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Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Friday, 30 December 2022

Tips for the emboss resist technique

Welcome to my blog and I hope you have all had a wonderful peaceful Christmas and are looking forward to a new year of exciting events.  I'm certainly looking forward to some new beginnings and like many the old favourite doing a little more exercising and a little less eating.  We have enjoyed some tasty treats during the festive season in our house and may need to slow it down. 

totally techniques blog hop for paper crafters

Welcome also to the December Totally Techniques Blog Hop and learn how to or tips for the emboss resist technique.  

I have two cards to share with you. The first above is very simply achieved and here is what I did. 
  • Use an embossing buddy to remove static from your piece of white card.  Mine is the a standard card front size.
  • Stamp a sentiment randomly over the white card several times using Versamark ink and then add white embossing powder  and heat. 
  • Use blending brushes to add different shades of your chosen colour over the card starting with the lightest and taking the colour as far as you want to create a lighter background for the image you will add later.  I used Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather and Orchid Oasis.  Adding the colours from lightest to darkest allows you the freedom to choose how large a spotlight area just around the image you create.  Also if you start with a light shade you can then add the darker shade to the same blending brush if you haven't built up a collection yet, after all blending brushes are like shoes and handbags - you can never have too many!
  • Once finished take a tissue and rub off any excess ink sat on the embossed sentiment to make the letters really pop and stop any accidental ink smudges. 
  • Stamp an image and colour it with coordinating alcohol pens. Again I used a selection of Stampin' Blends in the following colours Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather, Orchid Oasis, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow and Soft Seafood with a touch of Mango Melody for the flower centre. 
  • Fussy cut your image and add to your embossed card with dimensional and possibly a few brushed brass butterflies or similar
  • Add your design to a card base and your done.

For my second card I followed the procedure above, but stamped just the image onto watercolour paper in Versamark and then added white powder before heat setting.  I then used water painters to add colour to the image and a watercolour wash background.  I took ink from the inside lid of different ink pads to colour the image. 
beautifully happy emboss resist cards

I added a layer of Pool Party card which was embossed using embossing folder Pretty Flowers to create a frame and added a simple sentiment and a sparkly ribbon for a bit of bling.  

Enjoy the hop and see more great ideas for this simple technique. 

Happy New Year when it comes and have fun stamping. 

Hugs Zoe x

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Saturday, 3 December 2022

Peace to You at Christmas - Stampin' for Christmas Blog Hop

Peace to you stamp set for christmas card ideas

It's been a while since I join this fun blog hop so welcome to my blog and happy countdown to the festive season.  

Today I'm sharing a simple card made using the beautiful stamp set Peace to You.  Peace to all is what we all hope for I'm sure.  

To create the card I have stamped the church image onto basic grey card and heat embossed in white.  I used the stitched rectangle dies to cut out the image and added faux red linen ribbon, bakers twine and a flat jingle bell to showcase the simple sentiment.  This card was very popular at my Christmas card buffet. 

It is easily reproducible so a great one for lots of makes to send out for Christmas.  The stamp set will retire very soon and is available on the last chance list.

I'm also sharing this fun little Robin handmade Christmas card.  For this design I used the Songbird builder punch to create a Robin using kraft card with sponging and a red card for his distinctive red breast.  I've then used the Sweet Songbird stamp set to stamp the branches, musical notes and his feet so that I could then stamp with the holly and berries from the Christmas Banners stamp set retiring soon and reduced in the winter sale. 

handmade christmas robin card using sweet songbird bundle stampin up

This card is easy to make too and requires a little punching with the Songbird punch and then simple stamping.  To create a little detail on the Robin you can use a sponge dauber or blending brush to add a darker shade to the kraft card. I punched the beak out of early espresso card, but you could blend onto the kraft card for this too.  

Use up those papers that we all hoard to add a pretty background matt layer.  

Enjoy the hop and check out the Stampin' Up! sale where there are discounts of up to 60% on stamps and dies.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great December.

Hugs Zoe x

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peace to you stamp set retiring dec 2022 stampin up with zoe tant

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bird punch and stamp set sweet songbird bundle