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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Dry Embossed Flowers

Today's card is in honor of the birthday of the fabulous owner of I Brake for Stamps! And also a chance to really try out the Cuttlebug machine my Dad gave me for Christmas (thanks Dad! ;o) It's an awesome tool for card-making and I'm just getting started with the experimenting! On a whim I ran some fancy semi-glossy marbled Kleenex box cardboard thru earlier and cut some really cool decorative corners which I hope to turn into a card...

Card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
I meant to make a card using a neat technique in the newest TechniqueJunkies newsletter but I neglected to reread the instructions first so this is a conglomeration!

I had had this background in my UFO (Un Finished Objects) drawer for quite awhile. It was a Watercolor Distress technique that went wrong for what I was wanting it for at the time so it got shelved. I'm so glad I saved it because I really like it for this. The center of the metal frame was the outside edge of the bkgd.

Here's the basic steps of what I did:

For the background cardstock, I believe I used Distress inks in Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint. To lay the color down I pressed the orange ink pad to a nonstick craft sheet, spritzed with water, then laid cream cardstock in it. I let this dry awhile, then did the same with the green. It looks like I was pretty liberal with the color application LOL

I ran this piece thru the Cuttlebug with the Stylized Flowers folder and then edged the panel with some Stampin' Up!'s True Thyme. I used a Colorbox Stylus handle and firm sponge-tip to apply white acrylic paint to the embossing.

I stamped Happy Birthday (Hero Arts) on the scrap in green ink, and attached it under the metal label frame. Then I just wrapped some True Thyme ribbon around the panel and adhered it all down with 3M ATG tape, tying an extra piece on for interest, and adhered the metal tag over this. I layered the embossed panel to a green panel to a rust panel.

Thanks for looking!

3 comments:

Manna said...

I love the colours on this one, Nancy! Oh, also love your UFO acronym. I may have to copy if you don't mind! TFS your beautiful work!

Daria said...

I think I already told you how much I love this one. Now that I see it again, I have to say it once more. Fabulous card!

Leigh said...

Oooooo I love this card. I'd love to try this technique. TFS.