Welcome to the last day of the second month of this year already. I'm going to stand on this little calendar square and not move with the hope that I can enjoy this month a little longer. Then again, I don't want to hold up spring, especially after a week of cold, rain, sleet, and snow in many places, even in the lower elevations of California. Snow falling in Hollywood is a sight to see!
Today the Group of Seven Cardmakers posts the cards we made following our crafty Zoom session earlier in the month. This month Julia led the group based on a video she saw on Splitcoaststampers called Debossed Inky Resist (by Anna-Karin Evaldsson). It involves an embossing folder, heat embossing, and smooching of up to four colors of ink. Here are my results:
The embossing folder I used is from Sizzix and the dragonfly die is from Clearly Besotted. The sediment is from Waffle Flower. I used two colors of Distress Inks. I don't remember their names and they are in a container behind where Nellie is fast asleep on her doggy divan, so Hammy suggests we call them Poolside Pickle and Toasted Caramel. (How lucky was I to find paper that matched the inks so well!)
To be honest, it took me a few attempts to get this technique to work for me. Basically you swipe your Versamark ink onto the non-bumpy side of the embossing folder, add your paper and run it through your machine. Then you add white embossing powder and heat it. Adding the powder is where I ran into trouble because I kept putting the white powder on the wrong side of the white paper. Oy. Once I stopped doing that, things went smoothly. (I should have tried it with colored e/p until I got the hang of it.)
After heat-embossing, you smooch your panel around in spritzed inks. The embossed bits in the depressions will resist the ink and stay white. I did find that using thinner watercolor paper worked better for me. And while the 3D e/fs gave a lovely depression, I also had great success using my non-3D folders, such as the ones I used for both my cards shown.
- Can You Handle the Pressure: Anything embossing goes with twist of "things with wings."
- Little Red Wagon: Die-cuts.
- SSS Wednesday: Anything goes.
The embossing folder I used here is from Darice and the sediment is from The Ton. The upcycled felt deer was in my stash and the little red cardinal was created from the "Happy Snowman" set by Gerda Steiner.
- ABC Christmas: C is for checks; D is for die-cuts.
- Peace on Earth: Anything Christmas goes.
- Rudolph Days: Anything Christmas goes.
If you'd like more information or have any questions about the Debossed Inky Resist technique, please visit the Group of Seven Cardmakers blog. You'll also find an Inlinkz tool for you to share your cards using this technique! We'd love to know you are enjoying these new or revisited techniques and can't wait to see what you make!
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