Friday, October 5, 2012
It's a Tree Pickin' kind of day for Sweet Stamp Shop Challenge
I'm playing along with Sweet Stamp Shop's challenge again today. This time we needed to use embossing on our cards.
I must admit, that I haven't done a ton of embossing. I've got lots of stuff, but somehow often feel like it takes too much time, to pull all the stuff out. BUT, emboss I did on this card. Tried not one, but two different thngs!
First, I used the letterpress technique to create that background. It was easier and less messy than I thought it would be - really no mess at all. Just used a brayer to roll ink onto one side of the embossing folder, stuck a piece of paper in, ran it through the Vagabond. Don't know why it took me so long to get around to trying it!
The one thing I did learn is that it does weaken your cardstock. This was supposed to be a bigger card, but when I was trimming the paper, it kept ripping...insert angry crafter here...so I ended up having to trim with scissors, thus, you see a 4x4 card instead of an A2.
I also embossed the sentiment with the craft gun that I have had for about 6 months and never used until now. I have to admit, the embossing part was pretty fun. It was neat to see the powder melt and then puff up.
Finally some piecing, because it's what I do. I used CTMH's Christmas papers from last year, Believe, for the red mat as well as the two lighter trees, and then Topiary cardstock for the bigger trees. The red and yellow accents were added with Spectrum Noir markers.
Hope your week is ending well, looking forward to a long weekend!
Paper/Cardstock: CTMH - Believe papers, White Daisy and Topiary cardstock
Stamps - Sweet Stamp Shop Tree Traditions
Ink: CTMH - Chocolate and Topiary
Other: Sizzix - Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Scallops by Basic Grey, Vagabond; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape, White Embossing Powder, Craft Heater, Bonding Memories Adhesive; Versamark; Speedball - Rubber Brayer; Spectrum Noir Markers - DR5 and CT4