Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Creating an Embossed Background

It's the first Wednesday of the month again.
Time for another crafty tutorial from me,
Kristie from Kristie Kreates
I can't believe how fast the last few months have gone
and it's getting to be time to start thinking about
making Christmas cards.
Every year I think I'll get them done early
and it never quite happens, some of them
get done early, but I always seem to
have some to finish up
at the last minute.
Today I'm going to show you
 how to make an embossed background.
I'll be using
"Snow Background" (#27301) from
White card stock
VersaMark Ink
 The first step is to ink up your stamp with VersaMark ink

Then stamp the image onto white card stock.
When I'm using one of my larger stamps,
I like to lay the stamp right side up on the table,
lay the paper over the stamp and
 then rub over the surface of the card stock.
This way I feel that I am getting a better impression.

Next you will cover the stamped image with
white embossing powder.
You can use any color, but since I am doing a
snow background, I wanted it to be white.
You can see I have the area under my project covered
with a piece of paper, this way any powder that 'spills'
off the card can easily be put back into the jar.

Once the entire image is covered,
pour the excess powder back into the jar.

Using your heat tool, heat the embossing powder until
you can see it turn shiny.
I usually heat the back of the piece also,
this helps to reduce the amount of warping
of the paper that you get from the heat.
You can see the embossed design on the card stock now.
Nice and shiny.

Next using a blending tool or sponge
cover the entire design with Distress Ink.
Always start off the paper and work your way
into the center.

 You can add a little or a lot of ink.
You can mix colors or use just one.
I only used one color on mine, but there is
still variation in the blue.
Some places have a little more, some a little less.
Just what I wanted.

The last step is to use a soft cloth,
I'm using a dry baby wipe,
to buff the surface.
The embossing will resist the ink.
You can see how nice and white my
snow is.
Once you have the background done,
you can use it in so many ways.
Add a bannered sentiment.
Cut out a stamped image and add it.
Just add some ribbon and adhere
it to a card base.
 Use your imagination and have fun!
I hope you have learned something new today
 and have been inspired to try making your own
embossed backgrounds.
I'd love to have you stop by my blog
and see what I've been doing lately.
I may just post something
with an embossed background soon.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Leave a comment if you will and
if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Until next month, have fun creating!

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