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!
LET’S GET STARTED!
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...
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!
HERE’S WHERE THE EMBOSSING BECOMES.... RESISTIBLE!
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.
Thanks for stopping by! We'll be back with more Power Poppy fun -- right here -- real soon!