Monday, April 4, 2016

Do What Makes You Happy

Today's card is the result of playing around with lots of embossing powders from Sparkle N Sprinkle and Want 2 Scrap chipboard to see what I could create with them.

I started out with the Doily (Doily Set 2 chipboard embellishment) from Want 2 Scrap thinking I wanted to create a deep impression in the heated powder with a stamp. The first layer was Fleur de Lis embossing powder, then I added a couple layers of Super Thick Clear to make it even thicker.  It takes a bit of time to heat the chipboard through the bottom (you don't want the embossing powders to fly all over the place).  Next I used the Versamark pad to create a rectangle as I wanted to create a backdrop.  I added Super Thick White and heat set that.

Well, I didn't like that result, so I doubled up on craft mats, had a heat resistant pad under those (so that I could be hands free and the piece was flat on the table) and I really began to heat up the embossing powder to mix the white in with the background.  This is where the fun really started!  I got super close to the surface with my heat tool and the powder became like molten lava.  I was able to push the liquid embossing powders around with the heat to create depth and ripples.  The contrast between the black and white are actually little ripples that you can feel with your finger.

Here is a closer view so hopefully you can see what I'm talking about.

 It still needed a little something, so I sprinkled some Super Thick Gold on top and quickly melted that in for more contrast.

The chipboard words (Create, Inspire) came from the Want 2 Scrap Printer's Tray Embellishment set and they were heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.  The final touch was to add Nuvo Crystal Drops (gloss white) to the outside edge of the finished doily.

The Poppy in the center of the doily is from the Poppies stamp set #771 and was colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut out.  Black Ice glitter was added to the center and Bubble Gum glitter was added to the outside petals.

For the background, I added Red Apple embossing powder to a piece of white cardstock and heat embossed it.  I then sprinkled  Super Thick Gold embossing powder on top and heat set that as well.  The card base is Coordinations Kraft cardstock.  I tore the bottom edge and then inverted the two pieces to create the strip of kraft paper between the black.

The sentiment is from the Bicycles stamp set #494 and I used the embedded embossing technique to create this (also known as Molten Pearls technique).  I added some Red Apple embossing powder to a scrap of white cardstock and heat embossed it.  Then I die cut an oval using a Stampendous die (Build A Pop Up die set) from the embossed area.  The sentiment was then stamped in Versamark on top of the Red Apple, covered with White embossing powder and heat embossed again.

I hope this has inspired you to go and create more of what makes you happy :-).


Erum said...

so awesome!

Lori Kobular said...

Wow!! Anne this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the waves you created with the embossing powders! You are such an artist when it comes to embossing powders!

Donna Ellis said...

Whoa! Wouldn't that be fantastic on jewelry, Anne? I wonder how it would look as you did the final "deep heat" setting by using a tooth pick and making a swirl or two before the molten enamel completely cooled? Or even stamped in it? Fantastic "oops" discovery! I love those kinds of experiments. LOL Thanks for sharing your fabulous design! hugs, de

Donna Ellis said...

PS - do you feel g----y? LOL

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Anne, this is amazing!! The texture you've created is spectacular!! I just want to reach out and touch it!! I agree with are an embossing powder artist!! Wow!! What a stunning card!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Linda Simpson said...

WOW Anne this is stunning! I love the texture and beautiful effect you have created at the centre.
Linda xxx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Gorgeous affect Anne! Love the texture that you have achieved with this. Stunning colors.

Nancy Hill said...

Fantastic techniques. Beautiful card.

NanaConnie said...

Anne, I absolutely LOVE what you did with the mix of black and white EPs on that medallion piece! Magnificent creation.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wowzzzzaaa! I love the look you created- so coooolll! I love that background woth the poppie on top. And the shimmer- love this card!

MiamiKel said...

Sensational card, so bright and vivid - teh colors together just POP!