Monday, September 15, 2008

Layers and Layers... Dry Embossing, Stippling and Grid Techniques

When I began making this card, my intent was to create something using the Faux Embossing Technique... all of a sudden it took a delightful twist instead!

techniques_grid_dryembossCardstock:  More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla

Classic Ink:  Close to Cocoa, More Mustard

Stamps:  Upsy Daisy, Cute & Curly, En Francais

Other:  Curly Label Punch, Photo Corner Punch, CropaDile Punch, Chocolate Chip Narrow Grosgrain, Brass Brads, bone folder and Stippling Brush

Techniques:  Grid, Dry Embossing, and Stippling

Some technique and construction notes: 

More Mustard Cardstock was cut 5x10 from a 12x12 sheet of card stock (less waste & 2 cards/ sheet).

"Scrub" your stipple brush from the outside edge of the cardstock towards the center to highlight embossed lines.  Don't try to cover the entire image with stippling, leave a center highlight or void (Best Wishes is only stippled around the outside edge).

After completing diagonal cross-hatch scoring on focal point, place the bump or mountain side down on your paper so that the channel or 'valley' is facing up.  When you stamp the background 'en francais' stamp, the ink will not go into the valley and make the scoring more apparent.

To double stamp your image, use a stamp-ma-jig tool OR... position the wooden block over your cardstock so that two sides are aligned exactly with the card stock.  After cleaning the ink, re-stamp the image by aligning 1/8" in from the left outer edge of the cardstock, yielding the 'shadow' effect.

This same technique may be used for Faux Embossing.... Stamp the first layer with Craft White Ink and the second with a colored Craft or Classic Ink. 


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