Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dry Embossed Rose card

Hello everyone! Today I (Anna-Karin) have a fun dry embossing tutorial to share. Since Mother’s Day is next Sunday in a large part of the world, I thought I would make some cards that would be perfect for Mother’s Day. The pretty Roses embossing folder works real well for such a card and is a folder that needs to take centre stage on a card.

The technique is a combination of dry and heat embossing, gradually building up colours and using embossing powder to create a resist effect. I made two different versions of the technique, using both sides of the embossing folder. This technique works great with any type of embossing folder and you could also use it with just a part of a folder, or cut the panel up into different parts at the end. Here are the cards:

Starting with the first card, this is how I made these:

You need to use relatively heavy cardstock for this technique. I used watercolour paper, but other heavy papers will work too. First dab some Antique Linen Distress Stain on a craft sheet. Mist a piece of watercolour paper with water and smear into the mix. Dry with a heat gun.

In the first example we want the outlines of the rose to remain light. Ink the embossing folder with embossing ink, on the side of the folder which has no text. Carefully place the paper in the folder and emboss.

Immediately pour clear embossing powder onto the card and shake off the excess. You might have gotten some embossing powder where you didn’t want it, you can remove this with a paint brush. I left some of it for a more random and distressed look. Melt the powder with a heat gun. The parts with embossing powder will now resist ink. Clean the embossing folder.

This is where the fun part of the technique begins. Ink the roses with Distress Ink Victorian Velvet. I used a sponge dauber, but you could also use other inking tools.

Since Distress Ink is embossable we can now pour embossing powder on the inked parts and emboss, trapping the ink beneath the powder and protecting it from further ink applications.

 Ink the leaves with Distress Ink Bundled Sage and emboss again with clear powder.

Ink the rest of the cardstock with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap, and emboss again with clear powder.

Finally, ink the entire card again with Frayed Burlap and emboss the entire panel with clear powder. This last step gives a cool distressed look to the card and gives it a great finish.  

Here's the second version of same technique:
Prepare an Antique Linen Distress Stain background as in the first example. Dry with a heat gun and mist with a mix of Vintage Photo reinker (dropper full), a few scoops of Perfect Pearls and water. Dry the paper again.

Ink the other side of the embossing folder (the side with text) with embossing ink. Carefully place your paper in the folder and emboss. Emboss with clear powder, as with the first card. Clean the embossing folder.

Ink the flowers with Vintage Photo and clear emboss, and then ink the leaves with Frayed Burlap and emboss again. Ink the rest of the card with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap and clear emboss again.

As with the first card, ink the whole piece with Frayed Burlap and emboss with clear powder.

To finish the cards, I die-cut labels from grungeboard and gave each one a different finish. Ink the first one with Vintage Photo and then coat it with Distress Crackle paint Rock Candy.

When dry, rub some cream paint into the cracks and coat with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

Paint the other label cream, when dry, dry brush with a bit of pink and brown paint.

Coat with Crackle Accents and let dry overnight.

Die-cut tiny hearts from kraft core cardstock. I love this little Movers & Shapers heart die and will be using it a lot. I cut teal hearts for the second card and pink ones for the first card. Sand the hearts and then coat with Distress Stickles Rock Candy.

Die-cut Tattered Banners for the sentiments from manila cardstock, ink and then stamp your sentiment. 

The cards were finished off with a piece of lace – the pink one was dyed with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain, and a few pearls or rhinestones.

Finally, I just wanted to share a second card I made with the first technique, just to show that you can get a pretty different look each time with this technique.

Thank you so much for looking! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.


additional supplies: Rhinestones and pearls: Kaisercraft; Lace
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  1. Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, Anna-Karin!
    I sure do appreciate that there are PDF files available! Thank you for that, as well!...Nancy :o)

  2. This is beautiful
    Thanks for sharing

  3. Love this card. Cannot wait to try one similar to this one with all those layers of ink and embossing and inking again. Looks like it was so much fun to create.

  4. Wow! What a great tutorial and a really FUN technique! I can't wait to try it.
    Thank you so much, Anna-Karin!

  5. Fun Tut! I just love this card and yes it's perfect for Mother's Day!

  6. Wow didn't even know this folder existed. Very both.

  7. Beautiful card.....I need this folder!!

  8. I am speechless this is amazing I LOVE ITTTT!!!!!

  9. Great technique to use the embossing powder as ink-resist!

  10. Love it
    Its so beautiful....
    And so nice of u to share tutorial with us!!!!
    Love it....

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial. I like how you showed how you can get a different look with using the same products.


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