Friday, April 27, 2012

Heat Embossing On Color Cardstock

Thanks for joining me today for this weeks Papertrey Ink Design Team Tip! 

When creating a simple card, I really try hard to focus on the details.  After all, it's the details that really make a simple card shine. One detail that's easy to add to any type of project is... Heat Embossing.  Today I'll introduce to you clear heat embossing on colored cardstock, but with an added touch that's sure to give your projects that little extra special something. 

Let me get started...
I typically heat emboss using the basic colors...  clear, white and/or black.  But this effect looks amazing in pretty much any color.  I especially love the look of clear embossing powder on color cardstock, the glossy polished result really enhances the color of the paper.

Look closely at the large flower in the photo above.  Notice any thing different?  A bit of scripty text maybe?  Well, I've taken the embossing technique a step farther and combined it with another stamping technique that I love...  Kissing.  It's a little hard to see in the photo (you can click on it for a better look), but in person it really adds so much to this simple cards.  Let me show you what I'm talking about...


Here's How:  I began by inking my flower image using Versamark Ink (a must when embossing!).  Please pay no attention to my yellow stained stamp, it's just the natural effect some inks have on these clear stamps.  Here's A Tip:  The kissing technique is best suited for solid images. 

Next, I inked up my second stamp... my pattern of choice from Background Basics: PostmarksHere's A Tip:  A smaller scaled pattern does the trick perfectly. Others you may consider... an Envelope Pattern (my personal fave for this technique!), Bitty Background Blocks or BB: Text Style just to name a few.  Just  A Note: In the example photo above I've used Smokey Shadow ink (was going for a better visual aid here) but in the actual project I used Canyon Clay ink.

I then pressed the Versamark inked flower stamp onto the inked background stamp.  This is the actually Kissing step, it transfers the color ink from the background stamp onto the flower image.

Stamped the kissed flower onto a coordinating die cut (from Melon Berry cardstock), coated it with clear embossing powder and then heat embossed.  Once cooled, it was ready to be placed.

After figuring out the arrangement of my flowers and leaves I heat embossed each one, keeping with the clear embossed theme.

Here's A Tip: To add yet another neat effect to this card... I trimmed the bottom edge of the card front before attaching all the pieces permanently into place. Then carefully aligned the base of the flowers along the bottom edge to line up with the back flap of the card.  This allowed me to form a good solid and straight edge for the card to stand upon.

Here's the final result.  It's a bit unexpected and I love it!  What do ya think?!

So go ahead! Pull out your stamp stash, clear embossing powder and color cardstock and see what you come up with.  Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by.
 
Maile




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44 comments:

  1. The card is beautiful. Such lovely colors and I fall for the peony every time I see it. Thanks for the wonderful tip to add more pizazz to clear embossing.

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  2. What a clever idea. Why didn't I think of that. Can't wait to try it. ( I love the peony)

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  3. Very interesting! I've definitely heat embossed on colored card stock but not used the kissing technique along with it. And cutting off the edge of your card and placing the flowers along that line is genius!! Such a pretty card:)

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  4. Brilliant technique and one I will try for definate.
    Love the colours you chose.

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  5. How pretty! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks for all the tips - I really like how you finished off the front of your card : )

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  7. Love it ,it's gorgeous ! Love the way you trimmed a bit of the bottom then added the flowers,great tip. TFS

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  8. Fabulous technique with lovely results! But then again, I pretty much love ALL your cards ;-)

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  9. What a beautiful project. Thanks for the great pics of the kissing technique. I love how the flowers form the front edge of the card.

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  10. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this technique and your wonderful work.

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  11. Very fun! What a beautiful bouquet of flowers you created - I love the kissing technique combined with the embossing. I also love how you trimmed the bottom to add the flowers!

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  12. Stunning, Maile! I have done clear embossing on coloured cardstock before, but this "beefed up" technique looks gorgeous, not to mention fun - Thank you :)

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  13. GREAT IDEA Maile! Love seeing this new twist and definitely adding this to my bag of tricks! Thank you!

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  14. Such a pretty card Maile! I love the design :)

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  15. This is beautiful--the addition of the script through the kissing technique takes everthing up a notch! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. This is totally a "now why didn't I think of that?" technique! Amazing! Thanks for sharing, Maile-- I can't wait to try this!

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  17. I love this technique and have used it several times! My favorite part of the card is the trimmed edge with just the flowers "sticking out!"

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  18. Beautiful card and wonderful tips. Thanks for sharing. hugs.

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  19. Fabulous card and what a great technique. TFS!

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  20. Maile, you always have great ideas! Thx for this one! Beautiful!!!

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  21. What a fantastic twist on the technique. Your final project is really inspiring Maile. Something to try.

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  22. Pretty floral card! Never thought to kiss then emboss. Nice effect. I'll try it. TFS the tutorial. :)

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  23. Gorgeous! Kissing + embossing = fabulous. Can you believe I still don't own Rosie Posie yet? Will have to put this in my next cart, thanks to you. ;)

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  24. Great card, stunning technique! I recently came across the kissing thing but haven't tried it yet. Your card is a wonderful inspiration, thanks for sharing it with us!

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  25. Gorgous ..great technique!

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  26. Just BEAUTIFUL, Maile! THX for the kissing technique explanation!

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  27. Your card is so beautiful... can't believe I never thought of trying this technique, it is so cool! Loved your placement at the edge of the card! Great ideas!!

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  28. This is really a beautiful card. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder about this fun technique. I do love how you cut the bottom of the card and let the flowers and leaves be the bottom support.

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  29. I knew I loved Rosie Posie, and you've just reconfirmed that fact. Your embossing + kissing = fabulous results. Love the shorter bottom edge trimmed with leaves and flowers. Perfection at its finest, Maile!

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  30. Such a beautiful card!! Love the technique. Thanks for the step by step instructions.

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  31. Really beautiful card! And thaks for the tip. Hugs! Mojca

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  32. love the technique you showed. Gorgeous card. Thanks!

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  33. Beautiful Maile, those flower just pop-out at you.

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  34. Lovely card. Great tips. TFS.

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  35. Many thanks for showing us your this great technique (with such a thoughtfully detailed presentation!)

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  36. So Clever! I love the dimension the embossing adds without the bulk. Also, the way you trimmed the front and adhered the flowers is awesome, love the way it turned out!

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  37. I love the whole idea, the embossing w/kissing technique is quite clever, yes you are!

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  38. Thanks so much for sharing this technique, Maile! I wanted to make a card for one of Nichole's colour challenges this week, but didn't have any lavender mist ink.... and then I remembered this blog post! Here's my card, if you'd like to see it: http://leighpenner.blogspot.ca/2012/05/mothers-day-card.html
    Thanks again!

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  39. Just going through my PTI e-mails & found the one directing me to your blog. I'm saving it so I can come back again & again. This is one of my all-time favorite cards--just the style I love! Thank you for the inspiration!

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