Welcome to this stop on the Craft Stamper Hop! If you don't know about the Hop then be sure to pop over to the Craft Stamper Blog to join in, as there are lots of prizes to be won!
I looked back at all the stuff I'd done for Craft Stamper in 2012 and did have trouble choosing, but eventually decided to do a project using bleach and edge embossing.
The bleaching method is a really quick and easy way to add highlights to your artwork and the embossing round the edge of a card just opened up a whole new world for me as far as embossing folders were concerned (and a good excuse to buy more!) I've chosen to use a couple of collages from Crafty Individuals.
Stamp the image CI-297 in black StazOn onto white linen card (you MUST use StazOn with the bleach):
Spritz the card with water and then spray with the green, pink and turquoise Dylusions spray inks (available from the Craft Barn):
Let it dry and then paint on the bleach (it won't affect the StazOn) and watch the colour fade out:
and then start embossing round the edges. Start with the dots:
Add the floral border next and then the flourish to the bottom left:
Finish off by highlighting the embossed areas with White Fire Treasure Gold (available from PaperArtsy) and mount onto a white card:
Here's an alternative card using the same techniques:
The letter to collect from me is: D
I hope you enjoyed this post. The next person on the Hop is Kate Bentley
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Note: Am adding this as several people have commented on it: one embossing folder will cancel out the other to a certain extent (you can see that the dots under the floral flourish have disappeared.) So, you need to work out which pattern you want to dominate and emboss with that last.
Don't forget, you can always re-emboss an area if you need to by slotting the embossed pattern back into the folder.
Some folders are great for filling in the odd space and diagonally across corners (random dots are great).
I found any patterns that are very straight or aligned (such as squares) are more difficult to line up - they tend to go wonky which annoyed me! But I would suggest just getting all your folders out and having a go!
PS Thank you for all the lovely comments.
For these cards I've used:Crafty Individuals stamps: CI-297 Mallard Duck Pair; CI-343 Patriotic London
Dylusions spray inks: Fresh Lime; Bubblegum Pink;Vibrant Turquoise; London Blue; Crushed Grape
Sizzix embossing folders: Dots, Floral Frame; Flourish from Tim Holtz French Connection set; Pocket Watches; Collage
Treasure Gold: White Fire
Good old, bog standard, thick bleach!