Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Embossed, chalked and embossed again...

I had lots of things going on today - I did some driving to help a neighbor, had several things to get in the mail, taught another "Getting Started" Design Studio class online and tried to catch up with my email (still working on that!).

I did get a bit of time to do some test cuts of designs that will be appearing soon and I also experimented with an idea I had for a card top.

I embossed a piece of white cardstock using the "stylized flowers" Cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I used some chalk to highlight the flowers in various colors and added some blue in the background. This looked fairly pretty but, I couldn't leave well enough alone....

I stamped the entire piece of cardstock with a Versamark watermark ink pad and added some "sparkle" embossing powder. Then I used my heat gun to set the second type of embossing on this card. It is so magical to watch the embossing powder melt!

I got a little carried away on the heat embossing and actually "over-embossed" and melted a section of the card top. I was not about to toss the whole project in the trash bin (you know how I hate to throw anything away!) so I got a bit creative. A long time ago someone told me that if you make a mistake, don't dwell on it - just "think recovery." So I started thinking...

I cut through the paper to eliminate the burnt section making the cut on a diagonal for some interest. I adhered the two remaining sections of the embossed cardstock to a blue base that I had cut slightly smaller than my green A2 card. (I didn't have my camera handy so there is not a photo of each step in my "recovery" process).

I added some pink ribbon to cover the "seams" between the embossed sections and the blue base and then stamped a sentiment in dark blue ink.

In the end - I had a card that I will certainly send to someone - and I learned a few things to help me improve on these techniques for the next time. After all - we learn best by trying things - so just go for it!


  1. I loved this card and have never thought about adding the embossing powder....can't wait to try it...Thanks for the idea

  2. Your mistake turned out great! Love the card.

  3. Oh my gosh. I would have never thought to double emboss. Hmmmm maybe something to try in the very near future. Thanks for sharing!! :-)

    Caroline (AKA Doxieluv01)


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