Monday, 16 May 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Embossing Challenge

This time on Crafty Cardmakers, we want to see your embossing! It can be heat embossing, or dry embossing by machine or hand - it's up to you!

This time, we're sponsored by Joanna Sheen, who's offering a £10 voucher to the lucky winner.

As is often the case, I couldn't make up my mind, so I've got a couple of cards to show you.

This one uses a background which I stamped in gold ink then embossed with holographic clear powder. Then I edged the card with more of the gold ink. The image is a die cut I bought while on holiday a while ago. I heat embossed it, first with a blue ultra-thick powder, for about four layers, and then with some gold ultra-thick powder, before stamping the result with a floral background stamp while the embossing was still melted.

I finished the card with some matting, and some sticky gems coloured with Promarker.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges where anything goes,
Paper Pretties where they want texture (embossed dragonfly and background),
Crafty Creations where anything goes,
Sew Many Cards where anything goes,
Stamp Something where anything goes,
AI Factory where they want something from a nature walk (dragonfly),
Creative Inspirations where they want glitzy and bling,
Card Cupids Blog where they want no patterned paper (hope this counts - it wasn't patterned when I started!).

And then, there's something a little different!

The image is from Crafts and Me, and was stamped (in black) and heat embossed (clear). (One tip I picked up some years ago when I was struggling with stamping in general, was to put your colour with ink and emboss clear as it tends to record more detail because the embossing powder 'smudges' when it melts.) I've watercoloured the image with a combination of Aquamarkers and Twinkling H2Os.

The background is Coredinations Chocolate Box card, and I used a Spellbinder's Borderability (for the scallops), and embossed with Cuttlebug folders in my Wizard, then sanded to reveal the blue shade underneath.

The flowers are from some gorgeous lace I'm hoarding (and yes, I've got it in two different widths - I like it that much!) The lace and the ribbon are both from Hobbycraft.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown where they want die cuts (borderability die with scallopped edge)
Top Tip Tuesday where they're having a flower frenzy,
Papertake Weekly where they want punches or die cuts (borderability die with scallops),
Everybody Art where they want flowers,
Creative Craft Challenge where they want distressing (distressed embossing),
Clear it Out where they want ribbon or trim (ribbon and lace pieces),
Fabulous Friday where they want ribbon,
Really Reasonable Ribbon where anything goes,
I Did it Creations where they want ribbon and lace (the flowers are from a piece of lace).


Jack said...

Love both these cards. And I remember this tip from you ages ago it is a great tip. xx

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Josephine, these are both so beautiful. Love all the fab details.

Donna x

Nana Donna said...

Love both of your cards, thanks for sharing and playing along at CCC this week.

Lori Apgar said...

Very prety card!!! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs for our Ribbon and/or Twine challenge this week!!

mommyof5kidz said...

Absolutely gorgeous. LOVE. Thanks for playing along with us at the RRR blog!

LindaS said...

Waw I love the gold/blue background - beautiful card.

Julye said...

" really stunning and totally different cards, thank you for taking the time to share and inspire all at Penny's and CCC.

Lin said...

Both of these are gorgeous Josephine.

The flowers on the second one are so zingy and lush. No wonder you are hoarding the lace!!!

Lin xx

Debs said...

wow they're both really beautiful, gorgeous detail and I love the embossing on your dragonfly

Martha said...

adorable, this is cute, thank you so much for joining with Clear It Out

Renee said...

Both cards are great, but i love the butterfly one. It's so cool looking.

Nannieflash said...

Oh Josephine both of your cards are stunning, I especially lvoe the fairy one, as Im very fond of them. with hugs Shirleyxx

furrypig said...

great cards, thanks for joining us at IDIC thisweek

Dora said...

Hi Josephine, these are both so beautiful, yes really different mmm the fairy one is my fave. Love the embossing xxx

Rachel B said...

Beautiful cards! Fabulous trim. Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out.

Ika said...

Wow, josephine!! love both of your cards!! they're amazingly creative and really admire your patience and technique in making them! thank you for playing with us at AI Factory! Hugs

Nikbee said...

Wonderful cards. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft.

Nikki x

Made by Mandy said...

Your dragonfly card is gorgeous, it looks so rich and your embossing is fabulous.

love Mandy xxx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards. Your embossing is just gorgeous! Thanks for joining our challenge this week at Frosted Designs.

cindy said...

thank you for telling me the flowers are lace. I appreciate that. Beautiful card. Love your coloring and attention to detail. Thanks for joining us at I Did It Creations this week. I hope to see you back next week for our next challenge.

xxxtglxxx said...

Both your cards look beautiful and so different! :)

The dragonfly card is very arty and I love the style, and the angel card is just divine :)

Have a great weekend,



Eiglas said...

Josephiine, both of these projects are absolutely beautiful. The embossing is so pretty and I love the image in the second one especially!

gillyflower said...

both gorgeous cards just love that dragonfly wonderful work
gill x

Beverley said...

Gorgeous cards. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge. Bev x

Jeanne S said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for playing the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge!!!

Uma said...

fantastically beautiful embossing


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