Friday, June 15, 2018

Mid Month June CAS Mix Up Reminder!

I'm here today as a mid-month reminder of the June CAS Mix Up challenge!  
Loll is our hostess the month and this is her challenge.
Here's my card using Layered Embossing Powders, Die cuts, stamping and water coloring.
Here's how I used layered embossing on my die cut seahorse.
I die cut the seahorse out of mat board.  Then I rubbed Versamark ink over the seahorse and spooned Baked Texture Patina Oxide Embossing powder over it.  This EP has powder and bits of gold in it. 
 I held my heat tool about 10" above the piece going back and forth over it so it wouldn't all blow off as it heated up.  Then I could move the heat tool down closer to get it all melted.  Look how thick and gorgeous this looks already!
Then I inked around the nose and up around the outside edge down to the tail with Versamark and spooned on Baked Texture Deep Sea Embossing Powder to add another layer and color to my seahorse.
(I picked the piece up carefully and moved it to a clean sheet of paper before melting the powder)
I used the same melting technique - holding my heat tool high above the piece until the powder started getting hot and then lowering it to completely melt the powder.
While I was at it -  I die cut 4 seahorses so I could make more cards!  They all look a little bit different, depending on how much of the Deep Sea EP covered the area.
I added a blue enamel dot for the eye.
To create the watery background, I took a panel of watercolor paper and tapped it onto my craft mat where I had rubbed Ranger Distress Cracked Pistachio Ink spritzed with water.   I stamped this fun Beach Day sentiment from Technique Junkies and glued the seahorse over the background.
You'll find lots of inspiration from the Design Team as well as links to videos for various Layered Embossing Techniques over at CAS Mix Up!  You have until 6/24 to link up your CAS project!  Hope to see you there!!
I'm also linking my card to:

Stamps:  Beach Day - Technique Junkies
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, Versamark, Ranger Distress Cracked Pistachio.
Paper:  Watercolor paper - Canson, white - PTI, Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix
Accessories:  Patina Oxide Baked Texture Embossing Powder and Deep Sea Baked Texture Embossing Powder - Emerald Creek, Sand and Sea Die - Sizzix/Tim Holtz, navy enamel dot, Tombow Glue.


nancy littrell said...

Beautiful Layered Embossing seahorse, Julia. TFS all your photos. You are going to have fun in the future using your extra seahorses for mixed media projects:-) Hugs.

Loll said...

LOVE the layered look of your seahorses, Julia! The colours look amazing together. I have some of the baked textures embossing powders but need to find time to play with them ... they are so cool! The enamel dot for the eye is the perfect finishing touch for the seahorses. xx

Jo Manna said...

He is one handsome seahorse. Love those earthy tones and that eye is the perfect compliment. Your soft wash on the card base gives a nice subtle home for that gorgeous piece. Simply beautiful! xx

Bonnie said...

Wow! Love this seahorse, Julia! What wonderful depth and color you've achieved using this technique! The light splash of watercolor and perfect sentiment make this a wonderful card!

Cathy said...

Beautiful seahorse, love the look of those embossing powders too, fantastic colours, Cathy x

Marcia HIll said...

That is one GORGEOUS seahorse Julia...absolutely loving the beautiful colors you achieved with all that embossing powder! Thanks for all the step by step instructions too!! Your soft water coloured background and sweet sentiment finish off this card beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

Mac Mable said...

One unique and amazing sea horse. Love the layering of the powder, which looks great. So creative to add the extra little touches with the powder and the gentle background keeps your card wonderfully CAS...great sentiment too x Great idea too to do more of the seahorses and as you say they are all unique in their own way. Well done you too not to have most of the powders fly away, great patience and such a fabulous effect x

Susan said...

The seahorse is marvelous - wonderful colours with the careful layering and melting. Perfect against the very simple background! I love the sentiment.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Your seahorse looks amazing, Julia! I was wondering how you managed to separate the colors to perfection. Thanks to your step-by-step explanation, now I know how to. :-) Still, (as I know knowing and doing are totally different) you rubbed VersaMark so well for the second layer. The ink splashed background and the fun sentiment are perfect for the awesome seahorse. Hideko xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Fabulous card Julia, your seahorses are wonderful, love the shimmer and how you layered on the dark for the backs... just lovely

Susie Bentz said...

I love, love, love this! The seahorse looks amazing!

Brenda in IN said...

Thanks for sharing how you did the seahorse. It looks fantastic and just shines.

Christine Alexander said...

Julia, OMG your seahorse is amazing. I love the two tone and that beautiful jeweled eye. stunning :)