Hi everyone! Can you believe we have hit mid-week already? My word, but the days just seem to zip by so quickly. But here it is Wednesday, and that means it’s time for me to share my card for this week’s Watch Us Wednesday tutorial over at The Kraft Journal.
I knew as soon as I saw the Carnivals, Parades, or Parties challenge line-up that it was the perfect excuse to break out one of my all-time favorite stamps. I wanted the image to have a lot of color to look bright and festive, like there’s a party in town, but this design doesn’t lend itself well to traditional coloring with its thin outlined detailing. Time for a little emboss resist.
Emboss resist is very easy to do with just a few simple stamping supplies. Start by applying color directly to your stamp using ink pads in various colors. You’ll want to use pigment inks for their slower drying times and cat eye pads or removable wedge pads like these Petal Point inks by Clearsnap make getting in all the little corners much easier than using regular-sized pads. Once I was colored up, I stamped my image onto a Large Manila Shipping Tag. Immediately pour clear embossing powder over the stamped image and heat set the powder using an embossing tool.
Give the image a few seconds to cool, and then apply color to the entire tag, rubbing your ink pads over the entire surface until you get the desired depth of color. Here I used both a lime green and a light blue ink pad to create a background scene for my carnival.
As a final step, rub a cotton ball, tissue, or cloth over the stamped image, removing any excess ink. The embossing will “resist” the ink, leaving a crisp and clean design underneath. Now you are ready to use your tag on any number of projects, like my festive party card.
The bottom of my tag got some lace trim, while the top got a hand-stamped sentiment strip cut into a banner. Layered the tag onto a stamped Library Pocket and library card, and finally onto a card base made from Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock and patterned paper. Wrapped the card with Blue Baker’s Twine and finished it off with a pair of toothpick flags.
So what do you think? Is the circus in town?
Hope you’ll play along with us this week at The Kraft Journal. You still have until Sunday, 6 pm EST to upload your kraft carnivals, parades or parties project to the gallery. All participants in our challenges for the month of August have a chance to be featured on our “Feature Me Fridays” posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher! The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!