Saturday 6 August 2016

Double Embossing!

I made both these cards following a wander round YouTube in response to a video that I saw by Marta Turska-Grochocka for Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I simply replaced some of the products  with Pixie Powders and Stampendous coloured metallic embossing powder in red and purple.  I finished my cards entirely differently having made the backgrounds.

I decided on a smaller card format than usual (14.8cm x 14.8cm) and cut two pieces of Sheena's Stamping card to size.  I ran each piece through a different embossing folder (both designed by Tim Holtz; the Postal folder and the Cracked folder from two different sets by SIzzix).  I was careful not to emboss the long sides of each folder as I didn't want a ridge left on the background; I put each folder through to the two thirds point and back again leaving the edge outside the sandwich, turned the folder and repeated. 
Once complete I ran a Versamark ink pad lightly over the raised surface, added embossing powder (Stampendous metallic red/metallic purple), brushed away any excess which I didn't want and heat embossed.  I did this for a second time to highlight the dry embossed pattern on each piece. 

It was then time to have some fun with Pixie Powders.  I used the same colours on both backgrounds - Purple Violet, Plum Twist and Scarlet Mist - just in different proportions to compliment the main colour.  The powders were puffed onto a glass mat, spritzed with water and then each piece laid face down over the pigment.  Once dry, some additions were made using a water brush to emphasize areas of the background.
Both backgrounds were then distressed using a paper distressing tool and some sections torn and curled up to provide a tattered look.

 Two small square cards the same size as the topper were edged with distress ink in Wilted Violet and Fired Brick and the toppers glued into place.

Finally the cards were completed with a piece of narrow, coordinating ribbon and a sentiment topper cut using two of the Pierced Flag dies by Sue Wilson; a coloured Happy Birthday peel off provided the finishing touch.

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