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Friday, September 21, 2007

Weekly Challenge -- Embossing


This week's Challenge was lots of fun! The most difficult part of the Challenge was coming up with the form of embossing I'd like to do...there are so many techniques and ways to emboss: dry embossing, heat embossing, Joseph's Coat, and on and on the list goes!

One of my favorite techniques is Faux Diamond Dust.....so, this card is so very simple with a really basic layout. Didn't want to busy it up and take away from the glittery focal point. All I did was stamp the various snowflakes from the fun new Snow Burst from the Holiday Mini. Then, using DTP, I applied Versamark over the entire piece of stamped CS and then embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. Even the tag was embossed, using basic embossing.

Stamps: Snow Burst, Season of Joy (saying)
Inks: Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White Craft
CS: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Old Olive
Misc: Key Tag Punch (for greeting), Old Olive Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Iridescent Ice EP


So, knowing that this last card was so very simple (but it looks so sparkly and festive in person!), I decided to share another embossed card with you. This one features Big on Christmas....such a festive and fun set!

The background of this card was dry embossed by using my Cuttlebug and an embossing folder. What the folder does, is push the paper into various impressions. So each snowflake is raised....very dimensional. After embossing, I lightly rubbed my Whisper White Craft Pad over the raised portions, giving them even more definition. The word "SNOW" was not embossed, but simply stamped......however, I used my Versamarker (Versamark Pen) to "color in" the inside of each letter, sprinkled with Heat & Stick and then Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. The snowman was stamped separately on a scrap in StazOn, colored in, covered with Versamark, then Heat & Stick and then the glitter. Finally, it was cut out and placed on a Dimensional directly over the original. Isn't it fun?!! And who doesn't like snowmen!!

Stamps: Big on Christmas
Inks: Brilliant Blue, Jet Black StazOn, Versamark, Whisper White Craft
CS: Whisper White, Real Red, Ballet Blue, Silver Metalllic
Markers (for coloring in the snowman): Basic Black, Real Red, Ballet Blue, Certainly Celery, Only Orange
Misc: Versamarker, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Heat & Stick, Dimensional, Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
NOTE: Cuttlebug is not marketed by SU

Be sure to check out the other Bloggers who take part in the Challenges. They are all sure to have amazing creations to share!

19 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

These are wonderful cards Barbara, and great examples of how embossing can really WOW up a card.

Basement Stamper said...

Awesome cards this week, love both of them!

Lisa said...

Great examples of embossing Barbara! I'm sure the 1st one is very sparkly IRL. Just gotta love the snowflake embossing folder with the Big On Christmas set.

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Ooooo, so pretty!! i love that cuttlebug embossing folder w/ the snowflakes! GREAT job using it!

Lauren (mytime) said...

Oh so sparkly!! Love the first one alot.

amycara said...

These are super cards! I love Faux Diamonds too so your first card is right up my alley. However I love the Big on Christmas set...do I really have to choose???

Ida said...

Both are really great cards. I've got to say I love the "faux diamond dust" technique and those colors just shout out the holiday season. Ida

Ana Maria. said...

Find your blog for random. I speak very bad english because speak spanish all the time. I love your cards, very prettys and fun.
Saludos.

Connie said...

Oh...forgot all about Faux Diamond Dust...I love that embossing technique! Great job on both your cards!

Connie

Lisa Bohler said...

Both cards are GREAT, Barb! I just love the IIEP and that snow burst set is AWESOME!

Lori said...

I love both of your festive cards. The faux diamond dust with the Snow Burst set is fantastic--I may have to try that when my set arrives!

www.stampingwithsheryl.com said...

Wow to both cards! I love the Faux Diamond Dust on the first card--very eye catching.

Summerthyme Studio said...

Both cards are awesome!! The funky Snowburst card is my Fave!! Great colours and design!

Vicki

Julie Campbell said...

I love this technique! Thanks for giving the directions! So pretty!

Stefanie said...

Great cards Barb! I love the faux diamond dust technique. I bet those snowflakes look so sparkly in person!

The cuttlebug snow folder looks great on blue too. The white craft ink really makes them pop!

debbiedee said...

great job on both cards!

Lila H said...

Two Super CUTE cards - I'll bet they really sparkle in real life!

Karen said...

Ooohhh - love the faux diamond card! very sparkly and that wide ribbon is perfect too!! love it!!

rozie640 said...

This card is just awesome!!! You are so right, who doesn't love a sparkly snowman?

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