Tuesday, November 24, 2009

318- Christmas Trees

This was one of my first attempts at blank embossing for a splitcoast technique challenge (http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=466417). I wanted to make a two tone card with some shine and I think I accomplished that. I definitely need to practice more to get a perfect blank embossed card- I need a thicker blocker.

I first gold embossed the sentiment- I'm not sure if it would look as good if I dry embossed the paper then tried to put on the sentiment. It might get bumpy and jagged but I've never tried it.

I used my coluzzle to cut an oval in a coaster- thicker than cardstock but thinner than chipboard. I used the masking technique on the very vanilla to stamp the trees in the oval. I then used dotto on my oval and put it on top of the masked image and ran it through my big shot in the plenty of petals embossing folder. If all had worked out well the area under the oval should have stayed smooth and the area around it would have been embossed. Well as you can see that didn't really happen- those folders just really give a deep impression!!

I left the oval on and brayered Handsome Hunter over the dry embossed area- it's a great way to colour the image you've embossed. I ended up using my frost white shimmer paint on the centres of the flowers but I knew I needed to still pop out my central oval. So I used the shimmer paint to colour in the whole oval. I have to say this is motivating me to buy the champagne shimmer paint but I used what I have

So I tried it again a second time- this time I still used an oval out of the coaster but I put one on the front and on the back. I definitely got a better window this time but there is still the faint impression. I think next time I'm going to have to suck it up and use my chipboard to do this.

I need your opinions- do you like it better when I use the shimmer paint in the oval or can it stand alone? Let me know!!


Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Snow Swirled

Paper: Handsome Hunter, Very Vanilla

Ink: Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Petals a Plenty, Big Shot, Coluzzle, Gold Embossing, frost white shimmer paint, brayer

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you leave the oval out of the center when you put it through with petals-a-plenty folder your middle will stay unembossed. I've been playing around with mine and a wood oval frame and it works great. :)