Saturday, June 29, 2013

Copper metal embossing.

I like dry embossing but when using paper (especially white) the results are sometimes very hard to see. So I started looking around for other materials, including more masculine ones. I ended up embossing some of my 36 gage Amoco Copper tooling foil and here are the results.
The first card uses a simple band of embossed copper (Darice edge embossing folder) which was aged by coloring the entire strip with a black Sharpie pen and then rubbing as much ink off as possible from the raised surfaces. To add some interest I added faux gems from Stampendous to the center of some of the flowers. I then layered the embossed strip on a white strip of paper,which I edged with gold line stickers from Mrs. Grossman's when I adhered the strip to the card. The final touch was the addition of a tag from Martha Stewart/E.K. Success and a sticker text from Momenta. This card has a distinctive masculine look to it.
The second card uses the same design ideas as the first card, except that I colored the embossing (Darice edge embossing folder) with a variety of colored Sharpie markers and added small 3D sticker flowers from Jolee's/E.K. Success before attaching it to the card and adding a more flowery tag decorated with more of the small 3D sticker flowers. This card has a more feminine characteristic look to it.
The third card and final card is strictly masculine and used a watch themed embossing folder from Darice, which was again colored completely with a black Sharpie marker and then cleaned off as much as possible but still leaving a darker background. The watch is a 3D resin sticker from Jolee's/E.K. Success.

Friday, June 14, 2013

3D Creations

Creating multi layered cards using 3D stickers is quick and easy - but have you ever tried doing it yourself? The easiest way is to find multiple copies of the same image, cut the image out in pieces and then layering the pieces using raised adhesive dots. I recently found a company that actually provides you with pre-cut images to make the process more enjoyable.
This card uses the Reddy Company "antique rose" pattern. The roses, lilac and leaves vary in layers from two all the way to five and are attached to a background design using small adhesive dots (some which I had to trim down to mere slivers). I then trimmed the image background using a deckle edged scissor. For the card and background I used papers that matched the colors in the image. To add to the antique feel I edged the panels with a brown ink pad.  The Reddy Company "antique rose" package comes with six background images on one sheet as well as with a second sheet that has all the pre-cut layers neatly numbered. The punching out and layering processes due to the small fragile pieces are very time consuming ... but the results are well worth it. Try it!