|Sweet Blush Cardstock|
This card uses heat embossing in it's most simple form which is to stamp and heat emboss a sentiment. I often stamp and heat emboss generic greetings onto the little banners of black and white cardstock so they are ready to go. I send lots of just a note or thinking of you type cards so I can always use these types of greetings.
|Sweet Blush Cardstock|
This white cardstock was the first test I did for this technique. While it has too much product on it, you can see how opulent and shiny it is. It's like gilding in a jar - incredible!
Way back in 1996, the company I worked for in Topeka, Kansas built a new national headquarters and my boss and I were in charge of that project. One of the big things for the board room in that building was that Gold Leaf was applied to the ceiling. There was tall scaffolding all the way up to about 2 feet from the ceiling. The workers laid on their backs, working with what was about a 4 inch square piece of gold leaf on some type of substrate that they applied to small sections of the ceiling at a time until the ceiling was completely covered in Gold Leaf. It was tedious and took several days with two workers. The end result was quite stunning.
|Vintage Jadeite Cardstock|
|Lovely Lady Cardstock|
I did find that you have to be very light handed and careful when applying this to paper. It's is very easy to overdo how much product you are using. There were a few pieces of cardstock I had to trash but I practiced on scraps to begin with so it was no big deal. I liked so many of the ones I made, that I turned out about 10 cards really fast. I was sending some cards to Vickie and another friend that had asked for some, so it was nice to include these in there as well.
I cut the background panels with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die and used gold foiled cardstock for the leafy branch (Spellbinder's Romantic Vines) and the Fancy Butterfly (Impression Obsession and my very favorite) butterfly to tie everything in with the background panel and the gold sentiment on the banner. It's hard to capture how pretty this is in photographs, but give it a try and you'll see what I mean.
I tried this technique with a variety of embossing folders but I found that the Victorian Styled Anna Griffin ones were the style I liked best. The lines of the embossing are very delicate and that particular characteristic seems to work best with this technique. I have a couple of those but you'll just have to try what you have. I cannot stress the importance of a very light touch. Just the barest hint of product on the tip of your finger is all it takes. You can add more, but you cannot take away with this product. I also tried this with a Mini Ink Blending Tool, but there was still not enough control for the light application that's needed. I suggest trying with whatever embossing folders you have in your stash and getting a feel for which ones do and don't work.
I hope you enjoyed this technique and I will be sure to share more information on the Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse as soon as I receive it and can compare the two products. I was thinking before that those mousses were in the "nice to have" category and now I think I may need a few more colors sometime.
Thanks for sticking with me this long. If you try this out, I'd love to hear your results! Your sweet comments continue to be an encouragement to me!