Embossing Stamped Images

This is a technique which often gets overlooked. We often stamp or emboss but rarely combine the two. I was inspired to revisit this technique by Ann Craig, a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who posted an image of a beautiful card on her Facebook page (@ann.craig.stampinup).

I wondered how different the results would be depending on whether you stamped and then embossed or vice versa. So I created a simplified version of Ann’s card to test it out!

Stamp then emboss…

I have used Sahara Sand and Early Espresso cardstock and Early Espresso ink. The layers are created using the Stitched Rectangle dies and I have used the Subtle 3D embossing folder to give a textured, almost linen look. For the first card I stamped the image before embossing.

Emboss then stamp…

For the second card I have simply embossed the cardstock before stamping the image but everything else is the same as the first example. This gives a more distressed look as the ink doesn’t meet the cardstock in the debossed areas. I used an Aqua Painter to add some shading to the image in this case. I’m really pleased with both versions of this card and can’t wait to step it up with more water-colouring of the image and some ribbon to embellish.

Get more from your embossing folders!

Have you got embossing folders in your stash that you could try this technique with? Or perhaps you could emboss some Designer Series Paper rather than a stamped image for another different look? Don’t forget you can also use the letterpress technique by inking up your embossing folders. Let me know if you’d like me to cover this in a future post. They really are such versatile products, make sure you are making the most of yours!

Product list…

The list of products that I have used for these products is below. The only exception is the Free As A Bird stamp set which is coming soon! Simply click on the links to head straight to my online shop.

The will also be a video tutorial for these cards on my You Tube channel soon!

Bye for now!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or you can email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

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Butterfly Gala Cards

Welcome to part 2 of the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala Showcase. In part 1 we looked at tags (you can find the blog here) and this week we will be making cards. Again there will be examples for beginner, casual and avid crafters so, no matter what your level of experience and size of your craft stash, there’s something for everyone!

A Little Note

The card for beginners uses only cardstock, stamps and ink and so is really accessible but looks impressive. The colour scheme for this card is Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Mint Macaron. I made the card base from Tranquil Tide Cardstock and made another, slightly smaller, Whisper White layer to stamp onto. The sentiment is stamped in Tranquil Tide ink and the butterflies are stamped in Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Mint Macaron. Creating your own background paper like this is a great way to produce a simple card and can be used with almost any stamp set. This is a really quick and simple card to produce but looks clean and stylish and would make any recipient smile.

Thank You So Very Much

The card for casual crafters adds in the use of the coordinating punch (Butterfly Duet). I decided to use an unusual colour combination for the card – Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie. Black makes a great card base because any colours used on the card will really stand out. The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the outline is produced using a journaling pen. These pens are great for adding extra detail to stamped images or creating borders around sentiments or around the entire card. The butterflies are also stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock and then cut out using the punch. Some extra shape has been added by curling the butterfly wings so that they stand out from the card. This produces a simple but eye-catching card using just two colours of cardstock and one ink colour. The range of sentiments within the Stamp Set mean that, given this small selection of products you could create cards for a number of occasions.

You’ve Been On My Mind

The avid crafter card also uses the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) and embellishments. I created the card base from Highland Heather cardstock. All of the layers on this card have been cut out using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits but if you don’t have these you could simply cut the layers using your trimmer. Mulitple layers are a simple way to make your cards look really extravagant and luxurious. The main layer is DSP followed by two pieces of Highland Heather cardstock onto which pieces of Whisper White cardstock are adhered. The sentiment is stamped in Highland Heather ink and the butterflies are stamped tone-on-tone (Highland Heather ink onto Highland Heather cardstock) and cut out using the punch. The final touches are added by using two different types of ribbon and the Gingham Gala sequins. Using the coordinating DSP on projects takes a lot of time and effort out of creating background layers and using this and the coordinating embellishments means you can guarantee that everything matches perfectly!

Next Time…

I hope you have enjoyed part 2 of the Butterfly Gala Showcase. Next week we will be making 3D projects. In the meantime, if you have any questions just let me know.

The product list for these three projects follows below. If you would like to purchase any of these items, click on the link and it will take you straight to my online shop!

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