I taught a class last month on some advanced techniques using Embossing Folders. This one was my favourite - making an embossed frame. I made my own frame using some heavy cardboard. Chipboard weight is best. You can glue a few sheets of thick cardboard together if necessary. I found the backing sheet that comes with the Specialty DSP is perfect. You could also go to a picture framer and get frames made from matboard in various shapes (ovals, circles, etc).
Next, make the following Big Shot sandwich (bottom to top): Platform (on tab 2) > Embossing Folder (with cardstock inside) > Chipboard Frame > Cutting Plate. Run this though the Big Shot. And voila, you will have a lovely raised pattern on the outside where the Big Shot made contact with the frame, and a blank place, perfect for stamping, in the middle.
The next step is optional, but I really think it highlights the framed area nicely. Make a mask for the middle (flat area) of your frame. I then spritzed the Embossed Frame with a mixture of alcohol, Marina Mist re-inker and Champagne Mist Shimmer paint. You could sponge the area with ink instead if you prefer.
The Nature Walk stamp set seemed to be the perfect choice to finish off this card.
It's been so cold, wet and miserable here in Sydney. Perfect weather for crafting!