Monday, January 21, 2008

Dry Embossing

I love dry embossing!! In fact, I love it so much that I will not buy a Cuttlebug ... well, not right now anyway! You see, in this world of papercrafting, I love to do it all!! I love to make my own embellishments, do my own dry embossing, I even enjoy making my own backgrounds (however, I have totally fallen prey to designer paper -- love it and hoard it!!). These cards are made using a dry embossing line along the main panels. It is easy to do. I just stamped my image, cut the cardstock to the desired size, then turned it upside down on my cutter and using a stylus (or in my case, I use my handy dandy Pampered Chef scraper) emboss a line where I want it! Because I wanted these cards to be Simple (Sharon, you are totally rubbing off on me) I kept the images basic. I went back to my original favorite of coloring the image in with a watercolor brush and my ink pads. I only used a touch of color as well!! Just some subtle shading. The images and colors were picked to coordinate with these delicious taffita ribbons -- chocolate chip and pomegranate that I got from Stampin' Up when they were on sale. I bought a bunch so you will likely see it popping up on lots of cards!! Here is a close up of the embossed lines on the sandcastle card. There is on across the top and two running down the sides. It is a subtle look but really finishes off the panels!! The mouse card has only single lines on the top and sides. I chose to leave the bottom without the embossing. I just liked it that way! Also, I found a new Challenge site (I love challenges!). It is called Arty Girlz Challenge Blog. The red mouse card is going to be my entry for this weeks challenge as we were asked to use RED. Well, pomegranate is red, isn't it?? LOL Well, I hope you like them. See you all tomorrow for a new lesson. Thanks for visiting. Supplies: Paper-Whisper White, Once Upon a Time {brown} (DCWV), K&Company {pink}; Ink - Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate (SU); Stamps - mouse is Stampin' Up (not sure of the name), Princess Castle (Kaisercraft - this is an Austrailian company); Accessories - taffita ribbon in Pomegranate and Chocolate (SU), water color brush, Pampered Chef scraper (I used it to do the straight lined embossing).

11 comments:

Cassandra said...

The ribbon on these cards is just YUMMY-O!!

Joyful said...

So simple, yet so classy!! You are so imaginative!!
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my stuff. I'm going to keep coming back here - you inspire me.

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow they are so gorgeous. Fabulous work. Love it.

Julie said...

I love the card you did for Arty Girlz it's such a cute image and I love the big ribbon.

Love your other cards too absolutely fab!

Thanks for joining in with Arty Girlz Challenge Blog and don't forget a new challenge goes up today :) xx

crissi said...

Lovely cards as they say less is more very stylish. love the ribbon.
Thanks for joining in with the Arty Girlz challenge hope to see you again next week.

crissi xx

toodypie said...

This might be the cutest castle I've ever seen! Love the simplicity. DItto on the yummy ribbon ( i have the same ribbon - now am dying to use it! - am such a hoarder).

toodypie said...

p.s. brilliant idea to use the scraper!! am going to try the same thing.

Deb said...

they are gorgeous and so much more satisfying when you have done it all 'by hand'!

~KRISTY~ said...

JUST STUNNING FROM THE YUMMY RIBBONS TO THE CUTESY STAMPS..JUST LOVE THEM.

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Oh my word, you are cracking me up with your Pampered Chef embossing, but it WORKS!!! Wonderful job and where there's a will there's a way -- I like that!!! Your cards are gorgeous, and I got a lot of that ribbon, too!!! Just love these!!!

Marcia said...

Classy, love your work.