Thursday, August 4, 2011

Creative Elements and Two Techniques


This fun card was "cased" from the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog (page 118). It uses two techniques: Emboss Resist and Masking. I'm going to share a brief tutorial of these techniques today.


The first step is to stamp the butterfly image onto Very Vanilla card stock with Versamark ink. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, tap off the excess, and heat emboss with your Heat Tool. You'll be left with a shiny but barely visible image.


Next, clean your stamp and stamp again, in any color ink, onto a piece of scrap paper. I like to use computer paper because it is thin. Clean the stamp again, take it off the block, and trace around it over the butterfly. If you use wood mount stamps, you can do this freehand. It doesn't have to be exact. Then cut it out with your Paper Snips.


Using temporary adhesive, like Dotto, adhere the second butterfly over the first, creating a mask. You are then going to ink your En Francais (or any other) background stamp with Early Espresso ink and stamp over the entire piece of card stock.


Remove the mask and what you will have should look this (above). The butterfly was effectively masked from the background stamp.


The last step it to take a Sponge Dauber and ink it with a Rose Red stamp pad. Rub off the excess onto scrap paper. You want to use a light touch here, less is definitely more! Sponge over the butterfly and just outside the edges to reveal all the details in this beautiful image. This is the final step in the Emboss Resist technique.


Put the rest of your card together, and viola! You're an expert now! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!

Stampin' Up! Products used:
Stamp Sets: Creative Elements, En Francais Background Stamp, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder, Rose Red, Early Espresso
Ink Pads: Versamark, Rose Red, Early Espresso
Tools: Heat Tool, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Sponge Daubers
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Early Espresso 1/8" Tafetta Ribbon, Dimensionals

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I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Sandy





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