Saturday, 14 May 2011

LIM Week 15 - Embossing

Well, I thought blogger was going to ruin my weekend with its "1 hr maintenance" that last 3 days!!!  However I was sooooooo relieved when I finally saw it was up again last night so that today's LIM challenge would be able to go ahead - phew!  I'm still waiting for some of my lost comments to reappear but they are still working on it apparently so fingers crossed.

This weeks challenge was to do embossing - either dry, or heat embossing.  I had several ideas, one was to use a lovely new poppy from chocolate baroque, but I embossed it twice and both times were disasters!  Any tips of avoiding "dots" where you don't want them, removing too much powder where you do want it whilst trying to avoid the "dots", and stopping your paper curling would be much appreciated!!!



So I switched from evil black embossing powder to clear (much easier to hide your mistakes!) and decided to use my old favourite stampendous agapanthus stamp and to do a emboss resist technique.  I used a wavy rectangular nestie to dry emboss a frame into which to stamp.  This also creates an area to fill with colour to show up the clear embossed image.  I used victorian velvet in the middle and blended dusty concord into that and up to the edge of the frame.  I used a dark flesh polychromos pencil to carefully add a coloured line to the middle of the embossed frame to bring out the victorian velvet.  A simple sentiment from there she goes finishes it off, but I wish I'd done it in black as the purples don't match....

Right off to do a bit of shopping - will be back to comment on all your entries later while I watch Eurovision - come on Blue - no nil points please!!!
                                                           Craftilicious x

38 comments:

  1. There are various ways of avoiding the dreaded black dots Tara. The first thing to consider is the type of cardstock you use... certain ones love to grab those tiny suckers and hang onto them. The smoother the cardstock, the easier to heat emboss is the general rule.
    Using a little talc on a cotton wool ball and rubbing it over the area to be embossed acts a little like an anti-static bag... which is another ploy to avoid dots... A piece of used Tumble dryer sheet is another way which people swear by. If card is too absorbent, then too much of the Versamark or other ink is absorbed by the card and is not so attractive to the embossing powder.
    I guess it's kind of working with what you've got which is best.
    I altered the kind of cards I was making because of the job lot of card I got from the Paper Mill before it closed, which didn't work with my Copics!
    Tarradiddle over!
    Thanks so much... cool card Tara!
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  2. love the card - that stamp is one of my favourites, but not tried that technique with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    BTW I use a fine paint brush, to wipe of any embossing powder which sticks where it shouldn't

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  3. Worth persevering with though as this is lovely

    Kathyk

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  4. Beautiful card Tara with such great colours. I find the embossing buddy from SU works wonders for stopping spots!!! It works on all types of cardstock and improved my embossing no end. Zx

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  5. Beautiful card and lovely image too. Hugs Rita xx

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  6. What a super stamp and your resist embossing looks great. x

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  7. Hello Tara, fantastic work i love your old agapanthus satmp, beautiful colours.
    A hug from Palma Island

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  8. Tara - this is fabulous - I love this stamp, and I really like the resist technique too - so you've nailed this challenge. I think your embossed frame with the edging looks fab!

    PS - I swear by an embossing buddy and always, always use it before applying embossing powder. They last for ages.

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  9. Gorgeous card Tara. I love that Agapanthus stamp and it looks great done in resist.
    Lynne xxx

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  10. Gorgeous card Tara; love the resist technique you've used. xx

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  11. Beautiful stamp and it looks great with the resist. The framing works really well too.
    Gina x

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  12. Lovely card! I'd recommend the talc powder on the card before you emboss.I just sprinkle it on and spread it with my hand.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the colours you've used and the styel of the card in general.

    Hugs, Sandra My card is HERE!

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  14. all i can say is WOW, I love this card, may have to go and have a go at this technique myself!
    kelly xx

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  15. Lovely card, well done.
    Maureen......x

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  16. Its a smashing card. Tip to stop the curling heat your heat gun up before you use it on the card stock and apply heat from both sides. Heat from under makes the melted powder look smoother as well! XOXO Zoe

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  17. Grat card, love the image

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  18. Super card, I try not to handle the card too much and also brush excess off with a brush. As Everything Chrissie has said is excellent advice
    My card was extremely smooth form PDS crafts 300gsm smooth, it by far the best to heat emboss on
    Thank you
    Diva LIM mandi
    Less is more

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  19. Lovely card :0) I think i have those stamps.
    Kate x

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  20. Lovely image and a fab card.

    Kath x

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  21. Love the colours and the image - a really nice card.

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  22. Stunning card, I love your stamp
    Beryl x

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  23. This is a lovely card Tara, you've used a beautiful stamp and your colour choice is fab. Jo

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  24. Lovely card. I think Chrissie has answered most of your queries, but to stop paper curling you can turn it over and heat from the other side.
    Thanks for your congrats.
    Linbyx

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  25. Lovely card, the background colour you made is so pretty
    Anne
    x

    I get less curling now, I use WOW embossing powders, seem to take less time to "cook"

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  26. Beautiful card, I love the gorgeous subtle colours

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  27. A gorgeous card - I love that stamp!

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  28. Gorgeous card, love the colors that you've done on the background, fab card:0) xxx

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  29. Lovely card! Great stamps, colours and stamping.

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  30. Tara, the card looks great! I am so with you on the heat embossing! I can't do it right for the life of me. I keep practicing...so who knows, maybe one day I'll get it right!

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  31. Lovely card.. Chris xx

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  32. I have this stamp too and it looks fab with this resist technique...not tried it before. Pretty card
    Jenny x

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  33. Lovely, lovely card, Tara :)
    Beth. xxx

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  34. Love your emboss resist. It looks so pretty. I know those little black specs are so annoying. x

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  35. You achieved a most stunning effect, well worth the effort - a great design.
    hugs
    wynneth
    x

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  36. stunning card, great image. I find if I heat the underside of the card after the top it takes away some of the curling. I think it's likely to depend of the sort of card you use maybe?

    Hugs
    Victoria
    x

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  37. Beautiful and delicate card. Great composition, a color that does not mention:)

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