Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Technique Tuesday - Abstract Embossing....

Today's technique is the Abstract Embossing technique which works really well with the Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi and Tangerine Tango embossing powders which are offered in Stampin' Up!'s summer mini catalog.
 Here is what you will need:    Heat gun, cardstock (preferably dark), VersaMark ink, a solid image stamp, 2-3 coordinating colors of embossing powder and clear embossing powder.
 First, stamp your image in VersaMark ink.
 Sprinkle small amounts of each of the colors of embossing powders on the cardstock leaving some areas clear.
 Cover the entire cardstock with clear embossing powder and shake off excess.
 Heat emboss and your background will look like this.
 Here is my card that I made using this technique.  You end up with a bit of mixed embossing powder.  Below is a alternative way of doing the technique to get a little different look and also a way to use the mixed embossing powder.
 Instead of leaving the colored embossing powders in little piles, move it around using your finger lightly.  If you press too hard, you will put oil from your finger onto the cardstock and embossing powder will stick where you do not want it so be careful.
 When you put the clear embossing powder on, again you can move it around with your fingers.
As you can see, the swirls are less defined by color than on the prior sample.  Moving it around on the cardstock with your finger gives this effect.  After heat setting, I stamped the image again with the second stamp and used the mixed embossing powder to have a totally different look.

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