Monday, July 5, 2010

TBS DT: Emboss It!

Hello hello hello! Thanks so much for visiting me today. Over at The Beary Scrap Design Team blog we're serving up our samples for Beary Sweet Challenge #5 - Emboss It! 

For my project I've chosen the absolutely adorable Penny Johnson bear from Stampavie. This little guy has the sweetest little bear face!

I've embossed the lighter layer with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and the bear with embossing powder. Wanna know what I learned on *this* project? (Ha ha, I make the mistakes so you don't have to!) You CAN emboss two layers of paper that have already been sewn together because you forgot to emboss them before hand...

I use the Spellbinder Wizard and use a sandwich for Cuttlebug folders that includes one thick pad, the tan and magnetic mats, the thin white plastic mat and a piece of cardboard. I was worried that the extra paper layer would either punch holes through everything or make it too difficult to even work through the machine, but no. Yay! Did I mention I already added my Scor-Tape strips to the back, too? (Phew, I was lucky it all worked out OK!)

I used embossing powder on the bear - I've always wanted to try this technique. I used Versafine black pigment ink because I like the fine-ness of it and pigment inks dry slower than dye. This gives enough time to add the embossing powder. Plus, I only have clear embossing powder and needed the black outline. *grin* Anyway... I think he turned out really well, and it adds another layer of dimension to this card.

Oh, and here's an embossing tip: You know those little sacks of somethin' you can buy at craft stores that keep stray embossing powders off you paper? You know, that little magic thing that you rub over your bare paper before stamping that costs a whopping $6? It's just corn starch. Get a scrap of your husband's white t-shirt (he won't even notice), pour cornstarch in it and close it up with a rubber band. Keep that with your embossing supplies and rub it lightly on your blank paper before stamping so those little stray bits just fall off. If you have stubborn ones, keep a teeny tiny paint brush handy to carefully flick them away before applying heat to emboss. Now, go spend that $$ on a Stampavie cutie here! *grin*

As luck would have it, this stamp is sold out right now, but check out his brother bear hanging out with the birds. How can you resist that face?
... Or even the adorable Popcorn the Bear stamps here. Lovin' the bears!

Card Recipe
So that's it for me. Please visit us all week for embossing samples from our wonderful design team. I hope you can find inspiration with us and enter our challenge by the end of the day on July 14th.

Thanks for stopping by!


stephanne said...

Heeheeheee, awwwww, so cute, you enabler you, both images are too cute for words!! Lovin' your bottom of the closet gorgeousness and your colouring is fabulous!!

Unknown said...

So adorable!! Love the embossing and colors you used! The butterfly is so pretty, love the colors and bling! Ribbon and doily are gorgeous and thanks for the heads up on the cornstarch!

Anita said...

Gorgeous card Susan! I just love the vintage look of your cards. Your coloring is fabulous as well! :)

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

What an adorable litte bear! Love your take on the sketch this week and the ribbon is FAB! Great card!

Thanks for joining Midnight Madness Challenge. We hope to see you again next week!


Priscilla said...

A-DOR-A-BLE!! :) What a wonderful entry and Great take on the sketch too. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenges.
MMSC Hostess

pam124 said...

I'm in love with your take on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week! Your image is beyond adorable, beautifully colored and I LOVE your choice of colors, dp and your lovely lace, ribbon, stitching and flowers. A real winner!

Thanks for playing with us this week and I hope you can come out to play again next week.


Lovely Linda said...

Awww Susuan - this is adorable and so much attention to detail! I love the embossing on the bear and the gorgeous DP and ribbon...the roses...okay - I love it all! LOL! We are happy you could join us for this weeks Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, we love to see your work and would love to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

gina g said...

this is just so sweet and i love the image. Thanks for joining us at Craftalicious for our challenge this week. luv gina xx

Carol Ann said...

Such a very pretty card and that little bear is so gorgeous. Very pretty papers, flowers, ribbon and lace. Thanks for playing along at Magical Crafts.
Carol Ann xx

jackiescrafts said...

That little bear is really cute and your card is lovely
Thanks for joining in at Magical Crafts this time

Jackie x

Pam said...

I love the close-up pictures you shared! your coloring of that cutie is spectacular!! Great hint for the little embossing bag too. Thanks for sharing this beautiful card!
Hugs to you,

Cara said...

Very sweet card!!

Dazie said...

HEehehehe this is so adorable!
Thanks for joining us at magical crafts!

Helen said...

Awww....such a sweet card!
Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
Helen x

Nana said...

Very pretty card! Love the papers and the image is just darling.
Thank you for joining us at "PIO" this week!
hugs Nana