Inspire Me Monday: Rewind!

Howdy folks! Today, we have a bit of a throwback tutorial for you all! We thought, with so many great tutorials in the mix, why not recue a few and let them work their magic, all over again! So, every now and then, we'll be offering up a "Rewind & Unwind" feature, helping you to tap back into some creativity that we first ushered in many years ago! This one is from 2014 and is one that I put into play! Even though this is a Christmas image, let's see what you can do with non-holiday offerings! And, here's your hint, this might not be the last time this week you see this technique! :-) 

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I love this time of year when I can take my time and really enjoy the upcoming season. There’s no better time for a card maker than.... CHRISTMAS! Yet, with this beautiful season, I sometimes struggle. How do I create “mailable” cards to send holiday smiles across the miles? So today, I’m taking some time to show you how -- with a little creative coloring -- you can add the appearance of depth on a flat creation!


Here’s a peek at what you’ll need....

I started by stamping the beautiful floral spray from Power Poppy’s Poinsettia stamp set with Versamark Ink and then I sprinkled white detail embossing powder over top and then heat embossed the image.

Now comes the fun part of softly framing my image. I tore off strips (from the sticky side) of a Post-It Note and then layered the sticky notes like this....

From here, I grabbed my Copic marker BG0000 and then added shading around the edge of the Post-It Notes and then also around a portion of my Poinsettia...

It's a little hard to see, but when you take off the Post-Its... it reveals itself! You can see, I started to color my image as well!

I used Distress Markers to color up this image because I’ve been told that coloring embossed images with Copic markers can potentially ruin the tip of your Copic marker, so I chose Distress Markers instead. Any water soluble marker would work similarly. I did shade with Copics but tried not to touch the embossing much.

Here’s a peek at the markers I used....

And here’s a look at my finished and colored product! I love the washed out look that the Distress Markers create! I got that look by scribbling the markers onto an acrylic block and then picking up the color with a blender pen. If I wanted more color, I would simply pick up more color and go back over that area of my stamped image!


This next part was something I wanted to try to get a muted and more washed out effect. I took my main image, sandwiched it between two pieces of copy paper, set my iron -- yes my regular old iron that I use to get wrinkles out of clothes --  to “cotton” setting without steam and for about ten seconds, I ironed over my image to basically melt off the embossing powder to create the look of a soft resist and also to get rid of the dimension of the embossing powder.

Afterward, I matted up my image with some raspberry pink and blue hues and I added an iridescent bow (which could be ditched if you really want to keep this creation 100% flat).

And here’s a peek at my finished card! I added a sentiment from the Poinsettia set using Memento Rose Bud ink.

And that, my friends, is it! A card that is almost 100% flat that still has depth and interest, thanks to some creative coloring, an embossed resist technique and... your iron! You know I’d rather use that iron for fun things like this! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! We'll be back with more Power Poppy fun -- right here -- real soon!



Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh Julie, how I love this stamp set and what a glorious way to show off the main image!!!
Love the idea of the torn post-it note paper to create a frame for the Poinsettia, your coloring is amazing, your coloring is amazing and the white embossing shines with a pearlescent hue, so very lovely.
Thank you for sharing this awesome technique.
Sending hugs.
Maria Rodriguez.

Lagene said...

Beautiful poinsettia card! I love the look after the embossing powder was lifted!

Henriƫtte Creatively Happy said...

I love this card Julie, the way it turns out after ironing is stunning. I will give this certainly a try. Thank you so much for sharing this golden oldie.