It's the Blog Hogger coming to you with a picture tutorial of a technique Kathy taught me, called Emboss Painting. It looks impressive but, using Kathy's tips, it isn't hard to do! (Seriously, folks, isn't that what appeals to all of us card addicts? lol)
Although I've seen this technique elsewhere, it always ends up with mixing up some of your embossing powder, and that results in throwing it away. Kathy's technique keeps each color of emboss powder in it's own container so there's no wastage! She's a genius! lol
First, here's the card:
Supplies needed to make this card:
- Basic Black and Very Vanilla card stock (cs)
- Black, Silver & Gold Emboss Powders
- One straw (Yes, I said "straw"! lol)
- 1/4" Very Vanilla ribbon
- 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval punch (which is the smaller of the two punches & is no longer available)
- Large Oval punch
Referring to the picture below, rub your Emboss Buddy across the piece of Very Vanilla cs and, using Versamark Ink to ink up your stamp, stamp the long stamp from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. Do this twice, so that the image of the trees come off the ends of the card stock. Emboss with Gold Emboss Powder.
Attach the ribbon to the narrow strip of cs, using Snail Adhesive to adhere the tape to the back of the cs.
Go ahead and assemble these pieces, using the picture of the completed card for placement.
Now comes the fun part! Cut your straw in half, using a diagonal cut, so that each piece has a pointy end. Look at the picture below to see what I mean.
Next, run the Emboss Buddy over a piece of approximately 2 3/8" x 4" Very Vanilla cs. (I approximated the width of the cs because I rarely stamp an image . . . especially using a wood stamp . . . completely in the middle without using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.) Stamp the tall tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, using Versamark Ink. Using the pointy end of one the straws to pick up some of the Black Emboss Powder, lightly tap some of the emboss powder onto random spots of the image. (Good news! Precision isn't needed here! The completed image will look slightly different each time.)
Then flip the cs over the container you keep your emboss powder in (you'll see what I use in the next two pictures), or whatever you use to catch your emboss powder, and tap the back of the cs to knock off any loose powder. (The trick here is to "flip", as apposed to sliding the powder off.)
Next, repeat with the Silver Emboss Powder. Again, flip the cs over your container and tap the back.
Now you can use a spoon to cover the rest of the image with Gold Emboss Powder, sliding the excess off into your container and tapping on the back to remove any excess.
This is what your image should look like. (Remember, each image will look slightly different.)
Now, use your Heat Tool to set the image and make the beautiful metallic colors shine! Then you can cut the extra cs off, so that your image will be centered on the cs. (My piece of cs ended up measuring 2 1/8" x 4".)
Add a Basic Black layer behind the image. (Mine is 2 3/8" x 4 1/4".)
Attach the image to your card base using Dimensionals. Stamp the greeting with Stazon ink (I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set), punch out and layer with a larger piece of Basic Black cs. Pop the greeting up with Dimensionals . . . and you are finished!
Hope you enjoyed this photo tutorial!