Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Project 334: Heat embossed blending bonanza
I went a but nuts having fun with my heat embosser and blending. I was inspired by the Loft Art Retreat I did with Claire a month ago and using Distress Inks for all sorts of colored backgrounds. I mainly did blending here but I was considering the rules of color blending, starting with the lightest and tried to do more gradual builds instead of my usual pursuit of really deep colors.
For the headline card I embossed a giant rose stamp that was free from a magazine. I blended the background using Seedless Preserve and Broken China. The sentiment is from Sizzix and I love it. I think this is my favourite card of the lot. I tried it in Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserve as well
I did a variant using a wooden chevron stamp I have and really liked it, using bright citrus colors in Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade and Mowed Lawn. Except then I dropped the greeting and it got this weird blurry effect. Doh.
For two of these, I had heat embossed and colored the backgrounds using the Distress Inks as paint. The reason these cards are so small is this was meant to be the feature image of another card, but then I changed direction and had both of these pieces as scraps. The Eiffel Tower is a stamp from a museum gift shop and the flowers are the repeated stamp of a tropical rose from Creative Stamping magazine about a year ago.
Finally a bit of fun - I used this great stamp featuring a line from The Legend That Is Liz Taylor. It didn't emboss that well (I think words are always a bit tougher than images) but I wanted it to have a beach feel so I used Peacock Feather and Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. I wanted it to feel like a beach and I'm pleased with the result. The enamel dots are hand made by Claire and work perfectly. This is the only card I added embellishment to, the rest I wanted to keep clean and flat as I'm taking a big batch of these to my family as gifts. I think they'll be a hit.