Wednesday, March 4, 2020

March CAS Stencil Card Challenge - Heat Embossing

The March CAS Stencil Card Challenge has just been posted!  Viv is our creative Hostess this month and she would like us to use heat embossing with our stencils.  There are links to technique videos to give you some ideas over at CAS Stencil.
Here is the card I created for the challenge!
A close up to show you the shine on the embossing.
I laid the Wildflowers stencil  from Stencil Girl, over a smaller panel of watercolor paper.  I actually found an Emboss It Dabber in my drawer (bought in some long ago past, put away and promptly forgotten!)  It works wonderfully over a stencil, being a little more fluid than a Versamark pad and giving great coverage - I highly recommend you purchasing this little treasure if you think you are going to use this technique more often! 
 (The dabber can also be used in the traditional way of Versamark on your stamps when heat embossing but is recommended for larger stamps as I think you'd lose detail on smaller stamps given that the dabber is more fluid)
Here you can see how wet it is - getting into all the little spaces of the stencil.  I lifted the stencil carefully off the watercolor paper and put the stencil aside to wash later 
(it stays wet longer so don't lay anything over it while you continue to create!)
I used two new embossing powders.
(I purchased them quite some time ago so the NEW is relative meaning never used yet!) 
They are from Seth Apter/Emerald Creek - Baked Velvet in Aegean Sea and Lime.  I wanted the Aegean Sea (blue) on the top half where the flowers are and the Lime on the bottom half where the stems are.  So I poured the Aegean Sea over the top first, cleaned up the powder and put it back in the jar.
And then poured the Lime over the bottom half, cleaned up the powder on the paper and heated the panel with my heat tool.  I didn't worry about a little overlap where the colors joined, that just makes it look more blended!
Hopefully you can see some of the resulting shine on this photo.
To finish the panel, I sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress Oxide, layered it to a card base cut with a scalloped edge die (no longer available from PTI), added the sentiment from Big Hugs and the die cut from Big Hugs Die - both from PTI.  I layered two hugs die cuts together to make it thicker.
(For those with eagle eyes - I actually made a couple of embossed panels while working on this - so the piece shown in my 'how to' photos above was made from a slightly different spot on my bigger stencil than my card shown below!  Just thought I'd mention that for those who may have noticed.)
So please join us this month and show us how you use heat embossing with your stencils!  You'll find links to technique videos, the challenge rules and description and lots of inspiration from the team as well as our talented March Guest Designer Cat (Cat Luvs Paper) over at CAS Stencil!

I'm also linking my card to:
Heat embossing

Stamps: Big Hugs - PTI
Paper:  Water color paper - Canson, Tropical Teal, Rustic Cream - PTI
Ink: True Black - PTI,  Emboss it Dab On Clear - Ranger, Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories:  S666 Evans Stencil - Stencil Girl, Big Hugs Dies - PTI, Baked Velvet Aegean Sea and Lime Embossing Powders - Seth Apter/Emerald Creek,  Noted A2 Vertical Die: Scalloped - PTI.


HilaryJane said...

Love that 2 tone embossing, great shine too. I have not seen the emboss it dabber before so thanks for that info too xx

Viv said...

I tend to be a bit heavy handed with my dabber and it usually leaks under the stencil but you have made a wonderful job with this stencil Julia. The colours are beautiful - fab card! x

Christine Alexander said...

thanks for reminding me to use my dauber. beautiful effect with the embossing :)

Loll said...

I love the way you've used two different colours of embossing powders on your beautiful stenciled flowers, Julia! That is so awesome! I really had fun with this technique and it looks like you did too. Fabulous card! xx

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous card, Julia! I love all the shine and texture you achieved with this technique and your color palette is beautiful!

maria f. said...

A very cool technique. Beautiful results. TFS, Julia.

LeAnne said...

This is gorgeous, Julia! I've not seen one of those dabbers before but it looks like it would be perfect for this technique, which is also pretty amazing! Love the two colors you used for your embossing! Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Players this week!

Anne Marie Hile said...

So pretty, Julia! I just love the soft colors on your embossed image and the scalloped edges of your card are a lovely detail. Thanks for sharing the tip about the embossing dauber, too. I've never heard of it before but it is so perfect to work with stencils. Thanks so much for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

Cat Craig said...

Julia, your two toned shiny embossing of the stencil images is so lovely along with your coordinated sentiments. Such a pretty card.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Love the colors of the images, so pretty with the embossing powder.
I also have never heard of an Emboss It Dabber, I'll check that out, thank you for the information and for sharing your beautiful card with at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.

Susan said...

Beautiful colours of embossing powders (I'm definitely going to have to get Aegean Sea!). The Antique Linen sponged edges really add interest and definition to the panel. Thanks for the tip about using the embossing dauber instead of an ink pad - I have one somewhere too!

Allisa said...

Gorgeous card, love the layered embossing! I have never even heard of an embossing dauber! I will have to look into it. Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Players!

Cathy said...

Such a pretty card, love the two toned embosing! I have a small versamark pad and a reinker that I use but the dauber sounds interesting! TFS, Cathy x

nancy littrell said...

Your stencil embossed flowers turned out beautifully, Julia. TFS the link to the Emboss it Dabber. I have never seen that before. I have a Versamark marker that works thru stencils that I had not used forever and was surprised that it was still wet:-) Always fun getting into our negleted products for new techniques. TFS your photos too, my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Linda said...

This is so pretty. I love the stencil and the colours of embossing powder work so well together xx

Brenda in IN said...

Those colors are so pretty and new to me. A great card and thanks for the tip about the dabber.

Mac Mable said...

The tonal effect of the embossing powders looks fabulous and a fun technique with heat embossing with a stencil. Fabulous card and so very pretty x. Off to investigate the dabber x.

papierelle said...

Beautiful effect and I like your color choice!! Gundi