Thrilled to be able to get this one finished in time to add my picture to Tim Holtz's blog. I used the same design and colors and from his example, but made it using an Uptown Rubber Stamps David Walker "Love Cats on Fence" stamp, as well as the "You're Purr-fect" saying from a Studio G acrylic set stamped onto the Idea-ology Vial Label. I used two different embossing folders, a border from Cricut combined with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fade Swirl design on Core'dinations Core Color paper using a tan/kraft sheet. The tag was done with Barn Door Ranger Distress Stain rather than the colors used in the example, edged with Black Soot Ranger Distress Ink. The "ribbon" is the Idea-ology Hobgoblin Tissue Tape and the heart charm from Idea-ology Adornments set. The stamp was done on watercolor paper with Ranger Archival Ink and then colored with the terrific Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers.
In using the Core'dinations paper to emboss and sand to reveal the design, I discovered that you actually can get a couple different looks using the same paper and embossing folder. The first look would be if you just emboss and sand to hit the high-points of the embossed design.
With the second look, I actually debossed (put the paper in the reverse of the normal way). That means I put the paper in with the black front facing the side of the embossing folder with the design that feels raised. I then sanded the paper as usual. At this point, I reinserted the paper into the embossing folder with the black front now facing the normal side of embossing folder and embossed. This then raised the design as it normally does when you emboss. Sorry if I am not explaining it well. Please note that this only works with symmetrical designs, otherwise, when you flip the paper over, it won't line up with the designs of the embossing folder. Clear as mud?
Love it when you can get different looks out of the same products! Examples above are done with three Cricut embossing borders. Sorry picture is a little blurry - will have to retake and update post soon.