Saturday, April 21, 2012

Embossing Diffusers, or: The Most Exciting Day of My Life

Have you ever had one of those moments, when you realize that your life hasn't been lived in vain?  That moment has happened to me a few times.  The first time, it was while stage managing the rock musical, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH.  The second time was today, when I discovered the EMBOSSING DIFFUSERS from Sizzix/Tim Holtz/Alterations.

You should know right away that if Mr. Holtz has allowed his should-be sainted name to be placed on a product that it's worthwhile.  Yeah, I'm a little drunk on boxes wine, so I might be going overboard.  But really.  You know true love when you see it...  whether it's in the broad sober daylight or in the dark of a nasty smoke-filled bar.  Or in your local scrap/art store.

Today was DEMO DAY at My Heart's Fancy- one of my most favorites spots in town.  I went with the lovely Darla/Chocklit Dee from  They were demo-ing (is that a word? no, it would just be 'demonstrating,' I guess- that's another thing that can get on my nerves-  I mean, as much as I love to invent new words, I dislike it when they're co-opted by the masses, such as 'demo' for 'demolishing' thanks to HGTV).   I'm sorry, I tend to ramble a bit when I'm on the Jesus Juice (thank you, Mr. Jackson).

What the hell was I talking about?


Just go out and buy them, ladies and gentlemen.

Here's mine!


Now, do you get it?

If not- here's a brief and the best explanation that I can do in such circumstances.

You use the diffuser to emboss all but a part of the card.  You can emboss all but a circle, oval, or small wide oval, of the the card.  OR- you can use the inset shapes to just emboss a circle of the card.  Or an oval or a small oval.

Do you get what I'm trying to say?

Yes.  You have just multiplied all of your embossing folders by six.

This product will change the way you look at every embossing folder that you own!

Promise.   Go buy it.

Here's the card that I made at DEMO DAY.  This might give you a better idea:

And here's one that I just made, at home.  Pretty much ripping off that demo design- but using a different diffuser:


I can't wait to play with these more.  And more.  If you're into card making, it really makes a world of new ideas.



  1. Hello sir! I love your blog. I love your honesty. I love the fact that, if you are telling true, you're drunk about as much of the time as I am. And I love your humor.

    Methinks you should totally do a video on Youtube which demonstrates these here embossing diffuser thingamabobs.

    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for telling me!

      I just might make a video about them--- if I can figure out how to MAKE the video and how to POST it! ;-) We'll see what the day brings.


  2. These do like a wonderful addition to my collection. Thank you for your great review and your wonderful sense of humor. I totally enjoy reading your blog.

  3. The typewriter card is awesome! These are very cool and thanks to you we know what they are now. I am sure I would have overlooked them having NO CLUE what they do. Well, I am a little craft clueless anyway, but I'm learning!

    I'm like you, I would love to find some crazy outrageous deal on a Vagabond but can't mortgage the house. I will remain in love with my Grand Calibur.

  4. so how do you do only a little of the embossing folder like that?

  5. Great cards and projects.
    Stopped by from the blog post on

    Have a wonderful week =)

  6. How amazing is that, I had never heard of those Kory, thank you so much for sharing this, I love your cards they are so beautiful especially the typewriter one my fave!! I also have seen masking tape that can be placed to maybe get the same effect? This seems more fun tho!! Awesome!!!!

    Hugs! Frank

  7. that looks AWESOME!! WANT!! just got home from a shopping binge..wish I would've read this earlier so I could have looked for the diffuser. Guess it gives me a reason to go shopping again..soon! lol hope you had a good weekend!

  8. Well I learn something everyday. Hadn't heard of these before. Your cards are brilliant and show the folders' potential very clearly. That's the trouble with this blog lol. It makes me want to go out and spend, spend, spend haha. I now MUST have these. Good to see you had a great day. Pxx

  9. OOH!!!! I am loving those! I can totally see why you got so excited!!! :) That is my newest must-have!

  10. These look awesome-I will definitly have to run out and get some for my folders-thanks for sharing :)

  11. I saw your review on Thank you!!! I didn't realize all they can do. They are in my shopping cart! Thanks so much!

  12. Hi Kory! (CommaHolly from Love those diffusers,,,,,I think I might need them!!!!!!!

    great blog!