Hello everyone, welcome to another challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers where Josephine has asked you to use 'Any technique using heat embossing - stamping or ultra-thick embossing powder or something else I haven't thought of!'
We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are offering the winner the lovely Starburst Stains Brush on The Fun Holly Wreath set (pictured above on the right hand side) deep, rich, vibrant colours with a two-toned shimmer!
These are all dye based products, which gives them their vibrancy, and they can be used on any porous surface, (paper, wood, fabric, balsa, chipboard, etc).
Instructions on how to use: Add hot water, (filtered preferably, especially with the stains), let sit at least 10 minutes. Shake or stir before each use. They really are stunning to use.
Now for my card for the challenge.
This was an easy challenge for me as embossing has to be my all time favourite thing to do :)
I have used a lovely Artemio clear stamp set 10001411 Floral Collage.
The background panel has been created using an Embossed resist technique.
First I stamped and embossed the flowers from the set, as illustrated, onto a piece of white card stock using versamark ink and white embossing powder.
Next I sponged Distress inks Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood and a little Black Soot over the entire thing. Then I stamped some of the flowers again but this time using the Weathered Wood ink pad.
Once you have finished stamping, wipe over the whole thing with a piece of kitchen paper to remove any excess ink. If you forget to do this bit you will wonder why you are getting in such a mess!!!. This is because the embossing acts as a resist (as its name suggests) and the ink won't dry on it.
The main panel has been stamped and embossed in black versafine ink and clear embossing powder on to a piece of white card stock. Then I have coloured it using Barn Door and Festive Berries distress inks which I have sponged over the image.
I have painted the leaves with Evergreen Bough distress ink. The entire panel has then been coated in clear embossing powder which when heated gives a slightly pitted and shiny finish.
It is amazing how long the ink stays wet on the card because it has been sponged on.
If however you find that your panel has dried too quickly and the embossing powder doesn't stick then gently tap a CLEAN versamark ink pad over the entire thing, and then coat with embossing powder.
This will give a much smoother finish, I personally prefer the more pitted effect that you get when not all of the image takes the powder.
I have trimmed the background panel to fit onto a large red card and used the small strip that I cut from it across the centre.
Mount the main image over black glossy card stock and add it to the card.
The final embellishments are a fine hand drawn border, some card candy and of course a little bling on the flower centres. Oh I forgot I painted them with bleach before I added the embossing powder, sorry lol.
I hope that you will all be inspired to enter the challenge, and don't forget to check out what the other girls have done. Also how about joining the Design Team.
Total for 2012 - 141 cards Total for 2013 - 131 cards Total for 2014 - 154 cards Cards carried into 2015 - 51 cards Cards carried into 2016 - 122 Total made in 2016 - 123 Carried forward into 2017 - 80 cards Total made in 2017 - 109+6 cards loaned to CE Carried forward into 2018 - 127 cards Jan - 20 cards Feb - Total made in 2018 - 20 cards
I am a self confessed 'Stampaholic' living with my family in Surrey.
I am known as the 'Granny in the Attic' and have six Grandchildren
Megan(17), Reece(15), the twins Saskia and Ciaran(10), Emma (2) and Chloe born October 2017.
I work full time in a BP Simply Foods petrol station and then craft in
my spare time.
I have written two books. The first on Teabag Folding and the second on
Rubber Stamping, both for Search Press.
I have written numerous articles in the past for magazines including Craft Stamper, Quick Cards Made Easy and Cardmaking and Papercraft.
I teach classes in Purley and have
demonstrated at many of the major Stamp Shows.
I am on the Design Team for Woodware and Hobby Art, and have also designed for Imagination Stamps, Stamp Addicts and Clarity. Several of my cards have featured on each of their TV shows.
I am lucky enough to make samples Jane Gill who still designs stamps for Woodware who are now part of Creative Expressions.
I love to try and join in with the challenge blogs and have been part of the DT at
Crafty Cardmakers for several years.