Saturday, November 12, 2011

Embossing and pretty paper!

When I started stamping....oh...close to 10 years ago now...I was determined to have a minimal supply of 'tools'. I liked to paint and color so I was DETERMINED to own ONLY a good supply of pencil crayons, tombow markers, a good paint brush, ONE black ink pad, and clear embossing powder.

WELL! 10 years later and DRAWERS full of ink pads, countless embossing powders, overflowing glitter, crimpers, melting pots, punches, dies, a variety of die cutting tools, dozens of paint brushes, embellishments toooooo numerous to mention, prima flowers, brads and eyelets in all shapes and sizes, COPICS!, and let's not forget the storage alternatives! i've been thru them all!

Then of course there was paper! 10 years ago patterned paper or 'DP' was primarily used for scrapbooking. The paper I used on my cards was 'special'...and sometimes expensive! I have a folder dedicated to what I call 'specialty paper'. It isn't your run of the mill basic grey, or cosmo cricket. These are textured, or metallic, some are hand made, oh and then there are the Japanese papers! I regularily 'purge' my papers, but not this is special.

So for this card I thought I would go back to my 'roots' and create something with those lush papers and use some of those embossing powders. I started by stamping this Penny Black Queen Anne's Lace in Versamagic Sage Ink. After it was dry I stamped it again with versamark, off setting it a bit. (use a stamp positioner for this....another tool in my arsenal!) Then I started applying the embossing powders, picking them up with a tiny straw cut on an angle and strategically applying them to the versamark image. First with dark green, then some japanese laquer (which is a mix of deep red and black), then some VERY OLD PSX terra cotta and ochre tapestry. (PSX is soooo old they aren't even in business anymore...but their embossing powders were my absolute FAVE's). Once my powders were applied to the image I held it up and tapped it underneath to make the powders 'dance around'. This is a technique I learned when taking a class with the UBER talented Fred B Mullet. You won't use a lot of embossing powder this way so just trash whatever doesn't stick. Or, if you are Fred, save it in a mixed barrel!

Finally, for something we did not do in Fred's class. I went over the entire thing with inks applied to a sponge. YES, I started this project on a piece of white paper! Dab that sponge dauber (available at Pickle, or Stamping Bella) into chalk or pigment ink starting with a lighter color and apply it all over your image. Then keep adding to it darkening your colors on the outer edges as you go. NOTE....dye inks WILL NOT WORK HERE CAUSE THEY DON'T BLEND AS WELL!

Once you have finished adding your inks buff the entire thing with a soft cloth. This will remove any ink from the embossing and you will be left with a TOTAL WORK OF ART that will leave the recipient thinking....HOW'D SHE DO THAT???? Well, now you know! Seriously, my hand coloured cards get a lot of love, but these are always the ones that leave them guessing!

FYI....I have NO idea where the brad on this card came from! I just pulled it from my vast supply of various embellisments that I love and will never trash!

:) Linda!

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