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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Grungy Embossing

If you follow this blog at all, you know that I am IN LOVE with Pinterest.  (Like I need another addiction!)  Well, I came across a board with all these cool tutorials. When I was done pinning about a hundred of them, I even watched a couple.  After viewing this one about clear embossing powder over a Cuttlebug embossed folder, I jumped (yes, jumped) up and set to work on making this card:


 


 

The tutorial made mention of using this over B&T paper you weren't too excited about anymore.  This paper immediately came to mind...and is why I jumped (yes, jumped) up to try it.

Run you paper through the whatever embossing folder system you use.  I have a Cuttlebug.  Leave the paper in the folder while you gently rub Versamark ink over the raised part and emboss with clear powder.  Next, you use a sponge dauber or the direct to paper technique to ink the background.  I used CTMH Twilight, Juniper, and Outdoor Denim in different areas.  The tutorial used black which really obscured the background paper.

This paper is the thin weight, and if I were to do this again, I would mount it on some cardstock weight before running it through my Cuttlebug because I had real trouble not getting my Versamark ink in the cracks and crevices as you can see at the top in particular. 

However, with the sloppy embossing powder problem, I thought the background had a grungy, masculine feel and decided to use it anyway.  Because I am getting ready to put a package in the mail for Operation Write Home, I decided to add a touch of ribbon to give it a tiny bit of girl power so the card could be for either a boy or a girl. (The ribbon is actually cream and brown but it was too startling against the background so I used some of the leftover ink in my sponge dauber and gave it a little Twilight coloring.)  OWH is having a Mid-Week Throwdown Challenge: Masculine.  Even with the ribbon, I think this still qualifies.

Now it's your turn to jump (yes, jump) up and try it yourself.

Until next time,
Becca

7 comments:

  1. The paper takes on a whole new life with this technique! Hard to tell that it is the same paper. You are not alone, I use ribbon on masculine cards, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I like how you changed the color of the ribbon with ink, easy and looks so nice!

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  3. Becca, Your card came out very nice. Thanks for the tutorial on this technique. I'll have to try it. I think the ribbon, especially the thick ribbon, is fine to a masculine card. Thanks again for sharing.

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  4. This colorful collage is so beautiful! And the ribbon is fabulous ;)

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  5. Very cool! Thanks for sharing a great idea to use those not-so-fabby patterned papers!

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  6. That is pretty cool. Pinterest IS addicting.

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  7. I like putting ribbon on masculine cards as well. Love your embossing technique. Great job!

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