Technique – dry embossing

Featuring dry embossing

Happy 2019

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the current Case This Sketch challenge.

I used a sketch to create a card for my dear dad – and I included glitter card and glitter nuvo drops! The only time of year that I can use glitter on his card!

I embossed an old wood-mounted stamp by Impression Obsession – I’m determined to use my wood-mounted stamps more frequently this year!

I also used an embossing folder I got from Michaels last April.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Snowflakes all around

Hello Everyone!

So my Christmas cards are all written/sent, but that doesn’t mean my festive supplies are getting put away just yet! Here’s the card I made for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. The DT call is still ongoing, so I’m throwing my hat into the ring with this one as well and keeping my fingers crossed!

I used a great 3D embossing folder from Crafter’s Companions – Sparling Snowflake – to create my centre panel. I love how this folder embosses snowflakes with differing depths. Quite unique I think! I haven’t got any other folders like this! Some snowflakes are really raised but others are very subtle. So clever!

Anyway, I added the Alicia snowflake die cut by Simon Says Stamp and stamped a small sentiment from Clearly Besotted.

To finish off the card, I added a few Nuvo glitter drops.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge where the theme is die cutting.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 19 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 19 was Jillybean Soup. I do have some of their embellishments and stamps, but nothing suitable for a festive tag, so I decided to use Hero Arts stamps for my take on Lindsay M-P’s pretty tag.

I embossed the tree stamp from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November 2017 kit with some Stampendous glitter embossing powder that I’ve had forever! I then used the die to partially cut the tree and cut around the top of the tree by hand as the die cuts a hole at the top, which I didn’t want.

I lightly blended some distress ink over part of the tag base and the used a Sizzix embossing folder to create the background texture. I added some Stickles to the embossed snowflakes and a sentiment from Hero Arts to finish off my tag.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 15 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 15 was Stamplorations. The inspiration tags were amazing and I was particularly drawn to the yellow and red tag created by Shery Russ – it is totally different from my usual colour palettes, and not traditionally Christmas – I think that’s why I just had to use it as my inspiration!

I don’t have many of their products yet, so I used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment die, some Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps and a Cuttlebug embossing folder for my take.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Happy World Cardmaking Day

Hello everyone!

Life has been busy with no crafting time, but I had to make a card today, right! After all, it’s world cardmaking day!

I was really pleased to see a list of prompts that Susan Opel shared on Instagram as I was finding it quite difficult to decide what to create! I chose ‘dry emboss’ with a Spellbinders folder, ‘3 or more ink colours’ (crushed olive, Victorian velvet and antique linen) and ‘no stamping’ (Simon Says Stamp dies). However, this card took me FAR longer than I expected!

This was mainly down to a few issues with my embossing folder. It’s new – I found it at Alexandra Palace a few weeks ago after looking for it for YEARS (I think I first saw it in Simon Says Stamp in 2014). It’s a wonderful design and embosses very deeply, but unfortunately it also causes the paper to crack or tear in a few places. After googling this, I tried a suggestion to wet the paper before embossing. As I was creating an ink-blended background, I could only wet one side of the paper so I still had some cracking but a definite improvement. And the strategic positioning of die cuts hid the rest of the cracking!!

I’m adding this to the SSS blog linky today – they are offering a gift card and magazine subscription to two winners. I just realised that we have until next week to link our cards! I thought the deadline was tonight! But I’m pleased that my misunderstanding helped me focus on actually making a card today!!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Happiest of birthdays

Happy Friyay people!

My Altenew Watercolour paints arrived this morning so I had a fun afternoon swatching and playing with them! They made using this week’s Color Throwdown challenge palette (aqua, peach, light grey and white) very easy indeed!

I finally inked up and embossed part of the Simon Says Stamp Centre Cut Flowers stamp and coloured it with my new paints.  I dry embossed a strip of grey cardstock and adhered it to my base card before adding the coloured image.

To finish off the card I added a sentiment from My Favorite Things.

I’m also entering this into the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (anything goes).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.