Monday, July 22, 2019

A fun embossing technique!

I've been trying to show you all that embossing makes your handmade cards that much more special! Now I'm going to show you two cards - one with embossing, that embosses ... with a special twist!

My first card is beautiful (in my humble opinion) but still rather plain.  The little birds on the branch are so darn cute!!  Do you have the bird bundle from Stampin' Up! yet?!  The image is stamped on one of the new nested label dies.  I colored them in with blends.  The "stand out" bird is my favorite.  Not only did I color it with a different color blend, but I HAD to add some Wink of Stella!



The next card is also stamped on a piece of Whisper White piece of c/s, cut out with a Nested Label die.  I embossed the Pool Party c/s layer though.  Prior to running it through the Big Shot, I inked up the embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink.  I used the brayer, but you could also ink it up directly by touching the ink from the pad directly to the folder.  Then, insert your cardstock and run it through the Big Shot.  With this folder, I actually couldn't decide which side of the folder I preferred, so I inked up BOTH sides and ran it through -- at that point, I decided which side I preferred.  I then added a little more variety but cutting out with the next-larger label die, popping it up and adhering my stamped Whisper White layer.  Don't you just love how the grooves of the folder picked up the ink, giving it almost a weathered look?! The little yellow bird on the branch in this image is also colored with Wink of Stella.


Don't you just love how the grooves of the folder picked up the ink, giving it almost a weathered look?! The little yellow bird on the branch in this image is also colored with Wink of Stella.



Card 1 "Recipe":

Dimensions:
Layer 1: Whisper White thick c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Pool Party c/s, 4" x 5 1/4" 
Layer 3: Whisper White c/s scrap, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2", cut out with 4 1/4" x 2 3/8" nested label die (stamp first) 
Layer 4: Blushing Bride c/s, 3/4" x 2 1/2", punched out with Classic Label Punch.

Directions:
Cut and score card as per above measurements.
Stamp "4 birds on a branch" image from Best Birds stamp set in Memento ink. Color in with blends: So Saffron light blend for single bird, Calypso Coral light and dark blends for trio of birds, Soft Suede light blend for wooden branch, Call Me Clover light blend for leaves, and Flirty Flamingo light blend for flowers on branches.  Cut out with the Nested Label die and the Big Shot after you've stamped and colored.
Stamp the "Thanks for being you" sentiment with Memento ink on the Blushing Bride c/s scrap and punch out with the Classic Label punch. Attach to the other layers.
Use Wink of Stella glitter pen to accent your beautiful yellow bird!

Card 2 "Recipe":

Dimensions:
Layer 1: Whisper White thick c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Pool Party c/s, 4" x 5 1/4", embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder (see directions or refer to above card description prior to the recipe)
Layer 3: Whisper White c/s scrap, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2", cut out with 4 1/4" x 2 3/8" nested label die (stamp first) 
Layer 4: Blushing Bride c/s, 3/4" x 2 1/2", punched out with Classic Label Punch.

Directions:
Cut and score card as per above measurements.
*Ink up the Pinewood Planks embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink using either a brayer or direct ink pad to folder method. Run this layer through the Big Shot. (Use the new 3D embossing plate with the Big Shot to make your embossing even easier.)
With the Big Shot and the 4 7/8" x 2 5/8" Nested Label die, cut out a label shape from the already embossed Pool Party c/s piece - pop up this cut-out die shape and pop up with dimentionals in the cut-out die shape opening.
Stamp "4 birds on a branch" image from Best Birds stamp set in Memento ink. Color in with blends: So Saffron light blend for single bird, Calypso Coral light and dark blends for trio of birds, Soft Suede light blend for wooden branch, Call Me Clover light blend for leaves, and Flirty Flamingo light blend for flowers on branches.  Cut out with the Nested Label die and the Big Shot after you've stamped and colored.
Stamp the "Thanks for being you" sentiment with Memento ink on the Blushing Bride c/s scrap and punch out with the Classic Label punch. Attach the label over the popped up colored birds as per the photo.   Use Wink of Stella glitter pen to accent your beautiful yellow bird!

Now it's up to you to give this technique a try: are there other embossing folders that you can do this with?!  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Come back tomorrow for something new!!  


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

More embossabilities!

It's time for me show off another embossed card!  I made this card specifically to show off the difference that a little embossing can make.

Check out this card.  So simple to make -- I'm going to call it a #simplestamping card because it really took me just a few minutes to create.  I was inspired by a swap card that I received, which I will show you in just a moment.


The stamped flower shown here is from the stamp set called Healing Hugs and is such a great thinking of you/get well card.  I stamped the image in Rococo Rose ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock(c/s), then "fussy-cut" and popped up on the largest Stitched Circle die.  I also stamped leaves in Garden Green ink, again on the scrap of Whisper White c/s and again "fussy-cut".  Fussy-cutting involves hand-cutting an image out, rather than using dies - it's quite possibly the most time consuming part of this entire card!  

I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner of the Blushing Bride layer, again in Rococo Rose ink.  This layer is then attached to a Mint Macaron c/s base.  What a great card to send to someone to let them know you're thinking of them!

So, let me show you the card that inspired the card above, and the card that shows the beauty of embossing yet again!


Again, the flower above was stamped with the Healing Hugs stamp set.  I think that the ink used was Calypso Coral, but don't quote me on that!  The "piece-de-resistance" is the Petal Pink cardstock layer that is embossed with the Tufted 3D embossing folder!  Of course, there are other beautiful elements to this card - the rhinestones, the ribbon, the sentiment layered and popped up!  

I'm pretty sure this card was created and shared with me by Debbie Prante -- I received it in a swap. Check out the gorgeous embossing:


Because I didn't create the card, I'm not going to include anything but the embossing folder on my supply list.  I also can't quote everything that was used on the card so my card recipe will be for the card I created only - I will just say that the mat layer over the card base is best embossed!

Card "Recipe" :

Dimensions:
Layer 1: Mint Macaron c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Blushing Bride c/s, 4" x 5 1/4" (emboss this layer with the Tufted embossing folder for extra WOW!)
Layer 3: Whisper White c/s, 3 1/2" square - cut with the largest circle Stitched Shapes die and the Big Shot
Layer 4: Whisper White c/s scrap 3 1/2" square 

Directions:
Stamp the rose in Rococo Rose ink and the leaves in Garden Green ink on the scrap of Whisper White c/s, layer 4. Cut out and set aside. Cut out the stitched circle using the Big Shot and the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes dies.  Pop up the rose and leaves with dimensional onto the stitched circle shape.  If you choose to emboss the Blushing Bride c/s layer, use the Tufted 3D embossing folder.  You may want to stamp your sentiment either on another scrap of Whisper White c/s scrap, or you can try stamping the sentiment in Rococo Rose ink in the bottom corner of the card BEFORE embossing this layer.  Attach this layer to the card base, then attach the stitched circle to the (embossed) Blushing Bride c/s layer.

Please leave me a comment!!  I'd love to hear what you think of this card and how much you love embossing!!  I'll be back tomorrow with another card and a special technique using the embossing folders!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Embossabilities!

On my Facebook Live today, I shared some cards I "stepped up" with just a bit of embossing.  The cards were simple and beautiful to begin with, but with just an extra step, it goes from great to WOW!

Here's the first card, before embossing:


This card base is the new Terracotta Tile color.  Isn't it beautiful? I was thinking that it was Calypso Coral!  Very close!!  I love the new Mosaic Mood specialty designer paper.  If you remember, I had featured some fancy fold cards on my blog previously using this gorgeous paper.  Here's another beautiful pattern!!  I still need to add a sentiment or some bling to the card, but I will do that when I know what I'm using this card for.  

So, that was a very beautiful card, but check out how just a bit of embossing steps it up!!


This card has an extra layer of embossed cardstock -- I used the Mosaic 3D folder to emboss the layer over the card base.  It is the same color, but by adding the embossing, it looks like a totally different, more WOW card.  I DID add the sentiment and ribbon as well as flipping the card since the pattern seemed to lend itself to that - this also adds to the wow factor, but I truly believe that the embossed layer was the difference.  I will have the card dimensions and supply list below.  

Happy birthday to Kelly, my friend whom I made this card for!!  I hope she has a very special birthday!

Card "Recipe":

Card 1:

Layer 1: Terracotta Tile c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Garden Green c/s, 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Layer 3: Mosaic Mood specialty DSP (rose pattern): 3" x 4"

Cut and score your cardstock and designer paper as above. Assemble the layers and your card is completed.

Card 2:

Layer 1: Terracotta Tile c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Terracotta Tile c/s, 4" x 5 1/4", embossed with the Mosaic 3d embossing folder
Layer 3: Garden Green c/s, 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Layer 4: Mosaic Mood specialty DSP (rose pattern): 3" x 4"
Layer 5: So Saffron c/s: scrap, cut with 7/8" x 2 3/8" stitched rectangle die.

Cut and score your cardstock and designer paper as above. Emboss the smaller Terracotta Tile c/s layer with the Big Shot and the Mosaic 3d embossing folder. Stamp the So Saffron c/s scrap with "Happy Birthday" from the Well Said stamp set in Terracotta ink and cut out with the above stitched rectangle die.  Assemble the layers as per the photo.  Pop up the sentiment with dimensionals.  Add a Petal Pink 5/8" striped organdy ribbon bow with a glue dot to the right of your sentiment. Your card is completed.

Join me tomorrow for another embossed card "before and after".  Please note that the supply list has supplies for BOTH of the cards shown above. 
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Royal Peacock dresses in Joseph's Coat this time!

I've shared a few cards that I've made using the Joseph's Coat stamping technique this week - now let's see how this technique looks on Royal Peacock.

Before I start, I wonder if anyone else is having trouble keeping the "peacocks" straight"?!  I have such a hard time remembering that the designer paper and the suite is called NOBLE peacock, the color is PRETTY peacock (thank goodness I can remember that for the color, the beginning initials are the same!), and the stamp set is ROYAL peacock.  Yikes!!

I've made 2 cards with Royal Peacock, both slightly different.  I'll put the supply list underneath, and in the description, I'm listing the "under colors" and the "top coat" I've sponged onto my Whisper White cardstock.  I embossed the peacock with VersaMark ink and used clear embossing powder over  the VersaMark.  I'm not sure if the colors/cards would turn out differently if I embossed using the white powder?


The card shown above uses the jewel-tone colors of Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape.  I sponged Pretty Peacock on as my topcoat, which turned out to be a perfect match for my card base.  The mat c/s I used is again Gorgeous Grape.  I added a few Noble Peacock rhinestones to the card too.


Because I'm such a "blueberry bushel" type of girl (I love to wear that color!), I decided this next card should use Blueberry Bushel as my top coat.  My under-colors that I sponged on the Whisper White c/s were Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose and Highland Heather.  

Although I'm showing this 2nd card last, it was actually my first attempt using Royal Peacock.  I did a better job embossing my peacock shown in the first card.  Lesson learned - make sure to fully heat-set the stamped image before sponging on the color.  My peacock's tail in the 2nd card could certainly be a lot more dramatic.  

Card #1:
Pretty Peacock c/s: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Gorgeous Grape c/s: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Whisper White c/s: 3 3/4" x 5"
Embellishments: Noble Peacock Rhinestones
Inks: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape; Pretty Peacock; VersaMark
Stamps: Royal Peacock

Card #2:
Blueberry Bushel c/s: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Rococo Rose c/s: 4" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White c/s: 3 3/4" x 5"
Inks: Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose, Highland Heather; Blueberry Bushel; VersaMark



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