And Happy Independence Day too for anyone in the US.
Actually ...... I'm in the US!! I should say Good Morning from Las Vegas ..... well it's only just morning over here ..... if this has gone live at 9am (UK time) as planned, then it's only 1am on Friday and I probably haven't been asleep very long!!
You guessed it .... I'm on holiday again, so that means this is a scheduled post.
Just because I'm living it up in one of my favourite hotels on the strip (The Palazzo) enjoying fine dining, endless sunshine and the odd game of poker in the casino (well .... it would be rude not too wouldn't it!) doesn't mean I can't find time to join in the fun with the rest of the DT for the new Take It Make It Challenge over on the Craft Stamper Blog.
So glad you all enjoyed last month's challenge ...... Bleach Blocking. We had loads of fabulous entries, it was tough choosing a winner I can tell you.
This month the technique we'd like you to use is ......
EMBOSSING POWDER RESIST
This is so much fun to do, whether you choose to create a fabulous background or, a stunning focal point on your design. Stamp it, emboss it, add some colour over the top ....... and watch your design appear.
Not sure if you would call this the background or the main image ....... I suppose it could be both.
Anyway, I started by stamping this gorgeous large Vine from Hero Arts onto some white cardstock, using Versamark ink. I then embossed using a white detail embossing powder (clear also works well with this technique)
I then applied my colour over the top using a variety of Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw.
I started at one corner and worked my way up the card, blending each of the colours as I went along.
You can see how the embossing powder resists the ink ..... as you apply more colour over the embossed image the design slowly appears ...... clever!
Once you're happy with the depth of colour, use a piece of kitchen roll to buff over the design and take off any remaining ink left on the embossed image and really see it pop!
To add a bit more interest to the back ground I flicked over the ink with some clean water, let it sit for a few seconds then used kitchen roll to mop up the excess. I love this technique, again the deeper the colour of ink the more the splatters will stand out.
The words I've used are also from Hero Arts, as are the cute little butterflies. These have been stamped directly onto the inked card, and then stamped again onto another piece, coloured using the same Distress inks.
I then cut them out and layered them over the top, attaching just down the centres so that the wings can be raised a little to add dimension.
And of course I had to do something on the inside ......
More pretty butterflies stamped onto the white card first, then layered again using coloured versions.
There's lot's more inspiration for this month's challenge over on the Craft Stamper Blog. Pop over and see what fabulous creations the rest of the Design Team have come up with, using the Embossing Powder Resist technique.
You have until midnight on 23rd July to get your entries in, and the winner will be announced on Friday 25th July.
Our sponsors for this month's challenge is the fabulous WOW Powders so it's well worth giving it a go!
Have fun and good luck!
Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day, and have a great weekend.
Cheerio for now