I am hope from vacation and trying to settle in. I will have some pictures from our trip later. But now it's time to get back to work!!! Here is a tutorial I made before our trip but didn't have time to finish composing while packing. So here it is...
Since almost all of the cards I make include embossed images, I thought I would do a tutorial on embossing. This piece is 5” x 4” since I am using a large stamp and will be creating a "scene" on this card. And since I will be watercoloring these images later, I used SU Whisper White.
First I used the SU Embossing Buddy. I’m sorry…there is no substitute for the Embossing Buddy. I don’t always use it for embossing with clear, but for black, it’s a must. I have seen some “home remedies” out there, but they don’t work as well as Buddy….he’s your “Buddy” when embossing…ha, I crack myself up!! Ok, just rub the bag over the entire CS.
Then stamp your image into Versamark and onto your cardstock. This image is the Jungle Background by High Hopes Rubber Stamps…I just love it! (By the way, I buy my stamps from High Hopes "Rubber Only" then I mount them on EZ Mount Foam that I purchased from All That Scraps...however I need to get a larger block!). I think this stamp would make a create image for a Zoo Scrapbook page.
After you stamp your image onto the CS, quickly (you have a minute or two, but don’t wait too long otherwise the versamark will start to dry and the embossing powder won’t stick as well), pour some embossing powder over the entire image. Once the image is saturated with powder, let it run off of the CS then flick the back to help release the excess powder.
Side note: Do you like my expensive tools I use to catch the excess? Yep, I just use computer paper. I emboss so much that I don’t want to worry about cleaning the trays that are sold for embossing. This works fine…just fold the paper in half and pour back into the container. I emboss in my kitchen so I can use my sink to pour the powder back in so if any falls off, it doesn’t get anywhere.
Ok. Sometimes there is some powder that still sticks to the CS even after using Buddy and flicking. In these cases, I just use a cheap paint brush to brush off the excess. Just wipe the brush over the area to loosen it up, then blow to remove the unwanted powder.
Now heat the whole image with your Heat Tool making sure that all of the areas are completely heated. The heat from the heat tool with melt the embossing powder causing it to bubble up giving it some texture and giving it very dark lines.
I like to emboss under the light for my stove (remember, I emboss in my kitchen). I turn the CS so that the light reflects off the heated embossed area. If I missed a spot, the light will not reflect.
Embossing is basically my “hidden secret” for coloring my images…it really makes the image pop and not get lost when colored. My other secret for coloring my images is highlighting with SU markers…but that is another tutorial.
After the first image is heated (it only takes a few seconds to dry), I wanted to create more of a scene so I am going to add Banana Tree to the right side to fill in some space. Just follow the same steps…Versamark, stamp image, embossing powder, flick extra off, and heat.
Now you have a little jungle to watercolor.
I hope this tutorial helped you. If so, let me know. Leave me a comment.
Next Monday, I will finish this image in a tutorial on "Watercoloring with Stampin' Up! Markers".
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