Whether you like the "Clean and Simple" look, or details, details, details......Ecstasy Piercing and Embossing Templates can add as much or as little to your project as you would like! I'm sure you've seen Lorelie's awesome Product Review of the Ornare Templates and the gorgeous card samples too.....the Ecstasy Templates are just as versatile, from simple piercing patterns to the intricate butterflies.
Though I am a huge fan of plain ole paper piercing, I have chosen to showcase the Butterfly template, to pierce, emboss, and stencil. If you like the hands-on approach, you may dust off that light box and stylus now. However, if you have a Wizard or Cuttlebug, you can also emboss these templates just like your Nestabilities dies or Cuttlebug Embossing Folders. The Wizard "sandwich" recipe I used is as follows: cutting plate, tan embossing mat, paper, Ecstasy Template, embossing plate. If using a Cuttlebug instead, use A, B, embossing mat, paper, template, and B plate on top.
Run through the die-cut machine, then check out the embossed images!
Next I matched the template over the paper and placed a small piece of removable tape on the edges to hold the template in place for the stenciling process. You can use any medium you choose to stencil the images....I chose an Olive ink pad from Our Daily Bread Designs, plus a sponge dauber to apply the ink. You may apply the color as light or as heavy as you wish, with one or many colors......be as creative or conservative as you like! When your stenciling is finished, you have another creative option right in front of you......since your template has a layer of ink on it, why waste it? Using another piece of paper, make the same die-cut sandwich as before, but place your inked template upside down CAREFULLY so not to smudge the ink. Place your top plate over the template, run through the die-cut machine and you have a sheet of reverse images!!
So here you can see the stenciled, embossed images plus the reverse inked background. There are many more creative ways to use these templates.....let your imagination run wild!
For the finishing touch, I matched up the template once again and paper-pierced the image, following the holes in the template. Oh, and just a tip: it is much easier to do your piercing first before you cut out your image.....this keeps the edges of your image from bending. Please also note: each Ecstasy Template comes with a foam piercing pad. The Ecstasy Kits 101, 108, 109 AND 111 come with 2 vellum sheets, 1 pad, 1 piercing/embossing tool with 3 replaceable head (fine, extra fine, and embossing)
After adding a little more color and a splash of Glimmer Mist, here is the finished butterfly for my project!
And my finished card, which also showcases two new sets, "Friendship" and "Get Well" from ODBD for September.
So head on over to the ODBD store and check out the Ecstasy Templates, which are the Super Special Sale item this week, 20 % off , ending Saturday night at midnight. Not only can you make some beautiful artwork with these, but they make FANSTASTIC gifts, especially for those crafters who already have everything!!!