Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am going to be showing you a card that I made with the dry embossing technique. This dry embossing does not use an embossing folder. What you need is a stylus, a paper piercing mat and a mister with rubbing alcohol.
This dry embossing technique adds amazing texture to your stamps and is actually quite easy to do. First stamp your flower image and then cut it out with a coordinating die or by fussy cutting with scissors. Turn the flower upside down on the paper piercing mat, also affectionately known in my circles as “the foamie”. Spritz the flower lightly with rubbing alcohol. Then press the bigger end of the stylus on to your flower moving it in small tight circles. You will see the edges of the flower curling up. Continue doing this everywhere except the centre of the flower.
A Few Tips and Tricks
- Adhere the flower with a glue dot in the centre and dimensionals along the outer edges to support the curves.
- After you are done dry embossing with the stylus (take your pick tool has a stylus attachment, I used a retired version by accident) use your fingertips to manually curve the paper even more.
- Use Wink of Stella to give a special shine and shimmer to your flower. You could also apply a thin coat of crystal effects.
- Play around with different colours for your flower, you never know which combination will be your favourite.
Here you can see two slightly different versions of the same card. The one uses bolder tones with the addition of gorgeous grape. Other colours used are highland heather, purple posy and granny apple green.
More Options with To A Wild Rose
I did make one more card with this set and truthfully, I was itching to make more but I wanted to get outside for a walk as well. There are more dies in the bundle that I haven’t used yet, but maybe that will be good for another blog post. Patience, patience my friend (I actually mean me!!)
For this card I took a piece of whisper white cardstock 3 5/8″ by 4 7/8″ and I repeatedly stamped the large open floral image in highland heather. This was mounted on a piece of gorgeous grape cardstock 3 /4″ by 5″. The gorgeous grape die cut was adhered to a purple posy strip measuring 4 7/8″ by 1 1/4″. I tied a piece of crinkled whisper white seam binding ribbon around the main panel and adhered to a thick whisper white card measuring 11″ by 4 1/4″ scored at 5 1/2″. The sayings were stamped in gorgeous grape, fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals.
A Helpful Video
If you are a visual learner, you might just want to watch this video where you can see me build the card from scratch. You can see how mistakes were turned into opportunities to simply make the card a little differently. I hope it helps you feel connected to the stamping community and brings a smile to your face.
Thanks so much for joining me today. If you are feeling anxious about the current world situation take a few deep breaths and let your neck and shoulders relax. Find your favourite stamp set and your favourite colouring tools, Blends, watercolour pencils or an aqua painter and have a little stamping and colouring therapy. Here is a great fun post with some inspiration for colouring.
Thank you also for the happy mail in Canada cards you have sent for Gerard. He is supposed to come at the end of March, but who knows now if that will be possible? My philosophy is to simply take life one day at a time and to try not to borrow the troubles from another day. God is in control. He has the whole world in His hands and He has promised to never leave or forsake us. That brings me great comfort. If you need to be reminded about how awesome Jesus is just pick up your Bible and start reading the gospels like they are a novel.
The Best Opportunity
The best way to get your crafting supplies is by ordering online so that it gets delivered straight to your door. I would recommend that you check out which tutorials I have for sale and then pick those products to buy so that I can send you a free tutorial to go with your products. Of course you will also get the free Demo Design Dream Team tutorial for March. By now you already know what the best deal in the catalog is. That’s right, the starter kit!! If you want LOTS of fun free stuff AND pay no shipping or tax, just click here to start the fun. There has never been a better time to indulge yourself.
Stay safe and I hope you have a super day!