Okay, this turned out a little different than I anticipated… I used the fabulous sketch that our fabulously talented Rita Wright designed for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches, and I combined it with Vintage Leaves and Hardwood stamps and a lot of heat embossing. I’m letting the layers do the talking on this card since it’s for a guy who definitely would not appreciate any feminine frills.
That “metal” looking piece needs a bit of explanation. It started out with the goal of having a piece of paper that looked like stamped metal. I’ve done this before and it’s really beautiful, but I’ve never tried a piece this large. All went well… 5 layers of heat embossed gold powder and then stamp it while it’s still hot. TIP: I suggest inking your stamp with VersaMark to prevent any embossing from sticking to your stamp.
Here’s what surprised me: when I stamped the leaf image with VersaMark onto the hot embossing, it looked as if I stamped it with a bit of Early Espresso, but I didn’t. Apparently, this darkness has something to do with the gold heat embossed powder. Anyway, I was interesting and I liked it. I “smudged” the remainder of the gold with a dry paper towel, and then reheated the areas around the leaf to set it the marks I had just added. Then I got crazy and reheated the whole thing. The weirdest thing happened. It was like ONLY the clear came to the top when I added heat and the image was sealed in. Way too cool. Is this even a technique or just a big pleasant boo-boo.
I separated the layers of my “ribbon” piece and exposed the center; I love the way that it looks like a piece of suede. The birthday sentiment was double-heat embossed to raise the letters more.
Rita’s sketch was fun to work with, as always! I hope you’ll take the challenge and play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches. Don’t forget to pop by first to see what the “Clean Team’ has designed to inspire you this week!