Monday, September 9, 2013

Double Embossing Technique

Hi everyone! STAMPtember® continues at Simon Says Stamp, don't miss all the fun things that are happening. At Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have an embossing challenge this week.

 I love both dry and heat embossing and combined both in my two cards, using a fun technique.  
I didn't take step-by-step photos this time, because I have already done a tutorial on this technique, you can find it here. This double embossing technique is great for making an embossing folder the focal point on a project, giving great detail and depth. It works perfectly with embossing folders that have large images and/or lots of empty space. I love to cycle and this new Sizzix embossing folder is fabulous, with that great sentiment at the top too.
I stamped the embossing folder with a Tim Holtz number Reflections stamp, which is made to be used with stamp kissing techniques. With a normal number or text stamp, the text would have been reversed on the project. After dry embossing the paper, the numbers were heat embossed with Seafoam White powder.
Using a Versamarker, I applied embossing ink to the bike, one section at a time. The tires are embossed with black glitter, the metallic parts with platinum, and the rest with the great Capri Stampendous powder. Don't worry if the result doesn't look perfect at this stage, it is part of the charm and the parts you might have missed will become inked.
A Karen Burniston Birds on a Wire bird was embossed with Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Enamel and placed to ride along on the basket.  

I didn't add any embossing powder to the sentiment. The card was inked with Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Walnut stain and the embossed areas pick up more ink, giving a great look to the sentiment. The heat embossed areas resist the ink and you will magically see the numbers appear. The cardbase is Core'dinations cardstock, sanded and inked and I finished the card with Tim Holtz paper strings, also inked.
In the center of the wheel I placed a Prima bottle cap and a little jeans button inside. Paint was rubbed into the words to make them stand out.
The second card uses the same techniques with a different embossing folder. 

For the second card, I used the pretty Butterfly Lattice folder and a text stamp from Tim Holtz Reflections set. The butterfly was embossed with the teal powder and the swirl with platinum. I left the very detailed parts and just inked them, because the ink goes darker on the embossed parts, the intricate details stand out too.
The teal powder is very shiny and almost looks like glass, it is hard to show on a photo. I like that you see the text even between intricate details such as the wings of the butterfly.
Another little Birds on a Wire was embossed with teal powder and placed on top of a Tattered Banner. The sentiment stamp comes from Simon Says Stamp pretty Beautiful Words set.
I hope you will join us this week in our fun challenge, as always, one lucky participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.
Thank you for the visit!!
Happy embossing!

Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Cream Cardstock
Embossing folders: Sizzix: Bicycles, Butterfly Lattice set
Dies: Sizzix: Birds on a Wire, Tattered Banners
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Reflections; Simon Says Stamp: Beautiful Words
Ink: Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain; Tsukineko: Versamark
Marker: Tsukineko: Versamarker
Paint: Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Embossing powders: Ranger: Liquid Platinum, Seafoam White; Stampendous: Detail Capri Embossing Powder, Aged Silver Embossing Enamel; American Crafts: Zing Black Glitter
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Paper String Stripes; Prima: Bottle Caps, Jeans Buttons


  1. Anna-Karin...your cards are beautiful. I love the double embossing technique and the colors you've used on both of your cards are right up my alley! :) I love the sepias and browns with the blues and teals. Cute designs and as always, beautifully created projects! <3 Candy

  2. What a lovely card, Anna-Karin. Both embossing effects on your card are amazing! I also love the beautiful color scheme and the cute bicycle image. Thank you for sharing this great inspiration. :)

  3. I loved both of them ,specially the colors n embossing on both !The idea of using bottle cap is wonderful !

  4. Love the embossing technique and that bicycle is fabulous as is the embossing folder. Love the touches of teal/blue they really pop against the brown as does the white embossing in the background too. The little bird is a lovely touch. Love the bottle cap on the wheel. Both cards are a real treat . Tracy z

  5. Such pretty cards Anna-Karin! Love the fun embossed bicycle and that butterfly is gorgeous! Great way to showcase both of these techniques! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. How lovely!! The detailing on both cards are so wonderful, I really love that bike :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Anna-Karin, your project is awesome. I love the two embossing techniques together. And that teal is beautiful with the gathered twigs and antique linen. Thank you for sharing your process. I love to see your methods.

  8. So beautiful... I just love the tiny resist letters and numbers in the backgrounds, and the fabulous teal is gorgeous with the Gathered Twigs - wonderful!
    Alison x

  9. I love the way the bike came out. The embossing gave it a nice relief sculpture feel. Blessings!

  10. This is one of my favorite color combinations, the technique is absolutely wonderful to be experimented as soon as possible! BArbarayaya

  11. Aha... Wondered how you got the letters the right direction. Reflection stamp on embossing folder beautiful and brilliant! Love them both!

  12. What a clever little embosser you are! I was not only impressed with your range of embossing skills, but I also adore this color combo and those numbers in the background are too perfect! Really great piece!

  13. This is amazing Anna-Karin! Love all the embossing you did, and what a cool technique! I should definitely give it a try! Both cards are really stunning! Hugs, Sandra


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