Impressive Heat Embossing
As the title suggests, this card is about the embossing technique; there are so many ways to apply it. And I've used two in the card above. One is clear embossing on dark cardstock, and the other is ombre heat embossing for my focal image. I learnt from the class that darker cardstock gives a better result for clear embossing powder, and yes, the result worked out wonderfully on this project.
To start, I cut a white A2 card panel and a dark green one, the white panel I stamped in 3 shades of green ink and the dark green panel is all in Frosted Crystal embossing powder. A Misti is a must for this technique as I wanted the stamped leaves on both panels to be in the same position. I achieved this by arranging all my leaves stamps along the top and right edge of the panel, bearing in mind not to let the leaves cross an imaginary line diagonally across (top left to bottom right). After stamping that corner, I would leave the stamps in the same position and rotate my cardstock 180 degrees, then repeat the process. I would repeat this process with the dark green cardstock but applying Frosted Crystal embossing powder instead of ink. I then use the Fitted Rectangle Die to cut the inside of both panels out and swap them. It's a funny thing how things don't turn out as planned. In the draft that I drew, I had prepared to use a smaller die frame for inside, but after measuring out my focal image and judging how far I had stamped the leaves; this bigger frame would allow the viewer to see more of the technique.
As for the focal image, I stamped it in Versamark ink and pour embossing powder on top to create an ombre effect. A solid stamp is excellent for this technique. I embossed a simple sentiment in white and added a washi tape underneath for it to stand out. The sentiment and focal leave cluster is mounted on with foam tape for added dimension. This card is a perfect masculine card; the shine comes from the embossing and does not need any other embellishments.
Tips: Prep your surface before embossing and use a tiny brush to brush away the powder in unwanted places. With this technique, you'll end up with a twofer a card; having another focal image at hand would be great.
Altenew Supplies: Leaf Cluster Stamp and Die, Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock 110lb, Crisp Dye Ink (Firefly, Forest Glades, Moss), Misti, Golden Trim Washi Tape, Watercolour Halftone Stamp, Embossing Powder (Antique Silver, Antique Gold).
Other Supplies: Ranger Embossing Powder (Frosted Crystal, Copper, White), Fitted Round Rectangles, Cardstock (Dark Green, Black), Heat Tool, Anti-static Bag, Foam Tape, Liquid Glue.
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