• Category Archives Embossing/Dry or Heat
  • DDIC4 My Little Chickadees

    It’s time again for our Divine Divas Inspiration Challenge! This week, Lori chose some beautiful plates from Acacia.


    (I’m also combining this w/ SCS Sketch Challenge.)

    I love birds and I knew I had just the right chickadees image from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I stamped them with the chocolate ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils. I used the Out of the Box Nestie technique (tutorial HERE) to cut them out, but I used a nesting rectangle set from Quickutz. Masking the birds, I sponged on a little of the Neptune ink.


    After matting on a chocolate brown layer, I tried something a little different on the white layer. Recently, I tried embossing card stock using a piece of plastic canvas. I liked it so I tried it with a piece of finer mesh vinyl (sold for cross stitch bookmarks). First I lightly misted a piece of white card stock, placed it on the Spellbinders tan embossing mat, placed the vinyl mesh on top and ran it through my Sizzix. I love how it turned out! It looks and feels just like artist canvas. I left the small piece white but on another, I brayered over it with the Neptune ink, stamped my feathers background (Anita’s/Sugarloaf) w/ the chocolate ink and colored them in w/ markers.


    The green bg was done w/ the forest branches Cuttlebug folder. I added some punched out circles as faux brads.

    Thanks so much for looking and please visit the rest of the Divine Diva Team. We would really love for y’all to play along in our challenge. Lori is offering some terrific blog candy for this challenge.

    Lori (chanteuse)
    Chat (nitestamper)
    Keri (stampinupconsultan)
    Angela (mudflapmamma)

    stamps: Sparkle N Sprinkle, Anita’s
    paper: white, chocolate, wild wasabi
    ink: Ancient Page chocolate & Neptune
    accessories: markers, Prismacolor pencils, CB forest branches folder, Quickutz nesting rectangles, vinyl canvas, 2 sizes of hole punches, foam tape, brayer



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  • Mosaic Tutorial

    Supplies Needed: (click on any image to enlarge)

    1. Sticker Paper
    2. Various Scraps
    3. Black Embossing Powder
    4. Brayer
    5. Heat Gun
    6. Black Marker (Galaxy Deep Space Black or Permopaque Black)
    Supplies Needed

    Step 1.
    Pick some scraps. I usually use 3 or 4 color groups. Here, I selected some blues, turquoise, and an orchid color for contrast. Scraps that are stamped and/or embossed will work well, too. With scissors, cut some of each color you plan to use. Vary the sizes and angles slightly. I try to leave 2 sides fairly square so they fit around the edges.

    Step 1.
    Step 1.

    Step 2:
    Cut your sticker paper to the size you want. For my example, my sticker sheet measures 3.25″ x 4.25″. I precut to this size because I want to leave a border around the edge of my sticker paper.
    I put a little removable adhesive on the back side of my sticker paper to hold it still while I am working with it. Peel the release sheet off the sticky side of your sticker paper. Start placing your cut mosaic pieces. I start in one corner and work across. Vary the pieces and colors.

    Step 2.

    Note that one piece is hanging over the border. When a piece does not fit correctly, use your scissors to trim it before pressing it down. (Step 2a)

    Step 2a
    Step 2a

    Step 3:
    Finish arranging your pieces. I find it easier to place my pieces on the sticker paper if I use a pair of needle nose pliers. Note the border around my pieces. You do not have to have this border.

    Step 4:
    Place the release paper over your mosaic. Using the brayer, roll over the release paper covered mosaic. This will help to secure the pieces to your sticker paper.

    Step 4
    Step 4

    Step 5:
    Coat your piece with the embossing powder. For my example, I am using detail black powder. Gently tap off excess. Place the release paper over the piece again and repeat the pressing with your brayer. This will help the embossing powder to cover the exposed areas of the sticker paper (“grout lines”).

    Step 5
    Step 5

    Step 6:

    Melt the embossing powder with your heat gun. Note that when using black embossing powder, tiny areas of the white may show through. This is not noticeable with other colors of embossing powder. If you look closely, you can see this, especially around the outer border.

    Step 6
    Step 6

    Step 7:
    Since I am using the black powder, I go over the “grout lines” with a permanent black marker. After testing a number of these, I found that the Galaxy or the Permopaque work the best and do not dull the shine of the embossing powder.

    Step 7
    Step 7
    Finished Mosaic Sheet
    Finished Mosaic Sheet
    Finished card using the mosaic example.
    Finished card using the mosaic example.

    Other Supplies used for this card:
    Spellbinders Nestabilities: Flower set, oval and scalloped oval sets
    Hole punches in 2 sizes
    Sentiment image: Studio G

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  • Sketchy Mosaic

    Wonderful sketch challenge today at SCS! I also did another mosaic to go w/ Monday’s TLC. Gotta love a technique that uses up scraps.

    I did my bg mosaic like Monday’s: w/ all kinds of scraps cut into pieces and attached to sticker paper. It’s coated w/ black embossing powder which sticks to the areas left open and becomes my “grout” when heated. I had some requests for a tutorial after I posted Monday’s mosaic, so I took pics along the way for this one and the tutorial should be up here on my blog by tomorrow.

    The flower is from a Nestabilities set. For my vertical band, I attached 3 narrow strips and staggered the lengths. I added faux brads made w/ 2 sizes of hole punches. All panels were edged w/ black to give a faux layer look.

    Stamps: Studio G, various images on scraps
    Paper: DCWV mat stack (close = to orchid oppulence, taken w/ teal and cool caribbean, sticker paper, leftover scraps
    Ink: AP coal
    Accessories: black ep, black Permopaque marker, nestie flowers and ovals, hole punches

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