CAS – Embossing on Vellum

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Chances are if you love to emboss, you’ve tried embossing on vellum before. Embossing really gets a pop when laid on top of the slick vellum surface. Today I’m playing along with the Clean and Simple challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. And the technique is yup, you guessed it –  embossing on vellum.

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Embossing on Vellum Tutorial

Clean and simple cards need a focal point. This project uses embossing on vellum not just to highlight the focal point, but to soften a busy background as well. To bring more attention to that focal point, emboss a golden twig wreath around.

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The focal point. One of the brilliant properties of vellum is that it is translucent. So I took a busy stamped off Peppermint Stick background in green and placed it behind my vellum window. With the golden twigs – it really worked.

But the card needed a tiny bit more. The clean and simple look was what I was after, so I didn’t want to clutter it up too much. I ended up choosing to add some golden holly leaves & berries in the corner.

Embossing on Vellum Technique

All the little touches seem to pull it together. The vellum cuts down the strong stamped background just the right amount….now it adds something rather than dominating. The golden accents added to the card, without pulling your eye from the dominant focal point – just what you’re looking for in clean and simple design.

When working on your clean and simple cards – don’t be afraid to stray from a white card. White space – which is what CAS design needs doesn’t literally mean white!

Now it’s your turn – head on over to Happy Little Stampers and join in the Embossing on Vellum Challenge fun!

Till next time –

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Gold Embossed Christmas Cards

Today I have a fun gold embossed Christmas card for you. This month over at Happy Little Stampers the theme for the Christmas Challenge is Gold. I’d love to see what you create with this fun and wide open challenge!

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Here’s my project:

Large Ampersand in Gold

 

I embossed the Holly leaf stencil by ARTplorations in Gilded Gold embossing powder by Brutus Monroe – I love it’s depth of color! I then die cut the large Ampersand from Catherine Pooler Designs – And dies. Doesn’t it rock?!! I smooshed it into some versamark and added the BM powder. I used the Catherine Pooler Designs And Sentiments for some great greetings. The card base is Old Olive and the card front is Cherry Cobbler. I just LOVE the look.

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So hop on over to Happy Little Stampers and create some GOLD fun this month!!! It’s July…that means it’s time to get going on your Christmas cards…lol!

Now go get those fingers inky!

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CAS Embossed Tree

So have you had a chance to play along with the Happy Little Stampers new Christmas Challenge yet? If not, jump right on in! Here’s a little more quick, simple, easily mass produced inspiration for you!

This tree is simply embossed using a fun background stamp and then cut at several angles to form a few trees. You would be surprised at how quick and easy it is to mass produce these beauties.

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CAS Embossed Tree July 2015 HLS

I made several versions on different neutral colored card bases. My tree is in Always Artichoke with an Early Espresso trunk. The background stamp is Dotted Fusion by Penny Black, embossed in gold.

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So if you’re in a pinch for a super quick, fun, very clean and simple card – this one is a winner!

Tell me which base you like the best in the comments below – I’m still undecided. And be sure to jump into the challenge fun over at the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge! I can’t wait to see how you are inspired!

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Black and White Emboss Resist Poppies

Pleasant Poppies Background Stamp

The emboss resist technique is one that you probably use in card making so often that you don’t even give it a thought. It can be used in several ways; today we’re going to feature it with a little coloring using markers and the Pleasant Poppies background stamp.

Embossing techniques are probably some of my favorites. And embossing in general was probably one of the biggest wow techniques you first saw when learning how to stamp, am I right? I’d love to know what it was for you…tell me in the comments below!

Emboss Resist + Markers Video Tutorial

This project tutorial uses emboss resist to create monochromatic poppies for a truly striking card. Like I say in the video, creating black flowers is kind of weird for me, but I have to admit, the card is gorgeous! Here’s the step by step tutorial:

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Now that you’ve seen the video, I listed some instructions for this project. If you haven’t had a chance to see the video, it gives a lot more detail than the tutorial below.

Emboss Resist Technique

Creative Tips –

  • You’ll want to create your background first. Stamp the Dictionary stamp in tone on tone ink (Basic Gray). The Basic Gray card front measures 4 x 5 1/4”.
  • Be sure the background is completely dry as in the video.
  • Use a de-static tool like an embossing buddy on your card front.
  • Emboss the Pleasant Poppies stamp using White Pigment Ink and embossing powder.
  • Color your flowers in using a Basic Black marker.

Embossing Techniques

    • The embossed poppy outline will “resist” the dye ink – that’s the emboss resist technique! Simple, right?
    • Color your images in sections.
    • Lightly dampen a paper towel by spritzing it with a fine mist mini-spritzer. I can not stress lightly enough. You don’t want to add water to your project, just use it as a tool to remove the ink that the embossed image resisted.
    • Wipe lightly over your emboss resisted image. I first pat it, then wipe, being careful not to push my towel into my cardstock. You want to just stay on the raised surface.
    • Add a greeting embossed on Vellum card stock and adhere your card front to the white base. The card base measures 4 1/4 x 11”.

How to embossing tutorials

That’s it! You can try this technique with any colors, but you’ll want to make sure that your marker is darker than your background image (the dictionary stamp). Otherwise you’ll see the background image through your colored flower.

I entered this card in the following challenges:  Happy Little Stampers and Virginia’s View.

HLS March Sketch Challenge   Virginias View March 2014

So what did you think? Are the emboss resist flowers Weird or Striking for you – tell me in the comments – I’d love to know!

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Merry Winter Wonderland

When I think of December I think Winter Wonderland.  With Christmas, trees, lights, snow and all the trimmings!  This card brings out the fun and wintery scene.  I hope you love it!  May you have a very Merry Christmas with your friends and family!

The top image has an embossed background using the Penny Black Fleur de Lys Background stamp – white on white and a watercolored White Christmas stamped image.  The sequins from Pretty Pink Posh give it a snowfall feel.

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This image also is watercolored for the main stamped image from White Christmas, but has a glitter edge using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  The background is just a dots embossing folder and the added silver cord gives it a holiday look.

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Both are for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.  Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!

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Simple Snowflakes

Sometimes I just need a quick card.  I’ve found that the stamp set Snowflake Soiree is that go to set for quick and easy cards.  Don’t get me wrong, I can make a complex one with the best of them, but sometimes simpler is best.

This card represents just that.  A quick and easy holiday card that even has a little embossing on it!  I stamped the snowflakes in Midnight Muse – my new favorite winter color, and embossed the saying from the set in Silver.  I popped the banner up with dimensionals and threw a white Decorative Label Punched piece behind for a little contrast.  Of course, snowflakes just wouldn’t be right without a Rhinestone Jewel!

And that’s it!  Just a quick, simple and easy card for the day.  What are you going to make with this great set from our Holiday Catalog?

Creatively yours –

Ingrid

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Stamp Sets – Snowflake Soiree (127925) Paper – Whisper White (100730), Midnight Muse (126843) Ink – Midnight Muse (126860) Cool Tools – 1” square punch The Perfect Finish – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

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Inspiration Challenge

Inspiration can be found everywhere.  And I love to look at photos and advertisements in magazines when I am lacking natural inspiration.  I just re-started my Stampin’ Up business two days ago and find myself in a new position – I only have one set of image stamps and one set of saying stamps.  So, I have to make due with what I have until my new kit arrives.

I decided to go to one of my favorite places – Pinterest for some inspiration.  I pinned several ideas to some of my boards (This one I put on my Card Inspiration Board) and then I stumbled upon this photo of a gorgeous wood gate with scrolled ironwork.  I loved the colors together and decided that I would use this as inspiration for my next card.

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I chose the color River Rock as my base to work with black.  I couldn’t get the classic ink dark enough, so I decided to emboss with my Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  This stamp set is quite detailed, so make sure to use an Embossing Buddy.  I used the Bravo Burgundy as my brick inspiration for the card itself, but chose to stay with the Basic Black and River Rock as the main parts to the card.  Be sure to thoroughly allow the image to dry before cutting it into strips.  I sponged the edges of the strips with Classic Black Ink for a little more depth.

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I embossed the edges of the saying, distressed the black edges it’s matted upon with the cutter kit, and popped The River Rock Saying up on Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little pop.  I hope you love the creative result.  If you would like the specific dimensions for the card – please click here to contact me!

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Now break out your Baroque Motifs set and show me what creative path this picture takes you!

Happy Creating –

Ingrid

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Stamp Sets – Baroque Motifs (113490) Sincere Salutations (115068); Paper – River Rock (108640), Basic Black (121045), Bravo Burgundy (105123); Ink – Versamark (102283), Classic Basic Black (101179); Cool Tools – Stamping Sponges (101610), Black Stamping Emboss Powder (109133), Embossing Buddy (103083) Heat Tool (100005), Powder Pals (102197; The Perfect Finish – Stamping Dimensionals (104430), Cutter Kit (106958)

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