Howdy friends! This project is really fun because you get to play and experiment and when you are done you end up with a bunch of cards!
I love using embossing powder, it not only can make a stamped image shiny and raised but it can also create lots of fun textured backgrounds. I’m using a couple of the new Steth Apter/Emerald Creek embossing powders. Below are swatches of each color so you can see what they look like heated up (Thanks to Sheth Apter for providing us with the swatches!)
As you can see they give some textured, antiqued and grungy results perfect for backgrounds and surface treatments. If you want that die cut cereal box to look like decades old metal these will do it! I will share some tips for working with these powders and also show you how to add shading and highlighting to simple stamped shapes to make them pop and hopefully have you using up some scraps while we are at it. I don’t know about you but my scrap bin is getting out of control!
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- Katzelcraft coffee and tea themed stamps: Coffee & Tea to Go, 5 O’clock Tea Cups,
(others shown-projects with these coming soon!) Tea Time Ladies, Fun Quotes-Darkside *These are unmounted stamps and come as a sheet of rubber you trim apart. I used a thin coat of Aleene’s Tack it over and over to make my stamps sticky.
- Embossing powder: Seth Apter/Emerald Creek Baked Enamels Embossing powder in Patina Oxide and Chunky Rust
- Cardstock in the following colors: Kraft (for card bases), Dark brown or black (for embossed backgrounds), pastel pink, mint, lilac and yellow for stamping
- Embossing folder (I recommend a tile or damask pattern)
- Distress crayons (or chalks/pastels) a shade darker than your paper and white
- White gel pen or paint pen
- Bakers twine
- Adhesive (double stick tape and hot glue)
- Mixing embossing powders in a background is fun but take care not to contaminate your powders. I like to use the main color first and return the excess color to that jar and then sprinkle on the secondary color. You can use the back-end of paintbrush or a craft stick to take out a tiny amount so there won’t be any contaminated excess to put back in the second jar. Embossing powder goes a long way, it is better to discard excess that has been mixed than to contaminate the whole pot OR you can keep mixed powders in a separate container for future use.
- Any media is fine for shading and highlighting but if you use distress crayons keep in mind they dry fast and smudge them as soon as you apply color or it won’t smudge.
- Bumpy paper needs strong adhesive. Anytime you are dealing with warped of bumpy paper you need stronger adhesive because you have fewer contact points (in the case of pressure embossed paper) so you can either use more adhesive (as I did with my ATC tape) to make sure there is contact in more areas or use a thicker adhesive (like I did with hot glue for my stamped pieces) to marry the substrates. Hot glue is aces for warped watercolor backgrounds too! Really tho, what is hot glue not good for?
I hope you give some of these techniques a try in your next project and til next time happy crafting!