Saturday, July 17, 2010


This week the team at Just Add Ink is encouraging us to use EMBOSSING on our projects.  Heat embossing is a really simple technique that can make a card look professionally finished ... it was the first "WOW" moment I had with stamping some 14 years ago.  Back then, I gold-embossed anything and everything, but my tastes have taken a more subtle turn over the years!  I've chosen to clear-emboss on my card for this week's challenge.

I started off with a colour scheme that was inspired by this gorgeous card - I would never have thought to pair Sahara Sand with Regal Rose, but don't you think they look made for each other?  I was also inspired to use some of my vast collection of silver decorative brads from Stampin' Up!  So, using my much-loved "Flower Fancy" stamps, I clear-embossed, onto Sahara Sand card, the small outline flower to create a background (just on the lower 2/3 of the card).  I also clear-embossed the flower onto Whisper White card, and overstamped the sentiment in Staz-On ink (there's a close-up, that's possibly photographed way-too-close-up, below!).

I won't ramble on too much about the methods I used, but I do want to add that I was pleased to find that three of my circle punches were the perfect size to make backing circles for the three different-sized brads.  I roughed up the edges with my fingernail.

JAI #26 CARD 001

and the sentiment panel:


In hindsight, it would have been better to stamp the sentiment first, and emboss the flowers over the top.  Oh well - you live and learn! :)

Stamps: Flower Fancy, Upsy Daisy (sentiment)

Card: Sahara Sand, Regal Rose, Whisper White

Ink: Versamark inkpad, Sahara Sand stampin' pad, Jet Black Staz-on inkpad

Other: Clear embossing powder, Circle Punches: 1/2", 3/4", 1", Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, silver brads from Hodgepodge Hardware and Flower Brad assortment, Mat Pack and paper piercing tool, dimensionals, sponge dauber



  1. Hey there Christine!!!
    I was reading your post and having a good ol' chuckle - I remember embossing everything in gold too wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back when I first started cardmaking! The whole embossing thing was such a novelty wasn't it?! lol
    I just love your card and I have that flower set out to use today for another card!
    Thanks for your beautiful comments.......I love reading them!
    Luv Karen

  2. You have shown how Sahara Sand and Regal Rose goes so well together, great card.

  3. I am another one who remembers gold embossing anything that moved! lol Ahhhh, those were the days.
    I LOVE your card, and you're right - regal rose and sahara sand go beautifully together! And can you believe that I have never owned regal rose. Tsk Tsk!!

  4. Gorgeous card! It turned out beautifully. I am so honored and humbled that you felt inspired! Hugs, Joanna

  5. The colours look beautiful together. Fantastic card Christine.

  6. Oh, Christine! This is breathtaking! So elegant and beautiful!

  7. Love the detailed embossing and the neutral colour with the pink. The hardware is a great added touch.

  8. Utterly gorgeous Christine, and I will have a look at your inspiration card. When it's not so close to dinner time, another day I hope to have a lovely browse through your blog - like what I have seen so far.

  9. Hi Christine,
    The second card I ever made was gold embossed, I thought it was amazing LOL. Very pretty card.

  10. Yep, I was guilty of a bit of gold embossing too!
    Love the fresh feel of your card Christine - the colours look great together & you keep teasing with that stamp set... :)