Monday, May 14, 2012

Friends Let Friends Emboss Resist!

Pin It Now! Hi crafty friends!  This week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is Embossing Resist.  It's a really pretty technique, where you stamp, sponge, or paint over a heat embossed image.  You can learn all about it here at Splitcoast Stampers.

My embossing resist sample is a bit more subtle than some, but I really liked the effect.  I die cut a butterfly from vellum with the Beautiful Butterfly Bigz die, and used the punched negative of it as a mask to press Versamark onto my stamped image (Friendly Words wheel with black Staz On). Then heat embossed with Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss powder, and sponged the sentiment with Certainly Celery, Pool Party, and So Saffron.  The Melon Mambo stays nice and bright and shiny, and looks like a brilliant shadow under the vellum butterfly.

The other details are from the Flirtatious DSP. I cut pieces from the doily laser cut sheets to tuck behind the center image, and cut a bit of a doily circle to make the ribbon banner cluster pop a bit. Added a couple more ribbon bits, and a "Friend" banner. The Basic Rhinestones are colored with black and hot pink Sharpies.  

Here's a close up of the butterfly.  The Melon Mambo is just sheer enough that you can still see the print underneath, but allows all the pretty sponged colors to take over the Friends print.

The inside is blank, except for a punched butterfly, with another doily behind it.
I'm also using this template from Stamping 411, their fun sketch challenge made my work a little easier! Won't you check them out too?

Now, can you tell what my plans are for the evening? Yay!  My SU preorder, new Idea Book & Catalog, and my favorite scrapbooking magazine.  I need a day or so to myself now!

STAMPS: Friendly Words Wheel
INK:  Melon Mambo, Black Staz On, Certainly Celery, Pool Party, So Saffron
PAPER:  Flirtatious DSP, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS: RIBBON: So Saffron Organza 1/2", Certainly Celery 1/8" Taffeta, Basic Black 5/8" satin.  Basic Rhinestones, Vellum Sheets, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, sponges.
OTHER: Sharpie Markers

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika.


  1. This is gorgeous. I love the butterfly on the inside of the card and the way you used the doily.

  2. ERika -- great job with this week's sketch. I love that you used the die cuts in the corners -- what a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for playing along at Stamping 411! Blessings, Gretchen

  3. Oh Erika!!!! This is stunning! I love how you can barely see through the heat embossed butterfly. What a stunning effect!

  4. Gorgeous! Love all the details on the front of the card! And, that little butterfly on the inside is awesome!! Gonna have to try that one!

  5. Love those warmy colors! The new catty is yummy, I should request time off to spend with it, too!

  6. Beautiful!!!! Love the vellum butterfly- just beautiful!!! Love all the special accents- so pretty!!

  7. Amazing bells are a la laaaa!!!! Erika, you put so much beautiful thought and detail into each and everything your hands create! I love your vellum butterfly and scrolled sentiment, so posh!

  8. Gorgeous color combo! I love the Certainly Celery with the Melon Mambo! So many pretty layers and textures. The vellum butterfly is perfect.