I recently discovered that one can emboss layer upon layer with different colors to achieve a pretty focal point on a card, or even use as a background for that matter. I wanted to try my hand at layering several colors as well as work with my new stamp set from Clear Art Stamps called Birdies ; this is the card I created. It’s intended to have a vintage, yet spring-like look. I think I achieved both by using the soft tones of embossing powder along with the french script and birdies stamp set. There are actually 3 layers of embossing on top of each other. I used pastel lilac for the base and then stamped the white bird-cage on top of that, then added the blue bird to sit on the perch. The blue embossing shows as the shadow underneath. I stamped the bird again on baby blue card stock, fussy cut it and used pop dots to add dimension. To learn more about embossing layer over layer, I would suggest viewing the tutorial from Fran Seiford on her Wildflower Sprigs Card. My card is done quite a bit different, but the basic idea of layering embossing powder came from Fran and her tutorial. Thank you Fran for this fabulous technique.
As an additional thought, don’t you just love clear stamps? I was able to put 3 different stamps on one clear block to stamp the bird-cage, hanger and tree limb all at one time. This was such a quick way to get those images to line up perfectly to create a scene. Love, love, love those clear stamps!
French Script Stamp, card stock, ribbon & soft subtles embossing powder from SU
Birdies stamp set from Crafty Secrets/Clear Art Stamps
Pearls from Paper Studio
My second project is a birthday card that will be going to our granddaughter in Colorado for her 8th birthday in October. I think it turned out so cute. The basic design of the card is from a Diana Gibbs tutorial I saw recently. I loved the design of that card, but wanted to use an ice cream cone theme instead. The image I used is from Beccy’s Place and was a free digital download called “Triple Scoop Ice Cream Cone”. The original ice cream cone image was quite large so I decided to shrink it down considerably to 1″ and then copy the image 5 times and make a string of cones. The images were colored with my Sakura Souffle’ Pens and Prismacolor Pencils and then enhanced with a sprinkling of glitter. The Happy Birthday sentiment is embossed in soft pink and the edges were sponged with Pretty in Pink Classic Ink from SU. I love the way this card turned out.
I also used this same idea to make a card for our son’s birthday, but instead I went with his food truck colors of yellow and black and used pictures of the food he serves. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of that card, so you’ll have to use your imagination for that one.
I want to send a special thank you to Diana Gibbs for your tutorial. Also, a very special thank you goes to Beccy over at “Beccy’s Place” for sharing your time and talents and offering this fun ice cream cone digital stamp to your readers.
Digital image called Triple Ice Cream Cone from Beccy’s Place
Card stock, ribbon, glitter, word window punch & pink EP from SU
Threading Water border punch from Fiskars
Sakura Souffle’ Pens
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