Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Embossing Mania!

I've signed up for a swap on ccswaps where we are to make something using embossing. A great reason to try out the Textured Cuttlebug Cards technique on saw on Adrienne's and Annette's blogs. Annette has a fantastic tutorial, check it out, because I ended up doing my own twist, and you don't want to miss what she did.
I didn't want to do a stamped image in the central, so I embossed 5 papers, using a different Cuttlebug embossing folder with each one.

I stacked the five papers, and tore them together into 5 section.
Then mix up the sections to get 5 pieces with parts of each of the different designs on each one.
I adhered the pieces to another sheet of paper, trying to overlap the edges a bit. Then covered the whole surface with gesso and let it dry.
I colored a couple of papers with 3 colors of metallic Lumiere paints with my fingers.

Then I covered the whole sheet with a light layer of copper.
While it was still wet, I rubbed off some of this top layer. I added more gold, etc as it was need to cover areas I rubbed too much paint off with my finger.
I added powdered embossing powder to the raised areas and heat set. I thought it would be fun to use both the embossing folders and the powders for the embossing swap.
Because the Lumiere paint tends to chip when folded, I sanded it off the edges and covered the exposed areas with coffee bean Brilliance ink.
I used these two sheets to make an ATC holder book for the swap. Here is the finished front cover:
I liked this sheet of Lovely Layers paper I made, for the inside covers of this book because of the fun embossing powders I used in the class I took.

Back cover:
I colored the third sheet with Luminere paints like the other sheets, except this time I covered the whole sheet with VersaMark ink and embossed with Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder and heat set.
I trimmed the edges, colored the edges with coffee bean Brilliance ink and made this card.
I decided to try something different with the last two pieces. I sprayed some yellow (with gold perfect pearls) & red homemade color mists over the paper and used a brush with some orange homemade mist to blend the colors.
After they dried I pressed a VersaMark pad over the tops and heat embossed a couple of different glittery blue embossing powders.
I trimmed the pieces and made these two cards. I wish the image in the first card (done on acetate) was a bolder design. Might revisit if before sending out.


Maggi said...

Thanks for the tutorial on your blog. I missed it earlier on the others. Gorgeous backgrounds.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Great instructions.

Trish Bee said...

BRAVO! I am in love with these backgrounds! They are all wonderful! Beautiful!!

Chris in Oz said...

WOW, these are gorgeous. The step-by-step instructions and photos are sooo helpful to me and I really appreciate the time you take with your tutorials.


Autumn Labbe-Renault said...

Wow, you are so inventive and prolific. I just drool every time I visit your blog. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

HI! your cuttlebug pages are great! What I would like to know is how you made the ATC book holder? Where did you find the pocket pages inside? full of questions. sue w.

Carol said...

I used firm plastic name badge holders I found at Office depot (12 pgs in a packet). I have a Zutter Bind it All, which punches the holes in the pages and covers and attaches the coils. Love the Bind it All. For the cover, I make the outside paper 1" bigger than the cardboard folder, glue the paper to the cardboard and trim the corners diagonally. Then tape the edges to the inside of the cardboard with red line tape. I cut another piece of paper about 1/4" smaller than the cardboard and glue down to the inside. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.


NETTI said...

What lovely backgrounds and such a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing this and for convincing me finally that I really do have to buy a Cuttlebug!!

Nicks said...

awesome! thank you for sharing!

Mescrap said...

This is really a great tutorials !!! Love all the background and the steps that you show in your blog.