Saturday, September 3, 2016

FLOURISH THINLITS - Inlay Background Technique

Hello Friends! I took a break from Holiday stamping to create this card using the Flourish Thinlits. I first saw this Inlay Background technique a few months ago, and have been wanting to try it ever since. The background is made with the thinlits that are not cut all the way through the paper. This opens up a world of possibilities as you can use ANY decorative thinlits or framelits to make this background. In other words, you are making your own embossing folder.


I chose Pink Pirouette and Copper Foil for this card quite by accident. I casually laid a piece of Pink Pirouette down on top of the Copper Foil paper to get it out of my way and there you go. A new color combo. Actually, the Copper Foil will go with just about any color, especially the subtles color line. Love the soft look.


I die cut the Flourish Thinlit in both cardstock and a piece of thin craft foam. It wasn't a complete joy to glue that puppy together, but I managed. I love the popped up look that the foam backing gives. It creates more of a consistent shadow than using pop dots. The word "you" is from the "Hello You" Thinlits and the "amaze me" is from the "Crazy About You" stamp set.


Now how did I do the background? It's easy. I glued a 3 5/8" x 5" piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock to a piece of Whisper White the exact same size. It's very important to make sure the entire surface on the back of the pink cardstock has glue on it. That way, if you (or rather the Big Shot) accidentally cuts all the way through the top pink cardstock, the piece won't be lost when you lift the thinlit. If a small piece does fall out, don't panic - simply place it back where it belongs.

Time to get out your Big Shot. Place the doubled-up cardstock on a regular platform with both tabs (not the magnetic platform and not the precision base plate). I don't have the new platform, so I can't attest to whether this technique works with it or not. Place your thinlit or thinlits on the paper (still make the plate sandwich) and run through the Big Shot. Carefully lift the thinlit and you will see the impressions almost cut through the pink cardstock, but not cut through the white cardstock. Voila! 

Repeat with the placement of your thinlits until you're happy with the design. If you are cutting through both pieces of cardstock, you may have to add a third piece or use the thick Whisper White cardstock. The regular Whisper White worked for me.

I added a 1/8" strip of Copper Foil to the side of card front which was mounted on a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock, scored at 4 1/4".  

See below for a list of the supplies I used to make this card.

I hope you enjoyed today's post - I would love to hear from you.

Happy Stamping,



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