' and you decide on 'bunny', tell us why.
eg, you love Thumper, the rabbit from Bambi !

So get crafting and remember to have fun 
and enjoy your crafting time.

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge. 
Our winner is:

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Melanie H.

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So, onto our next challenge

The sponsor of this challenge is

Lee Holland

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite: Embossing or Stencilling (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

Here are the beautiful creations made by our Design Team to get your mojo flowing:

I've always been a fan of embossing folders, the effect is so lovely with hardly any effort but that said 
I've chosen stencils for this challenge. I've bought quite a few recently and I'm enjoying experimenting with them and using them for backgrounds

Although I do love the effect created by embossing folders, I don't seem to use the few that I have very often.  I do like creating background scenes for my images, which is easy to do with some ink pads and a stencil.

I have to say I favor both dry and heat embossing.  I love the magical transformation that happens with heating embossing powder and the added dimension and texture dry embossing gives.   I've used both dry and heat embossing on this card.

I do use stencilling and both heat and dry embossing. It all depends on the image and the style of card I am making.
I have used heat embossing for my card this time. This is an old stamp which I think works well with heat embossing and inks. Heat embossing was the first technique I used in cardmaking. 

I love the look a pretty stencil can give on a card and lately I have been using my embossing folders more again. Both are really awesome to use, but my most used technique is heat embossing, so I can watercolour my images. I have been doing it a lot to practice my watercolouring skills and love it!

I don't tend to use embossing folder that much - although I do have quite a few! I don't have any stencils at all so embossing folders it is. I do like the texture you can create especially for snowy backgrounds.

don't use embossing folders much, but I do love to heat emboss flowers as it gives me a chance to practice with my Zig markers which I don't use often enough.

I love embossing folders to add texture to my cards. I should actually use them more often as I appear to have rather a lot to choose from!!

I haven't used an embossing folder for aaaaaages, in fact I think my collection is suffocating under cobwebs.  I do seem to have developed a fascination for stencils though, I love that you can add depth and interest without adding too many layers or papers.

I love to heat emboss. I like the crisp lines to stand out and have some shine.

So now it's over to you.
We hope you will join in our challenge and show us your style.
Don't forget, you MUST explain WHY it is your favourite to be eligible to win.

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.

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  1. Fab themes and lovely makes ladies. For all of you who have embossing folders and aren't using them..... haven't you heard about Let's Squash It!!! The only embossing folder challenge in the universe. Probably. Hugz

  2. Love them all, I am a flower person, but I do love the little girl, the mouse and the bear ones. Colors are amazing. You are all very talented.

  3. Thank you for the fun challenge and wonderful DT projects x

  4. So delighted that you liked my card! THANK YOU! Great place to play!