Monday, 28 May 2018

Seaside Retirement

A dear family friend of ours retired recently. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it to her retirement party but I did want to celebrate her retirement somehow. What better way than a custom card?

One of my favourite things about stamping is that it makes me feel like an artist, and the Waterfront stamp set that I used for a lot of the elements of this card is so easy to use. With some different inks, you can build everything from a winter forest scene to a tropical island escape.

For this card, I also pulled in a few stamps from other sets. I used some seaside elements from a lighthouse set called High Tide to add depth to the image.

I used two types of embossing for this card. Sometimes new crafters get confused by this! The first type of embossing I did was heat embossing using gold embossing powder for my sentiment. For this technique, you usually stamp in a clear, sticky ink called Versamark. The ink takes a little longer to dry than a dye ink so you have time to sprinkle a fine powder across the stamped image. Then, using a heat tool, you melt the powder. Watching the image go from matte to shiny gold is truly magical!

The final touch for this card was the beautiful adirondack chair, and this is where I added in my second type of embossing--dry embossing. Dry embossing uses a die cut machine and a plastic folder to create textured impressions on a piece of paper. I love this technique because once you have the machine and the folder, you can emboss with them over and over again! It's a really inexpensive way to add texture and interest to projects.

This adirondack chair die (which is part of a much larger set called Seasonal Layers) is fantastic by itself, but I wanted to make it even more special. To add a wood texture, I ran a scrap of paper through my Big Shot with an embossing folder that creates the look of wooden planks. I then diecut the chair out from that piece. Usually, I would recommend doing it the other way around, as running the piece through the Big Shot again can flatten the dry embossing. It seemed to work just fine for this card, though, especially since I just wanted a subtle texture on the chair.

I'm already brainstorming new ideas for this technique! I love the look of the white chair and the tropical island, but maybe I'll try a lakeside or mountain scene next. I'm thinking that if I ink up the folder in a darker brown ink and emboss and light brown piece of paper, I might be able to get a lovely brown wooden chair. I'll keep you posted!

Until next time, happy crafting!

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