When I first started stamping, the first few techniques I ever learned was embossing and masking. The two cards I’m going to show you today encompasses both of those techniques.

Embossing is the technique using Versamark ink, which is a colorless pigment ink that stays wet longer than dye inks so you can cover it with embossing powder and then use your heat gun to set the powder.

For these cards, because I didn’t have black embossing powder, I first stamped my image in Versamark ink and then Memento black ink before stamping on my card base. Then I heat set clear embossing powder on top to give the image a shiny, raised affect.

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After that was set, I taped (you can use sticky notes, washi tape, or painter’s tape) off a section across top and bottom to “mask” off the sections I did not want to get any ink on.

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I sponged three different colors on each card. Don’t worry about sponging over the embossed image. Because it is embossed, it will resist any ink you add on top of it.

This card I blended Pink Pirouette, Berry Burst, and Pacific Point.  I started with the two edge colors and then added the Berry Burst in the middle and just kept blending until I got the result I wanted.

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The little random white dots were created by spritzing or splattering some droplets of water across the card and mopping them up with a paper towel.

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I finished it off by removing the masks to reveal the beautiful straight lines and adding the sentiment and the black rhinestone jewels to the background.

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I matted the whisper white card stock to a basic black mat and then mounted it on a Berry Burst card base.

The second card was done the exact same way.

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For the blending colors on this one, I used Real Red across the top, Old Olive along the bottom and then blending Crushed Curry in the middle.

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I did stamp the same image that I embossed on the outside of each card on the inside as well.

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The card base for this one is Old Olive.

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An simple card that is easy to make, but stunning in delivery. And you don’t have to worry about any extra bulk when mailing.

Which is your favorite color combination?  Are there any colors you would try blending together?  I would love to hear you comments!

Be sure to come back Friday for that exciting news I hinted about!

Until then,

Tammy

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