Welcome to the January Technique Blog Hop:
This is the first in a year-long series of monthly blog hops focusing on techniques for card makers. Each month we’ll feature a different technique, card fold or product. This month we will be focusing on emboss resist techniques and WOW have we got some cool cards for you today.
We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced so you’ll get a great variety of cards and ideas.
We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today’s hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Blitsy.com at the end of the year.
Now, to my projects:
In my many years of crafting, I’ve never tried emboss resist technique and was both eager to try and intimidated by the thought of it. I wanted to try several variations and here are the fruits of my labor:
First up, a constellation! The focal image has been embossed in white and I’ve created the night sky background around it using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
This card was created using the Star Gazer and Star Gazer Additions from Papertrey Ink. I really love their stamps and dies and they have a great Design Team…they’ve made me spend a pretty penny over the years with their inspiration. I stamped the image with VersaMark and embossed with Stampin’ Up’s White. And can I say I just love Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Here’s a helpful link about them. I have the mini pads and they’re working fine for me. I have specifics in the gallery, but I did want to share a few tidbits of information with you:
- As much as I LOVE it, I discovered using the MISTI is not totally foolproof as I naively hoped. I had my Whisper White panel held down securely with magnets (I thought), but the VersaMark ink is very sticky and my panel shifted slightly. I caught it and thought I got it back in exactly the same position, but I didn’t. As a result, my greeting was slightly crooked. Rather than toss the whole thing in the trash, I stamped the greeting again on White Vellum with Midnight Muse and placed it over the boo boo…and no one but you and I know it! Don’t tell, okay?
- I learned through my mistake when stamping the focal image that pressing hard to get a good image is a bad idea when you have a stamp with fine detail as this one does. Pressing firmly caused me to lose the detail, so I had to stamp several times to get really good coverage and keep the image clear. Fortunately, I already learned the MISTI problem I had previously and made sure that didn’t happen with the image.
- I cut a Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet slightly smaller than the focal panel and attached it to the back using my ATG. I removed the protective covering from the sticky back and attached it to the Whisper White card front. I use this rather than Dimensionals or Double Sided Tape as it’s easier and provides a solid backing.
Next I made a panel to span the front of my card with an embossed embellishment and a sweet little sentiment.
With this card, I wanted to try sponging with Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Pads to compare it to the Distress Inks and I found blending to be a bit more difficult than with Distress Inks. You can see in my finished piece the blending isn’t smooth, though I still think it looks fine; it reminds me of sky.
I wanted to try emerging color, so that’s what I did on this feathery card. The end product is so not what I had envisioned in my mind’s eye.
I water colored in peachy orange colors and greens first. Then I stamped. I tried using White Pigment Ink rather than VersaMark before applying White Embossing Powder. Finally, I sponged Concord Crush over top. I expected the area between the feathers to look the color of the ink…which would be the color of the card base…NOT. It got very dark, almost black. I did some misting with water. Still too dark! So I dotted it randomly with a copper leaf pen, though I don’t think you can see that in the picture. It improved the background as the copper catches the light and sparkles.
- I learned you have to be careful when combining colors. Make sure you test it on scrap before you commit to it so you don’t end up with a muddy background.
Since Valentine’s Day will be here in a little over a month, I thought I would make a card in honor of the occasion. I opted for a suspension card, so-called because the hearts are suspended in the opening on the card front.
I used water-color pencils this time. I colored in and around the hearts and then punched them out. While you can find the specifics in the gallery, I did want to share a little something with you about the embossing folder I used, which was part of a Hello Kitty set. The folder wasn’t large enough for the panel so I opened it up and laid the panel over the recessed side and used it like a Scor-Pal which worked out very well, I simply shifted it to continue the pattern.
If this technique still intimidates you, there is a way to have the appearance of emboss resist without the embossing. You can use paper like Irresistibly Yours by Stampin’ Up, which is card stock with an overall pattern of clear gloss which acts just like embossing. Here’s a great video to show you several ways of coloring this type of paper.
My Report Card for this technique: I’d say I need a lot more practice before I can produce cards I’m really happy with, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it. If not for this blog hop, I may never have. I sure hope we inspire you to give it a try and, if you do, please be sure to share your cards with us!
So now you’re off to visit the talented Claudia and she’s got fantastic projects to share with you! I got a sneak peek, so I know!
And here’s today’s line-up in case you get lost along the way:
Theresa – http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
Kim – http://katydidcards.com
Claudia – www.ClaudiaHenderson.blogspot.com
Denise – http://www.craftconfectionery.com
Debbie – http://pawstoscrap.blogspot.com
Sharon – http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com
Lisa – http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com
Jearise – http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com
I’m also submitting one or more cards to the following challenges:
- Blessings Ink-Amusing Challenge Ribbon or Twine
- Blessings Ink-Shades of Blue
- Card and Scrap – Blue & White