Sunday, February 12, 2012

much appreciated (dry embossing)

Want monochromatic, but still lots of interest?  Get out those embossing folders. 

I was inspired by the inspiration photo at Lawnscaping Challenge #27, that cake with the heart in the middle of it caught my eye.

And then there was Shari's die cutting technique at Hero Arts.  Determined to use a heart, my problem was that I only have a Sizzix BigZ heart die which cuts three hearts of different sizes at one time.  Which doesn't allow you to position the die wherever you want on your CS.  Hmm, what to do?

Well, if you carefully position a strip of CS on the die, you can cut the bottom of the strip into a point.  And then use that on your card.  So, I scanned the CPS sketches for their anniversary challenge and - problem solved.  I picked sketch #38 from Day 5 of the anniversary challenge:

You can see the detail of the die cut heart negative, backed with acetate stamped with the Hero Arts Flourish BG (my first stamp purchase!) and then backed with a scrap of wrapping paper.  I contemplated stitching around the edge of this piece (reminded me of a jeans pocket) but decided that might be too much stitching on the card.  Just added the red twine to hold my PTI sentiment.

Tip:  Lightly attach strips of embossed CS to a piece of scrap paper before stitching.  It's also easier to attach this piece to the card base then.

And although it'd be like winning the lottery, I'm hookin' up to Papertrey's day 7 of the anniversary challenge.

Thanks for your visit.

Paper: Neenah; American Crafts
Stamps: PTI
Ink:   black Versafine, pink Stazon
Embossing folders:  dots/plaid (Sizzix); vines/branches (Craft Concepts)
Other: thread, twine


Laura Williams said...

that's beautiful!!!! thanks for using the CPS sketch! :)

Christiana said...

Wow, that dry embossing adds so much! You did a great job on our challenge. Thanks so much for joining us at Lawnscaping!

Laurel said...

What a great card! Love all the embossing! And the stitching. And the gorgeous heart. I ADORE all the texture you have given here. So glad you played along with us at Lawnscaping. We hope to see you here again! :)

Tamara said...

Great valentine Maria. This heart caught my eye :-)
Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping

Barb said...

great design. love your take on the challenge! the embossed textures are amazing. good luck in the lottery! ;)

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