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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Heat Embossing Meets Dry Embossing

Updated: Jan 12

Hello everyone! I have another embossed card featuring Simon Says Stamp's Peony Bundle embossing folder. Because any fine motor endeavours are challenging with a cast on my arm, I wanted to come up with a way that I could water colour these beautiful, embossed peonies. The heat embossing provides a bit of a safety net and prevents the colour from going onto the background ... although it did take me an extraordinary amount of time to colour this image! Think I will set aside future watercolouring until the cast comes off!

I began this card by embossing Bristol Smooth card stock. Versamark ink was swiped on the flat, background surface of the embossing folder. Because the recessed images are dimensional, I tried to avoid inking the image itself .... which is not entirely possible! After the panel was embossed, I used Ranger's Holographic embossing powder to coat the perimeter of the panel. The finish is absolutely gorgeous! I then had to use a fine water brush to remove the powder on the images. I struggled with the leaves because of my limitations and at that point decided to work with it and make a floral Christmas card!

The image was coloured with just three Zig markers ... Pale Yellow, Peacock Blue and Lilac. I did my best to drop the colour at the base of the flower petals and leaves and pull the colour out with a water brush pen. It took a LONG time to paint but I was happy with the result given the challenges. When I look at the video ... sped up and edited ... it looked so easy! LOL

Because I struggled getting the embossing powder off of the leaves, I spattered the entire panel with watered down Gouache paint and turned it into a wintry floral! I also used a silver gel pen to highlight the fine branches in the top left side of the arrangement. The fine leaves and berries were coated with Nuvo Crystal Drops, Silver Lining. I added in some additional drops on the lower branch to balance it out.

The panel was trimmed down to 3 3/4" by 5" and mounted on white sheet foam. I covered the A2 sized card base with an embossed specialty paper, Silver Chequer, by Tonic Studios and adhered the peony panel to it. The sentiment, Simon Says Stamp's Peace, was also die cut from this specialty paper and stacked on foam to complete this Christmas card.

Video Tutorial, click HERE.



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