This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is to create something using embossing....either kind....dry or heat. Though I love the look that dry embossing adds to a project, I have to say I really LOVE heat embossing. I've shared the story on my blog before, but I can still remember the first time I saw the magic happen before my eyes. The awe and wonder. I STILL get like that nearly 15 years later! It just really is like magic.
Even though I used some traditional heat embossing on my card on the flowers, I used another couple of embossing techniques. The first one, another widely used technique...embossing resist. I stamped "sorry" using they Typeface alphabet set. (I really messed up with a friend and this is the only word that kept coming to mind. I think the inside sentiment could say something like, "...I'm such a lousy friend.") Anyhoo...back to the card...after stamping the word in VersaMark, I embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then trimmed the banner and simply sponged Crystal Blue ink all over the banner, wiping the residual ink off the letters with a tissue.
For this card, I used the color inspiration at last week's Play Date Cafe and the Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge.
CTMH Products Used
Now it's your turn. Why don't you give this technique a try? Even if you don't give this particular technique a try, there are just so many things you can do with heat and dry embossing. So I hope you will join us this week. All you have to do is 1) follow the rules (use embossing and use mostly CTMH products) and 2) link your project back to Heart 2 Heart from your blog post or online gallery. In order to be considered for the Top 10 award, you must link your project for this or any of this month's H2H challenges by 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st.
Don't have any CTMH products? That's an easy fix! Simply contact your local CTMH consultant (or go here to find one near you) or you can place an order by going to my website.
Everyone looks forward to seeing your creation, so get to embossing! :)
Now for the photo tutorial....
|Use a static bag or used clothes dryer sheet to help remove static and neutralize oils from your hands, so that the embossing powder doesn't stick where you don't want it.|
|Using VersaMark ink, random stamp your images onto your cardstock. Bold images work well for this technique. You have a little time to work, as VersaMark doesn't dry too quickly, but you don't want to take the dog for a walk or anything. ;)|
|After stamping your images, pour clear embossing powder over the ink.|
|Here you can see that the images have been covered in embossing powder.|
|Here is what my project looked like after heating the powder until it was no longer shiny. Remember...this takes a while to do. So be patient.|
|Here's a clue that it is working. You will be able to see the images on the back of the paper and when it's all said and done, it will seem like you can see through it. Cool, huh?|
|Now just sponge your choice of inks onto the images. I worked in circles, but you certainly could tap the sponges onto the paper.|
|Something you can do to help with the blending is to spray a little water directly onto your sponge prior to adding ink. The little bit of water on your ink pad won't hurt them. At least, it's never hurt mine.|
|Here, I just stamped a sentiment using grey wool ink onto the paper using both first and second generation stamping.|
|You can certainly let your paper dry naturally, but I prefer the impatient method...my heat tool. :)|
|I also recommend drying the back. Besides dryiing the paper thoroughly, it will also help to "warp" your paper in the correct direction. If that makes sense.|
|Here again is the card.|
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. :)
Until next time....