Saturday 5 March 2011

LIIU Challenge # 10 - Embossing

Wow, this is my first post for the Let's Ink It Up challenge blog and I am very nervous. There is some amazing talent and fabulous creativity in this new team I am part of and oh boy, you just gotta go take a look at what Team A have made to inspire you, and team B will be there for the second challenge on the 20th March, Australian time that is.

The theme this fortnight is 'Embossing' and I really struggled with this one, just because I wanted to make something special. I am quite pleased with the outcome, but it took me too long to make and too many attempts at different bits of it that I lost my excitement for it.

You will see I have used both dry and heat embossing and I have taken pics to show you these two techniques.

I ran the music paper through the embossing folder just on one corner and brushed it over with DI so that the design popped out more.

The butterfly, sentiment and bird were all heat embossed. The butterfly has some stickles added to it as well. I stamped onto water colour paper and then painted in the wings with DIs.

Here is a pic that shows a close up of the butterfly and sentiment together.

I feel the frame gives the whole piece a focus and the hessian and embellishments give texture and dimension.

I hope to see you on the challenge entry list so I can come and see what you have been making too.

Supplies used -
Stamps - Butterfly - Martha Stewart, others - TH urban grunge
Cuttlebug embossing folder - leaves
Wow embossing powder - pepper regular + clear
TH caged bird die
DIs - dried marigold, forest moss, vintage photo
Vintage frame download from the Graphics Fairy
Music paper, hessian and muslin from stash

Challenges to have fun with -
Corrosive - Distressing
Stamptacular - Add a frame
Created by hand - Texture
Creative Inspirations - In the garden



Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Oh hunnie this is just gorgeous! Your cards always amaze me! I think its something to do with the fact that I can't do vintage (but I always give it a bloody good try lol) yours are always perfect!!
huge hugs hope your ok shell xx

craftymum said...

This is wonderful Brenda
Love the close ups too.Hope you are keeping well
hugs sarah x

Margreet said...

wow Brenda...your cards always have so much to look at...your details are so for your question: in the Netherlands white bread belongs to the honeymoon for 6, we don't like to give money in an envelope and that's why we hide the amount we want to give in coins in the bread...and afterwards I try to wrap it up in a nice way...
Wish you a wonderful weekend!
xxx Margreet

Gem said...

Brenda this is so beautiful! I love the effect of the embossed leaves on the music paper :) x

Netty said...

Totally fabulous Brenda. Annette x

Lisa Jane said...

I dont think you needed to be nervous Brenda as this is stunning. I love the music manuscript and that gorgeous Butterfly
Lisa ;)

Gram's Treasures said...

Adorable card Brenda! You don't need to worry, but I hear what you say. Sometimes you fiddle with a card idea for so long, and then you are second guessing yourself as to if it is okay. Often though, these are the ones that steal the show.
Have a great weekend! We are having rain today....lots of it! We don't have puddles...more like mini lakes! It's better than snow though.
Joyce xx

Kathyk said...

Spectacular card from you Brenda and this is the 3rd challenge this week to feature "EMBOSSING" as a theme!

Have a great weekend


Cor* said...

OMG I never would have thought to emboss patterned paper like that! The effect is so beautiful! and your heat embossing is drop dead gorgeous. A definite special creation!

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous, fantastic attention to detail. Hugs Suzanne x

Robyn said...

Great collage and texture in the background
thanks for sharing with created byhand

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, Brenda--this is PURELY breathtaking!!!
I haven't embossed in so long, I don't know where my heat gun Your creation is so truly inspired.

cheryl said...

oh hun,you had no need to worry not with your talent this is just stunning just adore all the super detail and all the embossing everthing works beautifully hugs cheryl xxxxxxxx

Juls said...

just amazing!!!!! Love all your detail!!! Hugs Juls

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Beautiful Brenda, I love the image, colours - all of it! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend?, hugs Heidi xx

Liz said...

Brenda how dare you question ur one of the best I know this is double fab

liz xx

Angela Weimer said...

Brenda, This is absolutely beautiful. So mcuh detailand dimension. thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend. Angela

Claire said...

Oh Brenda no need to be nervous, this is a real work of art! I love everything about it
Claire xx

chris said...

Hi Brenda its your bad blogging friend here, sorry I havent been around to see you lately, mind you this is well worth the wait its GORGEOUS.
so pretty and beautiful.
hope you are doing ok I hope life is getting easier for you. love and hugs chris xx
are you going to the NEC?

Shirl said...

Well if this is what you make when you loose your excitement can't wait to see what you make when you have it back. Absolutely an awe-inspiring piece of work Brenda.
Hugs Shirley x x

Unknown said...

Well you had no need to worry Brenda, this is fab hon x

Pami said...

This is gorgeous Brenda, you don't need to be nervous hon, your work is stunning!! Pami x

Zue said...

This has got to be the most gorgeous thing I have seen in ages. It is packed with beautiful detail and the colours are divine.
Who needs minimal??????
Brenda, you seem to have this uncanny knack of using lots of colours but making it all work. I mean that as a great big compliment.

Sue xx

DesignerDiva said...

This is absolutely FAB Brenda, so much detail and finishing touches, its really special goodness knows why you are nervous - thay are lucky to have you!
Laurie x

coldwaters2 said...

Brenda this is totally awesome you have created such a beautiful card, the embossing and detail look fabulous.
Lorraine x

Tammy (LaDiva) said...

Is flabergasted a word??? That how I feel looking at your awesome card!!! Oh my my my!!!! So much attention to detail and love all the dimension and techniques!!!!

Congratulations Brenda!!!!!

Tammy xox

NGCARDS said...

A very pretty card hun! Thanks for joining in with our challenge of In The Garden at Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog! xxx

Unknown said...

Just beautiful Brenda, love how you do your vintage work, perfect! Jo xxx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Absolutely stunning! I'm always one to appreciate garden gems: butterflies and flowers and yours just truly please my eyes lol ;) Beautiful embossing! Hugs, Joanna x

Georgie Hughes said...

Hi Brenda,
Sorry I havent been around lately my life seems to be so busy with work. By the time tea is cooked and Kitchen tidy I am all cried out and cant get motivated. I am however still looking through blogs. You always amaze me with your beautiful cards and this one is no exception. I love your idea of embossing coener only, something I might try. Your ideas for card making are truly inspiring.
Take care GeorgieX

uksharon said...

Hi Brenda, We're back on the same DT team again. Your card is fabulous, love the detail.
Best wishes, Sharon H

Val said...

A stunning piece of work. I really love this.