Hello all, and welcome to this month's 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 will feature a new technique . . . a new fold . . . a new product. We've assembled a team of cardmakers who range from new to advanced, so you will see a great variety of cards and ideas.
This month we will be focusing on the emboss resist techniques and WOW have we got some cool cards for you today. I caught a sneak peek of them earlier in the week, and I can't wait to hop myself.
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Now, on with my projects for the hop.I tried a couple of techniques, and the best advice I can give is not to give up on whatever artistic panels you create. I'll admit a few hit the bottom of my trash barrel, but sometimes you need marinate on them overnight in order to see the creativity.
First up for me is a card created using white embossing powder and "fill" images from a two-step stamp. I white embossed the watercolor cardstock, and then used dye inks to fill in the color. I also sponged the blue background.
I will admit that I struggled with this because the stamped fill was outside of the lines. But I followed thru and finished the card, regardless. I also sponged the blue background, and the green and pink colors went a bit out of the lines even more! Note that I cut the finished piece into random panels and embossed the edges in gold.
For my second card I wanted to try embossing an entire watercolor panel using a background stamp and then masking and adding color to an inner framed portion. I'll admit that I struggled with this one as well. I'm such a linear scrapper! The embossing powder on this one was clear. I used distress ink to watercolor the flowers and leaves.
I do love looking at it close up, as opposed to from a distance. That's when you can see that the embossing covered the entire panel.
My third card was my favorite. Can you say clean lines and linear? This is right up my alley. For this one I used a pre-embossed piece of cardstock from Stampin' Up. I sponged dye ink over the panel and tried to stay darker on the outer edges. I die cut the star images, and popped it over my white card base.
My sentiment spoke of "sparkle" so I added some sparkle in the form of the rhinestones in the stars and some black glitter embossing powder on the edges of the sentiment.
And my second favorite was created using Kevin Oliver Color Bursts on watercolor paper. For this one I embossed the dog and paw images first, and then spritzed the entire piece with water. I then applied two colors of the Color Burst over the panel Then more spritzing. Then more color burst. Maybe more spritzing. Just play until you get what you want.
I also sprayed with water that had Perfect Pearls . . . hence that sheen that is showing below.
I really love the contrast of shading on this panel. I love the darker areas of the panel.
Up next is Sharon at A Piece of Heart
I hope these will inspire some creativity, and I hope you find some time to create!
Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way
Theresa - http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com/
Kim - http://katydidcards.com/
Claudia - http://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/